Personal Significance Of Mojo To Me English Language Essay

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Personal significance of MOJO to me. Mojo to me means achieving a sense of achievement, happiness and meaning in what I do. It's finding the happiness and meaning in life. Mojo is a positive spirit towards what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside. Our Mojo is apparent when the positive feelings towards what we are doing come from inside us and are evident for others to see, the moment when you do something that's purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it. It's the four elements of Mojo i.e. Identity, Achievement, Reputation and Acceptance that drive this feeling from within.

Mojo to me is an important component in getting things done for me through the day as it bring forth the energy to take on the chores of a day and cross over the activities that fall into Nojo category. As a person I always strive to go the extra mile in the activities I perform during the day to deliver my best while exploring new opportunities of doing a task as a curious kid who is keen in learning. I believe that doing things in the way I love doing and taking complete responsibility to ensure that the activity is a success is a key to retain my Mojo. I like to engage with people and communicate with them to create a lively environment at work and in the way that's caring for people I work with and one I like to get it back.

In all it's the mantra to be happy and enjoy success in life.

.Measuring Your MOJO.

Mojo as Marshall Goldsmith defines is "that positive spirit towards what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside". He further goes on to divide the sentence into parts and draw special attention towards each part

Positive spirit is unambiguous

Toward what we are doing focuses us on the fact that we are dealing with an activity or a teas - as opposed to the state of mind or a situation

Now means that when we are measuring our Mojo, we do so in immediate present and not in the recent past of vague future.

That starts from the inside is a reminder of measuring Mojo as an self assessment.

And radiates to the outside is a nod by author to signify that the cause -and-effect dynamic between what we fell inside, how much of it we show and how it is perceived by others.

In our day to day lives, sometimes just looking at happiness and meaning isn't enough, He suggests to rate each activity on professional mojo and its personal mojo scale. Where in the Professional Mojo is our motivation, knowledge, ability, confidence, and authenticity. Activities that score high in all those areas will have greater mojo and help you engage more strongly and Personal Mojo are the benefits that activity brings to you in form of happiness, reward, meaning, learning, and gratitude.


PROFESSIONAL MOJO: What I Bring to This Activity


You want to do a great job in this activity. (If you are just "going through the motions" when you are engaged in this activity, your score would be low.)


You understand what to do and how to do it. (If you are unclear on processes or priorities, your score would be low.)


You have the skills needed to do the task well. (If this activity does not fit your talents or competencies, your score would be low.)


You are sure of yourself when performing this activity. (If you feel unsure or insecure, your score would be low.)


You are genuine in your level of enthusiasm for engaging in this activity. (If you are "faking it" or being insincere, your score would be low.)


PERSONAL MOJO: What This Activity Brings to Me


Being engaged in this activity makes you happy. (If it is not stimulating, creates misery, or is otherwise non-joyful, your score would be low.)


This activity provides material or emotional rewards that are important to you. (If the activity is unrewarding or if the rewards do not matter to you, your score would be low.)


The results of this activity are meaningful for you. (If you do not feel a sense of fulfillment or that you're contributing to a greater good, then your score would be low.)


This activity helps you to learn and grow. (If you feel that you are just "treading water" and not learning, your score would be low.)


Overall, you feel grateful for being able to do this activity and believe that it is a great use of your time. (If it seems like a poor use of your time or you regret doing it, your score would be low.)

Based on the above "Mojo Scorecard" framework presented by Marshall Goldsmith in his book Mojo, I have summarized some of the main activities done through the day and have used the guidelines to put the score in all the ten areas for measuring our Mojo score.

Further to define the average mojo score we have added up all the score or each of the activities and have divided with the total activities performed in a day.

Based on the above analysis from the Mojo scorecard i learn that I experience a high level of Mojo when I am engaged in activities of conducting meetings, reviews, mentoring and customer interaction at work and time spent with family and in picking and dropping my son to school. At the same time I realize that activities of socializing, physical fitness (exercise) and attending to daily chores of life I need to adjust my attitude as it reflects that I don't enjoy these situations.

Personal answers to the four questions relating to the Building Blocks

Who do you think you are?

This is the first of the four of building blocks that the author. It's the self realization of whom do I think I am - my Image. Our identity is determined by two dynamics complementing and competing with one another. One vector represents the interplay between our past and our future. The other vector tracks the tension between the image others have of us and our self image. It's the different weight we assign to what others say about us and what we tell ourselves. Each of the four boxes created by this matrix represents one of four different sources of our identity and combine to influence our Mojo.

