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The Learning Organization, Peter Senge

Each of the five disciplines represents a lifelong body of study and practice for individuals and teams in organizations.
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on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of The Learning Organization, Peter Senge

The Learning Organization
Peter Senge Personal Mastery Mental Models Shared Vision Team Learning Systems Thinking "It has become clear that schools can be re-created, made vital, and sustainably renewed not by fiat or command, and not by regulation, but by taking a learning orientation. This means involving EVERYONE in the SYSTEM in expressing their aspirations, building their awareness, and developing their capabilities together." Peter Senge "Schools that Learn" "In a school that learns, people who traditionally may have been suspicious of one another - parents and teachers, educatiors and local businesspeople, administrators and union members, people inside and outside the school walls, students and adults - recognize their common stake in the future of the school system and the things they can learn from one another." Peter Senge "Schools that Learn" Personal Mastery – Personal mastery is the practice of articulating a coherent image of your personal vision – the results you most want to create in your life – alongside a realistic assessment of the current reality of your life today. This produces a kind of innate tension that when cultivated, can expand your capacity to make better choices and to achieve more of the results that you have chosen. This collective discipline establishes a focus on mutual purpose. People with a common purpose (e.g., the teachers, administrators, and staff in a school) can learn to nourish a sense of commitment in a group or organization by developing shared images of the future they seek to create and the principles and guiding practices by which they hope to get there. A school or community that hopes to live by learning needs a common shared vision process. A management philosophy that understands (not fears) the complexity of the real world, which opposes short term fixes based on preconceived ideas with little respect for past experiences that eventually lead to failure. Learning organizations understand that all elements within an organization are connected and decisions impact individuals in a counter intuitive fasion. A learning oragnization status is only achieved by practicing the 5 disciplines (personal mastery, shared vision, mental models, team learning, and systems thinking.) Mental Models – This discipline of reflection and inquiry skills is focused around developing awareness of attitudes and perceptions – your own and those of others around you. Working with mental models can also help you more clearly and honestly define current reality. Since most mental models in education are often undiscussable and hidden from view, one of the critical acts for a learning school is to develop the capability to talk safely and productively about dangerous and discomfiting subject. (They don’t ever tell us what to do, they help us see our situation more clearly.) Team Learning – The discipline of group interaction. Through such techniques as dialogue and skillful discussion, small groups of people transform their collective thinking, learning to mobilize their energies and actions to achieve common goals and drawing forth an intelligence and ability greater than the sum of the individual members’ talents. Team learning can be fostered inside classrooms, between parents and teachers, among members of the community, and in the “pilot groups” that pursue successful school change.
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