Our work on metacapacity (the capacity to develop functional capacity) has generated the most compelling results in our engagements. It is the most elusive aspect of our capacity development system. As is often the case, however, once the theory is grasped it feels intuitive and offers massive leverage.
What Exactly is Metacapacity?
The usage of meta here is as a prefix added to the name of something that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features. Similar to the idea of a metapainting, where the painting is of a painter painting a picture. Metacapacity is not used directly in the execution oof objectives. It is the ability to generate effective functional capacity which does the work behind the scenes to reach objectives.
The Process of Developing Metacapacity.
Given the prominence of metacapacity in the Capacity First system, a great deal of the initial work involves the quality and quantity of existing metacapacity. Once this is completed, a gap analysis is completed, and a basic development plan established. The return on this investment of time and resources in metacapacity tends to provide significant leverage. Clients report that they experience a feeling of gaining 10X execution ability.
Forms of metacapacity
Staying reality-based, ideas like metacapacity need to be explained in relation to your own situation for them to begin gaining traction. The idea is hard to grasp under your own steam. A little like trying to bite your own teeth. The following examples are just meant to start the process. Ideally, they should prompt you to schedule a quick free and no obligation call with us.
- Understanding and counteracting cognitive blindness. If you haven’t seeing the well-worn video opposite, watch it to see if you need help in this area.
- Better ways to ensure selection of the work that requires attention.
- Improved logical reasoning and coordination amidst complex problems.
- Greater confidence that the current project is within your available capacity.
- Significant improvement of information retention and memory.