Posts Tagged ‘career’

Alain de Botton on a kinder, gentler philosophy of success (TED Tuesday)

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

ted_logoWelcome to TED Tuesdays on the blog. Each Tuesday, I will post a video from TED with a little commentary from me on why I think it’s worth sharing.

Staying with the career/work theme from last week (for no particular reason) Alain de Botton talks about philosophies of success and failure. Alain is a pretty smart guy (understatement) so anything he says is worth listening to, but I found this presentation to be especially engaging and relevant.

So what I want to argue for, is not that we should give up on our ideas of success. But we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. And make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want. But it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want, and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.

http://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success.html

Dan Pink on Motivation (TED Tuesday)

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

ted_logoWelcome to TED Tuesdays on the blog. Each Tuesday, I will post a video from TED with a little commentary from me on why I think it’s worth sharing. I don’t want to compete with TED itself, so I’ll be reaching back several months for these.

This first TED Tuesday features Dan Pink talking about the science of motivation and the surprises about what works and what doesn’t.

When I first saw this presentation, I had to resist the urge to send it to every boss I’ve ever had (save one) with a note saying: “You’re doing it wrong.”

the Results Only Work Environment that Dan describes is exactly what I’ve always felt made the most sense, so it was validating to hear an “expert” say what I’ve been thinking.

Please feel free to leave your own comments about the video below.

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

The Next Big Thing

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

In my career, I mean.

It was announced today that I have been appointed to the position of Associate Secretary for Communication and Resource Production at the Presbyterian Church in Canada. I will be responsible for all communications activities within the denomination. I’m especially looking forward to injecting some social media goodness into the organization.

I’m excited at this opportunity to bring my career and my faith together and am grateful to the search committee for recommending my appointment.

This change means, of course, that I will be be leaving my colleagues and friends at Social Media Group who have provided a fantastic environment to develop an understanding of our ever-changing world of social media. Thank you so much to Maggie and the gang for the experience.

By the way, if anyone has any churchy social media case studies lying around, I’m all ears!