You just returned from a day of training on how to improve the performance of your team. You were told that to improve the performance of your team, you need to focus on these four things:
- Management processes (e.g. hiring, training, performance evaluation, rewards)
- Collaborative leadership
- Relationships with team members
- Your personal development
All of these are critical to your success, but which one is the most important? Which one of these four is your indispensible, core performance technology?
Your personal development is your core performance technology.
You can learn how to improve processes, be more collaborative, and build relationships with your team members; however, your ability to continually grow in these areas will always be constrained by your capacity to learn. There is no single skill more critical to your personal and organizational success than your ability to learn how to learn.
Peter Senge defines a mess as “a complicated problem where there is no leverage to be found because the leverage lies in interactions that cannot be seen from looking only at the piece you are holding”. (The Fifth Discipline, p. 67). You and your team cannot be delivered from your mess by leadership, management, or relationships alone. Only through continual learning can you master your mess.
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