The Fifth Disipline

Version: Abridged
Author: Peter M. Senge
Narrator: Peter M. Senge
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 1999
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name amongst 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.

Reviews (6)

The Know It All

Written by Book Worm from Willis, TX on January 22nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book was a little lighthearted for me. If you're interested learning about the encyclopedia, you might enjoy it. I did not finish the book.

A Letdown

Written by Anonymous on November 29th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I'm a fan of leadership books and principles, which I try to apply in my own professional life and personal life. This book was an incredible letdown and waste of my time. I managed to get through the entire book, thanks to a long road trip, but the book was extremely boring and very little that I could take away and apply. Stale is probably the word, since it was a rehash of any number of much better-written leadership and growth books. If you insist on renting this one, make sure you drink a Red Bull before listening to keep yourself awake (especially if driving!).

At times compelling

Written by Anonymous from Riverside, CA on October 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Perhaps the most enjoyable and engaging parts of the book were those narrated directly by Senge himself.

Deep and Insightful

Written by Dave Paulson on February 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I actually had to listen to this book twice. The first time through my impression was that it breezed to lightly over it's many topics, and that it spent too much time on explaining the Beer Game at MIT. My second time around was quite a different experience. The Beer Game does indeed provide a frame of reference for the entire work, though I still think the explanation goes into far too much detail. Using this as an anchor and building out into the disciplines is actually quite effective. The areas of Personal Mastery, Shared Vision, Mental Models, Team Learning and System Thinking all provide valuable insight into the interrelations of people working together and how a motivated leader can leverage this understanding to effect real and lasting change. I do still think that overall content lacked the depth that the subject matter deserved, hence 4 instead of 5 stars, but this is definitely worth the read.

The Fifth Discipline

Written by Seth from Royse City, TX on December 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. This book is a great application of practical and intellectual concepts. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She's an entrepreneur and I'm in corporate life, and we both found the book applies to many aspects of our businesses and personal philosophies.

The Fifth Discipline

Written by Christopher B from Orchard Park, NY on December 31st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Wow, I sure am glad I received the abridged version! While I think Senge has some interesting ideas, I do not think this selection was very good. The narrator belabors his points and renders interesting concepts much less so by dint of repetition. I did find Senge's description of creative tension to be compelling, but the rest of it could be skipped, in my opinion.

Author Details

Author Details

Senge, Peter M.

"Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the ""interdependent development of people and their institutions."" He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization (1990) and, with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and Art Kleiner, co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994) and a fieldbook The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (March, 1999), also co-authored by George Roth. In September 2000, a fieldbook on education was published, the award winning Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education, co-authored with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton, and Art Kleiner.

Dr. Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change. His areas of special interest focus on decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the capacity of all people to work productively toward common goals. Dr. Senge's work articulates a cornerstone position of human values in the workplace; namely, that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential if organizations are to realize their potentials. He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care and government.

Peter Senge received a B.S. in engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in social systems modeling and Ph.D. in management from MIT. He lives with his wife and their two children in central Massachusetts."