[book] The Fifth Discipline

Rating : ★★★★★
Category : Business & Investing
Author : Peter Senge

There’re only less than 10 books that I consider the ‘bibles’ for work-life, that will make you understand more about your work, business, and in the end, your life.

If you want to read ONE and ONLY ONE book about management in your entire life; read The Essential Drucker (by Peter F Drucker). Click here for my review.

If you want the SECOND ONE, Fifth Discipline it is.

The Fifth Discipline

The keywords from this book are SYSTEM, PROBLEM, LEARNING : three important things in our life.


This is very important matter to understand the phenomena around our life.
Just like game, life is easier if you understand it as a system.
Sometimes, we consider action and reaction are direct, but in reality, that does not work that way.

The simplest example is when you turn hot-cold water knob in your bathroom.
There is some ‘time’ you must wait for the result. You cannot just turn the knob left and right to get the temperature you want.

Here are some premises that Senge try to tell the audience :

1) Today’s problems come from yesterday’s “solutions.”
2) The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back.
3) Behavior will grow worse before it grows better.
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 too —but not all at once.
10) Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two small elephants.
11) There is no blame.



Quote from the book :

Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human.
Through learning we re-create ourselves.
Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do.
Through learning we re-percieve the world and our relationship to it.
Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life.
There is within each of us a deep hunger for this type of learning.

FINAL VERDICT : Must-read for anyone who wants to understand more about their life.

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