2015 August

Rethinking Work –

I found this interesting and mostly contradictory with my experience.

The issue I take with researched is they have never worked and managed and led except from a referent position.

The world to them seems this way and their bias creates these pretty cool ideas that never get much traction in “reality.”

If you have known me for at least a decade, you know I’m a proponent of people doing what they are “called” to do, but I truly find it RARE in reality of actual work, even in the face of all the studies which support different ideas.

I haven’t lost hope but you have to be really careful what you wish for…!;)

“To start with, I don’t think most people recognize themselves in Adam Smith’s description of wage-driven idlers. Of course, we care about our wages, and we wouldn’t work without them. But we care about more than money. We want work that is challenging and engaging, that enables us to exercise some discretion and control over what we do, and that provides us opportunities to learn and grow. We want to work with colleagues we respect and with supervisors who respect us. Most of all, we want work that is meaningful — that makes a difference to other people and thus ennobles us in at least some small way.

We want these things so much that we may even be willing to take home a thinner pay envelope to get them. Lawyers leave white-shoe firms to work with the underclass and underserved. Doctors abandon cushy practices to work in clinics that serve poorer areas. Wall Street analysts move to Washington to work as economic advisers in government.”

The SHEER COMPLEXITY IN TAILOR-making work/strategy to advantage a system like this is daunting…I know @F-L-O-W because that is PRECISELY WHAT IM ADVOCATING, however not only do people find this a counter-intuitive motion but almost impossible to implement in the reality of the workplace because there are so many things that people must do for success that lead them OUT of the realm of flow.

If you’re a job designer, it’s even more difficult!

I’ve given it my best shot over the decade and it’s doable but at this point expensive and almost impractical in the reality of work.

Currently, I have a few projects sound the world beta-testing the ideas but I can summarize it quickly by saying, it’s dammed complex!



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