Beyond IT - Building a career around your strengths

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Do you have a deep understanding of who you are? Are you aware of the multiple intelligence you possess? Do you know how assertive you are, how much risk you are willing to take, how much resilience you have to pursue your goals etc.
You’re busy with your technical job, doing what is required to be done. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with that. However, is that the career path you’re meant to pursue? Do your strengths allow you to be more aligned with management roles? If yes, then of what kind? Give yourself an opportunity to get inspired, receive thoughtful answers to your key questions, and learn to discover your true potential from Leadership expert Anil Sachdev - founder & CEO of School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL).

Key Questions Answered
How do I know my strengths and areas of improvement?
Am I building a career around my strengths?
How can I leverage my strengths to move from an individual contributor to a manager and then to a leader?
How do I know whether I should choose Marketing/HR/Finance/Technology etc. as my career stream?
What should be my short term and long term objective and how should I devise a strategy for my career?

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Beyond IT - Building a career around your strengths

  1. 1. Present a webinar on Beyond IT - Building a career around your strengths
  2. 2. A New Conversation about Self Anil Sachdev
  3. 3. How do I know my strengths and areas of improvement?
  4. 4. Life giving force – Truth - “Union” Mindfulness Ego - Values/Habits/Fears - “Wisdom” Sustainability Intellect – Choices -“Knowledge” Ethics Relationship/Emotions/ - the mind –“Emotions”- Compassion- Meaning Instinct, Reaction - “Information” Body, 5 senses, Perceptions – “Data”- Diversity 6 Layers of SELF
  5. 5. • When have I been at my joyful best? • What enabled me to do my best work? • What does this teach me about my strengths? • Which of these manifest in the ways I lead my body, mind and intellect and in the way I am led by ‘Consciousness’? Knowing myself
  6. 6. • Leadership is about leading one’s body & actions, heart & emotions and intellect & thoughts • It is about being led by one’s consciousness and Spirit • It is about making conscious choices • It is about enabling others to be leaders The Essence
  7. 7. • Caliper Profile (developed by a Princeton based organization) is a psychometric tool used by over 28,000 companies worldwide to identify the strengths of individual’s • Creates a psychometric profile of individuals on 6 core leadership competencies: 1. Leadership 2. Problem solving/decision making 3. Influencing 4. Interpersonal 5. Service/Consulting 6. Time management/Personal organization You need a Tool - Caliper
  8. 8. Am I building a career around my strengths?
  9. 9. • Career determines the way we spend 60% of our lives • If the way we spend time at work nourishes us, we return home happy and spread positive energy in our families and communities • Life Planning is a prerequisite for career planning What is a career? Reference: Adapted from a University resource from the Internet
  10. 10. IQ • Intellectual capability (IQ), knowledge, and technical expertise • Is a threshold, not a differentiator for outstanding leadership EQ • Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the differentiating factor in success • EI is two times as important as IQ and technical expertise combined IQ vs. EQ Reference: Adapted from a University resource from the Internet
  11. 11. • Of all the abilities deemed essential for effective performance, 67% were related to EI. -Rosier 1994 • Of all the competencies that distinguish outstanding managers (vs. mediocre managers), 81% are related to EI. -Boyatzis, 1982 Why do smart people fail? Reference: Adapted from a University resource from the Internet
  12. 12. The Good News…. Emotional Intelligence is a strength that can be developed!
  13. 13. Self- Awareness Social Awareness Self- Management Social Skills • Emotional Self-Awareness • Accurate Self-Assessment • Self-Confidence • Empathy • Organizational Awareness • Service Orientation • Self-Control • Trustworthiness • Conscientiousness • Adaptability • Achievement Orientation • Initiative • Developing Others • Leadership • Influence • Communication • Change Catalyst • Conflict Management • Building Bonds • Teamwork & Collaboration The Competency Framework Reference: Adapted from a University resource from the Internet
  14. 14. How do I know whether I should choose Marketing/HR/Finance/Technology etc. as my career stream?
  15. 15. Connecting with people, enabling people Human Resources Influencing others, enjoy different ways of communicating Marketing Organizing resources, getting things done Operations Raising resources, dealing with numbers Finance Risk taking, innovation and passion Entrepreneurship Life and Career Goals Reflect and find your words
  16. 16. • What will matter after 10 years? o Generating Ideas o Influencing People o Getting best out of the people o Earning effective Return on Investment (ROI) What actually matters? • Irrespective of how you start, it’s about o Enjoying & learning various aspects of business o Making a difference to the organization, society and nation
  17. 17. How should I devise a strategy to achieve my purpose?
  18. 18. • Once you realize that you have a “purpose/cause” that you deeply care about, begin the journey of developing yourself • What kind of learning strategy would enable my development? • Which are the sources of this learning? • How can I get meaningful information to act on the answers of these questions? So what happens next?
  19. 19. • It helps us to build strong VALUES and CHARACTER • It makes us develop not just IQ but also EQ, Creativity and the Spiritual dimension • It helps each student to know themselves better and choose a life and career path that leverages their strengths and develops their capacity to live a purposeful life Why holistic education is critical?
  20. 20. “Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses” -Marilyn vos Savant

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