About the 11 Laws of the Fifth Discipline

Some of these laws have (at times) severely disrupted operation in the companies I worked for, and I guess they are hard (if not impossible) to cherish. My favorite is number 2. Why do so little managers understand this simple concept?

  1. Today’s problems come from yesterday’s “solutions.”
  2. The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back.
  3. Behaviour grows better before it grows worse.
  4. The easy way out usually leads back in.
  5. The cure can be worse than the disease.
  6. Faster is slower.
  7. Cause and effect are not closely related in time and space.
  8. Small changes can produce big results… but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious.
  9. You can have your cake and eat it too — but not all at once.
  10. Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two small elephants.
  11. There is no blame.

Peter Senge – The Fifth Discipline

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