Speak up for yourself!

pexels-photo-206784 monkeesInteresting TED talk by Adam Galinsky. Sometimes you don’t speak up when you should, and speak up when you shouldn’t. This force to speak up arises from moral conviction.

He suggests that the range of times that you can appropriately speak up can depend upon the amount of power you have in a particular situation.

You can expand the range of times you should speak up by increasing the amount of power you have.

This power can be increased by

  1. advocating on behalf of others
  2. possessing some particular expertise
  3. obtaining social support and allies

Once you have at least one of these, then speak with conviction and passion.

As an irrelevant aside, this sort of reminded me of the precautionary poem by Yeats, The Second Coming:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity”

 

So, Be Best, not worst.

 

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Sell me this pen!

pexels-photo-261450 penI thought this an amazing example of establishing need for a product. Spoiler alert. In the Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio asks someone to sell him a pen. The person answering takes the pen and asks DiCaprio to write down his name. This created a need, albeit somewhat artificial.

During an interview, you might be asked a similar type of question. Some people simply discuss the value attributes of the pen. Shiny, easy to hold. Others ask questions as to what the interviewer might look for in a pen. What did they like about the last pen they had? Others identify a problem, as above, and show how the pen solves the problem. The solution based approach.

There appears to be one more step beyond that. In Shiller’s book, Narrative Economics, he discusses how the first solution based approach is analytic self-referencing. Why you need the pen to write your name. He suggests a narrative self-referencing and narrative transportation approach. This suggests telling the interviewer to imagine themselves taking this pen and signing a multi-billion dollar contract.

Perhaps a bit delusional, but impactful all the same.

A suggestion to raise yourself above the pack.

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Guiding Principles

pexels-photo-1736222 compassDoes a company need guiding principles? I volunteered to have a look at some of ours to see if I could condense them somewhat. Which of course led to the first question; What do they accomplish?

Principles reflect your vision, mission, strategic interests, and core values and constitute a broad philosophy that guides an organization. They become part of the brand, which includes everything you say or do.

So guiding principles should then imbue everything you say or do. This includes the type of deals you construct, the people you hire, the person you want to become.

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MURF to the Rescue!

IMG_5236 mrfHere I am at Winnipeg’s new Material Recovery Facility, or MURF, wearing all of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. I’m the one wearing the white hard hat and orange vest. This was all part of the field tour for the Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Board that I sit on.

At the end of the tour we can see how the various items are bailed up and ready to be sent out. The recovery rate is improving, but still a portion ends up in the landfill.

We still need a major emphasis on the reduce, reuse part, and then we finally recycle.

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Curmudgeon

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We were talking about Microsoft office today. Our teams website pushes out a fair bit of notifications on various matters of interest. However, some include things like there are brownies in the staff room. Now, I signed up for the brownie notifications. Others don’t care about who’s child just won best in whatever category.

I asked our IT department if they could include a curmudgeon button for those that don’t want to hear about things.

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Chasing Inspiration

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Do you ever wonder where the inspiration for innovation comes from? It can be like chasing a 6 month old puppy in the park. It’s better for them to come to you. I suggest bacon treats in your pocket.

Dogs are great. Our office has a welcome dog policy. We have two golden retrievers, McGuire and Seamus. They constantly remind me how to facilitate inspiration.

Do you ever walk into the kitchen, and forget why you went in there?

McGuire and Seamus experience life like that. Every change is new and exciting all the time. It’s transcendence.

Coping skill, when you enter the kitchen, just keep moving, and you will pass by whatever it was that you were thinking about and the thought process will be rebooted.

 

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