20 Jobs of the Future

In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement. In our modern age of technology driven exponential change – this model no longer works.

Careers are now complex, fragmented, specialized, collaborative and ever evolving. More often than not, our work life will be made up of a portfolio of micro-careers.  – sparks & honey

10 Indispensable Quotes from Seth Godin’s Linchpin

linchpin1A linchpin, as Seth describes it, is somebody in an organization who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced – her role is far too unique and valuable.

  1. ‘The linchpins among us are not the ones born with a magical talent. No, they are people who have decided that a new kind of work is important, and trained themselves to do it.’
  2. ‘Every successful organization has at least one linchpin.’
  3. ‘Linchpins are indispensable, the driving force of our future.’
  4. ‘The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people deeply care about.’
  5. ‘Leading is a skill, not a gift. You’re not born with it, you learn how…While schools provide outlets for natural-born leaders, they don’t teach it.’
  6. ‘Expertise gives you enough insight to reinvent what everyone else assumes is the truth.’
  7. ‘Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done.’
  8. ‘Linchpins leverage something internal, not external, to create a position of power and value.’
  9. ‘The only way to be indispensable is to be different.’
  10. ‘There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do.’

Cheridel Alejandrino is a linchpin.

 

14 Ways to Get Breakthrough Ideas by Mitch Ditkoff

  1. Awake at the WheelFollow your fascination
  2. Immerse
  3. Tolerate ambiguity
  4. Make new connections
  5. Fantasize
  6. Define the right challenge
  7. Listen to your subconscious
  8. Take a break
  9. Notice and challenge existing patterns and trends
  10. Hangout with diverse groups of people
  11. Brainstorm
  12. Look for happy accidents
  13. Use creative thinking techniques
  14. Suspend logic

 

If you want to increase your chances of getting a breakthrough idea, you will need to break the bonds of the familiar. Hang out with a different crowd. Go beyond the usual suspects. Seek the input of oddballs, mavericks, outcasts, or, at the very least, people outside of your field. – Mitchell Lewis Ditkoff

35 Ideas How to Become Elvis Presley at Work

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I bought this copy of Shine at National Bookstore-Greenbelt 1 branch. Copies are still available and currently on sale. You can buy a copy of this book for Php75.00 only.

These 35 ideas are taken randomly from a highly engaging book “SHINE: How To Survive And Thrive At Work” (2011) by Chris Barez-Brown.

Shine is an exhilarating new guide to loving your work, and living your working life to the full. For Seth Godin, this book doesn’t read, it buzzes.

Who’s Elvis around here?

This has always been Bono’s (U2 lead singer) opening question everytime he goes to any organization as part of his well-publicized mission to eradicate Third World debt.

According to Brown, the Elvis, who Bono is looking for, is the person who stands out, breaks the rules, makes things happen, shines more brightly, and probably love every minute of it.

Brown believes that you can be a bit more Elvis. You have all the ability to stand out.

So are you ready upping your ‘Elvis Factor’? Bring it on! Here’s how according to Brown:

  1. Understand that you are amazing. You have no limitations but the ones you impose upon yourself. You have all you need to shine.
  2. Have an abundant thinking. When you embrace abundant thinking you soon realize that people want to be near you.
  3. Slow down. To truly shine, you need to tune yourself into you…To do that you need to slow down and take a deep breath. By breathing deeply you feed your brain more oxygen, which it needs to function well.
  4. Perception flip. If perspective is everything, you need flexibility and awareness in how you perceive. Make distinction between a good perspective and a stuck one.
  5. Be human and screw up.
  6. Go with the flow. Find a wave that helps you, and ride it.
  7. Know what you stand for.
  8. Go somewhere else. Do something that helps you relax and opens you.
  9. Make sure you notice when the people you work with are great. And appreciate them for being so. Make it personal.
  10. Know your North Star. If at work you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you’re just warming a seat.
  11. Assume everyone is an angel.
  12. Rest.
  13. Give your meetings teeth.
  14. Instead of imagining your life, live it. Do something real and try something out.
  15. Get fresh. To get fresh, you have to break habits and do things differently. Mess with everything. This keeps your brain fresh and your creativity pumping. Life will never be dull.
  16. Surround yourself with interesting people.
  17. Don’t use your position to control others.
  18. If ain’t fun, stop doing it. When we are doing something that we enjoy it is much easier to be shiny, and time just flies by.
  19. Commit.
  20. Travel. Travel keeps you fresh, tolerant and always open to new experiences.
  21. Hang out with resonators, not vampires. Resonators are people that have an energy that is infectious. They believe anything is possible and they believe that everything should be fun. Vampires, on the other hand, love taking energy.
  22. Do iconic – making a lasting impression that creates a halo around you.
  23. Chill and laugh.
  24. Make friends and dump some.
  25. Wear clothes that up your energy, physically and mentally. Wear clothes that represent who you are to the world while still making you feel great.
  26. Daydream. Kick back, gaze out of the window and enjoy.
  27. Do favours.
  28. Be interested in other people, their struggles and their dreams.
  29. Make stuff simple.
  30. Have standards.
  31. Surround yourself with talent that scares you.
  32. Be a brand. Be a saleable brand.
  33. Do what you love and are great at.
  34. Stop talking – listen.
  35. Believe. People don’t shine brightly unless they believe the deserve to do so.

To Selfie or Not To Selfie?

That is not the question. The question is why not?

Go ahead. Take photos of your self. Post them everywhere to let the world know that someone like you exists. You have waited this era for so long where you can be noticed in an instant.

In the internet era, the limelight is no longer exclusive for the rich and the famous.

To selfie is to be visible.

To selfie is human.

However, it is neither about your eyes nor your eyebrows but what others would remember when they see them. It is neither about your red lips nor your cute mouth but how many hearts and minds have you inspired the last time you used them.

To selfie is easy but to keep others from feeling annoyed is otherwise.

What I Learned from 5th Graders About Success

My 5th grader nephew's drawing

My 5th grader nephew’s drawing

All they need is a box of crayons.

They do not have standards. They will doodle anytime they want. And when they have finished something they will proudly and excitedly show it.

If you criticize their work they will defend it and while crying they will earnestly look for justifications on why the peacock looks like a dog or why the cat can fly.

When you feel stuck go grab a box of crayons and be with a fifth grader.

And you will realize that success is about acting on what is in your mind and making it visible for others to see and to improve.