This book is for people who want to learn, especially while treading the fertile ground of organizational life.
The idea of a learning organization has become increasingly prominent over the last few years. This book's predecessor, The Fifth Discipline
, helped give voice to that wave on interest by presenting the conceptual underpinnings of the work of building learning organizations. Since its publication in 1990, Peter Senge et al. have talked to thousands of people who have committed themselves to the idea of building a learning organization. However, many of them are still not certain how to put the concepts into practice, asking questions like 'What do we do Monday morning? How do we navigate past the many barriers and roadblocks to collective learning? How do we discover exactly what kind of learning organization we wish to create? How do we get started?' No one person has THE answers to these questions, but there are answers.
It is time for a 'fieldbook' - a collection of notes, reflections and exercised 'from the field'. This volume contains 172 pieces of writing by 67 authors, describing tools and methods, stories and reflections, guiding ideas and exercises and resources which people are using effectively.
This should be a valuable guide and reference to those leading, or simply taking part in, organizational transformation. There's a lot to learn and use in the Fieldbook. - Philip Carroll, President and CEO, Shell Oil Company
Peter Senge's concepts take work. They take time. They take personal commitment. But, I believe, they hold the potential for sustained success. - Robert E. Allen, Chairman of the Board, AT&T
If you believe, as I do, that people are the only long-term competitive advantage and lifelong learning is the way to fully develop that advantage, you must read this book. It's about the real work, the work of implementation! - Richard F. Teerlink, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Senge's message of growth and prosperity holds strong appeal for today's business leaders. - Fortune
Peter Senge's advocacy of the learning organization helped begin a revolution in the workplace. And, the relevance of Senge's work is growing rather than diminishing over time. As more businesses go global, the need to overcome psychological barriers to necessary organizational change increases. - Management Today
A landmark book. - Christian Century