HOW TO USE YOUR POWER CARD
Updated: Jun 8
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
- George Bernard Shaw
Congratulations! You have your Power Card in your hands. This is you at your innovative best and most fulfilled.
Here is how you can use your Power Card to guide your day-to-day decisions, build relationships, maximise your impact, and accelerate your growth:
Your Power Card provides direction. You rely on the four simple principles in the Power Card to do very complicated things. The decisions we make every day are rarely clear-cut -- we deal with complexity every day, and people change their minds. Without these principles, you are forced to react to every decision in an ad-hoc manner, as if these decisions are independent with completely no relation to each other. You don't make decisions that are tempting in the short term but do not fit with your long-term goals. You don't try to do everything and be all things to all people all the time. It keeps you out of the drama triangle.
Your Power Card is a lens through which you shift existing mental models, thought patterns and habitual behaviours. When you first start changing things that have become habitual, you need to pay a lot of attention. Your Power Card helps you hold firm to your intention.
How to use: When you're feeling overwhelmed by indecisiveness, or triggered before a key meeting, or wondering whether it's all worth it and wanna give up (we all have those moments), refer back to your Power Card to centre yourself. The invitation is to navigate the uncertainty with your best intentions, as reflected by the four principles. This is something you can absolutely count on: not the outcome (which you can't fully control), but the motivation you bring, the vision you hold, the North Star you choose to follow. Refer back to your Power Card often.
Your Power Card can scale. The four principles can be applied by others to drive the outcomes that you want. It is impossible for you to be in every meeting room to supervise every micro-decision being made. But your principles can stand in your place. Principles are a lot more empowering than micro-managing. Principles help people understand where you're coming from. When you clearly articulate your values, everyone on the team will feel empowered to make the right decisions for the organisation.
How to use: Share your principles with your team and stakeholders. Communicate, communicate, communicate. How clearly do you communicate? Clear enough such that people FEEL the agency to do the right thing. Acknowledge others when they apply the principles; they will be motivated to do more of it.
Your Power Card attracts talent, customers and investors/sponsors. Your Power Card reflects your values. You stand for something. People who stand for the same values will gravitate towards you. In their eyes, you snap out of the blurriness into sharp relief. Like when your camera comes into focus. Snap!
How to use:
Use the four principles as a starting point to write the About section of your Linkedin profile or the executive summary of your CV.
I’m here to help the organisation solve outstanding challenges. (PURPOSE)
I believe in solving problems quickly and efficiently. (PASSION)
I'm great at designing human-centric solutions. (POWER)
I'm at my best when people count on me to be optimistic and to see the potential. (PRIZE)
Share your principles during job interviews, big presentations or when meeting someone new. Some examples:
Tell me about yourself. Use your POWER statement.
What's unique about you? Talk about your PASSION statement.
What do you do? Share your PURPOSE statement.
What motivates you? Why do you do the things you do? Share your PRIZE statement.
Your Power Card prioritises the activities that really matter. Use your Power Card to get more done by doing less. Get more out of your work, rather than cramming more "stuff" into it. Use your Power Card to identify the tasks that really matter. Swim in your lane. When you align your work with your values, naturally you'll find your work intrinsically motivating. Doing the work itself brings a lot of joy and happiness to you. That's how you can perform at your peak in a consistent and sustainable manner.
More importantly, use your Power Card to say no to the tasks that make you feel busy but don't get you results (and drains your energy). With a principled approach, you end up with more than enough time for what matters and a sense of peace and spaciousness that constant activity has kept outside your reach... until now.
The four principles comes together as a self-management process that helps you operate in your natural state of being: the sweet spot for performance. It’s like the lane markers at the bottom of the competitive swimming pool. It helps you swim straight. Ambling from day to day, quieting that niggling feeling that your dreams aren’t being fulfilled, is the alternative.
The Self-Management Process (fly-wheel)
How to use: Use the principles to reflect on your daily activities and figure out what are small things you can do differently TODAY to do less and accomplish more.
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