Notes from the Fifth Discipline
If everyone is continually putting out fires, there’s no time to analyse things.
1 - Promote Personal Mastery
Being committed to learning and growing. Leads to a deep sense of fulfillment and keeps motivated and excited.
Work motivates when it challenges to grow. Connected with identifying our purpose and vision.
For leaders: Model this approach. Genuine curiosity is contagious.
Linking to [[The Big Five for Life]].
2 - Examine Mental Models
We’re blinded by limiting (often unconscious) beliefs.
Made up of:
- Life experience
By identifying own mental models one can become more open-minded and learns how to question own thinking.
Linking to: Notes from the Power of Mental models
3 - Team Learning
Happens when employees enter a real dialogue with each other. With critique, probing questions and examination for own biases and assumptions.
Teams develop a combined intelligence.
Assumption Testing is a great way to enable team learning [[MOC Assumption Testing]] .
4 - Shared Vision
Gives energy to a learning organisation. Keeps people working and experimenting, also through disappointments and short-term failure.
Make it relevant to every employee.
Teams have a sense of ownership over what they do and how/what they contribute to the company.
5 - System Thinking
Systems thinking teaches you to analyse problems holistically. Cause and effect are often circular and influence each other in cyclical feedback loops 1.
Understand underlying processes that are at play in organisations.
- Causal Loop Diagram
- A systems thinking approach to Life & Knowledge Management
- [[SYSTEMANTICS. THE SYSTEMS BIBLE]]
Role of leaders
Combine the skills of being:
- a designer - to design a learning environment
- a teacher - to lead by examples and teach others
- a steward - to protect and preserve things that are truly important
- Notes from the Power of Mental models
- [[The Fifth Discipline]]
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