The Pop Up Job

Today, the New York Times reported a story on two professors at Stanford who created a case study of what they called a “flash organization” named True Story. True Story is a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the packaging; developers to build the mobile app and the website. There was even a play-testing division to catch potential hiccups. The producer of True Story wasn’t really a firm: The workers were all freelancers who typically had never met and, perhaps more striking, the entire organization existed solely to create the game and then disbanded." Flash organizations are ephemeral setups to execute a single, complex project in ways traditionally associated with corporations, nonprofit groups or governments. Thus those who are recruited are working in a “Pop Up” Job. Each project began with...
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Wildly successful people and failure

Think of Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, or Donald Trump; the extremely successful US people we all know by name and achievement. How did they move forward after many failures or even failure in between big successes? Optimism These noted achievers refused to be held back by defeat, failure, or negative advice. Instead they ventured forth boldly. They firmly believed that ‘when one door shuts, another opens…” Experimentation The solution to a crisis or a problem may not be easy to discover. However, a winner will relentlessly pursue new avenues and consistently experiment. In the final analysis, success may only be a matter of persistence. Modeling Persistence is not taught, but modeled. Someone in their lives showed them that “failures” are temporary setbacks. We must continuously do and demonstrate the need for beginning a difficult task, for hanging in there, and following through. This may be the most important attribute we assist people we manage to do too. And for those of us well beyond...
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You Can Bounce Back From ‘Failure’ In Your Career

In my coaching practice, I utilize a lot of tools and perspectives to help clients learn and see themselves more successfully.  One loaner book I use regularly for job seekers is Dan Miller’s 48 Days to The Work You Love. Dan was recently interviewed at a video conference I attending and I have captured some great answers to questions most job seekers have all the time.  I thought I would share a few with you in my blog today. Dan was specifically talking about bouncing back from a failure in your career.  Real or perceived, failures can set us back dramatically if not put into a new perspective.  Can you identify with these listeners or Dan’s perspective? A listener’s question: “Are there failures that are fatal?” Dan Miller’s answer: “I believe there really are “successful failures” in our careers and businesses. That’s not an oxymoron. Napoleon Hill once said: “Failure seems to be nature’s plan for preparing us for great responsibilities.” Peter Drucker...
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