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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization | [Peter M. Senge]

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.
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Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

Mastery of Senge's five disciplines enables managers to overcome their obstacles to growth and creates brave new futures for them and their companies. The five disciplines are drawn from science, spiritual wisdom, psychology, the cutting edge of management thought, and Senge's own work with top corporations that employ his methods. Listening to The Fifth Discipline provides a searching personal experience and a dramatic professional shift of mind.

©1994 Peter M. Senge; (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House Inc., All Rights Reserved

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    Tiffany-Lin United States 06-23-13
    Tiffany-Lin United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I wanted a book, not a lecture"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book if someone wanted a summary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the concepts presented in this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would have preferred the book to have been read. I thought the pausing and added insights were more lecture style. While that is not a bad thing, I wanted to hear the book, not a lecture.


    Did The Fifth Discipline inspire you to do anything?

    Buy the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could have listened to a section of this before I used up a credit on it. I would have simply purchased and read the book. I wanted to hear the book: Chapter 1…. Instead, it ended up being lecture style/one sided discussion style and I didn't like that. Pausing is different when lecturing as opposed to reading and it simply threw me off. Shoot. I will have to be more careful about reading reviews before I purchase an audiobook.

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    Rodney 01-02-13
    Rodney 01-02-13
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    "Well done"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fifth Discipline the most enjoyable?

    Good pace and good coverage of the material.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Peter M. Senge’s performance did you like?

    Good change of pace from the regular narration.


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    Any additional comments?

    Excellent management book and a first class presentation of the material.

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    David Favelle Cattai, Australia 11-06-12
    David Favelle Cattai, Australia 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic text"
    What did you love best about The Fifth Discipline?

    A very nice audio version with the Author adding additional insights. In some ways actually hearing Peter Senge explain the concepts made everything much clearer and more inspiring.


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    Melissa 07-30-12
    Melissa 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great refresher."

    I had to read this as part of an assignment so it really isn't my first choice for personal reading material, however, the audio version was a quick and simple way of refreshing what I had read. Hearing the author read his work gave me a renewed enthusiasm for his ideas and a real desire to apply them to my own work place. This is well worth the time for any manager or supervisor.

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    Jose kitchener, Ontario, Canada 03-12-12
    Jose kitchener, Ontario, Canada 03-12-12
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    "It is not the last edition of the book"

    It does not include the updated information, therefore, it gets hard to follow compared to the last edition.

    There is not a clear definition between chapters, just 4 sections

    The books does the job to get the basic idea of what the author tends to transmit to the readers; however, it misses out some of the key ideas.

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    A BERKELEY, CA, United States 12-05-11
    A BERKELEY, CA, United States 12-05-11
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    "Great book... even after the 2nd and 3rd read."

    I read this book while getting my MBA but picking it up and reading it again mid-way through my career was an excellent decision. There are so many great nuggets in this book that I really only understood from a practical standpoint the first time I read it. Now I'm starting to understand what he writes from an experiential standpoint and I still love it. The reading style is OK. Nothing great but the content of the book more than makes up for it.

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    Birdie Seattle 12-21-12
    Birdie Seattle 12-21-12
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    "Dry voice, poor abridged version"

    The author voice was so mono toned and dry, it was unbearable to listen. In addition, the entire audio book could have been delivered in a 10 minute wrap up. I always listen through to the end in hopes I'll be surprised... this was a waste of time!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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