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The Fifth Discipline Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Filippa 01/12/2016
    Filippa 01/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Some real gems but overall disappointing"

    There were some real gems in this book but I found it hard to stay interested. The beer game was long and drawn out and seemed over the top. Some example like the water faucet were over-explained for me and other really important key concepts like the five disciplines were skated over and I wanted to know more. Perhaps this book assumes the reader is already familiar with Senge's work. Most disappointing and puzzling for me was that Senge doesn't give credit to Robert Fritz when he talked about creative tension and structural dynamics - he even used Fritz's explanation of the rubber band. He gave credit to other people throughout the book so why not Fritz. Was excited about this book and there are some gems and I will read more of Senge's work to learn what I want to know more about but this book did not meet my expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Greg
    Bel Aire, KS, United States
    26/02/08
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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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • J. Cullinan
    DC
    6/11/12
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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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    MIDDLEBORO, MA, United States
    5/11/13
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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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ana
    Brazil
    29/11/11
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    Arcata, CA, United States
    17/02/04
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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.

    30 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • AE
    SAVANNAH, GA, United States
    1/08/07
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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
  • Elizabeth
    Bellevue, WA, United States
    9/06/09
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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
  • B. J. Kril
    Chicago
    19/10/16
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    "This is the abridged version"
    What would have made The Fifth Discipline better?

    The abridged version has less than half of the full text. There is a lot missing from this version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MARTIN CARNEY
    9/09/16
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    "Short enough to be listened to many times and ..."

    and dense enough to be worth doing so.

    A great perspective on how team members can work towards what what they want as individuals while making the team better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alf Kåre Lefdal
    Oslo, norway
    30/08/16
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    "This is an abridged version"

    The ideas are great, really intriguing, and normally I would give this book 5 stars. But this is an abridged version, apparently an old version, and nowhere is this fact stated. Also, only half the content is read by Mr. Senge, the rest by some anonymous guy.

    On the other hand, the reviews of the complete book (Kindle edition) indicates that that version is too long, so maybe an abridged version is OK? But please inform me before I buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • B
    Scotland
    6/05/09
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • deeone
    20/09/16
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    "language is out of date, but still good."

    Good narration, but the story, language and examples badly need to be brought up to date.
    Even so, the message is still clear, relevant, and insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kaisbadran
    7/05/15
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    "Great book not enough details "

    audio book felt like a good summary of a big book. Over all lots of good info and most of the concept coverd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    London
    25/01/14
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H. RODRIGUEZ
    UK
    8/07/13
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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
    24/12/12
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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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