Diepak Kasi is one of IIL’s featured presenters at this year’s IPM Day on November 2nd. His topic, The Power of Vision in the Digital Age, focuses on using vision as a path to fulfilling a higher level of satisfaction—both on the job and in one’s personal life. According to Diepak, “Many people do not have inspiring long-term goals or motivations. They perform their jobs and collect their paychecks without really questioning why they are doing what they do. However, a life without inspiration or the joy of making a contribution bigger than oneself results in feeling unfulfilled in the long term. On the other hand, if you have a vision—where you want to go and how you would like to contribute to society—you will be inspired to make that vision a reality and you can enjoy a higher level of fulfillment and satisfaction.”
The challenge for the Project Management profession today is that for many years, the focus was on cost, scope, and scheduling; however, today’s businesses are looking for more in terms of leadership skills. These skills include communications, as well as inspiring others on your team. Diepak steers away from calling these ‘soft skills’ and says they are anything but soft; he likes to call them ‘core skills’ because of their criticality to business success today.
Diepak suggests cultivating your own personality to inspire others. “If you are assigned to a specific project, you need to create a vision that will inspire others—and get them to believe in your vision. Without question, people will go the extra mile once inspired.”
Diepak describes the journey of personal growth as a process of growing from point A to point B. The first step, and most difficult one, is to clearly see where you are at the moment. What are the skills and capabilities that you already possess? The second step is to determine where you want to be. Only then can you create a roadmap to get there.
He continues, “Today, people are evaluated or measured on outcomes. Unfortunately, you cannot measure the direct result of ‘having a vision’ or creating a unified team. It’s very hard to measure those kinds of things without a longer-term plan. Regardless, I’m optimistic because of the increased interest in leadership. Personal leadership development is the most effective path to teach people how to create lasting change.”
Diepak’s career in Project Management started almost twenty years ago in the communications industry at Lucent Technologies. He is an experienced trainer and coach and has helped people from all over the world improve their leadership skills and quality of life. Diepak is a trainer at IIL and has also created his own program to teach others how to create a life filled with passion, satisfaction, and fulfillment.
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