Reading The Fifth Discipline – Part 2a

First, a little about CoachZero, the blog.

In a way, I started writing again as an act of faith several months ago. I didn’t know exactly what this was going to look like, but I knew that I desired (and continue to desire) to help people like you grow in ways that can enhance your lives, careers and the lives of those around you who are willing to grow. While doing that I want to show you how to work toward realizing your aspirations as you continue to hold them in creative tension with your current reality/situation.

I saw this first period of CoachZero as a sort of cross between a preamble and a shakedown cruise. That creative freedom is what helped me come to where I am at this moment. Mostly I’ve been reading three things this year: Harry Turtledove fiction, Syd Field’s screenwriting books and more recently, Senge’s The Fifth Discipline. That mix has helped move me to where I am. You’ll likely find that a different combination opens you up creatively, although I highly recommend those three authors.

Regardless of what you think of the creative collage (including the spaces!) you’ve seen here previously, the blog (or the rest or the test) begins now.

(You may skip over the creative interlude below if it interrupts your flow. I have found that having impactful video and audio helps me remember and I really find the phrase, “The test begins now” quite memorable from “Fight Test” by The Flaming Lips. I encourage you to listen to the song at least once and listen to that phrase at least twice.)

I’ll leave you with this to chew on from The Fifth Discipline.

“Companies who take profit as their purpose are like people who think life is about breathing. They’re missing something.”

I say that the same goes for people and organizations.

Join me again in Part 2b where I may or may not make a joke about 2b or not 2b.


Reading The Fifth Discipline – Part 1

Today I begin to share with you a very important book which you may not even know exists. If you want to build an organization you will benefit greatly by reading Peter M. Senge’s The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization.

Here is a quote from W. Edwards Deming that you will find in the introduction to this book:

“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.”

The Fifth Discipline helps us do better.