When I was growing up in politics, the wisdom was to look for a 50-year-old mentor,” Trippi said. “Now, if you’re 50, you should be looking for an 18-year-old to help you deliver the message in a way that people will get it.
The most common lament in this collection is from people who worked at the same company all their lives and now realize how boring they must seem. These people passively let their lives happen to them. One man described his long, uneventful career at an insurance company and concluded, “Wish my self-profile was more exciting, but it’s a little late now.”
The Life Report by David Brooks
I still can’t get this David Brooks column out of my head. The column describes a collection of essays written by the Yale class of 1942. In the essays, the alumni look back and recap the stories of their lives. Risk is a strong theme, here’s my favorite line:
Nobody regretted the life changes they made, even when they failed.
Read the full column here.
Related: Buridan’s Donkey
Someone has to be the new, great filmmaker, artist, scientist, author, etc. So why not let that someone be you? What’s different today than back then is that there is no clear path anymore. Lines are smudged, career trajectories are murky. But that’s also what makes it so exciting, don’t you think? You can create your own journey and become a trailblazer. I mean, is that a ridiculous thing to suggest?
Wise Words for The New Workforce
If I had a commencement address to give, this would be in it. It’s spot on.
Especially poignant: The line about smudged lines and murky career trajectories. It will only get more blurry as we go.
There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.
- Susan Cain
Ain’t that the truth.
You will be judged (or you will be ignored)
Which Would You Prefer?
I came across a great Seth Godin blog post that I think is worth sharing (and so, here I am, sharing it). The title is “You will be judged (or you will be ignored),” the rest of the post is quoted below. It will take a minute to read, and is well worth the time. Make it happen:
Those are pretty much the only two choices.
Being judged is uncomfortable. Snap judgments, prejudices, misinformation… all of these, combined with not enough time (how could there be) to truly know you, means that you will inevitably be misjudged, underestimated (or overestimated) and unfairly rejected.
The alternative, of course, is much safer. To be ignored.
Up to you.
Seth’s Blog: sethgodin.typepad.com
I’m a big believer in delegating, giving people lots of responsibility, maybe even more than they can handle. You don’t want a roster of order takers. Failing is OK. When you micromanage, you get people that don’t care.
Tumblr’s New EIC Talks About His Management Style
Chris Mohney, the new Editor in Chief of Tumblr, gives an interesting interview to Ad Week in which he’s asked about his leadership style. I like the answer he gives, quoted in full above, especially the last part about micromanagement:
When you micromanage, you get people that don’t care.
It’s not business, it’s personal
Another Seth Godin Gem
I really like Seth Godin’s blog post that follows the counterintuitive headline above:
It’s too easy to blame the organization and the system and the bottom line for decisions that a person would never be willing to take responsibility for.
Whenever you can, work with people who take it personally.
Perhaps I’m naive, but I think Godin’s right here. I hate the term “It’s not personal, it’s business.” At the end of the day, business is personal. The artificial line we draw between what’s acceptable in the world of business and what’s acceptable outside seems to be a license for us not to have to act like human beings.
On the bright side, the economy and the workplace are changing. And, while we may be experiencing some transitional pains now, I think Godin’s way of thinking is where we’re headed. If that’s the case, we’ll all be better for it.
Check out Godin’s blog at: sethgodin.typepad.com