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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Career Ruts

Career Ruts Perhaps you jumped straight into a job after grad school or college and now, five years plus later, you’re bored, unfulfilled and spinning your wheels. Or maybe you’ve excelled in your position, but now you feel you’ve risen as far in the company as you can go. In other words, you’re stuck in a career rut. In a tight job market, people who are dissatisfied with their jobs tend to stay put. Does that mean you have to stay in a job that doesn’t challenge you, provide meaning, or offer long-term career benefits? Not necessarily. It’s possible to change your behavior, attitude, outlook and workplace relationships in such a way that today’s dull job becomes tomorrow’s exciting career opportunity. You don’t have to quit your job to get out of a career rut. All you have to do is start moving in a fresh direction. Imagine Your Destination Before you get in a car, you know where you’re going. The same is true...
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