Three Levels in Senge's 5 Disciplines

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Three Levels in Senge's 5 Disciplines
A ‘discipline’ is viewed by Senge as a series of principles and practices that we study, master and integrate into our lives. Each of the five disciplines can be approached at three levels:
1) PRACTICES: what you do.
2) PRINCIPLES: guiding ideas and insights.
3) ESSENCES: the state of being those with high levels of mastery in the discipline.

We need to also address issues of resistance.

Personal Mastery is Key
Keen To Learn, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
In my opinion, personal mastery is the key goal as this will drive progress with all other disciplines. There is little point driving forward a shared vision or team learning if individuals in the organization are not enlightened enough to make the most of a pro-learning climate.

3 Levels of Senge’s 5 Disciplines
Wendy Meijer, Management Consultant, Netherlands, Member
@BEN ONG: I agree that we need to address issues of resistance. In my opinion we need to acknowledge the resistance, and inquire about the qualities in the resistance, and where differences come together.
Where does this fit in the three levels above?

Resistance or Readiness?
Gerard Leigh, Business Consultant, United Kingdom, SIG Leader
@BEN ONG and @Wendy Meijer - On the subject of resistance I would suggest that resistance only occurs when readiness is missing!
Assessing change readiness prior to any initiative is a good investment as it will reveal either a path of success or an early warning of problems – that can be dealt with prior to the event thus maximising the chance of a successful change.
Readiness within an organisation is one of the key factors that will dictate employees’ initial support and buy-in to any change initiative and as such a state of readiness is desirable if the initiative is to be successful.
It might be appropriate, for example, to quantitatively measure the readiness at the individual level of the key members. It is the amalgamation of individual activities that will define if an organisation accepts, or rejects change. In short it can be argued that the sum of the individual readiness defines the overall organisational readiness for change.

Readiness to Change
Andrea D Diaz, Student (Other), United States, Member
@BEN ONG: People resist when they do not see where they "fit" into the change being suggested/implemented.
Rather than seeing this as "resistance", we should be looking at it from a standpoint of "integration communication failure". Help individuals see the "why" for the needed change; and how they will fit in, and how the change fits into the overall strategy; and what are the benefits (from a profitability angle) to the overall organization.
Then begin "ferreting" out who is leading the "resistance" — is it one person or a group?
You need to educate the employees about the integration program, detailing long-range benefits, and how they will fit into the long-term strategy.
It seems to be in the 2nd level (principles, guiding ideas).

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