Learning how to think…well said by David Foster Wallace

"Worship your intellect...you will end up feeling stupid", and other advice from David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech

 

I found this GREAT speech (aduio only) by David Foster Wallace on LinkedIn / YouTube and it is truly wonderful and amazing…defining real freedom, how to think, and leaving the default setting or the rat race in real life. It’s deep, and understanding the real value of a real education – and what a REAL education is. “This is water.”

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYGaXzJGVAQ

Click here if you can to hear the audio directly.

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Change is Always Hard! But worth it!

I know that everything from eating right and exercising to challenging your company’s old methods at work is hard work! Doing things in a routine are so much easier than fighting for change. You have to ask yourself two questions though:

1. How did I get to be in this routine to begin with?

2. Is this routine getting me where I need to go?

The first question, if you look into the origins, is often a simple question of “what was the easiest thing to do at the time”…or “what was the necessary work around at the time”… when you started out. So if you are eating late at night for instance and not finding time to work out, then perhaps your situation has changed, but you are still following the same routines for no reason? Or perhaps it is time for a life change? The same applies at work. If you are still filling out paper forms and sending them through a series of signatures for simple decisions, then maybe technology can help you get e-signatures or e-forms to make the process more streamlined?

The second question is harder to answer because it takes some introspection and analysis. You have to figure out your goals, priorities, and end state before you can determine the best path to get there. Like reading a map, you must know where you are and know where you want to go before you begin your journey. However, once you do that, you can determine if change is necessary or preferred (like going to a web based platform for collaboration to multiple satellite offices, for instance). It may just be a cost savings, or convenience change. The greatest reason to change is that it is a fundamental necessity to obtain your desired end state – then you will have a definite reason to pursue and implement the change.

 

Take this article for example from Rod Sullivan: Click Here.

Or cut and paste this link: http://www.rodsullivan.com/champion-change-challenging/

 

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Do companies still need HR departments?

I have worked in some places that truly needed HR with a good number of employees and one person doing all the work for payroll and keeping files up to date. It was a bit chaotic and haphazard. I have also worked in places where that function was outsourced and employees were taken care of, but there was not a huge impact on leader development or succession planning within the company. Jobs were filled as each person left, but it felt like a complete disconnect from the company. I wonder if there are many success stories out there at all with outsourced HR?

Read this article and tell me if you agree or disagree with the authors: Click Here.

Or copy and paste this link to see the article from the WSJ:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304819004579489603299910562

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Perhaps smart…perhaps not so smart

I saw this article and was agreeing with every step up to the last part where social life is concerned. I hope this sparks some conversation and comments as to how smart these geniuses really are…

Please read “The Daily Routine of Geniuses” by Sarah Green of the Harvard Business Review

Click here or use the link below…

Link:  http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/the-daily-routines-of-geniuses/

 

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Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in NYC doing amazing things…

Every time I talk to someone in education, I mention this school because it is simply amazing what they have accomplished in a NYC public school over the years. The Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School has clearly got the right approach to bring 100% of its students to apply to college, have one of their students mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union Address, and to have such a wide collection of positive “buzz” about their students on their website!

Click here for to view their website buzz.

 

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A great place to start…your Passion

Many people have worked with me over the years on their businesses and building their ideas into businesses, and I have found one thing to be the most important to all of their success (or failure) – it’s Passion. 

Passion has to be infused in the endeavor from the beginning to end. It cannot be just about a great idea – or niche – that needs filling. It has to be about a passion for doing the work that is required each day all along the way. It’s like working out. If you love to put your body through its paces and it makes you feel alive to feel sore each day – then you will work out every day without fail, and you will likely have an incredible physique. The same applies to your business. 

If you enjoy the work you do, then you will be happy to get up each day to do it. You will plan your life around being able to accomplish the tasks that are important to the business. You will turn down opportunities and deals that do not pertain to your life’s work. You will become enamored with the results you get each day, week, month, and year. You will pay absolute attention to the accomplishment of your tasks with regard to your passion.

I recently have been reading a book called “The Passion Test” by Janet and Chris Attwood, and they have a very similar view. In fact, their test is a great way to get to the root of your passion very quickly.

You can purchase their book at The Passion Test website – click here.

 

Good Luck finding your passion!

 

Keith

 

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