Peter M. Senge > Quotes

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“Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustrated idealist — someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.”
Peter M. Senge
“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.”
Peter M. 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 M. 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
“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 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
“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 M. Senge
“The world is made of Circles
And we think in straight Lines”
Peter M. 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
“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 M. Senge
“The only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.”
Peter M. 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 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 M. Senge

tags: cynism
“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
“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
“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
“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
“[…] 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
“Mastery of creative tension brings out the capacity for perseverance and patience. Time is an ally.”
Peter M. Senge
“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
“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
“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
“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
“In Buddhist theory, two Sanskrit terms, vitarka and vicara, are used to describe the subtle attachments of mind. Vitarka characterizes the state of “seeking,” when our attention is attached to what we’re trying to make happen. Vicara characterizes the state of “watching,” when, even though we’re not trying to force something to happen, we’re still attached to an outcome we are waiting for. With either, our mental attachment makes us blind or resistant to other aspects of what is happening right now.”
Peter M. Senge, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society
“This “desire for efficacy” might be the desire to help a sick child, to solve a pressing problem, or to feel secure. One basic way to expand our efficacy is through modern science and technology. But another is through integrated (emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual) growth and enhanced wisdom. This means growing in our sense of connection with nature and with one another and learning to live in ways that naturally cultivate our capacity to be human.”
Peter M. Senge, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society
“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
“Do we meet each person curious about the miracle of a human being that we are about to connect with? Or do we meet a poor person that we are about to help?”
Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
“When people who are actually creating a system start to see themselves as the source of their problems, they invariably discover a new capacity to create results they truly desire.”
Peter M. Senge, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

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