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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Authentic People at Work ©

There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. The EQ of more than a million people has been tested now and by in large these find that EQ explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people with low EQs. Ninety percent of top performers have high EQs, and a single-point increase in your EQ adds $1,300 to your salary. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with tremendous results. But there’s a catch. Emotional intelligence won’t do a thing for you if you aren’t genuine. A recent study at the University of Washington found that people don’t accept demonstrations of emotional intelligence at face value. They’re too skeptical for that. They don’t just want to see signs of emotional intelligence. They want to know that it’s authentic — that your emotions are...
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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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