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08/28/12
MID-CAREER BOOK REVIEW: MOJO by M. Goldsmith
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 9:47 am

Back by popular demand:
Contributor:  Sheila Rodman

A Mid-career Jobseeker’s review of MOJO

  Marshall Goldsmith defines MOJO as “…that positive
spirit
towards which we are doing now that starts from
inside and radiates to the outside.”  (underline added) 
He goes on to identify four key components necessary
for great Mojo:  namely, identity, achievement, reputation,
and acceptance
.  Goldsmith terms the antithesis of Mojo
as NOJO, short for “no joy”.

Nojo struck me as the state that has to be resisted by
job seekers.  Most of us define our identity in terms of
our position and affiliation.  We may be great parents,
siblings, friends or volunteers in our communities.  When
professional identity is temporarily lost, Nojo increases.

2  The fourth component, acceptance, is another potential
generator of Nojo.  While many job seekers have freely
chosen to look for new opportunities, many have been
forced into this role by events beyond their control.
In these cases, coming to acceptance of the situation
is another step on the path to regain one’s Mojo.  It is
easy to get lost in ‘what if’ scenarios or longing for the
past.  Goldsmith warns about that in a chapter entitled
“That Job is Gone.”

3  In addition to providing a toolkit for increasing Mojo,
Goldsmith also introduced the MOJO SCORECARD.
Goldsmith breaks this into two main areas: 
      Professional, defined as “what I bring to this activity”
      Personal, defined as “what the activity brings to me”
The author suggests using it to rate each activity in your
day.  It is a good tool to think about all the activities in
your typical workday and identify areas that are not
improving your Mojo.

  I found much value in this book and recommend it
highly.  I think that the Mojo scorecard is a good tool
to evaluate job offers
especially from the personal
Mojo perspective.  I plan to use the scorecard both
for my workday activity to see where I can improve and
also in evaluating future positions
.  In this economy
job seekers may have to take a side-step in their careers
or accept something less than desired to meet financial
obligations in the short-term.  Looking at those options
from the perspective of personal Mojo would be very
important.  Remember that one’s Mojo is derived from
all aspects of a person’s life, not just our jobs.


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