This revised edition of the bestselling classic is based on fifteen years of experience in putting Peter Senge’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas of the Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published, have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.
Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning blocks that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations, in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create the results they truly desire.
Mastering the disciplines Senge outlines in the book will:
• Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them
• Bridge teamwork into macrocreativity
• Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets
• Teach you to see the forest and the trees
• End the struggle between work and personal time
This updated edition contains more than one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies such as BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, and Saudi Aramco and organizations such as Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank.
Timely and vital, this landmark book offers Americans up-to-the-minute strategies for succeeding against Japanese competitors. Showing how hundreds of American companies are already winning, this book provides a wealth of realistic ways to restructure U.S. businesses to prosper in today’s unforgiving global market place. Based on the authors’ 15 years of experience in Japan.
Thrive in the multicultural communities where you work and live
People, money, and information are flowing faster than ever across international borders, putting us all just one step away from a culture crash–that moment when you unintentionally confuse, frustrate, or offend someone from another culture. Are you struggling with trying to learn the customs, nuances, and hot buttons of every culture you might come into contact with? Michael Landers guides you toward a better solution: becoming aware of your own cultural “baggage.” You’ll learn to sidestep the knee-jerk reactions that can get you into trouble and develop the agility to adjust your behaviors and expectations as needed. Through a mix of entertaining and instructive stories, valuable insights, and eye-opening self-assessments, Culture Crossing offers an essential primer for improving all your interactions with people from any background.
The importance of international technology diffusion (ITD) for economic development can hardly be overstated. Both the acquisition of technology and its diffusion foster productivity growth. Developing countries have long sought to use both national policies and international agreements to stimulate ITD. The “correct” policy intervention, if any, depends critically upon the channels through which technology diffuses internationally and the quantitative effects of the various diffusion processes on efficiency and productivity growth. Neither is well understood. New technologies may be embodied in goods and transferred through imports of new varieties of differentiated products or capital goods and equipment, they may be obtained through exposure to foreign buyers or foreign investors or they may be acquired through arms-length trade in intellectual property, e.g., licensing contracts. Global Integration and Technology Transfer uses cross-country and firm level panel data sets to analyze how specific activities “exporting, importing, FDI, joint ventures” impact on productivity performance.
The Four Year Career for Women 2nd Edition featuring: Margie Aliprandi, Pam Barnum, Kierston Kirschbaum, Brenda Schuler, Sara Marble, Whitney Husband, Jenifer Furness, Amani Zein McDermott, Masa Cemazar, and Sarah Robbins. This book is for any woman adventurous enough to open it up and begin the journey to a richer, more fulfilling, more purpose-driven life. Written by Kimmy Brooke, who went from struggling single mom to true financial freedom, this quick, fun read will allow you to explore your life in a self-narrative, journaling type of way. You will uncover new ideas, answer questions, and better understand the concept of this model called Network Marketing. It will lead you to answer one simple question: Is this for me? This is the “for women” version of the bestselling Network Marketing book The Four Year Career® by Richard Bliss Brooke, Kimmy’s partner in love, marriage, and business
Lawyer, doctor, scientist–these are the jobs Americans commonly cite when asked to list the most prestigious occupations. The word “professional” today implies expertise, authority, and excellence. To do a job professionally is to do it well. Yet in a society in which knowledge has
become a prized asset and an advanced degree the ticket to wealth and power, the rise of professionalism has a darker, more ominous side.
Power in the Highest Degree, one of the most comprehensive studies of professionals ever undertaken, exposes professionalism as a double-edged sword; it illustrates how experts have come to “own” and control knowledge, much like the wealthy control capital, thereby transforming capitalist and
socialist society, both for better and for worse. Knowledge long predates money as a source of power and wealth in human society, and professionals are only the most recent in a long succession of powerful knowledge classes that have included shaman, witchdoctors, and the Confucian mandarins who
ruled China for over a thousand years.
Drawing on interviews with over 1,000 practicing professionals, the authors show how, by dispensing self-interested and morally colored judgements as scientific truth, modern professionals are consolidating a monopoly over what passes for objective knowledge. Experts discredit the ordinary
knowledge of the general public to generate a vast market of dependent clients. The result is a powerful professional class that creates vital new knowledge and life-saving services, but also wields growing influence over a population deeply insecure about its ability to manage private and public
affairs without “expert” guidance.
This sweeping study also reveals that more and more experts are abandoning private practice to work for corporations, becoming junior partners in a new “Mandarin capitalism.” While often outspoken advocates of a more socially responsible business world, professionals have joined big business to
produce one of the most pronounced divisions of mental and manual work in history, creating a new dispossessed majority, the uncredentialed. We learn of an experiment at Polaroid to give machine operators more responsibility which is cancelled when managers and engineers decided that they “just
didn’t want operators that qualified.” The authors argue that, as this new “mandarin” class radically transforms the social order, it helps to reform some of the traditional scourges of the business world, but also poses a new threat to equality in America. To reverse this trend, they propose a
post-professional society that de-emphasizes skill hierarchies and substantially democratizes knowledge.
A bold and incisive new work of social criticism, this book provides a fascinating look at the modern professional and provokes Americans to think in a new way about democracy in the age of experts.