I think it’s time to get back to Seth Godin’s book – Linchpin. The part 1 of that review I published in my earlier post.
Any project, if broken down into sufficiently small, predictable parts, can be accomplished for awfully close to free.
wow! isn’t that nice? Lets stop for a moment and think about that. Lets say I want to learn how to speak Swedish, I know that it’s not possible to learn that language within one day, nor one week nor month. But if I decide to create a plan, some kind of agenda how I want to accomplish that – it looks more real. If I decide to study Swedish 30 minutes every day – there is a BIG chance that after 1 year I will be able to communicate in that language.
What I need is 2 things:
Seth Godin gave a great example of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. A lot of money was spend on Britannica and Wikipedia was built for free and still is – millions of people are building Wikipedia every day.
You don’t become indispensable merely because you are different. But the only way to be indispensable is to be different. That’s because if you’re the same, so are plenty of other people.
The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.
- what can I offer others (organization, people)?
- what do I have or what can I create?
- am I the answer to organization’s needs?
So what is stopping us from becoming linchpins? Are not good enough? or maybe we are not smart enough (like all those very smart and famous people)? or what? how many more excuses are we able to create? Seth is asking a simple question (and I think those are the worst kind of questions):
You can’t – or you don’t want to?
I can and I want to become linchpin. Am I scared? of course I am but I want to create something, I want to be part of something important (important to me, to organization, etc.). I think that every time I feel that big black monster “fear” I need to remember that I am changing my life and that’s a big deal for me and that fear won’t win.
- Be remarkable
- Be generous
- Create art
- Make judgment calls
- Connect people and ideas
Have you ever wonder how to do that? I think it’s not that hard to be generous or connect people and ideas. Lets remember about those small steps, that might help.
If you can be human at work (not a machine), you’ll discover a passion for work you didn’t know you had. When work becomes personal, your customers and coworkers are more connected and happier. And that creates even more value.
When you’re not a cog in a machine, an easily replaceable commodity, you’ll get paid what you’re worth. Which is more.
Exactly, where is your passion? ohh I know, what you can say “I have car loan, credit cards to pay. I don’t have time for passion.” But what if we won’t try, what if we stay as those cogs in a machine, what then? We will go through our lives without even knowing that we can do something more. Something which can make us proud.
From my own experience I can say that passion to what we do is fantastic. That passion made me feel way much better, and made my work better. My coworkers and I built a great workplace/team. And I am not sure if we would be able to built that without passion and engagement.
The question is: Do you want to become a linchpin or not? Do you want to try to change your life? You have only one chance to do something with your life…because you have only 1 life.
I read very intersting (like always) post by Seth Godin “Are you making something?”
Seth suggested that because we are so often ‘distracted’ by so many things – we are instead of working (creating something) we are doing something like playing games etc.
He suggested that it helps if we have separate device strictly for work and another one for other activities:
The two-device solution
Simple but bold: Only use your computer for work. Real work. The work of making something.
That’s good idea, but sometimes, I think it would be hard to do that – separate those two worlds (work and fun). And on top of that – two devices? well, I think that many of us already
working using two or more devices (mobile, tablet, computer). It would be hard just to adjust to one task-kind on one device. We are using all those devices for multi-purpose.
…what about creating a schedule – what and when we will do/work on? What about all those apps we can use – which can help us to keep focus on one thing at the time (check this post for more). Then we can use one device and still do some productive WORK
Seth Godin andhis blog
Daniel Pink talks about human motivation. How we are running our businesses.
So we thought that if we want people to work better we reward them by giving more money/bonuses/etc. – does it work? Daniel Pink think that NOT really, he said that all those motivators are actually blocking creativity.
‘There’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does’
…about human motivation. Daniel thinks that ‘carrot and stick’ motivation worked in XX century but not any longer in XXI century.
check what is the ‘candle problem’.
What is interesting is:
‘As long as the task involved only mechanical skill, bonuses worked as they would be expected: the higher they pay, the better the performance. But once the task called for a longer reward <led to poorer performance. (…) in eight of the nine tasks we examined across the thress experiments, higher incentives led to worse performance.'
/D. Ariely, U. Gneezy, G. Lowenstein, N. Mazar, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Paper No. 05-11, July 2005; NY Times, 20 Nov. 08/
The new approach is that people will do something because they LIKE it – not because they are getting bigger reward.
Lets check how it works :) e.g. Google is decided their engeeniers time between 80% – regular tasks and 20% – time during which all of them are working on their own projects (whatever they want).
it’s all about:
…and another version of that topic (also by D. Pink)