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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization is a book by Peter Senge focusing on group problem solving using the systems thinking method in order to convert companies into learning organizations. It was first published by Currency in 1990. ISBN 0-385-26095-4

The Five DisciplinesEdit

The five disciplines of the learning organization discussed in the book are:

The Learning DisabilitiesEdit

  • 1) "I am my position."
  • 2) "The enemy out there."
  • 3) The Illusion of Taking Charge
  • 4) The Fixation of Events
  • 5) The Parable of the Boiled Frog
  • 6) The Delusion of Learning from Experience
  • 7) The Myth of the Management Team

The Laws of the Fifth DisciplineEdit

  • 1) Today's problems come from yesterday's "solutions."
  • 2) The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back.
  • 3) Behavior grows better before it grows worse.
  • 4) The easy way out usually leads back in.
  • 5) The cure can be worse than the disease.
  • 6) Faster is slower.
  • 7) Cause and effect are not closely related in time and space.
  • 8) Small changes can produce big results...but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious.
  • 9) You can have your cake and eat it
  • 10) Dividing an elephant in half does not produce me.

See also Edit


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