One of the group facilitators that worked with us at Hyper Island recommended to me to read The Fifth discipline field book in order to prepare for giving Hyper Island like workshops in how to create effective teams and improve creativity. After reading the book I could see many connections between the theories and methods it presented and the content of the diploma programs at Hyper Island. Among these are reflection and feedback, personal development, and process follow ups and team dynamics. Hyper Island is also a big part design thinking, but more on that in the design thinking category that I will soon add to this blog.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Senge 1990) is a book by Peter Senge (a senior lecturer at MIT) focusing on group problem solving using the systems thinking method in order to convert companies into learning organizations. The five disciplines represent approaches (theories and methods) for developing three core learning capabilities: fostering aspiration, developing reflective conversation, and understanding complexity.