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Unfortunate Incidents and Behavior at Work

Corporate environments go to great lengths to get metrics on happiness, but only as it relates to productivity. This research directly relates to my upcoming radio play, Unfortunate Demonic Incident No. 271. Recently I took the Predictive Index test, which asks two simple questions.

1. How are you expected to behave at work? Check as many as apply (below is a list of dozens of adjectives.)

2. What are you really like? Check as many as apply (same list of adjectives)

From there the test extrapolates out how you feel you need to adjust your behavior at work, what your core personality is, and how those two ‘selves’ manifest in your current environment. The closer all the dots are, the happier you are. If they’re spread wide across the spectrum, you’re more likely to be under stress, feel those stresses more intensely, and be unhappy. People mostly get fired for a failure to adjust. It’s a behavior thing, not a competence thing.

But what if your “bad behavior” consists of having a tattoo?

Here are some snippets from my 3-page report:

  • Setsu is a distinctly independent and individualistic person, strong-minded and determined. Venturesome, she will “stick her neck out” and take responsibility for risks when she believes she is right.
  • Setsu is an ingenious and innovative problem-solver and troubleshooter.
  • Authoritative in influencing others towards her goal; will get right down to business with as little small talk as necessary.

Imagine for a moment that your work-self and core self are at such severe odds that your core self has to pipe up every now and again. What would it say?

Would you agree with it?

Is it even on your side?

If you’re on twitter, let me know by tweeting #UDI271 and share your thoughts.

“…I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We move through life based on acceptance by our peers… when things get emotionally challenging or don’t feel safe, the personality-driven person will panic. Living from your persona rather than your true self is “an agreement with mediocrity.”
Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith


Productivity Through Procrastination (Seriously)

Deadpool loves pancakes (and belongs to Marvel Comics.)

I’ve learned to appreciate procrastination as a useful force.  Procrastination, for me at least, becomes incredibly productive. Whether there’s a pancake or a crepe on my plate, I’m still eating that day, and that’s ok.

Pancakes are thick. Pancakes are a main event. You slather all this stuff on a pancake to enjoy the pancake. Pancake days are when you have extra energy — like thick ribbons of batter — devote yourself wholeheartedly to one thing, one project, one goal. When you’re focused, and you immerse yourself in what you’re trying to do, you’re guaranteed to get something out of it.

Crepes on the other hand spread thin. There’s not as much energy or motivation to work with, so it’s impossible to lay anything on thick. Crepes are usually a vehicle to deliver other things to your mouth anyway. There is no main project, but lots of other interesting things, like spinach & feta, or strawberries and chocolate syrup. Crepe days are when you devote a little bit of energy to a lot of different pursuits.

I had a crepe day this weekend. I had all kinds of writing projects I wanted to do, grown-up chores I needed to handle, phone calls I promised I’d make, and theater dates that I broke without so much as a lame excuse. I didn’t want to do a damned thing. I didn’t even want to catch up on Netflix. I was so deep into procrastinating that I couldn’t be bothered with the normal things I did to procrastinate. I ended up playing violin for hours. I haven’t touched that thing in years. As much as I wanted to get stuff done, and felt truly awful about not touching any of it, I can’t call it a wasted day.

In truth, there are no wasted days. Check in with yourself. If you feel like you’re spread TOO thin, pick a project and have a pancake day: immerse yourself in one pursuit. If you’re knee-deep and you want out, have a crepe day: reconnect with things you haven’t had a chance to enjoy. You’ll still eat that day, and that’s ok.

Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what really strengthens us.”
― Marcus Buckingham

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”
― Sun Tzu