Peter M. Senge Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. He is also Founding Chair of the Society for
Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community dedicated to the
“interdependent development of people and their institutions.” He is the
author of the widely acclaimed book The Fifth Discipline: The Art and
Practice of The Learning Organization (over one million copies have been
sold). In 1997, Harvard Business Review identified it as one of the
seminal management books of the past 75 years.
He has subsequently
published two field books on the application of enhanced learning
capabilities. Dr. Senge’s work articulates a cornerstone position of
human values in the workplace; namely, that vision, purpose,
reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential if organizations are
to realize their potentials. Dr. Senge has lectured extensively
throughout the world and has published many articles in academic
journals and the business press. The Journal of Business Strategy
(September/October 1999) named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had
the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years. The Financial Times (2000) named him as one of the world’s “top
management gurus.” Business Week (October 2001) listed Peter as one of
The Top (ten) Management Gurus.
Those are basically three ways of saying who we are as human beings - head, heart, and hands. People have said it in many different ways. Chinese culture has three different traditions: Taoism, which is physically based; Confucianism, which is relational or the social philosophy of the heart; and Buddhism, which is more mentally centered.