- What’s the origin of the social pressure for work to be a passion? I don’t know. I do know this pressure is stoked by the media, and social media. “Who is telling me this? How do they know it? What’s in it for them?” Straight talk on media literacy, via Michael Rosenwald at Columbia Journalism Review.
- “Sean Parker…former president of Facebook, said the thought process behind building the social media giant was: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'” Sean Parker unloads on Facebook “exploiting” human psychology. (Video clip: brief and to the point.)
- After doing searches for I haven’t found my passion and how can I find my passion, I liked this wry article best. I’d love to meet its author, Gina Barecca.
- It’s painful when your leaders claim that you’re Making The World a Better Place, and you’re not. Or when you feel everyone but you is Living Their Passion. “Moral injury” is a new area of study, and the term describes “the psychological damage service members face when their actions in battle contradict their moral beliefs.” My hypothesis: as we learn more about moral injury, we’ll find that it’s not a military condition. That it’s human condition, with degrees of severity. And that it manifests in the workplace as cynicism, and disengagement.
- “If the only vision we have of ourselves comes from the social mirror…our view of ourselves is like the reflection in the crazy mirror room at the carnival…” As an antidote, we can seek bigger truths, and explore our personal values. Then, use this knowledge as a compass for navigating work and career. I’m re-reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. (Actually, with the book at hand, I’m listening to a newer edition, which you may also find at your library.) A classic.
- Can you connect your organization’s values to your actions — or those ask your team members to take? If yes, Management 101 achievement, unlocked! Graduate level: help people link their personal values to their goals and actions at work.
- People in a career hurry could use some role models: success doesn’t often happen in a straight line. People profiled in Joanne Wilson’s Woman Entrepreneur Mondays (now a podcast) have grown into “passions” over the careers.
- Yikes, what a scold! Simon Sinek’s approach on Millenials at Work may not resonate with your team. Or with me: among other things, I don’t think there’s a place at the office for discussion of how employees were “parented.” And tbh, it’s millennial women who have spoken up on harassment; their peers of all genders have supported them — I don’t want to credit “parenting” strategies on this front. Or, maybe I do. (h/t Joanne Wilson, this was on her site when I grabbed the links above.)
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