Which Tribe do you belong to?
Who’s your leader?
How many jobs have you had where the expectation was that you would be “comfortable with ambiguity“? Be honest….is anyone really Comfortable with Ambiguity?! Or is this just the company’s way of stating the obvious: everything changes, so hang on?
There are a lot of ways for business owners to formulate, define and drive to their business goals. A mentor I had while I worked at Microsoft had three goals he printed on a 3 x 5 note card and taped that to his monitor. He told me that if what he was doing didn’t directly impact any of those three things, he would not do it (where he was in the pecking order allowed him that kind of choice…). He was relentless and laser-focused on those goals every day. They were something of a mantra for him.
Acceptance of ambiguity is a by-word in corporate America today, if job descriptions are any indication. Not just acceptance but whole-hearted embrace seems to be the price of admission. I find this call interesting, if only because of its own ambiguous nature.
formed argument or discussion, you may feel differently. Well, OK….whatever.
- Books and Me: The War of Art (rajshankar.wordpress.com)
- Steven Pressfield says “Put your ass where your heart wants to be” (jagdishpenesar.wordpress.com)
- Living on the Edge….of Freedom? (beingfreefirst.wordpress.com)
English: Alarm clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Like every other breathing human being, my life is a churning dynamo of ups, downs, and decided neutrals (better known as the mundane). As I slowly gain greater sense of awareness of the moment and the fleeting aspect of each of these moments, I am also becoming more aware of the “I” that can look at the “me” that is going through all of the changes taking places and, frankly, getting its chain yanked regularly and, usually, suddenly. The challenge is to reside ever more in the observer “I” and not let the roller coaster of “me’s” experience drive me.
How does this manifest itself in everyday? Consider this short episode:
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Well, this was a short series. My sixth month experiment as a PC-turned-Mac user is now complete….and I have a few things to report:
- I really liked the speed of booting up or restarting.
- The MacBook Air I used was extremely light, which was helpful given my lower back problems. Years ago I had an ENORMOUS Lenovo ThinkPad which weighed a lot. I liked the screen real estate, but had to take a deep breath to lift my computer bag in the morning….
- Firefox on the Mac is a speed demon, unlike on my Windows machines. Chrome clocks in about even on either one for me.
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It’s true…..this space has been as dead as a bag of hammers for a couple of months. I’ve switched companies and jobs, and that has made for a very exciting and immersive few weeks.
I’ve switched jobs before. I worked for my previous employer for 14 years and had a number of positions, each a challenge and none of them easy. Learning the ropes, discovering who were the go-to people on the team, what were the local processes for getting things done and re-jiggering my goals and deliverables for the new gig always took a bit of time, but the corporate culture was basically the same (there were actually some differences between business groups, but I learned early on that was the norm for my company). I didn’t have to learn a new repository of information, a new information discovery tree or deal with a new way of thinking about what we did, as a company.
THAT has changed.