What’s Up Wednesdays: Making It WorkJune 20th, 2012 by Michael Kwan
We start off with Ray Ebersole who has some sound management advice. Just as the Golden Rule teaches you to treat people how you would like to be treated, the key to effective management is to show you care. When your employees feel like you genuinely care about them and what they do, they’re more inclined to do a good job.
A few years back, I wrote that freelancing isn’t for everybody. That sentiment is echoed by LaToya Irby, who describes the various sacrifices we make when we choose to freelance full-time. You can forget about employer-provided health care or employer-matched retirement contributions, for example. I disagree with her about a dedicated workspace though; you can still have a home office that’s separate from the rest of your home life.
Do you work only for pay or do you seek something more? Gretchen Rubin describes an interesting psychological phenomenon where we place a lower value on money after our basic needs are met, but we still assume that other people think that money is all-important. It’s what we oftentimes use to gauge the relative importance and value of the work that we do, but is that completely fair?
Life can change at a very rapid pace. Bob Buskirk talks about five things that have changed for him in the past five years. He now owns an iPhone (when he said he’d never get one), loves living in the city, and connects frequently with other Pittsburgh techie types. For me, the biggest changes have to be getting married and buying a house!
And finally, we have Ali Luke who asks a profound question: do you know what success means to you? Different people define success differently, so you have to look within yourself and think about what is most important to you. What projects do you want to complete? How will you know you’ve succeeded? What areas of your life are already successful? What areas need more growth?
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