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Business books tend to be cyclical. If you look through the hundreds of Soundview Executive Book Summaries available at Summary.com, you can almost predict the year in which a book was published by looking at its subject matter. The past decade is a great example of this concept. At the outset, there were numerous books dealing with globalization, as well as “catch-up” guides for business that were late to the Internet revolution. By the end of the decade, books on surviving economic turbulence and streamlining one’s operation were dominating the virtual shelf space.
Occasionally, a game-changing book is published that defies the ability to be dated. Furthermore, it cements itself as a title that deserves a permanent place on every executive’s bookshelf. Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization is one such title. More than 20 years after its publication, the book remains one of the most influential summaries ever offered by Soundview. For a 10-year period, it topped Soundview’s sales charts every year. Prior to Soundview moving to an all-digital format, tens of thousands of executives ordered printed copies of the summary of Senge’s book.
This month, Soundview is offering a renewed opportunity for executives to delve deep into Senge’s study of learning organizations. The Fifth Discipline is now available in all of Soundview’s multiple digital formats (including iPad and mp3!). Senge will help you explore whether or not your organization suffers from a learning disability, why the Fifth Discipline is the key to fixing the problem, and what are the core disciplines of building your company into a learning organization.
It’s a transformational trip taken by thousands of companies over the past two decades. While Senge has continued to produce memorable, successful works, The Fifth Discipline altered the course of management thinking in a manner shared by only a few authors. Invest in your company’s future by taking this vital trip to the recent past.
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