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

Two people from MIT Institute has done major work on this:Peter Senge with the Fifth Discipline, where he emphasis the strength of systems thinking and Otto Scharmer with Theory U

Systems thinking will help with :

- Combining reason ( the brain) and intuition ( the heart, the spirit)

- Seeing the interconnectedness of events in the world

- Commitment to the whole

Theory U will help with  following principles:

- Open Mind: look at the whole with a fresh eye, see relationships

- Open Heart:have compassion, look and listen at other stakeholders view

- Open Will:activate your entrepreneurship , make experiences

If managers and leaders live those on a continuous basis, strengthening of personal mastery will be achieved.



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