I stumbled upon this quote. Works for both the current state of social media marketing and Thanksgiving.
“We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.” — Rudyard Kipling
Enjoy the rest of the week!
I get a ton of email from people who complain about their bosses. And I have several readers who never feel supported enough. Some of you think your boss is incompetent. Still others complain that your boss isn’t your friend.
That’s too bad. I always send those readers over to Ask a Manager. She is such a great writer. There is no question she hasn’t been asked. You can search her archives for an answer to your problem.
I think we have a huge problem in the marketplace. Management gurus tell us that a) everyone is capable of greatness and b) leaders should make everyone feel capable of greatness even when that isn’t true.
That’s a lot of pressure on bosses, and I think some perspective is needed.
I believe that bosses should be congenial and supportive. Tension between management and labor shouldn’t exist. But nobody in the modern workforce is an indentured servant. None of you are employed by the Russian mafia. And while it feels good to bag on your boss, you should ask yourself, “Does my boss really have as much power as I think she has? Is my supervisor a dick or is he taking direction from his own boss? Do I play a part in my manager’s indifference towards me? Am I really giving it all I’ve got? Am I letting anyone down? And if it’s so bad, why don’t I just quit?”
A little introspection never hurt anyone.
Yes, there are corrupt and perverted supervisors out there; however, most bosses are just tired and cranky. While leaders are paid to lead and inspire, sometimes they get hangry and need snack.
When was the last time you brought your boss a donut and offered thanks for her support?
You might want to start there.
And I like chocolate glazed donuts.
I was in San Francisco to do some consulting work, last week, and had a day before my workshop to kick around and recover from my marathon. I wanted to keep up and keep moving — part of my recovery plan — so I went over to Dreamforce.
If you don’t know anything about Dreamforce, it’s a big conference where tech nerds converge to talk about the future of work, money, power, politics and cloud computing. There is an expo floor where B2B companies try to sell stuff to other companies. Lots of parties, lots of meetings and a lots of hype.
The one thing I noticed about Dreamforce is that every company on the expo floor is a version of a human capital company. It’s all about metrics, analytics and data.
- Are you a provider of cloud-based electronic signature technology that facilitates exchanges of contracts, tax documents and legal materials? You’re really measuring work outputs, win/loss ratios and people.
- Do you simplify the work and personal lives of more than 200 million people by letting them collaborate seamlessly with their teams and securely bring their documents, photos, and videos everywhere? Collaboration means that performance can be measured, checked and confirmed through a new and validated form of crowdsourcing.
Human Resources professionals like to take ownership of people-related processes. They make the claim that you need internal expertise to help guide the heart and soul of an organization. I think there’s a role for executive and strategic guidance from HR practitioners; however, technology companies are staking a claim on the human resources function without even calling in HR. Through both automation and advanced product development, they don’t think twice about the convergence of work and technology. They just claim it as their domain of expertise.
I hope HR can take a lesson from that kind of bold and confident thinking. Walking around Dreamforce, I fear it’s too late.
I love this video and toy collection from Goldie Blox. You had me at Beastie Boys.
To be fair, 50% of US engineering students drop out of their respective programs. I live with a chemical engineer. His education was no joke. Without a core investment in education — and without economic stability and security in American homes — we don’t stand a chance of educating the next generation of engineers, programmers and scientists.
Shopping for cool toys won’t solve the problem of attracting more girls to the field of engineering, but I really do love this video. And I applaud the effort.