Saturday, September 13, 2008

Collaboration & Systemic Change

Peter Senge has had a big influence on my understanding of leadership and ability to impact change. The book he is most closely associated with is The Fifth Discipline. I found a review on You Tube . The book was updated in 2003 and is still is required in many graduate programs. (If you get bored - Chapter 3 starts at the 5 minute mark of the video.)

Companies are living organizations constantly changing based on the actions of people who impact them. Collaborations between people and organizations bring new opportunities for both the individual and the organization to learn, grow and improve. In concert with the collaborations and communication tools and processes the allow sharing, there is always an opportunity for those who are open to reach higher, grow and achieve more.

I have always found opportunities to achieve more appealing and rewarding in difficult times. Today's environment presents the biggest and most challenging opportunity for people to show their potential than at any other time in my career. The Fifth Discipline in all its irony does not address discipline itself. Whether you choose to read the book or not - discipline, determination, extra effort and respect are traits shared by successful people. In the face of Systemic Change that requires Collaboration it's easy to forget what you need to do to achieve. Don't let it happen to you.

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