Posts in category: Work & Life

Two reasons to leave

Two reasons to leave

Sometimes, it is necessary to leave a job or end a contract early; for the sake of our wellbeing. Here are two signs that may signal that time has come: 1. When we (as the service provider) no longer care about the work. Or we find ourselves constantly struggling to...
Enable individuals over systems

Enable individuals over systems

Individuals make the difference. Systems and processes don’t innovate, or break out of the box, or strive for excellence. Individuals do. They stay back late when they don’t have to. They work around rules and bureaucracies to excel. They make things happen because...
Finite f*cks to give

Finite f*cks to give

We all have a finite number of fucks to give. We should choose wisely where we give them. Many of wonderful people I know go out into the world with a strong sense of service, to make a difference in the jobs we do or the businesses we run. A passionate cause can,...
On celebrations

On celebrations

There is probably no other universal celebration than the coming of a new year. I have been thinking about how we could celebrate the new year: as simply the inevitable passing of another 365 days, or use it as a convenient point in time to reflect on what is more...
Thank those who go the extra mile, because it probably cost them

Thank those who go the extra mile, because it probably cost them

Those who go the extra mile (to deliver outstanding results) are probably doing so on their own dime. This seems to be the unfortunate reality of work today. We have set up the organisations that run our government institutions, community causes, and private sector...
Reviewing commitments

Reviewing commitments

How often are we caught up in a particular course of action – something we had committed to some time ago – when it no longer serves us in the here and now? Or perhaps it is even something that is actively impeding our business right now. Or something we are...
Anything is possible

Anything is possible

We live in topsy-turvy times. If Trump can become the leader of the most powerful nation on this planet, then anything is truly possible. He is challenging established norms in social relations, business ethics, international diplomacy, and media relations. Often just...
Give as much as you take

Give as much as you take

Give as much as you take. (If in doubt, give a little more.) Balancing our needs and their needs, in a fair and reasonable way, is important for our wellbeing. This is perhaps more important now than ever before, given the world seems to be increasingly about taking....
The time for grassroots action is now

The time for grassroots action is now

Forget governments and politicians; the time for grassroots action is now. Like many people I know, I have been increasingly disillusioned with politicians and governments of late; from both and all sides of the liberal/conservative divide. Politicians in the US and...
Post-traumatic growth

Post-traumatic growth

The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times is a positive article on thriving after traumatic events. A common traumatic event many working professional face is being the target of a manager, colleague, business partner who has APD (anti-social personality...
The importance of being healthy selfish

The importance of being healthy selfish

A core aspect of elevating ourselves is learning healthy selfishness. Healthy selfish is why we must put on our own oxygen masks first, before helping others. In every situation, we can examine the following: What can I do in response? How can I learn from this?...
The unemployable skillset

The unemployable skillset

Traditional employment methodologies and processes seem to be increasingly falling behind the reality of work. The jobs that are most safe going forward naturally require skills referred to as the “three bottlenecks to automation:” creativity, social intelligence, and...
Scanners and divers

Scanners and divers

“Our culture respects specialists. People aren’t called ‘Renaissance men’ any more; they’re called ‘dilettantes’ or ‘jack of all trade,’”  — Barbara Sher in I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was. This is amply demonstrated in typical job ads. The...
Pink flamingo legacy

Pink flamingo legacy

Don Featherstone invented, inventor of the pink (plastic) flamingo died this year aged 79. This brought to mind the idea of legacy. What do we leave behind? What do we want to leave behind? I’m conflicted too. On one hand, it would be so cool to have invented a...
When is good enough is good enough

When is good enough is good enough

We all get taught that attention to detail is important. The devil is in the details. Perhaps because so much of our work is detail-oriented; with lists to tick-off and spelling to check. And yet we also know that in the real world, sometimes good enough has to be...
Making an impact vs overnight fame

Making an impact vs overnight fame

The Internet gives us all a global voice like no other technology before it. We just don’t know who we may move with our stories, our thoughts, our comments, or our presence/work. Our individual voices matter; to the people they need to matter to. It may be much...
Live your dream: a tableau

Live your dream: a tableau

This shop window in Oslo caught my eye one evening in Oslo. (The “Live Your Dream” text was actually stencilled on the shutter.) “Live your dreams” is so easy to say it has become a meaningless insipid throwaway. It is even more hollow and fake...
Lesson from Van Gogh 3

Lesson from Van Gogh 3

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. In his isolation, Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. From the few letters I saw at the museum, the act of writing was clearly very cathartic for Van Gogh, as well as...
Lesson from Van Gogh 2

Lesson from Van Gogh 2

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. No one creates in isolation (on an island or otherwise.) Van Gogh actively reached out to other artists, and had thoughts to set up a utopian art colony. Lesson 2 of...
Lesson from Van Gogh 1

Lesson from Van Gogh 1

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The immediate impact was the sheer volume of work; work completed in spite of huge challenges. Lesson 1 of 3: The body of work is what matters. In spite of mental...
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