When Daphne Jones was growing up, she found that some adults in her life saw secretarial work as the extent of her career potential. Following their advice, she went to secretarial school and got a job. But she soon realized that secretarial work was not for her. So, she left, went to college, got her bachelor’s degree in three years, her MBA in one year, and joined IBM.
Having now built a successful career, which includes CIO roles at Johnson & Johnson, Hospira, and GE, Jones has conceptualized her journey in a “Five P” framework: purpose, priority, preparation, performance, and perseverance.
“These Five Ps took me from poverty, a closed and fixed mindset, to prosperity, an open and growth mindset,” says Jones. “I had to re-imagine myself differently than what I was told as a young girl. I believe there can be no transformation without re-imagination.”