This is a very key to the success as without a firm handle on our identity, we may never be able to understand why we gain-or lose-our Mojo.





I've a go getter personality in my personal and work life. I have ability to synthesize and analyze situation from various facets, applying combination of innate and logical thinking coupled with the knack to table trivia has helped team and peer group arrive at solution(s). I'm interactive, participative, look forward to taking initiatives, lead and provide direction. I've participated and led several initiatives such as pathways, innovation, growth and licensing council at my organization. I have worked on an array of international assignments spread across the globe during my career, this has provided me significant exposure to global scenario and business relationship approaches.

The following tools from Chapter 12 of the book aim to help reshape or refine the "you" that you present to the world

Tool #1: Establish Criteria That Matter to You - Setting ground rules for your life can start you on the path toward great Mojo. This is the very foundation step that will lead to / help sustain Mojo.

In my team, a Team Lead asked for a progression to the rank of PM and more projects to contribute to. Both requests were taken care of. Few weeks after getting into a new role and projects, she asked for one-o-one discussion. During the discussion, she mentioned that she had been feeling miserable in the new role due to lack of technical touch(i.e. no more coding), resource issues, reports and having to deal with multiple customers. So we worked jointly to address the situation and created a plan that will help her get comfortable and set a 3 and 6 months target (with fortnightly tracking) for her. The plan even had a clause of moving to an individual contributor role again if she continued to feel the same. This helped in setting the rules to move to Mojo.

Tool #2: Find Out Where You're "Living" - Where is defined by how we balance short-term satisfaction and long-term benefit at work and at home.

This is all about being fully aware of where we "Live" emotionally all day and specifically in relation to work and the meaning and happiness we derive from it. It considers time on two dimensions: short-term satisfaction and long-term benefit and classifies all activities into the 5 categories

This is a powerful tool and another must have in ones arsenal, I have personally tried to list all the activities performed in a day and attempted the online and appendix surveys. Linked the details back to the Mojo scorecard to arrive at activities that need relook and will help take Mojo to next level.

Tool #3: Be the Optimist In the Room . There's power in "going for it" and not being afraid to look foolish.

This tool goes through 6 reasonings of why people give up just before the last mile and what effect this has. The thought should be to maintain the optimism in the face of these 6 negative forces and that should not only be the mindset but actually be a form of behavior.

In my own view, this tool is very powerful and a must have. However it needs a lot of commitment and conviction from the one standing in the middle. Also needs to keep the focus on self and not starting to evaluate others and pulling one out of this. It's an easier said than done.

Tool #4: Take Away One Thing : How would life look if you eliminated something big from your daily schedule?

The tool works to bring the untapped power of subtraction is within your grasp. It's as easy as saying to oneself. My life might actually be better if I took away_____, And filling in the blank.

This is one tool that we practice most of the times when we have someone who gets into the category of an annoying person in our list , he is someone whom we can't stand due to his personality or approach towards life. Subtracting someone like this from our schedule in fact has a positive effect on out Mojo.

Self improvement plan :

My self-improvement plan involved a deployment of the above tools in the context of my work and personal life to help identify the activities that are deal breaker in-terms of the satisfaction they bring. Further classify the daily chores into the 5 categories and identify the ones in stimulating and succeeding category, deploy the Mojo Framework to see how they score on professional and personal mojo scale. Trying to be optimist is a key when the wind is blowing in the opposite direction and is essential in gaining my own identity while taking away one thing that I don't like from my daily schedule.

What have you done lately?

Our achievements are the second component in creating our Mojo. These are the accomplishments that have meaning and impact. ( ie get recognition and makes one feel good)

The following tools from Chapter 13 of the book provide courses of action that put our achievements in sharper relief

Tool #5: Rebuild One Brick at a Time - A wall is built one brick at a time. So is our Mojo.

The tool talks about taking step by step - one at a time and also says that we need to have a string of successes together. It shares four rules to achieve the success.

I fully align with the insights in the tool and have gone through the rebuild process for 3 times during the last 5 years with the current employer, wherein I've been responsible for setting up new teams. Each time I had a seed team and I was given the charge of same and approximately within two years, I was able to grow my team by 8 to 10X in size and business revenue ( the 3rd team charge was given in 2010 ). This is a key in building faith in you amongst the peers and Sr. Management that you can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities and you are capable of delivering success time and again.

Tool #6: Live Your Mission In the Small Moments Too. Small moments in our lives can make big statements about who we are.

