With the book „the fifth discipline“, Peter Senge brought the learning organization closer to people. The point is that, from his point of view, we need five areas to move an organization to change and to promote systems thinking.
- This includes the „Personal Mastery“, i.e. personal development and self-management. There are two exciting questions: What do I want to contribute and what do I want to leave behind?
- The second area are the „mental models“. This is about our self-concept and our individual values and norms. Assumptions and behaviors that are deeply rooted in us influence our thinking and guide our behavior.
- The third area is the „shared vision“. A well-formulated shared vision and mission can encourage real engagement. Top management normally impose the vision but must show what people want to achieve together.
- The fourth area is team learning, togetherness, dialogue, and common thinking. If we manage to see everyone equally in the company and value every contribution, we have a great chance to push each other up and thus become successful together.
- The fifth discipline is systems thinking. Keep everything in view, from small sub-areas to holistic links and keep an eye on change.