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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.

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

Professional Odyssey: The 3 ‘must-haves’ on this journey

3 wheels that promise progress

“Where progress is not scalable; effort is fallible” – A Forward Lean, Rajneesh Patil

In seeking performance excellence, what should you ‘NEVER’ drop the ball on?  The following 3 aspects are ‘corner stones’ of professional progress.  They guarantee growth!

1: Progressive thinking:

The current state of world economics has compelled businesses across industries to focus on ‘less spend’ coupled with ‘innovative solutions’.  Consequently, there is an ever increasing emphasis on efficient and novel processes that can hasten project delivery in your work environs.

What could we do better? Probably the following:

To keep pace with this imposing business need, our professional efforts should be progressive in thought, swift in planning and precise in execution.

Each of ‘You’ has a unique opportunity to demonstrate progress in your area of expertise.  Ask these questions: Are all our processes the best in class? Are we rid of inefficiencies?  Have we done everything in our capacity, to create customer delight?  If ‘no’, then how could we do better?  Ideate, invoke and implement your solutions.  The time is indeed ‘Now’, Gear-up!

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? – Sun Tzu

2: Professional demeanor:

This aspect of work is indeed close to my heart and I therefore wish that each of us is investing on building this trait.

It highlights the ability to execute ‘all’ professional engagements with an unflinching sense of commitment, compassion, consistency and creativity.

These four traits will create the highest impact to your customers (both internal and external).  Though the sound is too philosophical, the real knack is in practicing and progressing on these dimensions of being a Professional.  Seek to be of great service and only then seek to be served of great rewards.  As professionals, Be brilliant!

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm – Ralph Emerson

3: Unified efforts:

Over-spoken but underdone. That is my impression of a critical to success factor called ‘team work’.  As we continue to grow as an organization, it indeed becomes challenging to remain an ‘all inclusive’ culture.  However, if we take a look at any celebrated organization, we cannot miss to notice the level of camaraderie and inclusion in their work culture.

Players win games, teams win championships – William C. Taylor

How may we contribute to this? Here’s how: Greet and meet colleagues with utmost dignity; Hand hold and assist members who are learning and doing their jobs for the first time; Cheer and celebrate other’s success and simply respect where people come from (culture, language, accent, approach). Team-up!

Add glowing colors to the flamboyant teams at your workplace.

Free e-Book: A Forward Lean, Rajneesh Patil.  

P.S: This piece of write up is also submitted to CrossRoads newsletter for my colleagues in programming.

July 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment


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