Career Advice '08
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This presentation outlines the six lessons in Dan Pink's new book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. I expanded a little on some of the lessons. I added more text a some more slides than I would use in the actual talk. Nothing fancy -- these are are very simple slides to create.
Career advice ’08 An overview of the important lessons found in Dan Pink’s latest book. A presentation (of sorts) by Garr Reynolds. Concerned about your professional future? Need some guidance? This boo k can he lp! Garr Reynolds presents an overview of Dan Pink’s latest book (with some expanded material thrown in). Career Lessons Six From Dan Pink presentation by Garr Reynolds Introduction こんにちは、ガーです! ...um... Hi! I’m Garr! I live here. In JA PAN! そうで す、ね !I live here. Let me tell you about a very cool book by Daniel H. Pink. Let me tell you about a very cool book by Call hi m Dan ! Daniel H. Pink. Here it is Not actual size. Actual size. Have you read Dan’s other books? Have you read Dan’s other books? Not actual size. Have you read Dan’s other books? Actual size. Have you read Dan’s other books? They’r e awes ome! Actual size. I spent the day with Dan once in Japan. Here’s a map of Japan (just in case...). Dan Pink Some guy who looks sort of lik e Dan Pink Dan’s a smart guy. And a generous guy too. wait—t hat’s m e... Some guy who looks sort of lik e Dan Pink Dan Pink Dan’s a smart guy. And a generous guy too. Dan gave a great prezo to my biz students! Dan gave a great prezo to my biz students! Dan’s a kick-ass presenter! Dan’s new book is fantastic! Buy one for yourself and every student you know who graduates this year. Serio usly — get it now! Dan’s new book is fantastic! Buy one for yourself and every student you know who graduates this year. I read the book over lunch in Osaka...see? YUM! (You gonna eat that?) Anyway... As you can see, it’s presented in Manga style. Very cool and effective! This is Johnny Bunko, the main character. Johnn y This is Diana,the “career advisor.” Diana Here’s my summary of the key lessons from Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink. Here’s my summary of the key lessons from Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink. I added a little of my own spin to some of the tip s... The context Question: Is this you? Basically a good person. Listened to your parents. Took all the advice... Followed conventional wisdom... Studied hard. Did what you were supposed to do... You got a decent job! Nice sho es, Jack ! You got a decent job! workin g hard! ...and you’r e BUT! BUT! BUT! BUT... BUT... BUT... BUT... BUT... BUT...BUT... BUT... You’re not satisfied... You’re beginning to wonder: In fact... Was everyone wrong? Time to rethink “conventional wisdom” Career Lessons Six From Dan Pink Time to rethink “conventional wisdom” Career Lessons Six From Dan Pink Wish I knew this 20 years ago! Time to rethink “conventional wisdom” Career Lessons Six From Dan Pink Wish I knew this 20 years ago!M an, it’ s neve r too la te! Lesson 1 There is no plan. 1 ? Does this sound familiar? Get bu sy Pay your dues Suck it up Up you go! I’ve got the plan , S tan ! Problem is... You can’t map it all out. Your career path. You can’t map it all out. Well, you c an try, but it usually doesn’t wor k out the w ay you planned it. Your career path. Your career path. That career path remind s me of some thing. .. You can’t map it all out. Your career path may look like this Think of it this way... A plan is like a path. wait—t hat’s m e... Great, so show me the path ! A plan is like a path. wait—t hat’s m e... Great, so show me the path ! A plan is like a path. OK, b ut you may n ot like th e answ er ... The path is.. there is no path The path is.. wait—t hat’s m e... D’oh! Funny you sho uld mentio n “doh. ” The way (doh) There is no set path... but there is a way. The key to the way? Make smart choices Right. Don’t j ust let stuff random ly happ en... Two types of reasons for your career choices: Two types of reasons for your career choices Instrumental reasons Fundamental reasons Two types of reasons for your career choices What’s the difference ? Instrumental reasons Fundamental reasons Instrumental reasons Because you think (hope?) it will lead to something else whether you enjoy it or not. Because you think it is inherently valuable (regardless of what it may lead to). Fundamental reasons Most successful people make decisions for Right. Dan sa ys not all of t he time, b ut mos t of th e time. Fundamental reasons. Sounds foolish? Enlightened Pragmatists Think: Example: Steve Jobs Huh? Huh? Bear w ith me a secon d... Huh? Google Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford ‘05 Bear w ith me a secon d... None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. Steve Jobs on studying calligraphy and learning about typography as a college student. “ ” Steve Jobs on the path: (connecting the dots) —Steve Jobs “ ” You can’t connect the dots looking forward... ...you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever...it has made all the difference in my life. “ ” —Steve Jobs There is no plan. 1 Discussion Lesson 2 Think strengths not weaknesses. 