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1. First up, is a very funny piece that will almost certainly appeal to those who are
in their 20s, and perhaps in their early 30s...and career-wise, they are floundering.
It's a 2 minute illustrated video essay by 26 year-old cartoonist Dave Gillette of
Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) - Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's from the program
Almanac and it's entitled, "Me, my friends and a lot of people I've never met." It's
about Dave's "Millennial" generation...life...and finding a good job. Turn up your
speakers, this is hilarious.
|Education page - fascinating audio bytes, articles, etc.
|2. Here's another fascinating listen. This one is from National Public Radio Show
All Things Considered. On March 22, 2006, Dr. Tal-Ben Shahar, a Harvard
professor of psychology, was interviewed about his teaching of the most popular
course in the history of the university. The course is on happiness and its
sustained popularity prompted Prof. Shahar to write a book called: Happier.
Contrary to popular images, this course is not a "fluffy" discussion. Indeed, it is
exactly the opposite.
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Are you a flaky employee?
This article originally appeared on Nov. 13, 2007
- Do you continually start projects at the last minute?
- Do you take a liberal approach to the term "lunch hour"?
- Or do you call in sick on a weekly basis?
- If you answered yes, your co-workers think you're a flake
As a student, you excelled in art, music, drama and creative writing, although your
excessive tardiness and inability to finish a project by its due date kept you at a
steady "C" average. Today, despite your creative genius, your chronic inability to
prioritize and adhere to deadlines continues to curse you in your professional life.
It's not that you don't have good intentions; you simply have more brilliant ideas
than you have time allotted to complete them. Even you have to admit you can be a
little flaky sometimes, but is that so bad? Not necessarily.
True, flakiness can be associated with odd behavior, unreliability and forgetfulness,
but it's also often used to describe eccentric, artistic and innovative thinkers. Dr.
Leslie Bracksick, a career consultant and co-founder of a Pittsburgh-based
executive strategy firm, defines flakiness as "the degree to which a person's
behavior does or doesn't conform to the culture of the company."
"A 'flaky' employee may need better work habits, but may also be a free spirit with
untapped creativity to contribute," Bracksick says.
Oftentimes, these people simply need to find a work environment where they can
let their creativity and innovation run free. More often than not, the employee with
these traits doesn't have the problem, the company does. "I'd been consulting with
a retail company who had a creative designer who didn't meet his budget or stay
on project plans," Bracksik recalls. "But the problem was that he was exactly the
type of person you'd want in that role."
Creative types may not necessarily conform to a company's culture, but it's that
noncomformity and ability to think outside the box that makes them good at what
they do. In the corporate world, what is seen as "different" is often mistaken for
strange or ill-fitting, and that is often an unfair assessment. Industries where the
jobs require flexibility and spontaneity, such as advertising and entertainment,
encourage such behavior, while flakiness wouldn't fly in jobs such as law
enforcement or air traffic control, which require steadiness, focus, attention to
detail and consistency. "The ultimate question is, 'Is that behavior problematic?'"
Someone who disrupts the flow of work, has a problem making decisions, is
passive, shows poor leadership skills or has a short attention span can be a toxic
presence in many office environments.
Certainly, if a person's behavior interferes with the goal of the company, the
company needs to deal with that. But companies also need to realize that certain
jobs will attract -- and benefit from -- people who are going to be different from
the rest of the employees.
"In a manufacturing or process-intensive company, someone has to be working on
research and development. If you have the right person for that job ... they'll likely
be different from the other people," Bracksick says. "The key is to be ever mindful
of what the goals of the company are."
So.......are you the office flake?
If you find that you continually start projects at the last minute, spend more time
updating your MySpace or FaceBook page than you do on your upcoming
presentation, take a liberal approach to the term "lunch hour," or call in sick on a
weekly basis, chances are you're wreaking havoc on your boss and the co-workers
who have to make up for your flaky behavior. Whether you're not challenged
enough in the current job you have or you simply find that the standard nine-to-
five job doesn't jell with your schedule, perhaps you should try a career that's
more in keeping with your personality traits. As Bracksick mentioned, you may just
have untapped creativity that you need to let out.
Meet and listen to an MBTI expert:
Paul D. Tieger
Paul D. Tieger is an internationally recognized expert in Personality Type. The
Founder and first Director of The New England Type Institute, Paul has personally
trained thousands of managers, team leaders, HR professionals, career consultants,
psychologists, attorneys, and educators.
Over the past 20 years, Paul has consulted with dozens of insurance companies,
financial institutions, law firms, colleges, utility companies, governmental offices,
hospitals, and a variety of other types of businesses. He has developed innovative
programs in such areas as team-building, management and sales training, career
development, succession planning, conflict resolution, and communication
Paul pioneered the application of Personality Type as a tool to assist trial attorneys
in selecting and communicating with jurors, and has worked on dozens of high-
profile civil and criminal cases, including the first physician-assisted suicide trial of
Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Paul has appeared on scores of radio and television programs, including Geraldo
Live and CNN’s Business Unusual, and has been profiled in The New York Times.
As a result of his jury consulting experiences, Paul wrote The Art of SpeedReading
People – a system for helping all people quickly size others up and speak their
Paul holds degrees in Psychology and Organizational Behavior.
|For a fascinating podcast, listen to Paul Tieger's appearance
on Connecticut Public Radio's Colin McEnroe Show on both
May 13 and July 13, 2010.
|August 06, 2010
Journal of Social and Psychological Science