Vowels can help you succeed in IT sector. As strange as it may sound, it’s true! These alphabets form the basis of principles that can help you develop yourself as an individual and as a part of a team and by extension- the organisation. Development of people and self are essential components to succeed in IT.
The success and failure of any organisation depends on the quality of its workforce. It’s how you grow and develop along the business, leadership and technology domain that contributes greatly to the growth of an organisation. However, people development initiatives often face a lot of challenges; scalability in larger organisations and prioritisation in smaller ones. An environment that fosters self development in an organisation can greatly help in curbing these challenges. Even you can contribute to your own self-development by following certain principles:
The AEIOU Framework
Shantanu Paknikar, general manager – Solution Initiatives, Happiest Minds Technologies Private Limited, highlighted the AEIOU Framework for self-development. According to him, leveraging the AEIOU Framework can greatly help an individual foster self-development.
Let’s understand this framework:
‘A’ is for Awareness: It’s imperative to be aware of your surroundings, what’s happening around in your team. It can be followed as a one-on-one exercise; you can have a set of 10 questions framed to assess your level of awareness. The threshold marks of 8/10 would mean that you can move on to the next block ‘E’, otherwise you need to focus more on awareness.
‘E’ is for Enthusiasm: Just being aware would not help. It’s also essential to be enthusiastic to participate in what’s going on. It’s your enthusiasm and excitement levels that triggers action. The exercise here is to assess the fact that whether you have translated your awareness into enthusiasm.
‘I’ stands for Involvement: Awareness and Enthusiasm needs to translate into Involvement. A score of 4 out of 5, after the exercise to assess your involvement levels, would mean you can move on the next level.
‘O’ stands for Ownership: Your real growth and by extension- your organisation, happens only when you start taking ownership. A score of 4 out of 5 is required to move on to the next block ‘U’.
‘U’ stands for the Ultimate Goal: Awareness, Enthusiasm, Involvement and Ownership are important, provided they result in the ultimate goal, which is growth. Growth can either be tangible or intangible. “As you scale up to higher levels in the team, you might find yourself at the bottom if the AEIOU ladder, again and again. Therefore, climbing this ladder has to be a continuous process; that would ensure constant growth for you,” Paknikar stated.
“You need to understand that your growth depends on your team’s growth, and how you influence, contribute and impact the same. AEIOU provides a framework to help you influence and impact your team’s growth,” he concluded.