Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On career move: Where to and why cross over?

Nature of work vary in time. It can be a change that is something related to your current job or a totally different one.

The beauty of these changes: you acquire more skills.

The problem: you do not develop expertise, which is critical as you grow old.

Jack of all trades, master of none, as the saying goes.

The former requires some sort of interest and commitment to do.

The latter, a strong reason, i.e. passion, and great leap of faith to cross over.

In your next career move, what wil be the push factor?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why YOUr cause SUCKs?

You force it.

You rush for it.

Therefore, you have a cause NOT worth doing.

The first one makes your audience dislike you. Thus causes disengagement.

The second one results in a cause full of loopholes. Thus your audience tend to not want and trust your cause.

The third one is the sum of types 1 and 2.

It is simply NOT worth your while.

*Thanks for the inspiration, Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment, The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Turning around a rather boring day at work

Bored in office? Turn it around with these simple steps!

When serving an organization for a long time, there are times you feel stuck with routine, task lists and targets. You are caught up motionless in the middle of projects and processes, while the rest are too busy meeting their targets. This is when you start noticing the next person in the conference room or the meeting chairperson as objects of envy; and wonder how they stand the rigours of 8-to-5 office work, doing the same thing, ticking items off their task lists.

If you start feeling stuck and having bad days at work, take action. Turn it around and spice up your boring routine with the following:

  1. Detour. Yes! Taking detours on your way to office break your routine and give you a different and yet refreshing perspective. Detours may also lead you to discovery of things: less traffic, shortcuts and nicer ambience.

  2. Walk it out. Trivia: For every minute of brisk walking, as much as 6 calories can be burned. That means a 15-minute tea break spent on walking will get rid of 90 calories you gained from 7 hours of slacking. If done in the morning and afternoon tea breaks, that's a whopping 180 calories burned! That is equivalent to two cups of coffee!*

    Imagine the benefits: you kill boredom and get fit.

  3. Get out of the box. Literally. Retreat to your creative spaces to be able to think out-of-the-box. Be it in a nearby library, coffee shop or park, find this place where you can complete quality work in an unbelievable pace. It is where your ideas run wild, concepts take form and manifest themselves in your proposals, ready to be rolled out. When boredom strikes, retreat to that place and get your muse do the rest.

*Based on the calorie count of an instant coffe brand.