2 Conventional wisdom: to make sure your weaknesses don’t hold you back. Focus where you areweak BUT! Successful people do not work so much on what they are bad at, they focus on Based on research by Martin Seligman and Marcus Buckingham capitalizing on what they are good at. Identify what you are good at and make *that* insanely great. Who wants to be mediocre? Your Passion Your Strengths Your “remarkable” (Your “insanely great”) Find your remarkable. As ma rketin g gur u Seth Godin woul d say ... Seth Godin action figure Find your purple cow. moooo よろしく、ね！ Hey, th at cow speaks Japane se *and* i t’s purp le. Rem arkable ! よろしく、ね！ Bottom line is... You are not “average” So just remember... Your strengt hs! focus on Think strengths not weaknesses. 2 Discussion Lesson 3 It’s not about you. 3 It’s about adding value. It’s about helping the client. It’s about using your strengths and talents in the service of others. e.g., helping your customer totally kick-ass! Improving your own life by improving the lives of others. e.g., helping your team in ways they didn’t even know possible. Your mission? Your Passion Your Strengths What the world needs Use your strengths, do what you love... And do work worth paying for that solves a problem or helps others. Use your strengths, do what you love... And do work worth paying for that solves a problem or helps others. Solar batt ery? Rema rkable! It’s not about you. 3 Discussion Lesson 4 Persistence trumps talent. 4 Yes, talent is important (which is why you must identify your strengths). But talent alone will not get it done. ... The world is filled with ta lented people who didn’t pe rsist, who ga ve up... The world is filled with ta lented people who didn’t pe rsist, who ga ve up... ...and were passed by people with less talent but with more grit and persistence. prese nt.pp t Think: Continuous improvement. Continuous improvement (Kaizen) 改善 Even small improvements matter... Step by step... Keep moving forward How are you motivated? Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation Kaizen The more intrinsic motivation you have, the more you are likely to persist. The more you persist, the more likely you are to succeed. Persistence trumps talent. 4 Discussion Lesson 5 Make excellent Mistakes 5 . If we learn from our mi stakes, then can’t w e learn even more from our big (exc ellent) mist akes? ...we’re not talking carele ss blunders her e, but the “m istakes” you made wh en you thoug ht big and took a chanc e. prese nt.pp t If we learn from our mi stakes, then can’t w e learn even more from our big (exc ellent) mist akes? prese nt.pp t No pain, no gain! ...we’re not talking carele ss blunders her e, but the “m istakes” you made wh en you thoug ht big and took a chanc e. If we learn from our mi stakes, then can’t w e learn even more from our big (exc ellent) mist akes? So, why not... ThinkBIG The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. —Michelangelo “ ” If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’l l never come up with anyt hing origina l. —Sir Ken Ro binson Take a chance Make excellent Mistakes 5 . Discussion Lesson 6 Leave an imprint 6 . When you get older, you may have some questions... Did I make a difference? Questions you’ll be asking Did I contribute? Did I matter? Problem is... Most people get toward the end of their lives and they don’t like their answers. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. “ ” — Sydney J. Harris We’re o n this p lanet fo r a very sh ort time ... Why no t make a differ ence? Why not make a contribution? “We a re abo ut con tribut ion, that’s what our j ob is …” — Be njam in Za nder Teacher, firefighte r, lawyer, doctor, social wo rker, bus iness per son, entrepren eur, scien tist, prog rammer, designer, and on, and on, a nd on.... We all want to make a contribution. (Otherwise, why get out of bed?) No matter what your career path looks like... Make a d ent in the universe. Leave an imprint 6 . Discussion Review There you have it. That’s some of the key points in Dan Pink’s latest book. Let’s r eview. .. There you have it. That’s some of the key points in Dan Pink’s latest book. • There is no plan. • Think st rengths, n ot weakn esses. • It’s not a bout you . • Persiste nce trum ps talent. • Make ex cellent m istakes. • Leave an imprint. One more thought... You spent so much on your education... You spent so much on your education... prepared? but are you For the price of a few of these... ...you can get this creative and important book by Dan Pink $100,000 $15 You’ve alr eady spen t this much , what’s a few more dolla rs? This was an overview by Garr Reynolds of Dan Pink’s latest book (with some extra stuff thrown in). Career Lessons Six From Dan Pink presentation by Garr Reynolds Got any more tips you’d like to add to the list of six?? Got any more? presentation by Garr Reynolds Links www.danpink.com www.johnnybunko.com Links www.danpink.com www.johnnybunko.com And check out my We bsite too: www.prese ntationzen. com