Friday, February 24, 2017

The professional maturity gap: How to Bridge it

Maturity is about Ripeness, Thoughtfulness, Quality, Balance, and Wisdom.

Basically, maturity is about being fully developed and fully grown. It is just the opposite of being immature; it is that maturity is meant to be the idea, the goal. Maturity is a state we want to reach, a behavior, as in a sense of action. Professional maturity means you are fully developed in some way to fulfilling a role or function. As often people are the weakest link in running high-performance businesses. There is an apparent gap in professional maturity, but how to bridge it?

Lack of either right attitude or desired aptitude will lead to the maturity gap: Maturity is the combination of capability and potentiality. It is the ability of an individual to gauge or measure the capability or potentiality of a candidate for responding to a particular query - action- behavior- delivery of any thought processes, based on the level of response received at to receiver's end. Maturity in person can be defined as the person’s ability to react, behave and respond to the situation encounter; or one faced and how he or she applies his or her thought process in manipulating the situation with respect to the timeframe and thereby coming at appropriate and best possible solutions or response towards it. When a person knows the rules of life and has trained him/herself to great levels of capability or skill, the person becomes fully developed and thus has achieved maturity in the role.

Lack of emotional intelligence will make a person look immature: Maturity is also a phrase we are using today to describe a decent level of emotional intelligence at work, understanding what to say to whom and when to say it. Maturity can be seen by people responding to every situation according to its severity level. Also, have knowledge of talking to various people in different ways. Maturity refers to having a sound understanding of basics and making a fair judgment. Maturity is the clarity of thoughts along with self-control which helps in choosing the most appropriate reaction (or inaction: deciding not to react) to any given situation. Maturity is the ability to wait, think, and respond to a situation without responding with a knee-jerk reaction. It’s the ability to weigh in the impact of what we are planning to do and who will be impacted because of the intended action. Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration. (Steven Covey) If a person can express his or her feelings and convictions with courage balanced with consideration for the feelings, and convictions of another person, he or she is mature, particularly when the issue is very important to both parties. This thing makes the person be aligned towards the maturity factor and makes oneself undertake and performed in a real way.

Lack of understanding and adaptation can enlarge the maturity gap: Maturity is about the adaptability to various situations and age groups. Communicating, but not winning a small battle of ego. It is multidimensional thinking and in-depth understanding ability. Maturity means you not only see the things but also perceive; you are not only knowledgeable but more importantly, being insightful and wise. Maturity is simply having the ability to live comfortably with contradictory thoughts, and expressing things sometimes courageously by taking care of the feelings of the other persons too, saying your part without hurting the other. Maturity is more about wisdom rather than experience. It is related to handling a situation wisely, taking responsibility, being accountable for both what you say and what you do.  

Sometimes maturity ends up as a sort of the abstract opposite of immaturity in settling for a definition of this word. A fruit or vegetable is mature when it is ripe and ready for consumption. Maturity is not associated with age, maturity is a manner to handle life. Maturity is also not about how you are good at following conventional wisdom, more about being mindful of decision-making or problem-solving. The professional maturity gap is a reality. Maturity comes to a person when he/she tried to understand their responsibility and their role in life and works towards others, or in another way when someone shoulders the responsibility to them. But maturity can be both gained over time, as per experience and intellectuality.


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