VOLUME TWO, ISSUE 10
It's 8:30 at night and I'm
sitting on the deck at a friend's house out on a country road. Normally,
there's little light pollution out this way and you can easily see the stars illuminated
against a dark sky. But tonight there's a Harvest Moon - a full, glorious,
"hanging low in the sky" moon, the fullest moon of the year, a moon that will
give off light throughout the night. In fact, this year astronomers refer to it
as a Super Harvest Moon because it rose at the same moment that the sun set.
It's been two decades since we've seen a Super Harvest Moon in North America. Back in the day, farmers used to take
advantage of a Harvest Moon and work all night to bring in the last of their
crops. A Harvest Moon is the full moon that marks the autumnal equinox, the transition
from a long hot summer into cooler days. |
As I watch the Harvest Moon
and think about moving from one season into another, I see a parallel in my
life, as I transition from seeing my work in one context to seeing it in
another, richer one. I wish I could say that I came to this transition on my
own but the credit goes to Kris Campbell. She's been the visionary at Challenge
It Now since she founded the company almost 20 years ago. And she's the one who
started asking some very meaningful questions. How do we want to continue to
work together? What do we feel
passionate about? How do we bring the best of who we are and what we do to our
work? How do we make a difference?
Answering those questions
brought new insights into and philosophy about how we humans engage in the act
of work and how we can transform the places where we work by
reframing the way we work. We're no longer content to simply challenge but to
do. And so it seems as if the appellation Challenge It Now no longer serves. It
no longer "fits". And so we are changing it.
BoldWork™ is our new
brand. Over the next couple of months, we'll be transitioning our website, our
newsletter and other collateral material to reflect this change as we launch
our new logo and our new focus on how we do work. I've asked Kris to introduce
you to BoldWork™ in this month's
lead article. After you read it, think about your own life.
Are you doing BoldWork™?
Senior Partner, Challenge It Now
|The BoldWork Maxim|
My BoldWork says:
"I am here
and through my work I contribute and make a
our places of work
the way we work.
"What is BoldWork?" by Kris Campbell
|(650 words - estimated reading time: less than 3 minutes)
BoldWork™ is a way of
thinking, a way of taking action and a way of making a difference. BoldWork™ is ALL work when that work is
aligned through purpose, excellence and accountability. BoldWork™ helps us define how we engage in the act of work while
going about the challenges of a lifetime.
In a world of over 6 billion people, every day millions engage in the
activity we have come to call work. And when we are mindful and intentional
about our work, it is Bold. However,
when we go about our "jobs" aimlessly, when we experience our work as
stressful, monotonous, energy draining and soul-sucking - it isn't Bold.
Unfortunately, few people receive a paycheck for doing BoldWork™. But everyone - from
astronaut to cook, coal miner to Harvard professor, airline pilot to court
clerk - can choose to do BoldWork™. BoldWork™ isn't owned by the wealthy, the academically privileged, the lucky or the
fortunate. There is no collar or class in doing BoldWork™.
BoldWork™ belongs to the
exercise of human potential and to any individual or group's desire to make a
constructive and positive difference in the world. There are people who live
their life/work by the philosophy of BoldWork™ without being aware of it - they've carried
the values within them for so long it's a natural part of...well...being at
work. Sadly, I've known people who never find their BoldWork™ and
live life with that gnawing sense that something is missing, something is unfulfilled.
Other people stumble upon their BoldWork™ or seek it out later in life. Ultimately, what matters isn't the timing but the
drive to fulfill purpose and do BoldWork™ that burns at the very core of
being human. The drive to do purposeful BoldWork™ can smolder like a
fire without flame - unfulfilled - or it can find a way to combust. Once kindled, this inner motivation is fueled
by the oxygen of knowing, with surety, that the work accomplished is aligned
with inner purpose, is well done and shares in a worthwhile goal.
The Core of BoldWork™
BoldWork™ has three core essentials:
People who do BoldWork™ know that their work has
purpose, both for themselves and to the world. This purpose is driven by
resolve and determination. No one gives them this sense of purpose; it's
created and resides in the person doing the work. The person doing the work
validates the work - there's no need for external affirmation. People doing BoldWork™ align their internal compass
of purpose to reflect the broader intentions of what they accomplish. BoldWork™ becomes our rich, personal
story that adds definition to our life.
People carry out BoldWork™ with distinction. The
mediocre, the average, the boilerplate and the so-so have no place in BoldWork™. Every act of BoldWork™ is a signature of the person
who creates it and a direct impression of their integrity and values. When we
hold up a mirror to our BoldWork™...we
see ourselves looking back.
