The fifth discipline is a fascinating read. It’s well written and full of interesting insights, that really make you think.
The examples and illustrations do not have any bias attached to them. The narrative encourages you to ‘perceive’ the various systems and institutions around you in an altogether different light. All of a sudden, the plumbing, the infrastructure of the organization as an institution, starts becoming visible. You see more. You have newer ways of looking at things, which eventually leads to better insights.
Anyhow, I am reminded of this one concept that Peter M Senge illustrates in this book. The gist of it was that when systems come in contact with each other. It’s important to look at the ‘relationship between these two (or more) systems and try and make sense out of it’. As opposed to spending all of the time and effort trying to learn what is going on within these systems.
In an era of increasing complexity. I think, this concept that Peter has illustrated is an important one. It’s important for institutions of various types.
Greater understanding can only come from better and evolving insights. That one concept about studying the relationships between two or more systems is a start. The first step, towards demystifying, understanding and improving constructs.