The forty-five years of reign by Queen Elizabeth 1 was one of triumph and success, inspiring loyalty and creativity in her citizens. However, when she ascended the throne in 1558, her country was in a precarious political situation.
What was her key to success? Of course, she had excellent education and was a survivor.
However, what probably made the key difference was her ability to identify and admit what she didn’t know. And her courage to take action to fill the gap.
She built a Royal Advisory Board, not with YES men, but with a blend of the old and the new to develop stability and achieve continuity. She kept it small to ensure real discussions – with a variety of opinions challenged and debated.
In essence, Queen Elizabeth 1 knew her Circle of Competence. And brought in others for areas outside the circle.
Circle of Competence is the small circle within a big circle. Many a times, it is much smaller than we would like to believe…
What does it mean to us – as individuals, as professionals?
Honest self-reflection followed by determined actions:
What is my Circle of competence?
How am I building and maintaining one?
How comfortable am I in recognizing and accepting what’s outside?
How do I operate when outside of circle of competence?
At the outset, I would like to thank you for stopping by my Blog.
I believe that there is nothing right or wrong in this world. What’s right in this moment and context may be wrong in another moment and context. This belief has inspired me to name my blog ‘Perspectives’.
Perspectives is a platform for me to share my experiences, thoughts and perspectives on various subjects. You may have a different point of view. I look forward to hearing them, these are the triggers for rich and deep conversations.
On personal front, I live in Mumbai, India. I love to read; Somerset Maugham and Nevil Shute are my favorite authors. My favorite books are The Razor’s Edge, Mrs. Craddock, Chequer Board and Gone with the Wind. I am thankful to my father who inculcated the habit of reading in me early on.
I am also passionate about traveling, I have been to most parts of India and to several countries across the globe.
On professional front, I work in Human Resources function. Over two and half decades, I have worked across multiple industries and cultures. I focus on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Visioning and Culture, Large-scale change, Employee Listening & Engagement, Employee Well-being, Inclusive work culture, HR effectiveness, Behavior and Mind-set shifts through sustained interventions
I currently lead Organization Effectiveness Function for Aditya Birla Group, a $44.3 billion conglomerate with 120000 employees across 35 countries.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading my blog. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.
View all posts by Padma Rajeswari Nandi