The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994)

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The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, (1994), presents a practical application of group problem solving using a system’s thinking approach as well as the integration of learning theory into an organization. The author claims that no one person has all the answers. But that a collective experience of people that work to create answers, forms a powerful impact on any organization. The book was written for people who want to learn how to make a facility more effective while impacting the organization with their own vision. Senge, etal, (1994), uses a five discipline approach for developing three core learning capabilities of fostering aspiration, developing a reflective conversation and an understanding complexity. The five disciplines, each a lifelong program of study and practice, are identified as Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision, Team Learning, and Systems Thinking. Personal Mastery describes a longitudinal practice assisting in clarifying and deepening a personal vision. This discipline demonstrates a way to grow and move toward a shared goal. It assists in refocusing productive energy and teaches ways to grow in patience. It demonstrates how to step back and remove your bias enables one to see yet a bigger reality more objectively. Mental Models assists in redefining our perceptions of reality. It identifies our most inner ingrained assumptions, and assists in how we perceive our work environment and even the world. The authors help the reader to better understand how formulated assumptions and actions influence our decision making process. When we have a better understanding of our own personal mental perceptions, it allows us to reflect on how those images impact our ability to see br... ... middle of paper ... ...te for projects of the future. By keeping the care of the patient, as a central goal, and using the field guide as a valuable resource to create an organization of learning, the outcomes can’t go anywhere but up. Using the fifth discipline will influence my work by providing a platform for project development as well as a catalyst for implementing change. It will provide avenues for staff to assist in the promotion of the project as one of their own, not mine, but ours. I anticipate a greater respect among staff that are dedicated to their patients to continue to provide outstanding care while focusing on the complex issues of heart failure patients. Their dedication will promote a haven of dedication to seek new ways to identify patients as well as give them the care and information they need to make this project not only successful but gratifying.

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