Feb 26 – Take Off Your Mask

Who are you when you take off your masks?

Who are you when you take off your masks?

Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) Tip of the Day

February 26 – At times you may wear masks in how you relate to others – this is a persona you’ve adopted over time to protect yourself in some way. The better you can understand your mask and why you are wearing it, the more you open up the space to connect with others in a spirit of creativity and collaboration.


Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP

In Gay and Katie Hendricks’ work on “Conscious Living,” they delve into this idea we live in these triangles with other people. We play one of three roles in these triangles – the hero, victim or villain. And in these roles we are wearing a “mask,” also known as a persona. The challenge is for most of us is that we get so accustomed to wearing these masks, we think these are who we really are and we defend them as part of our identity. Think what would happen if you removed the mask – what would happen to the most “cherished” parts of who you think you are?

For me, one of my masks was that of a successful Aerospace Engineer. I had, after all, worked extremely hard to become an Aerospace Engineer. After about ten years, I found the actual practice of being an Aerospace Engineer did not fulfill me nor was it how I wanted to continue to craft my day-to-day existence. I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon the book by Paul and Barbara Tieger, “Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, ” but it was this exploration that gave me the permission to evaluate if my mask as an Aerospace Engineer was really still for me.

This same journey happens for all of us. This is why we make understanding who you really are – outside of the masks you wear in your life – an integral part of becoming a Cheetah Certified Project Manager. People always ask me how I can get so much accomplished. It’s really very easy – I live in alignment with the true nature of who I am. When I find myself on the triangle with anyone and not in a creative and collaborative space, I evaluate: what mask am I wearing that is keeping me from moving on from this? When I spend more time living an authentic reality for me and less time protecting some version of myself, I have more time to work on those tasks truly important in the moment. You can learn how to do the same and consistently move fast like a cheetah. Become a Cheetah Certified Project Manager.

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