I’m new to a show with ze frank, but there’s some good wisdom in this video. It’s amazing how much more engaged you are with work if you’re able to commit completely to something you enjoy.
It was probably three years ago when my friend Roz Duffy introduced me to the phrase “hack your job.” We were both talking about what we’d do differently at work and how we might reimagine what we did every day for eight hours plus. When Roz said “hack your job,” I didn’t even know what she meant. I felt like that was something better left for the folks who built the websites that I populated with copy. (I copy-ulated!)
She urged me to think differently about work. In fact, she suggested that I pursue every opportunity to make my job my dream job. I explained that I’d tried and done and executed any number of things to make my job challenging, including running with a head full of steam into the established order, only to bounce back. She wasn’t accepting excuses. I kept moaning about “burn out” and I started to see what she meant. I needed to look at my job with fresh eyes. If I wanted to remain employed — and you can bet I did — then it would behoove me to really focus on making my job as cool as I imagined it could be.
It’s great advice to anyone looking to realize their profound resolutions going into 2012. One of the things I’ve been able to think about this week are my 2012 goals and how I hope to achieve them. Part of that is rethinking the way I approach my job, the way I interact with my colleagues and the way I go about executing my plans. The devil may be in the details, but you need to think big so those details don’t seem menial. If you find yourself “checking the box,” then maybe it’s time to think about hacking your job.
Can I just say that last week was a great one? Indulge me and check out what’s going on over at Comcast Voices.
Yesterday I started my new job as Comcast’s chief blogger. Now I’ve had some fun with social media so far in my career and have had a really great time getting people excited about bringing the A’s back to Philadelphia, but I have very little in the way of what you may call deep background on social media practices.
My take: I feel like I have the trickiest part–writing–down cold. I have a solid understanding of what stories are best told through text and which are better explained by video, thanks to my tenure at comcast.net. I know that people want regular content and they have expectations around how it’s delivered. That’s understood.
What I have questions about are best practices in the social web. If you can recommend reading either on- or offline, I’d appreciate it. Leave a note in the comments or @ me on Twitter. If you have favorite blogs that deal specifically in this, feel free to share those as well. My Google reader feels a little empty after I 86’d oh so many music blogs.
Don’t think I’m not doing some heavy lifting myself. I’m finding Kristina Halvorson’s work and the Brain Traffic blog a very useful font of info and links. I’ve also subscribed to several recommended company blogs, ranging from Southwest Airlines to Google’s Official blog. Love how they read!
Check out the view from my new office!
Today was hectic, but really cool. Had some neat meetings. Was a lot like my first day at Comcast: a little confusion and a ton of excitement. Met more people today than I have in three years at the company and that’s great!
Very excited to see where my new role takes me. This office is just the first step.