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Opinion | The Moral Peril of Meritocracy - The New York Times
Oh. OHHH. This is quite good.

“Some people are broken by this kind of pain and grief. They seem to get smaller and more afraid, and never recover. They get angry, resentful and tribal.

But other people are broken open. The theologian Paul Tillich wrote that suffering upends the normal patterns of life and reminds you that you are not who you thought you were. The basement of your soul is much deeper than you knew. Some people look into the hidden depths of themselves and they realize that success won’t fill those spaces. Only a spiritual life and unconditional love from family and friends will do. They realize how lucky they are. They are down in the valley, but their health is O.K.; they’re not financially destroyed; they’re about to be dragged on an adventure that will leave them transformed.”
culture  how_we_live  life  how_we_work  work  how_we_learn  work_culture  inspiration  life_lessons  sociology 
4 weeks ago by alexpriest
Silicon Valley’s Grow-or-Die Culture Is Costing Us
“We need to focus on and celebrate different kinds of successful organizations:

Those that create innovative technology that is meaningful for their users and the world
Those that choose not to set up shop in major cities, turning instead to overlooked parts of our countries
Those that allow remote and flexible work, enabling their employees to ride the waves of life without letting their mental or physical health suffer
Those that give staff real opportunities to learn, grow, and stay for many years
Those that do work that really tangibly impacts the community through charity and other means”
tech  work_culture  teamwork  culture  how_we_work  corporate_culture  from instapaper
5 weeks ago by alexpriest
Are You Addicted to Doing? - Mindful
“On that day I realized clearly that busyness is a choice. We may have deadlines, projects, and activities, but we have the freedom to choose whether we become action addicts and busy-lazy, or just observe the experience of many activities. It’s a choice. And the ability to make that choice comes from developing a clear mind, free of action addiction.”
productivity  work_culture  self_improvement  mindfulness  how_we_work  busyness  work  from instapaper
7 weeks ago by alexpriest
Workism Is Making Americans Miserable
“What is workism? It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose; and the belief that any policy to promote human welfare must always encourage more work.”

culture  society  internet  healthcare_policy  social_media  corporate_culture  tech  millennials  policy  work_culture  tech_backlash  work  how_we_work  from instapaper
7 weeks ago by alexpriest
Creatives do their best work when it's quiet
Surprise! Many creatives say they need quiet to do their best work. So why aren’t employers giving it to them?
productivity  work_culture  office  acoustics  separation 
11 weeks ago by vloux
The Harm in Hustle Culture
“Techies should read Zola. They may actually believe hustle culture is the road to happiness rather than a clever ploy to extract more work. They should recall, however, that the 40-hour week was a hard-won concession, a victory for humanity over the barbaric 19th-century work conditions and relentless hours of early industrial capitalism.

The pursuit of happiness does not equal the embrace of 80-hour weeks. Take some time. Read a newspaper. It’s a revolutionary act.”
politics  hustle  tech  culture  how_we_work  how_we_live  social_media  millennials  work_culture  trump 
february 2019 by alexpriest
Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?
Oh yes.

“Welcome to hustle culture. It is obsessed with striving, relentlessly positive, devoid of humor, and — once you notice it — impossible to escape. “Rise and Grind” is both the theme of a Nike ad campaign and the title of a book by a “Shark Tank” shark. New media upstarts like the Hustle, which produces a popular business newsletter and conference series, and One37pm, a content company created by the patron saint of hustling, Gary Vaynerchuk, glorify ambition not as a means to an end, but as a lifestyle.”
wework  how_we_work  startups  millennials  hustle  burnout  tech_backlash  work  work_culture  tech 
january 2019 by alexpriest
Is the Ringelmann Effect Holding You Back? - DESK Magazine
YUUUUP. "You’ve experienced it in brainstorm meetings, when you’re wrapping up the meeting and think, “Oh, Tim was here this whole time? He never said a word.” That’s because enough people were talking to make Tim feel like he could sit back unnoticed. He didn’t feel pressure to contribute because nobody realized he wasn’t contributing.

The bigger the group, the harder it is to evaluate individual performance. And when nobody’s noticing what you are or aren’t doing, the easier it is to keep doing nothing. The work will get done, yes, because someone has to do it. But it doesn’t have to be you."
productivity  work  how_we_work  work_culture  ringelmann_effect 
july 2018 by alexpriest
Becoming a 10x developer
A 10x engineer isn’t someone who is 10x better than those around them, but someone who makes those around them 10x better.
work_culture  team_work  management  career  article  development 
march 2018 by vloux
Why can't they just...? | Lara Hogan
Stealing a page out of other leaders’ books, I began writing a “Week in Review” post every two weeks or so at Etsy, with a link open to anyone internally, and a distribution list of the people in my organization. I used it as a reflection on themes that were coming up in weekly one-on-ones, backchannels, team meetings, etc.

collaboration  management  leadership  empathy  work_culture 
january 2018 by vloux
Which Will Get You Further: Fitting In or Standing Out? | Stanford Graduate School of Business
Is it better to fit in or stand out? That question has vexed all of us at one time or another, from teenagers to aspiring executives to sociologists. The answer, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Amir Goldberg: It depends. If you’re the kind of person who stands out culturally — you wear sweater vests and bowties to the office — then to succeed you will need to fit into your organization structurally, by being part of a tight-knit group of colleagues. And if you stand out structurally — you aren’t a member of any one clique at work, but have friends across departments — then you better fit in culturally (so ditch the bowties).
work_culture  fitting_in  work 
september 2016 by stoweboyd
Culture-Don't let your garden become overgrown with weeds | Emer O'Donnell (Callery) | LinkedIn
Be clear on the culture you want - During the early years, there is little time to reflect on culture. However, smart leaders sow the seeds of the culture they want. They involve the whole team and clarify behaviours that are acceptable and those that are not. They don’t trot out the usual abstract suspects of ‘quality’, ‘innovation’ and ‘great people’. They make it real. ‘We meet our commitments’ means exactly that!
february 2016 by rufous
Larry's List | Steve Götz | LinkedIn
That values ideas and cherishes execution.
Where we are focused on creating: companies, products, services and experiences.
That acts small and nimble with a sense of fear that bigger fish are stronger and smaller fish are faster; so everyone is forced to constantly look ahead and do better work.
That always feels they have a chip on their shoulder and constantly has a need to prove they belong at the big table.
That celebrates victories and recognises people.
december 2015 by rufous
[Easy Chair] | Cassandra Among the Creeps, by Rebecca Solnit | Harper's Magazine
The story of Cassandra, the woman who told the truth but was not believed, is not nearly as embedded in our culture as that of the Boy Who Cried Wolf
rape_culture  lies  truth  cassandra  @harpers  sexual_harassment  work_culture  narrative  sexual_assault 
november 2015 by cglinka

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