Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Agenda item for 8/30/2013

Connection, Collaboration, Co-creation.

Success is a community effort. No one achieves it by themselves. Your family, teachers, bosses, friends, and hundreds of others - both deliberately and unintentionally - helped get you where you are today. It's going to require just as much a team to get you to where you want to go next.

And YOU are that team's leader.

This week we're going to talk about nurturing more productive relationships; acquiring mentors, coaches, collaborators, and co-conspirators; and all that goes into that. Notice I didn't mention the role of slave or servant. People don't help those that don't respect them. Our goal is to create relationships that work for others just as much as they work for us. (If not more so.)

After our brief check-in we'll move on to make the most of the meeting -
To organize your check-in please use this form: (link here)

This week's topic question:
What career change relationships do I need and how do I create them?

Something interesting: "It's not easy being mean"

An interesting editorial from Design Observer about Steve Jobs. Steve demanded excellence in himself and in the people who worked for him. He believed that everything matters. My belief is the same. You are the sum of everything you do and how you do it as well as everything you say and how you say it. I believe that sometimes you have to challenge people when they are selling themselves short. Ironically respecting people more than they respect themselves doesn't always earn you much respect in return. DF

Link: Steve Jobs: A demanding man (Brief Article)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Something interesting: Some light reading

For those of you taking the summer off I thought I'd offer a little light entertainment that will also encourage you to think a little differently.

Your talent will only get you so far, you still have to do the work. Charm and a great resume will most assuredly open doors for those that possess them. But those doors won't open if you don't know how or aren't willing to knock on them.

The ten thousand hour rule complexity (new yorker article)

While directed towards entrepreneurs I think everyone can learn something from this article. Taking risks in your career is inevitable. As we've discussed in the group even NOT taking risks is risky. (The environment you're in is constantly changing so your choices are adapt, move, or die.) Learn the value of an identity separate from work and learning to accept your own vulnerability.

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship (inc magazine article)

And speaking of vulnerability. This is the video that sparked my creation of the Pride, Shame, Hope, Fear human analog to the well known SWOT analysis. Check it out and expand your ability to see yourself as you really are. Understand your shame. That is what makes you uncomfortable, what puts you on the defensive. And through understanding your humanity you'll understand your worthiness.

Brené Brown on Vulnerability (TED Talk)