Personal Mastery

In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge asserts:

Personal mastery goes beyond competence and skills, though it is grounded in competence and skills. It goes beyond spiritual unfolding or opening, although it requires spiritual growth. It means approaching one’s life as a creative work, living life from a creative as opposed to reactive viewpoint.

When personal mastery becomes a discipline, we know where we’re going and we know where we are today. The gap between the two creates a “creative tension”:

a force to bring them together, caused by the natural tendency of tension to seek resolution.

Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker felt the urgency for personal mastery:

Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses.

Articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are.

Describe the type of work environment where you can make the greatest contribution.

Historically, management practices harking back to so-called Scientific Management constrained such aspiration. Rather, each person was assigned a set of tasks and required to do no less and no more. This organization-as-machine approach could only be upset should anyone have the temerity to want to be a different kind of cog in the works.

Today, adaptive organization requires that each of us invests the time and energy to understand ourselves so that we’re better placed to know how best to contribute and derive value.

We help individuals approach this task. We also help them contemplate Network Working.