Masters see decisions in the broader context. They are curious about the chain of causation for their challenges; they seek out the underlying truths more deeply and make more robust decisions.
This month’s book review is written by Paul Laughlin and first appeared on Customer Insight Leader.
This book review will be particularly relevant for those running their own businesses, but developing intentional mastery can also be for all leaders.
It was delightfully cloudy on Saturday 9th July, at about 5am. We breathed a sigh of relief as we realised that the potential heat from the sun in a clear sky would not be with us, at least for the start of the Race to the Stones, #RTTS.
Planning how to ensure that there will be the money needed by the business, planning to ensure that the company will have access to the required resources, and planning to ensure that a sudden unexpected change does not harm the business creates resilience. It is how the most masterful companies manage themselves all the time.
We had a chance to visit Kuekenhof, a fabulous centre only open during the tulip season, to see the work of those that plan their beautiful gardens. It’s very special.
When we understand the context of the work we are being asked to do, and when we understand the stage of the journey to mastery that our client expects, then we can deliver extraordinary value and exceed the expectations that they have with ease.
The master’s of business know that the better strategy is to use strategic pace. That needs a good plan, a steady series of well designed efforts that mean at the point you need the stamina and strength, it is all ready.
If you want to be seen as the master of what you do, get clarity of the contexts in which you do it. Gather an understanding of them, and be ready to explain them to others seeking the value your mastery brings.
When you speak up, and provide the context that others need, then they will see the true value of your words and feel the gravitas with which you say them.
Mastery is as much about knowing how to communicate what you know and teaching the skills that you have, and that’s teamwork too. When your teams are focussed on the one thing they do, and learn to do it well together, they really do stand out.