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Making A Brand New End: Win Meaningfully

  Oct 27, 2014

Imagine that you got back to work after a holiday or training and found out that you no longer have your job. Who are the five people you would call, or rely on and share with the news? If your call was picked by your contacts, they did so because of your relationship with them and not because of your title at work. Having such kind of people in your life is important. Those who will influence all facets of your life: spiritual, financial, physical, social and mental. This scenario set the stage for Patricia Murugami, Vice Dean – Executive Talent Development as she facilitated the Program for Management Development (PMD) 2014 group through her leadership journey, as she spoke about ‘Re-inventing Oneself.’

The PMD Class that took place in Strathmore Business School, Madaraka Campus, comprised of a rich mix of mid- level Managers from various companies mainly across Nairobi and a few from East Africa.

“Why would anyone be led by you?” Patricia challenged the PMD participants. Harder questions followed along the way, and Patricia shared a rich insight that came across as reassuring to the diverse group of PMD participants, “people are led by you because you will help them become better than they were before. It’s about raising your subordinates to greater heights and being inspirational,” she said.
How do you work towards making a brand new end and winning meaningfully? Patricia went on to share a few tips inspired by life coach and best-selling author, Robin Sharma.

4 Daily Practices as advised by Robin Sharma

1. Radiate positive energy

2. First 90 minutes on important work; not social media, emails, best hours to do your best work

3. A night of debrief – what are three good things you did today?

4. Spend 60 minutes to learn more

Who will you have become by the end of 2014? Patricia urged the participants to leave the PMD class with key areas that they needed to change and further pushed them to effect personal change. “You cannot do everything but you can do something,” she said, as she continued to talk about her leadership journey.

In her parting shots, she shared 15 steps in which the middle managers could use to ‘re- invent’ themselves. Her parting shots were 15.

15 steps to re-inventing yourself

1. Know, believe and fulfill your purpose- writing it down and seeking ways of fulfilling it.

2. Keep close to your family- she gave an example of working hours and giving priority to your family rather than having to finish your job way after official working hours.

3. Bond with your travelling companions – those friends who will be with you no matter what. Do a friendship audit and see whether they are mutually beneficial.

4. Know and nurture your strengths – what are you good at that people attribute to you? Calculating a positive perspective from feedback to know what you’re not good at so as to improve on.

5. Match your commitments to your convictions – do you have a personal P&L? Meaning, creating an income and expenditure statement, and even taking the past month as a start, to see where your money is truly going. More often than not, people mismatch what they value, with their actions. Some Scandinavian countries encourage parents to plant trees when their children are born, as insurance for their university education in the coming future. How are you working towards achieving certain goals? What steps are you taking today that will draw you closer to achieving those goals such as building that home?

6. Develop critical leadership behaviors.

7. Be outstanding- to be outstanding is to finish; especially when the excitement for the job is not there.

8. Be disciplined and achieve unity of life – physical, mental, emotional/social, financial, and spiritual. “Can you rate yourselves personally between 1 and 10 in those facets?” Patricia posed. Set a goal and try to move towards it in all the facets.

9. Be and have a role model – be brutally honest with your mentees or mentors.

10. Invest and maximize on your coach – just like in sports, a coach knows when to push you and when to relax; when to observe or when to walk with you through achieving certain goals.

11. Influence more – how and who are you influencing? Start thinking like an institutional manager; asking yourself, who do I want to influence in my organisation?

12. Harness your social capital and sharpen your social intelligence – using the friendship audit, ask yourself ‘am I managing myself to positively impact my friends?’

13. Manage your digital presence – does it reflect your unity of life and are you one and the same person both physically and digitally?

14. Become more emotionally mature – Take a situation where you were really angry. How did you manage yourself? Leadership is in small things. It’s when things get really bad, that our emotional strains flare.

15. Be yourself – everybody else is taken; be authentic; be real; is my current role aligned to my purpose? Ask yourself should you become incapacitated? Will my social investment, personal P&L lead me through the future?

Patricia ended the session by listening to the greatest learning’s of all the participants; they all had a unanimous decision, which was learning to unlearn unproductive habits so as to achieve their goals.

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