"A journey of individual, personal, continuous improvement. ‘Journey’ and ‘continuous’ emphasize the ongoing nature of our pursuit of Personal Mastery. We do not march toward a destination but mine the gold along the way and relish its joys. Individual and personal remind us that while our growth is set in a context of other people and systems, we are responsible, we are in charge of our Personal Mastery." Fran Sayers, 1996
Every member of an organization has their genuine mixtures of skills, attitudes, skills and behaviours. They are the result of a lifelong learning process. Using this diversity is the key to success. In change processes, we have to recognize the resources that we have and support people in their own individual growth.
Personal mastery means to cultivate one’s own strengths, and build new areas of competence. Without encouraging people to travel on their own personal mastery journey, no change project can be successful.
At the same time, organizations have built up their specific skill set which was helpful in the past but often is a barrier to change. Identifying the key capabilities for the future is one step; making people aware of them, a second. Giving them exposure to these new skills and finally embedding the skills in daily practice is part of the art of change facilitation.
(Courtesy of Will Taylor, Chair, Department of Homeopathic Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, USA, March 2007. Please reference the diagram accordingly if you use it. Taken from: Businessballs
Questions for Deeper Exploration
- What are the key skills that we need for the future?
- What do others better than we do?
- How can we help people to unlearn skills, behaviors and attitudes that block our way to the future?
- How do we cultivate the skills, behaviors and attitudes which are essential?