- How can I move beyond competence to mastery?
- How can I consistently be effective in the
- How can I create a practice that is a natural
expression of who I am?
If you would like to systematically explore
these questions, I invite you to join me and other seasoned practitioners
on a journey that could transform your work and your life.
Professional Mastery Through Model Building
Professionals who rely on intuition and reflect
on their work only episodically risk accumulating unintegrated clusters
of habitual practice. They may develop to a level of competence
but not beyond.
How can you move beyond competence to achieve true
professional mastery? One path lies in building a model of your
practice. This involves identifying the work you are most passionate
about, the practices that lead to your highest performance, and
the aspects of your personal shadow that can get in your way. This
path is not easy. It requires the courage to look at your shadow
as well as your strengths, a willingness to question habitual assumptions,
and the discipline to systematically review your practices and underlying
beliefs. If you commit to doing this work, you can:
- generate insight into what accounts
for both your successes and your failures
- identify the limits of your current
model and opportunities for new areas of growth
- experience renewed alignment
of your work with what you most value
This website takes its name from The Reflective Practitioner: How
Professionals Think in Action, by Donald Schön (Jossey-Bass:
San Francisco, 1983). Schön’s work has been a significant
influence on my professional practice and on the offerings of this
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