Saturday, September 13, 2008

Leadership 101 : Self-Realization to Self-Actualization

I was asked to speak on leadership at Cisco's Women's Action Network. I applied branding principles to career planning and came up with this ten-step program.


SELF-REALIZATION



STEP 1: DECIDE WHO YOU ARE


Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself. ”
- George Bernard Shaw




STEP 2: BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS





“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.” - Abdul Kalam





STEP 3: DIFFERENTIATE OR STAGNATE



The middle of the road is a good place to get run over”
- Mark Kassof


STEP 4: JUST ASK
“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”
- Mahatma Gandhi





STEP 5: CONTROL THE VARIABLES



“The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.”
- St. Thomas Aquinas




SELF-ACTUALIZATION



STEP 6: GOAL YOURSELF



“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. ”
- Andrew Carnegie


STEP 7: STRETCH YOURSELF

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”
- Lucille Ball

STEP 8: BRAND YOU






“And I'm not an actress. I don't think I am an actress. I think I've created a brand and a business.”- Pamela Anderson






STEP 9: HELP OTHERS




“If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants. ”
- David Ogilvy




STEP 10: ENJOY MAADI




“True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”- Lucius Annaeus Seneca



Let me know if you have any examples of situations where you have experienced the benefits of these guideposts.


I apologize if I have used your photos without acknowledgement. It isn't intentional, this isn't a commercial site, and I'd be happy to link to your site if you let me know.



















4 comments:

manuscrypts said...

very cool.. i'm assuming you have a ppt on this. Why don't you upload on slideshare? or have you already?

sTaNzA ......India said...

Hi Jessy,

I completely agree with the Step 3 you proposed -- Differentiate or Stagnate.

I have an experience to tell you on this. Its actually all my life till now.

I am an average student from urban India and what I chose to study at my graduate level was not engineering, it wasnt medicine, it wasnt anything conventional. I studied Chinese Language and that one decision out of mu interest and love for the language has differentiated me. I worked as an interpreter for one year, a freelancer. Now as a student of MBA in Marketing and International Buisness people look at me and realise differentiation is all we live to do.

I still have a lot to do, its just a begining but at least it is a begining.

Marketing is what we do all our lives, just that we dont realise is that we do it WITH our lives.

Thanks and Cheers.
Keep inspiring!!

Security Patterns said...

Dear Jessie Paul,

Greetings from Boston. Great blog posts on Marketing and nice illustrations....for even novice like me can understand !

My son Roger (3rd grader) downloaded a picture (Cars taking U-turn) from your blog and then asked me to take a look.

What a surprise and ...small world...to see Jessie Paul from back home ! I told him that I know her from my good old India/Palghat days and who introduced me to Unix.

Congratulations on your new book. I did a quick search in Amazon, it is not there yet ! Would love to get an autographed one...hopefully if I can meet your family in India.

Anyways...I will try to connect you via LinkedIn.

/Robin RN

Jessie Paul said...

Robin - It is a really small world!