Showing posts with label work. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

TED Tuesday: Remembering Scott Dinsmore— How to find and do work you love | TEDxGoldenGatePark (2D)

"But doing the impossible and pushing our limits, because there are 2 reasons why people don’t do things: one is because they tell themselves they can’t do them and the other is people around them tell them, they can’t do. Either way we start to believe it. Either we give up or we never start in the first place."





Good Morning Folks,

Today's speaker, Scott Dinsmore, an Alamo, California native, entrepreneur and adventurer, was killed last year while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a feat his family says was to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Dinsmore, who was hiking with his wife, died doing what he loved, something he preached through his work, on a blog on his website and in the widely viewed (3+MN) Ted Talk that follows, recorded in 2012.

Before he reached the summit, a cascade of boulders rolled down the mountain and one of them hit and killed the 33-year-old.

In his blog post Scott Dinsmore said he almost decided against booking the Tanzania trip because he didn't think he could go on a digital break.

"How ridiculous is that? To pass up an adventure I've talked about for years -- because I'd convinced myself I couldn't disconnect. Or more truthfully, because I couldn't find the courage to do it. That would have been a tragedy."

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

Then Scott made it his mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework - three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community at http://LiveYourLegend.net

What Scott has created at Live Your Legend is mind-boggling. He creates inspiration, the challenge to dream big and bold, and the tools to make all that a reality. But most unbelievable is the community he's developed of people who are passionate about doing something great, and helping each other achieve that. Have a look:




Let me close as Scott did. "And as we finish up, I have just one question to ask you guys, and I think it's the only question that matters. And it's what is the work you can't not do? Discover that, live it, not just for you, but for everybody around you, because that is what starts to change the world. What is the work you can't not."

Have a GREAT Day and Love Life!


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer



Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form. TED Tuesdays on MitchWeiner.com highlights some of today's most intriguing ideas. Look for more talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more— HERE






Monday, August 24, 2015

Ted Tuesday: Kelly McGonigal: Making Stress Your Friend

"Kelly McGonigal is a leader driven by compassion and pragmatism.” – Forbes.com 20 Inspiring Women
















Good Morning Folks,

Something very cool for you today that weaves nicely into this morning's FISH curriculum, for those who participated: the science of resilience and compassion. Things don't create meaning in life. You, your thoughts, your paradigms, create meaning. You are the active meaning maker of the show. It's all about our-self confidence!

This morning FISH taught us, "Each day we come to work we bring an attitude. We can bring a bad attitude and have a depressing day. We can bring a grouchy attitude and irritate our colleagues and clients. Or we can bring a happy, playful, cheerful attitude and have a great day. We can choose the kind of day we will have. Think about it. As long as we are going to be at work, we might as well have the best day we can have, but everyone must be on board!"

Those who believes that life is fun, that’s how life becomes. Those who believe life is difficult, that’s how life turns out. Those who believe that only honest way to be rich is to work hard, can never make a lot of money without working long hours, but those who believes that money comes to them effortlessly & easily tend to earn honestly but from comparatively less effort. Same is for health, relationship everything. Don’t you know some who eat fast food & doesn’t exercise much, but still maintain a healthy & fit physique?

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal is a leader in the growing field of “science-help.” Through books, articles, courses and workshops, McGonigal works to help us understand and implement the latest scientific findings in psychology, neuroscience and medicine.She is now researching a new book about the "upside of stress," which will look at both why stress is good for us, and what makes us good at stress. In her words: "The old understanding of stress as a unhelpful relic of our animal instincts is being replaced by the understanding that stress actually makes us socially smart -- it's what allows us to be fully human."

I couldn't stop watching her talk:


So kids, now that you know how, rid the stress and rock it today!.

Have a GREAT day, be happy and…

Love Life!


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer  

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.  More at TED.com

Friday, July 17, 2015

Inspire ME Friday: Why You Love Your Job (even if you don't know it)

Relaxing on the beach this weekend --remember... "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." So don't forget to pack the sunscreen along with the kids Geiger counter!








Good Morning Folks,

What can we be thankful for when it comes to the workplace this summer?

