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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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    Greg Bel Aire, KS, United States 02-26-08
    Greg Bel Aire, KS, United States 02-26-08
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    "Abridged books are inadequate"

    I know better than to buy an abridged book but yet I did it again. You are not going to get the details you need to understand Learing Organizations. If you purchase this you will find your self on-line trying to find the details needed to make this learning complete.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    J. Cullinan DC 11-06-12
    J. Cullinan DC 11-06-12
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    "Disappointing"

    Shame on me for not realizing this was an abridged version, and the older version of the book no less! So much for trying to follow along with the printed copy. Taught me to read the details closely before buying next time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 02-17-04
    Dawn 02-17-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great explanation of how systems work"

    This book explained what I would have called "teamwork" very well. I became better able to express how people who are independent and highly talented can achieve better results if they understand that they are part of a system. I see how people can take independent action, but also recognize their responsibilities to a system which includes co-workers and supervisors. This was very helpful to me as a supervisor.

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    AE SAVANNAH, GA, United States 08-01-07
    AE SAVANNAH, GA, United States 08-01-07 Member Since 2006
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    "How Refreshing"

    What a great book. It gave me hope that there might be a way out of the muck that most of corporate America is currently in. This lead me to loads of interesting work in related fields, and I'll always be grateful for having listened to it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ana Brazil 11-29-11
    Ana Brazil 11-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Senge narrates only part of the program"

    Good program, that gives a comprehensive perspective. The fact that Peter Senge is not the narrator for the entire program should have been made clear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 06-09-09
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 06-09-09 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "OK if you have to"

    This was a required read for a class, and I was grateful it was available on audio as I didn't have time to read it. However, Senge as a narrator takes some getting used to and if it weren't for the fact that it was required reading for me I would have given up on it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda MIDDLEBORO, MA, United States 11-05-13
    Amanda MIDDLEBORO, MA, United States 11-05-13
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    "Great book, needs updated audiobook"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I knew I was getting the abridged audiobook from the 1994 edition, but the content is drastically different from the 2006 version. The Audible version is listed along with the 2006 edition is you search audio, so if you want the main points of the updated text, you won't be disappointed. However, know that you are missing out on a lot of information and helpful illustrations. I wish an UNABRIDGED audiobook was available for the updated edition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 09-23-13
    Nathan 09-23-13
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Discipline to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I really enjoyed listening rather then reading it as I felt I was more apart of the conversation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifth Discipline?

    beer game - and how I could relate to it.


    What does Peter M. Senge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his passion and the way he provides the examples is more capturing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved in the beer game and continued all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very difficult to read a book, my mind seems to read the page over and over again, like I skim over the words not taking them in. Thus I don't read any books.

    This was a test for me and i'm hooked I actually loved every moment, and will not listen to a book a week.

    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany-Lin United States 06-23-13
    Tiffany-Lin United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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?

    NA


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

    Good change of pace from the regular narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    5/6/09
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    "Great but you need the book as well"

    This is great to listen to, although he doesn't narrate the whole thing - hearing Peter Senge's enthusiasm is fantastic. A word of warning though, because systems thinking is a visual thing you should treat this as a companion to the book rather than a replacement. You won't get the idea of systems diagrams from just listening.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
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    1/25/14
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    "Immensely useful and intelligently abridged"

    Senge's business best seller offers an accessible and very practical guide to improving organisational performance through a focus on conversational technique, an appreciation of various types of feedback loop and the ability to recognise our mental models and test if they're true or useful. I was a little concerned that this had been abridged but it loses nothing in coherence or useful detail and I've been able to put a number of fifth discipline techniques to work with good results since making this purchase. Anyone with an interest in organisational development, project management, team leadership or management development would benefit from listening to this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. RODRIGUEZ
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    7/8/13
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    "For anyone wanting to excel at work..."
    Where does The Fifth Discipline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First audiobook ever. Really good listening, thought provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The examples given to illustrate the educational aspects of it


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

    Good pace, easy to follow


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, quite engaging


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    malahide, Ireland
    12/24/12
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    "Great Start point for the Learning orginisation"

    Well spoken and thought out. It gave clear insight into the material and the examples made you really think and associate with the content in a business and any communications environment, a definitive business book well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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