#1a How This Site Works

Last time I told you what this site’s about - sorting through business and personal best practices and figuring out what works best for me. Making my days slightly better by drawing a map of me.

And I’m also hoping you’ll join in and draw your own map.

Together, I'm hoping we can do something about this problem.

 Bad Job

Bad Job

"Ninety percent of adults spend half their waking lives doing things they would rather not be doing at places they would rather not be.” ((Quote from Barry Schwartz referring to this 2013 Gallup study.))

That's depressing. And I think it's just the tip of the iceberg. Doesn't a crappy job also mess with your personal life? It did for me. It made me a whiney sleep-deprived ass. The opposite of a great husband.

Now, thankfully, I also experienced an awesome job. One that boosted all 24 hours in my day. So I know that nasty quote doesn't have to be the reality for so many people. I know we can create businesses that help all our stakeholders have better days.

So we need to get started drawing our maps. And I'm going to make it easy for you. Rather than ask you to start with a blank page, I'm going to go first. I'm going to put my stuff out there so you can tear it to bits. 

Agree, disagree, come from a different angle. Mark up your map any way you like. Or just watch from the sidelines.

The only thing I'll ask is that you be patient. It's going to take time to get my basic map drawn, and we're going to bounce around a lot. Hitting both personal and workplace topics because I have no idea how to separate the two. 

So I'll start the map building by introducing some 1950's research on motivation at work by a guy named Frederick Herzberg. I love his work, so I'm going to dive into it for 5 or 10 posts to get us launched. Then, once we have this baseline, I’ll present a new idea every week or so and we'll start customizing our maps.

The ideas will come from past and present business and life gurus. People like Seth Godin, Jack Welch, Patrick Lencioni, Epictetus, Michael Porter, Brene Brown, Peter Drucker, Stephen Covey, Simon Sinek , Dan Pink, Jim Collins, Marcus Aurelius, Abraham Maslow, hell, maybe even Oprah. I’ve been looking at this stuff for 25+ years, so we can do this for a long time.

One last critical point. My map is NOT pre-built.  Figuring out how to hook all this crap together is going to happen on the fly. There will be lots of Confusion. Contradictions. Corrections. 

It'll never be perfect. It'll never be finished.

 

***NOTE: This site works best when you read the posts in order. So please head to the ARCHIVE to get started.