Business and work Mindsets

You can’t do great work until you love what you do

Om Malik published a short reminder of one of the many great quotes from the late Steve Jobs:

The only way to do great work is to love what you do

It reminds of the idea that doing the work you love is the path to meaning and fulfillment.

Thanks Om!

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I saw this in the Nelson Mandela Square parking area … Pretty much speaks for itself.

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Always be in beta

I just noticed this IBM SmarterWorkforce tweet and love it:

If you are wondering about the woman in the photo, she is the inspirational Max Kaizen who I always think about when the topic of continuous improvement comes up.


Needing Permission

I found myself in an interesting position. I was doing some work for a community project and a manager who had a different approach to handling some aspects of the project began to assert herself more. It began to feel as if my contribution wasn’t appreciated, even though it was very much needed and the reason seemed to be because this manager simply had her own way of doing things.

With everything I have on my metaphorical plate at the moment, I didn’t want to waste time working on the project if my contribution isn’t going to be appreciated and incorporated into the overall project. I vacillated between exiting the project altogether (and rather spending the time building my business which pays the bills) or scheduling time to meet with the manager to seek concessions from her.

It occurred to me this evening that what I was really doing through the second option was seeking permission to make a contribution I know if necessary and has value to the community benefiting from the project. It is also something I have some skill with. This need for permission struck me as absurd. Sure, the manager is in charge and accountable to her superiors but the consequences of not doing this project properly can be severe. So why did I feel the need to ask for permission? Second question: where else have I been in the habit of subconsciously seeking permission to do good work, great work even?

One of my mentors once told me fairly bluntly to stop my bullshit. I think this qualifies.

Business and work Mindsets

"Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it?"

Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it?

Source: “How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

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Beluga #fail

I think I have been to the Beluga restaurant once. I had lunch there during a trip to Cape Town a couple years ago and when I have thought about fancy places to visit during future trips, it has tended to pop up in my mind as a possibility. That won’t be happening anymore (not that this matters in the scheme of things). After reading about Shaun Oakes’ and his girlfriend’s recent experience there and, particularly, the owner’s responses to feedback from Shaun’s girlfriend, Beluga has the appeal of rotting fish on a beach on a hot day.

Its a familiar story about a poor experience at a restaurant although with a good response from a manager working that night. Unfortunately Beluga’s owner, Oscar Kotze, missed the boat entirely and behaved terribly:

As the restaurant owner though, is this the way you deal with patrons who say things you don’t like? Ban them and threaten to chase them away? Maybe I’m being biased, but I thought The Girlfriend’s email was pretty reasonable. Granted, some of the things she said made her sound quite pretentious a bit of a tit, but she was emotional at the time, so I am willing to forgive her. Oscar Kotze’s response was completely over the top though. This doesn’t feel right to me, he has a massively popular little spot in Cape Town, but he seems to have a really shitty way of dealing with people.

This has the makings of an academic case study for social marketers but it has a real world angle. Kotze ignored offensive behaviour by one of his waiters, threatened Shaun’s girlfriend with criminal charges and banned Shaun and his girlfriend from the restaurant altogether. Sure, its his restaurant and he can limit admission. At the same time his customers can choose to go elsewhere and hopefully some will. Will it make a difference to his trade? Possibly not. Is it important to know who you are dealing with when you visit a restaurant like Beluga? Absolutely. Be sure to read Shaun’s post and the comments too.