The Run Down:
Last weekend I finished reading The Work Revolution by Julie Clow. The whole book is about how companies can create new management systems that incorporate freedom and creativity into the traditional view of work.
To give a gist of some of the ideas behind this book I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ideas that Clow puts forth:
1. People have different skills and different energy levels – use them efficiently.
2. Micromanaging sucks the life out of people.
3. Current systems in older companies just waste a hell of a lot of time.
4. Creativity in the workplace should be embraced.
5. Crappy managers (A.K.A. Fire breathing dragons) need to get axed immediately.
6. Employees work better when you put the power in their hands.
Work doesn’t have to suck.
There’s a quote in the book that really resonated with me. In fact, I think it’s an utterly brilliant quote for our entire generation.
“Frankly, for whatever musings there might be about gen Yers being ‘entitled’, that attitude has led to their absolutely having no patience for the ridiculousness of corporate lives, and they are opting out, in droves. They are optimistic that they can do things they are passionate about, and can make money at it. Fortunately, what starts in the younger generations spreads upward to their elders, as evidenced by the former’s immediate Facebook adoption by older age groups. We all need to become more entitled. We need to insist on a work life that is fulfilling and fun.”
And so I’m sitting here typing this up with one message in mind:
Get ballsy. Get entitled.
You already have the drive. You already have the passion.
Now all you need is the balls. And just enough of a sense of entitlement to push you.
For those of you who want to quit your own jobs and start your own business. For those of you who want to move up in your current job. For those of you who want to move half way across the world. For those of you who want to follow your creativity. For those of you who want to make money doing what you love.
Strap on your cojones and go after it.
No one’s going to create a work revolution for you. You have to take part and create it for yourself. Perhaps you won’t change an entire corporate culture, but you’ll at least change the way you live your life in conjunction with your work.
We’ve got one life to live. Live it and work it well.
Facebook Fan Giveaway
Since my Facebook Fans are so supportive and engaged I’d like to show them a little love by doing a giveaway just for them! One lucky Facebook Fan will receive a free copy of Julie Clow’s The Work Revolution so they can start creating a work life of their dreams.
All you all have to do is answer one simple question:
What does a work revolution mean for you?
Become a fan, answer the question and the winner will be selected via Random.org on Monday April 23rd.