  • We can be thankful for the Internet and the knowledge of the universe it can provide when it comes to work research. 
  • We can be thankful for all the technologies like conference calls, Blue Jeans and Skype that allow us to stay off airplanes for business travel. And be thankful for good earphones that block out the crazy guy in the cube next door while we can listen to our favorite music.
  • We can be thankful that business casual is now more the norm than the exception.
  • If we have a good boss who supports us and mentors us, we should be very thankful. Having a good boss is always the number one factor in job satisfaction.
  • If we enjoy our colleagues at work and learn from them and can't wait to be around them, we should be really thankful. 
  • If we derive a real sense of worth and purpose from our work, and we get paid for it too, that's as good as it gets. Be thankful.
  • If we have a job with health care benefits, where free coffee with real cream is provided and the possibility of a promotion exists, be thankful.
  • And most of all, be thankful if your organization has an IT person who can fix whatever damage we do on a daily basis.

To be a part of a team and organization where you can learn and grow from your co workers, team members, direct reports and leadership is surely something to be thankful for.

And I'm thankful for those who regardless of tenure, experience or position, have the ability to recognize and encourage opportunities to learn from others at all levels along with customers and the competition. 

Not every has that ability or the self confidence to accept and celebrate learning from others.

Remember.... "Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. 

This year, we can all be thankful for the love or our family and friends, our health and if we have meaningful work too, what a bonus. So put the smartphones down, this weekend, even if for a minute, and enjoy it. 

Thanks to Richard A. Moran (CEO, Corporate Director, Venture Capitalist, Author, Vintner) for inspiring this post and to you for listening. 

ENJOY THE WEEKEND! 

DO SOMETHING FUN! 

BE HAPPY ! 

HAVE A GREAT One!










Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer

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 "The greatest source of happiness is the ability 
to be grateful at all times." ~~Zig Ziglar
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ted Tuesday: 60 Minute Turns The Tables On Ted



Monica Lewinsky's Ted Talk on bullying was heard round the world. That's the POWER of Ted. Where ordinary folks just like you and I can spread ideas and shape a better future for millions who are tuned in.






Good Morning Folks,

As someone who has produced and attended all kinds of conferences throughout  my career, I can certainly attest to the fact that nothing can beat the power of a captivating, exciting motivational speaker, These men and women are true storie tellers and their stories leave you inspired and have a lasting impact that can create positive changes in your life.

Problem is bearing witness to such speeches was once the province of the very top executives or sales people and for those presenting them came with an enormous cost in fees, travel and hospitality that surrounds the event.

Thats why I became fascinated with Ted and as I started the blog I wanted to share the best of the talks i was finding myself. For in 18 minutes or less online you could go in knowing nothing about a topic and leave being able to communicate it to others and apply it to your life or work in a way that was truly enriching. Best of all Ted Talks are free and they count on bloggers like us to spread the messages around the world. Some talks I watch and wonder whether someone who takes a night course gets as much back in a seminar of learning than one of these talks can ingrain in minutes.

On the piece that follow, Charlie Rose explains, "It has become a place where big ideas find a global audience. It is known simply as TED. And TED Talks are little presentations that anyone can watch online for free. There are TED Talks on almost every subject you can imagine: building your own nuclear reactor; stopping cyberbullies; exploring Antarctica; a better way to tie your shoes. But what sets TED Talks apart is that the big ideas are wrapped up in personal stories and they're mostly from people you have never heard of before. And it is those stories that have captured the imaginations of tens of millions of viewers around the world. Giving a TED Talk can be life-changing even if some speakers don't always realize what they're getting into

The story of TED began with a small conference in the 1980s where bold new ideas were presented about technology, entertainment and design -TED for short. Anderson was a successful magazine publisher. He attended his first TED conference in 1998 and fell in love with what he heard there and so he bought TED -- and turned it into a nonprofit organization.

In 2006, as something of an experiment, he put a handful of conference talks online. The reaction was almost immediate.

Chris Anderson: We started to get emails that said things like, "I'm sitting at my computer screen crying."

Charlie Rose: An emotional connection.

Chris Anderson: And a passionate connection. Like, these talks had got inside people's heads and changed them.

One talk that put Ted on the map was a brain scientist talking about bearing witness to her own stroke.
[Jill Bolte Taylor: So, this is a real human brain...]
One of the earliest TED Talks posted was literally about what was going on inside the head of neurobiologist Jill Bolte Taylor. 
[Jill Bolte Taylor Then I realized, "Oh my gosh! I'm having a stroke! I'm having a stroke" And the next thing my brain says to me is, "Wow! This is so cool! This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?" (laughter)] 
Taylor's talk went viral and soon, Internet users couldn't get enough of Ted Talks.
A million views turned into a billion and now it is an Internet phenomenon. There are all sorts of TED conferences being held around the world daily.TED started its own website, TED.com. It has 2,000 talks on just about every subject imaginable.

