December 23, 2009
I’m not normally one for new years resolutions however this year I have decided that I am going to take a few steps to increase the level of positivity in my life. One of these steps, in order to improve the quality of my thinking and the level of positive vibes I push out, is that I am going to aspire to use certain words more frequently and not use other words (those that strip the user of power or impede creative thinking) at all.
Words to strip from my vocabulary
not my fault
Words to use more frequently
I love you
November 8, 2009
I am currently taking part in Movember, an initiative to raise money and awareness around Prostate Cancer and male depressions.
I am calling my mo Mo-hammed and will be growing some accompanying sideburns, it will be filthy.
If you feel like supporting this very worthwhile cause you can dig deep and donate here, every cent helps!
October 5, 2009
First off apologies for my lack of activity over the last couple of weeks, things are rather hectic at the moment and I am struggling to find the time to put any thoughts down in a post.
Things should be back to normal in about 2 weeks and so I should be able to resume semi-regular postings then.
In the mean time I thought I would throw down a very quick review of Inglorious Basterds. So lets keep it short and to the point…
To start with let me say I am a massive Tarantino fan. I really like most of the stuff he has done and this was no exception. The film is AMAZING. The pacing, direction and acting is all excellent and the film delivers laughs a minute while keeping you engaged and on the edge of your seat. A bit of a warning for those that are not strong of stomach, the film has a fair amount of extreme violence.
In my opinion this has been his best film since Pulp Fiction. I strongly recommend everyone see it, now… GO!
August 13, 2009
1. Jack white 2. My kitten 3. Industrial 4. Coffee
August 11, 2009
I’ve always been the kind of person who doesn’t do what he doesn’t enjoy. When I was younger everyone played sports and so I too gave it a go, but at the end of the day I just didn’t enjoy it, so by 5th grade I had stopped playing competitive sports and spent my time doing art and reading instead. I’m not sure whether this attitude is a good one or a bad one to have, but I have carried it with me into adulthood. Pouring myself passionately into the things that excite me and provoke my interest while simply choosing not to engage in things I find tedious (unless of course they result in me getting more of what I’m passionate about).
The one place I notice this more than any other is work. I am a jumper. I’ve never stayed in a workplace for more than 18 months and I’m a restless employee, always looking for more challenges. If you can’t provide that challenge then I will go somewhere that can. I am one of those employees that is hard working and will take on as much work as you can give me, but if I’m not engaged you’re going to notice it quickly. This has served me well in my current industry, I’ve worked hard and progressed quickly and there isn’t a single day I don’t walk away thinking that I love what I do. But is it more than just the job? The other thing that the media/advertising/marketing industry has that has been missing from my previous workplaces is work hard play hard culture that goes through every level of the companies, from the management to the admin staff.
I stumbled into a job in media, it wasn’t a grand scheme or aspiration, I knew someone who worked in the industry and I lucked out and got a job. I started work and after about two weeks in the digital team I got home one night and just knew, this is what I want to do. It was unlike the jobs I had previously had (mostly sales/customer service/admin type stuff) and the people were certainly different from those at my previous workplace (it was the type of obscure business people walk into as customer service reps and never leave, thus management teams are made up of people with very little business acumen and little to no knowledge of how the greater world operates) no, the people here were smart, hardworking and they actually enjoyed their jobs. Work was not just a place to go during the daylight hours and it wasn’t just a thing you did to pay the bills, it was something you felt deeply about, something you wanted to do. I felt excited by possibilities being there. That was it, I was addicted to work from the moment I opened my first spreadsheet there.
I have been extremely lucky to work for two agencies that have amazing cultures and are filled with wonderful, hard working people and I think this, more than anything else in my work life has made me happy in what I am doing.
Are you happy where you’re working? If not, why not? and what kind of difference do you think a good culture would make?
For quality information on culture and HR orientated matters read articles written by my far more intelligent better half at HR Club Sydney