The season of internships is upon us!
For many companies out there, that means getting a few cheap warm bodies to do thankless jobs. In many cases even, “cheap” mean “free labor”.
I know the argument: “We provide them with valuable work experience, and there are cost to training and managing them. If anything THEY should pay US for that privilege”. What a load of crap.
Students or graduates need their internship to practice their skills in a real-world environment, as well as to learn all of those little things that can only be taught through experience.
They need opportunities…
Yesterday, I got into a vigorous discussion with other coaches about failure in a workplace context.
These days, there are two main views on failure: “I don’t pay you to fail” boss-centric point of view, and the “failure is learning” employee-centric point of view. I know, I know, this is a gross simplification. Bear with me.
The fact is, I don’t agree with either. In addition to being a coach, I have been an entrepreneur for most of my life. I am no stranger to failure. …
As good Pyrate, you have a high impact on your environment, but to achieve that, you need to rid yourself of value-less busywork and build yourself some confidence in your ability to change the rules that constrain you.
This first tip comes straight from Sam Conniff Allende, author of Be More Pirate: Pick a rule, one that annoys you and serves little to no purpose, and break it to see what happens.
Chances are that nothing will happen. A surprisingly large number of rules are the end results of half-thought bureaucratic shenanigans or outdated social norms. …
We live in a world that demands certainty and exactitude from people, in complete denial that we live in a VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). The quest for certainty and exactitude are not just a fool’s errand, but they are quite simply the wrong things to ask from people.
As an employee, you are hired as an expert, defined as “someone who knows the answers.” What your employer asks of you is to give them certainty and exactitude. You better be right, because you will be held accountable for your answers.
But let’s be honest for a minute…
We are said to live in an increasingly VUCA world (VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). Situations can change fast. The status quo not only get disrupted often, but many people and companies seek to create such disruption to forge new markets for themselves. The information we have access to is more often than not partial, hidden, outdated, or just plain wrong. We put in charge people we know are lying to us, and some don’t even try to hide it anymore.
More than ever, we need to learn to navigate through all of this and, if possible…
I wrote this article as a follow up to a very short exchange on Linkedin with Dr. Tassos Anastasiades, head of the Edubridge International School. That long an answer to so short a conversation is probably why I’m not invited at parties more often.
For the longest time, the education system worked fine for the needs of the business world. The business as a well-oiled machine metaphor made sure employers were looking for people able to execute orders and little else. Creativity, questioning, and exploration were the prerogatives of a handful of innovators. …
Many organizations are hesitant to launch themselves into needed organizational transformation. Not only is it disruptive and uncomfortable, but experience taught them that change is never really over. Thus, they prefer to avoid it until they have absolutely no choice anymore.
Let’s be honest here. The world (and your niche market) is changing whether you adapt to it or not. Refusing change just because more of it will come later is akin to not paying your taxes because you paid them last year. By avoiding or delaying adaptation, you only make it harder on yourself.
You can alleviate the discomfort…
When you think about it, we still live in a medieval society.
There’s an elite layer of society where decision-making and wealth are centralized, and a much, much larger layer who’s responsibility includes obedience, conformity and producing value to will be managed by the centralized layer.
Of course, the terminology has changed, and we have gained a few more liberties over the centuries. But we still essentially work for the benefit of our lords (corporate lords rather than nobles), and while we vote for our representatives, they will have a few years of ruling with little accountability. …
This post is a follow-up to How to turn Purpose and Meaning into happiness. If you haven’t yet, go check it out!
Meaning is an essential part of our lives. We can’t stay sane without it.
And yet, these days we tend to drown ourselves in noise rather than looking at the dearth of meaning that surrounds us. We are surrounded by meaningless work, done for meaningless organizations, and listening to politicians who’s discourse is utterly devoid of meaning. As our existence seems all too often to be meaningless, we drown ourselves in meaningless entertainment, meaningless escapes.
“But Maurice,” I…
Social Futurist. Pyrate. Co-founder at Go Pyrate!