Have a look and simply click the bottom right corner square with the arrows coming out of each end to expand on the screen, or view on CBS HERE.


To  get your own talk posted on Ted there is a long and difficult audition and mentoring process as shown in the piece. About 60-70 talks are given live at the annual conference, not all of which make the final cut online where 2,000 18-minute of less talks live. But if the talk is a success, careers can be launched, books sold and in the case of justice-seeking attorney, Bryan Stevensonmillions of dollars raised.

Bryan Stevenson: It was scheduled two weeks before I had an argument at the U.S. Supreme Court. And I told one of my young staffers, somebody named TED wanted me to come and do a TED Talk and I told them no. And my staffer went crazy. Said, "What are you talking about? You have to do a TED Talk." Says Stevenson, "I think the challenge is getting people who consume all of this wonderful stuff that TED provides to not just be consumers, but to take what they learn and know and hear and turn it into some kind of action that may be a little uncomfortable, that may be a little inconvenient, but will absolutely be transformative to making these great ideas really ideas that not only spread but create a greater world."

So OK who wants to join me on trying out for Ted Talks?

Thanks for listening and have a GREAT Day,



Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer
  


Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form. TED Tuesdays on MitchWeiner.com highlights some of today's most intriguing ideas. Look for more talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more— HERE.  



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ted Tuesday- Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

Andrew McAfee gives an inspiring TED Talk on how machine age automation is making many jobs obsolete. He makes a passionate case for how education needs to change and why we also need a new economic model.










Good Morning Folks, 

According to the Brisbane Times, “Robots and computer programs could almost wipe out human workers in jobs from cooks to truck drivers, a visiting researcher has warned.”

“Driverless cars and even burger-flipping robots are among the technological advancements gunning for low-skilled jobs across dozens of industries”

“University of Oxford Associate Professor in machine learning Michael Osborne has examined the characteristics of 702 occupations in the US, predicting 47 per cent will be overtaken by computers in the next decade or two.”

Will there be jobs left for a human being?

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Andrew McAfee studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects businesses, business as a whole, and the larger society. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves and compete. At a higher level, his work also investigates how computerization affects competition, society, the economy and the workforce.

He's a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His books include Enterprise 2.0 and Race Against the Machine (with Erik Brynjolfsson).

Says McAfee in the Ted talk that follows, "The plain facts of the machine age are becoming clear, and I have every confidence that we're going to use them to chart a good course into the challenging, abundant economy that we're creating. The robots are not going to take all of our jobs in the next year or two, so the classic Econ 101 playbook is going to work just fine: Encourage entrepreneurship, double down on infrastructure, and make sure we're turning out people from our educational system with the appropriate skills."

Have a look.


Before I go, I promised you I'd find the clip from the recent Ted 3-D printing demo that mesmerized audiences by turning a pile of goo into a thing. I added it to last Tuesday's feature and you can see it HERE.

Have a GREAT Day,



Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer
  


Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form. TED Tuesdays on MitchWeiner.com highlights some of today's most intriguing ideas. Look for more talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more— HERE.  



About FSO Onsite Outsourcing
Recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest growing companies for the third consecutive year, and lead by industry pioneer, Mitch Weiner, FSO's growth and success can be attributed to making a positive and powerful impact on their clients' bottom lines, as well as their employees' careers and lives.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ted Tuesday: Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend


"Kelly McGonigal is a leader driven by compassion and pragmatism.” – Forbes.com 20 Inspiring Women







Good Morning Folks,

Those who believes that life is fun, that’s how life becomes. Those who believe life is difficult, that’s how life turns out. Those who believe that only honest way to be rich is to work hard, can never make a lot of money without working long hours, but those who believes that money comes to them effortlessly & easily tend to earn honestly but from comparatively less effort. Same is for health, relationship everything. Don’t you know some who eat fast food & doesn’t exercise much, but still maintain a healthy & fit physique?

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal is a leader in the growing field of “science-help.” Through books, articles, courses and workshops, McGonigal works to help us understand and implement the latest scientific findings in psychology, neuroscience and medicine.She is now researching a new book about the "upside of stress," which will look at both why stress is good for us, and what makes us good at stress. In her words: "The old understanding of stress as a unhelpful relic of our animal instincts is being replaced by the understanding that stress actually makes us socially smart -- it's what allows us to be fully human."

