Two weeks later, Kimberly called again.
“Hi Joey. How’s it going?”
“Oh, not too bad,” Joey answered. “Better than last time we spoke.”
“Well that’s good. Heard back from those applications yet?”
“No. Things don’t move all that fast around here.”
“They’ll get back to you in time,” Kimberly said. “You’re far too talented to sit idle for long.”
“I’m not all that worried about it, actually.” Joey smiled. “I’ve been thinking.”
Two weeks later, at a respectable 10:00 in the morning, Joey’s cell phone rang. He paused the TV and picked it up. He was surprised to see Kimberly’s number, not because he wasn’t expecting her to call but because he hadn’t realized two weeks had already passed. Was it Wednesday?
Portability once wasn’t really a thing, and then is was a very limited, very expensive thing for very important people only. The rest of us were unimportant enough to wait 15 more minutes to get home before we call. Back then, taking a few days to call someone back was pretty quick, and same-day or next day was amazing. Now, those same 15 minutes may make or break a deal, and if you don’t respond in 10 minutes or less, you have some ‘splanin’ to do.
This sounds like the sort of thing one might find on the wall of a first grade classroom, but it totally applies. You are contagious—be careful what you put out.
Joey froze. “Wait. Are you saying you would have helped me with marketing for free?”
“Well, yeah,” Kimberly answered. “That’s what friends do—they help each other. I couldn’t have put in a ton of hours, but I could talk it out with you, give you ideas, connect you with folks who might be able to help, put out a good word for you—that sort of thing.”
Joey smiled. “That’s really nice. Thank you. I wish I had known sooner.”
I get to work with amazing people, both in our offices and in the field, and it’s the people we share our lives with that make all the difference.
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Kimberly sighed. “Well, that sucks. And of all the things I thought you might say, dissolving the company was just about the opposite of what I expected.” She hesitated. “Would a 30% increase in efficiency have saved you?”
Ergonomics is about more than standardizing our tools so that they were actually designed with the human body in mind, it’s about making everything customizable so that everything can be exactly right for you.
In a rut with the same type of assignments all the time? There are things you can do to make your work experience more rewarding. For starters, talk to the boss. If you are bored and want to do more, that’s the kind of thing bosses love to hear. Maybe you have an idea where you and a coworker share tasks, so that instead of doing one thing all the time each of you rotate between two. Maybe you can challenge yourself to find something new and exciting with each project. If you can, maybe hide something very subtle—and professional—in your work. If somewhere in every project you’ve perfectly hidden your sweetheart’s initials, you now have something new to focus on that can end up being a signature concept for your work going forward.
“That’s it. It’s over.” Joey said, his voice shaking slightly although his face was set in an expressionless mask. “The company is dead.”
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“A group of friends get together and come up with a name, and poof they’re a company,” Phil said triumphantly. “There’s a little more to it than that, but that’s actually the hard part.”
“I don’t know if I could put together a team like that. I can’t think of anyone I’d really trust enough.”
“Ok, one, that’s sad. Two, do you need a team? I’m seriously asking—I don’t know exactly what you do. Can you do the whole thing yourself, if you were making a training video or something like that?”
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There are those among us who occasionally have a “working lunch,” where we take a client to a nice meal and discuss options over steak. Definitely not a bad gig. But for most of us, a “working lunch” means we’re allowed to eat during a meeting that we really, really wish we could skip, or we’re plowing through something while sitting next to a half-eaten salad on our desks. In fact, creative folks and project-based businesses—the kind that don’t really clock out for lunch—usually skip meals, unless they can work through them.
“What am I supposed to do, Phil? I can’t just quit.”
“Sure you can, Jess. People do it all the time.”
First comes the idea, where one brave soul or a group of friends laments their circumstances and decides to do something bold, daring and scary. No more steady, but no more boring. Maybe benefits aren’t there, but they’re doing what they love. It’s like watching them take their first fledgling steps.
“Why? What earthly reason can they possibly have to make you stay late on a Friday? Nothing you do is life or death,” Phil asked.
“Yeah? Tell them that. They still call it a deadline.”
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