Boundless #4 |🎙️Podcast - Chris Donohoe on Leaving The Corporate World To Start His Own Consulting Firm & Other Reflections | #4
Podcast - Episode 4: Chris Donohoe on the lack of role models in business, bring authentic to who you are and why everyone should start their own thing...
Chris is the founder of uncommonly and an avid fan of the long-running CBS television show Survivor. A former teacher, marketer, and management consultant, Chris has an eclectic mix of skills and professional experience. Chris has worked with over a dozen Fortune 500 clients spanning multiple industries including Media & Entertainment, Publishing, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is obsessed with inspiring great leadership and creating incredible learning experiences that change the way people think and operate.
What has me thinking...
What is work? A provocative article titled: "If work dominated your every moment would life be worth living?" from Andrew Taggart, who has challenged my thinking on a lot of the assumptions we have around work. I'd also recommend his equally thought-provoking newsletter on "Total Work"
Quitting! Why People Really Quit Their Jobs (HBR) - this article makes a simple but often overlooked point about why people quit their jobs - a dissonance between the person they want to be and who they want to be at work. If we can close that gap, we can help people do more things that matter to them.
Skills! Google has crunched the data about what job skills matter. The shocking thing? STEM skills came in dead last. Yet, we still hire focusing largely on "hard" skills. What does matter? "being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas" These are hard to evaluate but are increasingly critical in the future of work.
If you're curious about supporting all of this...
In 2018, I am focusing more energy and time on creating tools, resources, articles and other content that helps people find more meaning in their work.
I am experimenting operating within a "gift economy" which I detailed in the last e-mail. This means shifting to a mindset of supporting each other's lives instead of focusing on transactions.
I'm finding some good early feedback and part of this is the creation of a Patreon page, which I have been lucky enough to have some early support.
I will be putting some energy into this space over the next month and coming up with creative opportunities including previews of the tools I am creating, early releases of podcasts and other ideas.