Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases!
Start by following Peter M. Senge.

Peter M. Senge Peter M. Senge > Quotes


Peter M. Senge quotes Showing 1-30 of 118

“Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustrated idealist — someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.”
Peter Senge
“People don't resist change. They resist being changed.”
Peter Senge
“You cannot force commitment, what you can do…You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide a role model.  Your primary influence is the environment you create.”
Peter Senge
“the bad leader is he who the people despise; the good leader is he who the people praise; the great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we reperceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life”
Peter M. Senge
“Courage is simply doing whatever is needed in pursuit of the vision”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
tags: life
“Business and human endeavors are systems…we tend to focus on snapshots of isolated parts of the system. And wonder why our deepest problems never get solved.”
Peter Senge
“The world is made of Circles
And we think in straight Lines”
Peter Senge
“Collaboration is vital to sustain what we call profound or really deep change, because without it, organizations are just overwhelmed by the forces of the status quo. ”
Peter Senge
“People with high levels of personal mastery...cannot afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head and heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye.”
Peter Senge
“The most effective people are those who can "hold" their vision while remaining committed to seeing current reality clearly”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“The only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization's ability to learn faster than the competition.”
Peter Senge
“Reality is made up of circles but we see straight lines.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“In the presence of greatness, pettiness disappears. In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“In combating cynicism, it helps to know its source. Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustated idealist – someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.

Bill O’Brien points out that ‘burnout’ comes from causes other than simply working too hard: “There are teachers, social workers and clergy who work incredibly hard until they are 80 years old and never suffer ’burnout’ - because they have an accurate view of human nature. They don’t over-romanticize people, so they don’t feel the great pshychological stress when people let them down”
Peter Senge
tags: cynism
“[...] vision without systems thinking ends up painting lovely pictures of the future with no deep understanding of the forces that must be mastered to move from here to there.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“It is not the absence of defensiveness that characterizes learning teams but the way defensiveness is faced”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“vision is an idle dream at best and a cynical delusion at worst - but not an achievable end”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“breakthroughs come when people learn how to take the time to stop and examine their assumptions.”
Peter M. Senge, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society
“Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. People are born with intrinsic motivation, self-respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy in learning. The forces of destruction begin with toddlers—a prize for the best Halloween costume, grades in school, gold stars—and on up through the university. On the job, people, teams, and divisions are ranked, reward for the top, punishment for the bottom. Management by Objectives, quotas, incentive pay, business plans, put together separately, division by division, cause further loss, unknown and unknowable.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“When young people develop basic leadership and collaborative learning skills, they can be a formidable force for change.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“If we see each problem—be it water shortages, climate change, or poverty—as separate, and approach each separately, the solutions we come up with will be short-term, often opportunistic, “quick fixes” that do nothing to address deeper imbalances.”
Peter M. Senge, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
“Mastery of creative tension brings out the capacity for perseverance and patience. Time is an ally.”
Peter Senge
“taking in information is only distantly related to real learning. It would be nonsensical to say, “I just read a great book about bicycle riding—I’ve now learned that.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“We will never transform the prevailing system of management without transforming our prevailing system of education. They are the same system.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively. As such, it is an essential cornerstone of the learning organization—the learning organization’s spiritual foundation.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“I believe benchmarking best practices can open people’s eyes as to what is possible, but it can also do more harm than good, leading to piecemeal copying and playing catch-up. As one seasoned Toyota manager commented after hosting over a hundred tours for visiting executives, “They always say ‘Oh yes, you have a Kan-Ban system, we do also. You have quality circles, we do also. Your people fill out standard work descriptions, ours do also.’ They all see the parts and have copied the parts. What they do not see is the way all the parts work together.” I do not believe great organizations have ever been built by trying to emulate another, any more than individual greatness is achieved by trying to copy another “great person.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“In Chapter 8, I argued that personal vision, by itself, is not the key to releasing the energy of the creative process. The key is “creative tension,” the tension between vision and reality. The most effective people are those who can “hold” their vision while remaining committed to seeing current reality clearly.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“people “shift the burden” of their problem to other solutions—well-intentioned, easy fixes which seem extremely efficient.”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization: First edition
“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come,” said Victor Hugo”
Peter M. Senge, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

« previous 1 3 4

All Quotes | Add A Quote
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization The Fifth Discipline
30,418 ratings
Open Preview
The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
1,683 ratings
Open Preview
Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society Presence
1,344 ratings
Open Preview
The Dance of Change: The challenges to sustaining momentum in a learning organization The Dance of Change
398 ratings
Open Preview