Pursuing Mastery

Bob Schultek
Author of 
The Gauntlet

Pursuing mastery in the workplace can take several forms. It can refer to an extraordinary competence, related to technical excellence or subject matter expertise. Under this perception, masters are those who have the highest level, a “state-of-the-art,” understanding and technique in a given discipline. There is a compulsory set of specific skills to be learned and applied.

But for leaders, encouraging their personnel to pursue the mastery of a function or process can help each individual in a team discover how he or she makes a difference. This insight provides the inspiration necessary for people to invest discretionary effort in delivering productive change and improved results. The pursuit of mastery releases a person’s creativity and ingenuity, boosting curiosity, initiative and imagination. It asks, “why not” instead of “why,” pushing the boundaries of established knowledge and practice.

In a highly competitive, dynamic market, encouraging the pursuit of mastery should be sustained as a factor of culture. Exceptional leaders understand that everyone has the potential for mastery, an awareness that can bond an organization together. Matthew May says it well: “It is not enough that we become the best at something, we must become the best for something.”

How are you encouraging the pursuit of mastery
in your organization?

How could the pursuit of mastery 
 your team’s performance?

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