07 April 2010

What is MOJO? And have I lost it?

Not very long ago, I thought I had lost my MOJO. So I was really excited to read Marshall Goldsmith’s latest book, MOJO: How to Get it, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back When You Need It. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I gained new insights into myself and people with whom I work. I now believe I understand and know how to better self-manage the four keys to MOJO—identity, achievement, reputation and acceptance.
Goldsmith defines MOJO as “the positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.” He and his team have actually developed a MOJO Survey to help people discern their level of MOJO, which is defined in terms of short-term satisfaction (happiness) and long-term benefit (meaning). The results of the survey make explicit the dynamics of a person’s relationship to any activity. The categories are: surviving, sacrificing, succeeding, stimulating and sustaining. How do you recognize people with MOJO? People with MOJO take responsibility, move forward, run the extra mile, love doing it, appreciate opportunities, make the best of it, are inspirational, grateful, curious, caring, have zest for life and are awake! In contrast to MOJO, there is NOJO, which is defined as “that negative spirit toward what people are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates outside.” People with NOJO play the victim, march in place, are satisfied with the bare minimum, feel obligated to do it, tolerate requirements, endure it, are painful to be around, are resentful, uninterested, indifferent, Zombie-like and asleep. Goldsmith makes a distinction between professional MOJO, which is powered by the ingredients of motivation, knowledge, ability, confidence and authenticity, and personal MOJO, which is powered by happiness, reward, meaning, learning and gratitude. He has even developed a MOJO scorecard for people to track and rate their MOJO, based on the activities in which they engage every day. This is a very revealing exercise, if you decide to do it! Finally, he provides people with a MOJO tool kit comprised of strategies and techniques as well as principles and practices. These strategies help in the management and development of one’s identity. There are also clues and tips about how best to support achievement and reputation. Finally, the advice and wisdom about accepting change and influencing what you can while letting go of what you can’t change was significant and resonated with me. So, now I am on a MOJO recovery program and that positive inner spirit is beginning to radiate outward once again! Thanks, Dr. Goldsmith!

For Reflections on Nursing Leadership, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International