Archive for January, 2012

Evolving Identity – The ‘Growth’ lesson

Evolving an identity is a steady and incremental process and not a short-term effort. It cannot be a flash in the pan or a ‘come and go’ show on stage.  It takes sustained ambition and repeated efforts to build individual identity.

If anything, The Annual rings in a tree is probably nature’s way of preaching an enduring philosophy of growth.

Steady up!

Taking this cue further – Trees follow the most natural path of a stable, steady and predictable growth. Developing one layer at a time and strengthening the trunk with one solid ring a year. No flamboyance but enviable patience.  How does this apply to evolving your individual identity?

Taking the analogy forward and applying a perspective Personality could be likened to a tree.  Grown over a period of time and looked-up to for great purpose.  A purpose, most often beyond ‘self-serving’.

Just like the tree – To qualify for such meaningful growth, there is an immense need to systematize your development. Adding skill-sets, diversifying roles and increasing your sphere of influence with a steadfast approach.  The faster you run, the harder you fall. Steadiness is therefore of essence.

There was not and will never be ‘a’ short route to achieve respectable growth which is of significance. It will continue to require the natural course of building a layer-by-layer pattern of knowledge, synthesis, application and the ability to finish strong. It demands persistent principles, consistent contribution and relentless pursuit to overcome challenges and translate those into opportunities.

 “Challenges are opportune for the wise and stumbles are lessons in disguise” – Rajneesh Patil

Recognize > Embrace > Resolve > Go forth!

As a closing note, be mindful of the need to add annual rings to your circle of growth.

What you can do:

  1. Learn something new each year or even every quarter of a year.
  2. Add new skills to your profile and build expertise in select areas.
  3. Apply your expertise by offering help to peers and teams.
  4. Network with people outside your domain.

And… Do it with the grace, patience and perseverance of the green Gods!

Another year, another skill?

To your success! Learn more. Do more!

‘Taking a leaf out of a tree’ – this piece is dedicated to the green environment.

January 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM Leave a comment

What is your perspective?

Switch TM

How often do we limit the success of our solutions to the boundaries of our individual experience?  Probably always.   Realized then, the significance of ‘learning through switch’. A high-yield method of gaining from others’ experience and perspective.

A new perspective!

Concept: Your response to a situation or challenge is generally formed by your own judgment at that point in time. This judgment is a direct result of the sum-total of your individual thoughts, experiences and acumen. Hence, the solution is orientated to just one perspective. YOUR perspective!

Is this wrong?  CERTAINLY not!  Most often it may be just the right thing to do. Now, there are some definite situations we have all faced, where we are not entirely happy with our own solution or approach.  There seems to be something missing in the landscape of our answer.  There is just a nagging thought which says this is not really the best you could do.  It is specifically during those phases and moments, that I recommend the SWITCH TM technique for application! This, I believe is a key trait for Peak Performers.

“If you do not have a perspective, your individuality is obscure” – Rajneesh Patil

What is Switch TM – Switch is the simple method of gaining additional perspectives without having additional people or experts. It’s like Switching your identity or swapping your hat. Yes, only transiently.

How do you use Switch TM – The simple proposition is: You get into the shoes of another person who YOU think is best suited to resolve the situation you are faced with. Ask the simple profitable question – ‘How would she have approached this challenge’?.  By switching your role, you will begin to think through the other person’s mind (for only as long as you are switched) and bring back the most high-gain perspectives into your plan of action. That is a perspective switch. It is about creating an inclusive approach to situation handling or problem solving. Simple as that!

 ‘Varied perspectives are as essential as diverse skills. Skills help you grow, perspectives bear the fruits’. – Rajneesh Patil

What do you need to Switch TM  You need to have identified some people and personalities who you look up to.  Observe their traits and apply the switch!

Is SWITCH TM limited to just thinking? –  No. We devised Switch TM as a method of perspective enhancement, with more to offer.  That implies, that you even switch roles for a transient period, so you get to live the experience and imbibe another perspective. That is a role switch. Ex: A project manager who wants to get close to the process of a contractor who makes buildings, she could play that role for a duration. Maybe a week or even a month.  Some may call it crazy.  Maybe!  But if the need is to build an experience and shape a perspective, then Switch TM does it for you.  If the need is NOT intense, use the ‘PERSPECTIVE SWITCH TM’ alone.

Either ways, the chief objective is to round off your perspective into a more INCLUSIVE and all encompassing one. Where possibilities are multiplied and overwhelming success is predictable and planned.

”All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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January 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM 4 comments

So you think you are asking?

Among the many traits of successful and witty people, the more common trait and skill is the art of asking profitable questions.

Is this a correct observation?  Well… If you are asking this question just now, you may not be asking a profitable question.  Instead, if you asked ‘is this a skill I can learn and improve upon?’, then that could profit you by adding a skill into your glorious armory.

Seek right!

 “I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.” – Socrates

Why would we need to ask profitable questions? Let’s start with some obvious needs and go up the chain to understand higher needs.

  • To seek information | To understand a situation | To obtain reasons

Now, a little higher in the need chain:

  • To investigate a cause | To solve a problem | To innovate a solution | To improve an output | To improve a relationship | To close  a deal

What is a profitable question?

A question that provides possibilities for positive action. One that produces solutions.  One that encourages a conversation and one that engages the participants.

Key skill: Before asking a question: ask just one preliminary question to yourself – What is the most important question I could ask right now? Or Is this the question that will give me the best outcome?

“Asking a profitable question is like pressing the correct button. Genesis of the desired outcome is very dependent on it” – Rajneesh

Would you like to be an effective problem solver? | Do you want to think with more clarity? | Do you want to be a better learner? | Do you want to get the best out your team? | Do you want become a better executive or manager? | Do you want to participate in or conduct productive meetings? | Do you want to become a better decision maker? | Do you want to be a peak performer in your area of work?

The Art of Asking Questions is one that can be learnt and excelled in.  The need is to learn high-gain questions, avoid closed ended (yes/no) questions and master the use of open-ended questions.

Pressing the right button!

 The next time you are asking a question – pause and think.  Is this question I am asking a profitable one?  If the answer is no, rephrase, chose your words, restructure and then give it a go!

Keep asking!

January 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM 2 comments


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