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Everybody wants to show you there resume, but all a resume tells you is "what". Maybe it's time we looked beyond and throught about what the person you're looking for brings to your company.
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This was a fun video to create. We had two takes and Rhonda was a great interviewee. Working in an open environment again reminds me how much I need to invest in a directional mic, but otherwise, I think the video turned out pretty good.
Most of the time, when we think of "in the box" thinking, someone is accusing us of being too limited in coming up with creative ideas or solutions for a particular task. Often, this doesn't help us generate more radical ideas, but instead makes us want to shut down and sometimes even obfuscate the good ideas we do come up with. If this happens repeatedly, we might even start to resent the person and make it harder for them to do their job.
The Arbinger Institute has come up with a brilliant way of shifting the definition of "in the box" thinking from refering to a specific task or project, to instead focusing on the way that we create walls with our own thoughts which can hurt the relationships we have with others. In Leadership and Self-Deception, we meet Tom who has recently been hired as a senior manager at Zagrum company. He's only been there a month, but as it turns out, he has a problem. What he's surprised to learn is that everyone else has the same problem he does.
Tom is in the box. As it turns out, he's been in the box for a long time and he's been making the lives of those around him miserable.
This is where we learn that Tom isn't alone. Everyone is in the box with different people and at different times of the day. Through the course of two days, Tom learns about how he has been sabotaging the relationships in his life and how he can turn those bad relationships around. He learns that he puts himself in the box every time he thinks of someone else as less than a person or when he justifies himself so that he can find blame in others.
I found this book really interesting and a very valuable read for anyone who works with other people.
Were you seeing them as people or as objects? ~Lou, Chapter 19, Leadership & Self-Deception
Through Tom's story, we learn how to identify "in the box" thinking, ways to get in and out of the box, and ways to stay out of the box. Most importantly we learn that by proping ourselves up ("I'm the best, I'm a great husband," etc) and finding ways to blame others, we deceive ourselves and create walls which sour our relationships with others. When we're in the box, we encourage others to be in their boxes as well. This creates a spiraling cycle of doom from which it can sometimes be very hard to recover.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 light bulbs. It's definitely worth picking up.
The one where you know that there's something more but you have to figure it out. I've been trying to scratch that itch for over a year now.
It's like there's this huge conspiracy that everyone's intentionally not telling you about, but you keep running into people that have these lanterns in the dark. Some of them have become really successful because they've figured out how to make it work for them. Others just go back to accepting the status quo. I've been trying to surround myself with the people who have lanterns, who see the light or are making it for themselves.
The old way of doing things says that job security is the way to go. But if that's the case, what the heck am I doing right now? I'm working a job that didn't exist 10 years ago - and since then, it's evolved so much that disciplines were created within it. (web design: artists, developers, marketers, social media, etc) Most of my generation hasn't held a job for more than 5 years before we feel a need to move onto something else. We are a generation of learners and our desire to constantly push ourselves to bigger and better things keeps us moving.
The truth is that our parent's generation doesn't want to let go of the romantic idea that they can get one job and it'll last a lifetime. Sadly, while that was a wonderful period for not having to worry, that day has come to an end.
Do you remember being five or ten years old? When you had all these dreams of being an Ice Cream Truck driving Astronaught and your parents said you could be anything you want? Today those dreams are becoming more and more possible. (though there's not really a market for space Ice cream quite yet). The cool thing is finding out that there are people who don't want to work 40 hours per week (or more) for the rest of their lives.
Timothy Ferriss is one such guy. He's very well known for writing the Four Hour Work Week. A book that gives you a guide for how to be more productive, shift your lifestyle to be more flexible, and live the kind of life that we only see rich people live. His basic premise comes down to two simple concepts:
The truth is that you can do a lot of those fantastic things for less than $500. Think if you were able to go to Thailand where you only had to pay $120 in rent for an apartment. You don't have to pay car insurance or a few of your other bills. So now you have an extra sum of money each month you stay to take private yaht rides, hang glide, country-hop in Europe, and do all sorts of things. What he teaches you is that living an interesting life doesn't actually take the amount of money you might think it does.
So, again, this may not be the newest thing for you web experts out there, but I just learned about it!
In my earlier article, Minute Tricks: Clear the cache for one website, I showed you how to clear your cache so that sticky elements like images and style sheets would be replaced and any changes you made to the website would show up. At the time, the hotkey [ctrl + shift + F5] was only available for Windows computers. Today I found out it's available for Macs! Simply hit [Apple/Command + shift + R] to achieve the same effect.