Salonen (2004) sums up that personal mastery may be characterized by personal vision and action, a commitment to the truth, contact with one’s subconsciousness, a conscious reflection on mental models created through experience and perception, and an ability as well as consciousness to see the big picture. To begin from the last feature, ability to see big picture will help individuals to take appropriate decisions to achieve intended outcomes in short term as well as sustain the results for longer term. For example, to enhance productivity of a team, if a manager opts to incentivize good performance within a team with rewards and/or bonuses without attempting to understand motivational needs of his team members, the results would definitely show an increased productivity; however, the results’ sustenance cannot be promised.
Before deciding on incentives/bonuses, if the manager puts an effort to understand team members’ behaviours, connections with each other, specific areas of improvement, situations/issues/challenges faced by each member in relation with and out of work that directly or indirectly impacts work, then the approach to enhance productivity of the team would be different.
Without attempting to look at long-term outcomes, such schemes as incentives/bonuses for better performance may become monotonous, increase variation between high and bottom performers; create conflict of opinion, relationships and even biasness within the team, all of which can prove more detrimental to team performance. Having a personal vision can help an individual to realize what his/her priorities are; what is important and not important; what motivates and what misleads; and helps in driving the individual towards performing appropriate action that will help in achieving the personal vision.
Personal vision should not be a short-term achievement, should have short-term objectives to achieve the long-term vision. By realizing what is important, an individual can avoid what is not important and see reality with greater clarity. Personal vision and action also direct the individuals towards realization of principles and values they hold. This is important because individuals’ principles and values decide the actions they take, and also the type of resulting outcome. Individuals’ awareness of deeply held values helps in gaining an insight into how the outcome would impact their objective/success.
Seteroff (2003) emphasizes that a clear personal vision will help in making decisions subconsciously that are in line with our core values and beliefs.
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