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The Fifth Discipline

The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
Written by: Peter M. Senge
Narrated by: Peter M. Senge
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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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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great book, still very relevant

loved this book.

what made it different was the narration style, which was very honest, humble and lighthearted

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Refreshingly relevant!

I can't believe it was first published that long ago. Such ageless words of wisdom.

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  • Greg
  • 2008-02-26

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.

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  • J. Cullinan
  • 2012-11-06

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-11-05

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.

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  • Carina
  • 2018-07-22

This should be marked as an abridged version!

I did not know I was getting abridged version, no mention in description from mobile, please correct the listing details.

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  • Ana Pliopas
  • 2011-11-29

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.

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  • Jason Knavel
  • 2018-04-10

SUMMARY: not the full book

This is not even close to the full book. It is an extremely short summary. Do not be fooled.

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  • Dawn
  • 2004-02-17

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.

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  • Ethan Klitzke
  • 2018-03-05

would like unabridged and latest version

seemed overly simplified to shorten for audio. would like unabridged release and please update to latest version.

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  • Zach Rivera
  • 2017-06-09

missing a lot

Did not actually match the book. A lot of information is left out. Disappointed In the chapter breakdown as well.

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  • B. J. Kril
  • 2016-10-19

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.

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