This tool thrives on the notion that we need to have a mission, and that in-turn gives a purpose and that adds to clarity to actions and decision that follow.

This tool suggests creating the intermediate check points to ensure that we are aligned to the same. We also need at time to lead by example and set the tone which in-turn will reinforce the value of our mission in the biggest way.

Tool #7: Swim In the Blue Water - A new way to win can be to change the game!

Finding alternatives that lead to resisting direct competition is in-turn seeking a niche that's untapped and unclaimed. In fact many successful people don't deny this impulse to differentiate themselves; they embrace it.

I work for an organization where we execute project in IT space for the parent organization. We get challenged by other vendors who are seeking a part of the same pie this was having an impact on the growth and availability of premium projects. The strategy we have adopted involved working jointly with business and split the pie into core and non-core categories in-term of Business's IP in the project executed and thus have been able to successfully steer clear and propel growth.

This is a very powerful tool and must be used very cautiously as it involves taking some amount of upfront risk.

Self improvement plan :

My self-improvement plan involved a deployment of the above tools in the context of my work and personal life to help reinforce the steps I take and ensure that I continue to build on success step by step, seek new avenues to move forward as the system offers challenges in the current way. All this while I identify the activities that provide reinforcement and check point of moving in the correct direction

Who do people think you are?

Reputation (in other words) is the third element in establishing your Mojo. The author makes very strong point here by stating that our reputation is other people's recognition or rejection of our identity and achievement.

Based on the interactions on this topic with people I understand that they perceive me as a go getter, someone who works with goals in mind and seeks to achieve them, works seamlessly and across boundaries. I am perceived to have an outlook of striving to achieve the target and come with innovative ways of achieving them. As someone who challenges the status quo and lives in today and believes in leading by example.

The following tools from Chapter 14 of the book are from the space where out identity and achievements intersect with the world and our reputation is shaped.

Tool #8: When to Stay When to Go - It's better to jump than be pushed.

This is a tough decision when the status quo is okay. i.e. neither so great (or you wouldn't be thinking of going) not so miserable that bailing out is a no-brainer. Author suggests using the Mojo Scorecard as it helps in distinguishing between our Professional and Personal Mojo, it clarifies what you need to change. It's either You (based on what you bring to the job) or It (based on what the job brings to you).

I have used this approach in my professional life during the fork in the road situation when I'm posed with making a choice. As once I'm clear about what created the decision to stay or leave i.e. was it something about Me or was it the job (i.e., It)? The decision often becomes obvious.

Tool #9: Hello, Good-bye : How to say "hello" and prepare for "good-bye".

We all know that how we arrive at a new job is a good predictor of how we will be received in that job. We act with one eye on our actual job and the other eye on the impression we're making. Much of this self-consciousness fades in a few weeks, as we find our bearings, settle into a routine, and become our more natural selves. But our success is more likely if we make a heroic effort at the start. The author suggest to have one or more of these exit strategies

Have a Pre-Exit Strategy

The Three Envelopes

Stop the Identity Theft

How Much of Your Reputation Is Really Yours?

This tool offers strong insights into how we move from A job to B due to one or the other reason. It brings a very important fact which grips lots of members I have worked with i.e. there are lot of times engrossed in that they last rather then what they can contribute to the new role.

Tool #10: Adopt a Metrics System: How personally created stats reveal what you need to know.

A personal metric is any set of data or information that we assemble to help us understand a situation. Personal metrics are warmer and fuzzier data, coming into play when we need to understand emotions and feelings and relationships.

Late last year one my direct reports came to me and mentioned that he wasn't getting enough time of mine for his projects and I was always busy with his peers projects. The dialog reflected that he had the opinion that I perceived his project less critical and thus wasn't committing enough of my time for the same. I however was not fully aware of this and had thought till that time that my time was spread evenly across projects. I began at that point to reflect on the # of discussions, meeting, review sessions and 1o1's we have had in the year so far and for the data it was apparent that he had a point. This was in a way a point of low Mojo for me.

I plan to make a personal metric a key part of my Mojo Tool Kit as it gives a concrete feedback in the areas where one usually rely on gut fell. Moving forward in life for a given situation I would begin by asking is this (bad) news is affecting my Mojo and then asking myself to have data points available to make the next step.

Tool #11: Reduce This Number : it's the percentage of time we spend on boasting or criticizing, by ourselves and others.