I couldn't stop watching her talk:


So kids, now that you know how, rid the stress and rock it today!.

Have a GREAT day, be happy and…

Love Life!


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer  

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.  More at Ted.com

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dressing For Success: Business Casual Is Not A License For Sloppy Dressing


“You always feel better about yourself when you work to look your best, which means you project that image to others. They take notice.”







Good Morning Folks,

How many of us freeze like a deer in the headlights when an invitation arrives and at the bottom in bold letters is the announcement: Attire: Business casual?

When William Morris talent agency went business casual a few years back it threw the male staff into a fear frenzy. What does that mean, not wear my beloved suit? The “casual work” look was to create a sense of approachability, maybe? Or simply take the edge off.

Business casual, that used to be easy for me. It meant a blue blazer, khaki pants and a blue shirt. Noooo problem.

For me, what it all boils down to is looking the part— how do you want to be perceived, and what does that look like for you? 

Keep a couple of things in mind. First, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. "Business attire" has traditionally meant a suit and tie, while "business casual" would mean a sport coat, with or without a tie. 

The second consideration is that you don't dress for the position you currently hold, but you dress for the position that you aspire to have. You always feel better about yourself when you work to look your best, which means you project that image to others. They take notice.

Richard Moral’s article “What Is Business Casual” had the Internet abuzz last week because everyone faces the same conundrum. 

Here are some comments I selected from the responses the articles then on to today’s LinkUP.
“Even though most events are business casual, my definition of it is no longer automatic. I showed up at an event at a startup company with my usual business casual on and everyone looked at me like I was the crazy college professor. Everyone else was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt.” 
“The easiest rule to follow for men is blue blazer, tan or grey slacks, collared shirt; you can go almost anywhere and be appropriately dressed. Of course, one should never apologize for being the best dressed guy in the room.” 
“Well, call me crazy...business casual to me would include a blazer...whether worn with jeans, khakis, white jeans, Bermuda shorts, an open collared shirt or a black T shirt...as long as the word business is in the invite...that would be my interpretation. There is always some guy in shorts and a t shirt, but that doesn't make it appropriate.” 
“Women's business casual I believe is much more difficult to define. Personally I think an ill-fitting suit appears less professional than a nice, well fitting pair of jeans, heels and a nice blazer/jacket.”
“People take the word casual way to far in a business setting. Nice slacks clean smart looking shirt, dress shoes loafers, and matching belt. Lady's have it harder nice blouse slacks or skirt. Just a little more under dressed then usual. People go way too far with casual and spoil for the rest.”

Business casual requires a wardrobe of separates and the necessary sense to mix, match, and coordinate. Getting business casual right requires a little thought and premeditation; it’s not a license to look sloppy.

Just because you're not expected to wear a suit and tie everyday doesn't mean you can forgo all style and fashion sensibility. 

Here are today's LinkUPs:


What IS Business Casual?

3 Tips For Expressing Your Style And Enhancing Your Personal Brand





Have a GREAT day as I look forward to seeing all of you soon.








Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer



Thursday, July 11, 2013

How To Balance Work, Life and Vacation

"Use the space and time to reflect on the year so far and plan how to improve in the coming months. But just as importantly, let your hair down.”






Good Morning Folks,

The unusually busy airport yesterday reminded me that lots of people are starting their summer vacation season. So our Thursday LinkUP today will help you find how to strike a balance among work, life and vacation. 

If you are fortunate enough to get a holiday, put business out of your mind – but not out of your heart. Don’t check your smartphone every few minutes, no matter how much your natural reflexes will want you to. But don’t totally ignore it either.

Because a vacation is also a time when unexpected inspiration may strike. Or when the unemployed will be focused more on searching for a job than searching for a beach.

As Richard Branson notes in his piece linked below, “with the pace of life slowing up slightly for many people when the sun comes out, you have more time to allow ideas to take shape in your mind. Use the space and time to reflect on the year so far and plan how to improve in the coming months. But just as importantly, let your hair down.”
Your LinkUp follows.

Most Americans Work While on Vacation, Report Finds

Work-Life Balance, or Just Life?

5 Tips for Working While Traveling

8 essential tips for a tech-free vacation

The Secret of Great Work: Play

Relax, But Don't Take the Summer Off From Great Ideas by Richard Branson

6 Unique Ways to Be Successful and Happy


And since you always shop for clothes on vacation, remember “What You Wear to the Office Still Matters”

Have a GREAT Day,








Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer




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