BoldWork™ is called to account for how it participates in this world.
We bring purpose and excellence to our work - now, to go Bold, we must be accountable to self, to others and, ultimately, to
the world upon which all systems depend. We claim BoldWork™ is
Forward Work because, in the doing of BoldWork™, we all advance. No matter how small in scope, how
personal in endeavor or how modest in complexity, our shared BoldWork™ carries us ALL forward.
In a cooperative
dance of commitment, BoldWork™ participates in a world that is at work
in every moment. Just stop and look around. Every living thing on this planet
is at work. By choice, we join the
dance in a special way through our BoldWork™ - and we never dance alone.
The work of our team, our new vision, mission and
plan, is to help others discover, create and sustain BoldWork™ in their lives.
|"Who Does BoldWork?" by Jennie Ayers|
|(699 words - estimated reading time: less than 3 minutes)
in my writing career, I was based at the CBS
studios in Los Angeles, at the corner of Third
and Fairfax. It
was exciting to be at the studio...but the real highlight was being adjacent to
the Los Angeles Farmer's Market. The Market dates back to 1934 when a group of
farmers pulled their trucks onto some vacant property to engage in a little
open air commerce. From those humble beginnings, the Farmer's Market is now one
of the busiest tourist attractions in the LA area.
was at CBS, I'd pop over to the Market almost every day. If there was time,
we'd grab lunch at one of the outdoor stalls or take a table at Du-pars. At the
time, Du-pars was still an old time coffee shop with vinyl booths and more than
20 kinds of fresh pie. Founded in 1938 by James Dunn (Du) and Edward Parsons
(par), the place started out as a 9 seat stall. It eventually became LA's most
famous coffee shop.
remember most about Du-pars is a waitress named Inez. You know the story about
how Lana Turner was discovered in Schwabs on Sunset Blvd. (Not true, by the
way.) Hopefuls flock to LA and take jobs in bars and restaurants, sure they'll
be next. Ask any waitress or waiter there - odds are s/he's an actor/model
looking for that big break. Inez was different. She hailed from New York and the first
time I met her, I asked what brought her to LA. She laughed, big and said, "The
weather, sugar." Maybe she hadn't understood - I clarified. Was she a would-be
actress? Model? Writer? "I'm a soup
jockey, honey. And I love it."
did, too. I never saw her in a bad mood and if you brought one in with you,
Inez would make short work of it. Regulars would bypass an open table and wait
to get a seat in her station. She sincerely delighted in hearing a customer's
good news and empathized sincerely with the bad - there was nothing phony about
Inez. I saw her buy more than one piece
of pie for a down-and-outer, serving it up with a few kind words. If Inez
waited on you, you walked out of Du-pars feeling better than when you walked
in. She made a difference in every life she touched.
a Workist...doing BoldWork
™. There's something very special about being in the
presence of a Workist. They are the people who genuinely love and honor the
work that they do. And you know they love their work by the way they talk about
it and the way in which they respect their work by always doing it to a
standard that is all their own. You wouldn't ever have to tell Inez to
be good at what she did!
always felt a jolt of positive energy from Inez and when I had to take my leave
and go back to my own work, I felt rejuvenated. In that one brief hour, Inez
became accountable to me. In a pragmatic way, I needed food...but I also needed a
positive interaction. I needed to know that I "counted". That hour for lunch
often helped me navigate difficult days and made it possible for me to do my
own work in a Bold
back, I'm pretty sure that Inez knew all of this intuitively. I doubt anyone had
ever talked to her about being a Workist or "how" to do her BoldWork
™ --- she just did it.
came to Du Pars Coffee Shop every workday with a purpose and she accomplished
her work of "waitressing" with pride and excellence. Connecting with raw
honesty and realness for that brief hour, she knitted her work into the work
lives of everyone who sat in one of the vinyl booths in her station. Purpose,
excellence and accountability; Inez had it all. As good as or better than any Executive
I've ever met.
understand that every day we all participate in an improvisational dance of
working and making a difference. Inez...the waitress at Du Pars? She definitely
knew how to dance with others.
|"A Big, Fat Sacred Squirrel" by Rebecca Ripley|
We wanted to use this issue of emusings to introduce you to BoldWork. We haven't forgotten about sacred squirrels - one of the biggest, fattest, sacred squirrels in any organization is the Performance Review. Next month, we'll take a look at Performance Reviews - do the people who receive them find them of value? Do they help people do BoldWork?
Challenge It Now focuses its energies on a common goal - through consultation, coaching and facilitation, we help professionals in business organizations create and sustain a workplace climate where the positive experience of work is optimized, engagement is enriched and performance potential is maximized.
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