As one of the major causes of Mojo loss in the workplace involves how much of our interpersonal communication is spent on pointless, nonproductive topics. (the average number is 65 percent of time). This point play a key role in defining our reputation as its not on the person about whom we are criticizing but also the person we are in discussion with form an opinion about oneself - that this person always criticizes or is belittles others.

This is true about one of the project manager (from the support group - testing) who works with me on various initiatives / projects. He is a strong resource who come with a lot of energy on board, but has an outlook of boasting self and criticizing his own direct report (team members ) in terms of trusting their capabilities, rebuke them in front of other team members. This over time has lead to a low reputation amongst his peer group and most members think before they take his word for granted.

This is definitely a tool worth to have in ones arsenal that will lead to being a strong manager with good reputation.

Self improvement plan :

My personal plan is to use these tools to help create and reinforce my reputation at work and even in social circle. As in work and personal life we get stuck or hung up in a situation thinking that we still have a while to go before it reaches the end and not realize that we have actually crossed the end already. It is in this situation that I look forward to use the Hello and Good Bye framework to formulate my exit strategy and ensure that I course correct my set of expectation from the new role/ job/ work. Keep a track on how we interact with people and use the metrics to understand the emotions and feelings and relationships. Also plan to use Reduce the Number tool not only on myself but also with people I interact by not being on the listening side of person who is criticizing someone.

When can you let go?

When can you let go is a golden question that one is faced with every time we are in a situation where things don't really go the way we wanted them to go. This situation could be because of other people involved in the situation or could be due to our own self's view, but the bottom line is that we miss the point of accepting the situation for what it is and refuse to forgive people who are causing the situation. But who is getting affected by all of this, who is getting hurt and taking the impact - the answer is Me. As by carrying the anger and frustration around we put the weight of failure on ourselves and thereby limiting the opportunities to find happiness and meaning. Both of which in turn kill Mojo. Acceptance thus is an important facet of any situation and has an impact as Identity, sense of achievement and reputation do, this is what reminds us of what matters.

We also look into the tools given in the chapter 15 of the book that provide guidelines to deal with some important facets of life.

Tool # 12 - Influence Up as Well as Down : Turn important decision makers into your best customers.

I agree with the point of view presented by the author that a decision is made by a the person who has the power at the give point in time and it makes sense to align your statements to his thought process and try to influence him.

As in the beginning of this calendar year my organization went thru a re-organization and as a result of this I and my team were moved directly under the business director. This didn't bring any change for my team directly as there 2nd level manager changed, but this was a big change for me as my immediate supervisor had changed and this posed challenge for to align to the managers thought process which was quite different than that of my earlier manager, however I took this as a change for better and began to go thru a process of molding my way of working with manager to earn the required support.

Tool #13: Name It, Frame It, Claim It : Naming what we do can help us enhance how we do it

This tool suggests that to improve your understanding of a situation, give it a name. Naming in turn helps us learn, make sense, and take control. This approach in real term works by instantly bringing up all of our past experiences with similar tactics by similar people and we kind of know exactly how to respond, almost without thinking.

This is a powerful tool and the one that I plan to start using going forward and think that will be able to make a positive impact on my Mojo.

Tool #14: Give Your Friends a Lifetime Pass : friends can be more forgiving than we deserve give them a break.

Through this tool the author is suggesting to form and outlook of acceptance. I.e. If we can be forgiving with our own family members, why can't we extend the same level of acceptance to people who have evidently made our lives better? It says that all we have to do is ask the Ronald Reagan Question and accept the answer. Is my life better off or worse off because this fellow is in it? This also in turn forces us to confront the humbling fact that we have not achieved our success on our own. We had help along the way. Thus the lifetime pass does double duty. It not only reminds us to keep our friends close (even when they sometimes let us down), but it also provides a perspective that we often forget, the one where we see that we're not alone.

In my life so far I have always extended the lifetime pass (not naming it the same)to my first circle of friends and colleagues, but I definitely align to the author's view point of asking this Reagan question and plan to extend its ambit to include all who qualify into the answer for this question and think that this will have a positive impact.

Self improvement plan :

Having reflected on my own experience and steps that I went through I would say that it is difficult to reach a point where you start to forgive people and achieve the status of what some may call a "Saint" who can let go what is not going the way he wanted. However over time in life and career I have realized and have tried that reach a state wherein when I find engorged with anger at someone who has disappointed or hurt me, I look forward to using the tools and go forward by just accepting them for being who they are and work to adapt my ways to influence up as well as down, while giving a name to a situation as it offers approach to learn and provide instant ways to deal with situations and give lifetime pass to persons who have helped accomplish success.