Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Personal mastery

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it." –Lord Acton

Personal Mastery is described as the discipline of personal growth, competence and learning.
It's important to be clear , that it is not just skills and competencies, but it includes also spiritual growth and be able to see others mental models , and learn from it.
It means that we continually clarify what is important to us, and are able to see the complex world more clear.
People , with a high degree of mastery share some basic traits:

1. They have a strong personal vision and goal
2. They work with change
3. They feel connected to others
4. They live in a continual learning mode

Personal  mastery cannot be forced, but a climate has to be created to support it.The people has to be feel safe to create their personal visions , without fear.
Also ,learning plans , has to be developed with them and not pushed on them.
There has to be empowerment

Systems thinking will help with this by:

- Combining reason ( the brain) and intuition ( The hart, the spirit)
- Seeing the interconnectedness of events in the world
- Commitment to the whole

If managers live this on a continuous basis, strengthening of personal mastery will be done in 2 way's:

-It will reinforce the notion , that personal growth is valued in the organization
- It will be seen as a on-the -job training.

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