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Volume 5, Issue 5

May 2013 


What's your see? squeegie


I like to think I do a pretty good job of embracing new technology. I love my Kindle, get Netflix on demand, comfortably watch my favorite soap that recently re-launched on Hulu and am looking forward to the challenge of creating my own 140 character CV...for branding purposes. (See our curation by Janice Criddle for an explanation.) I confess, however, that I'm still partial to some things in their original TV Guide. I like it because it's more convenient than running down the on-screen listings and I'm hooked on "Cheers & Jeers." It also helps me feel as if I'm still a part of the television industry, keeping up with what's going on.


The new issue arrived in the mail today with a focus on the 60 greatest TV comedies of all time. I immediately checked out the list, only to discover that I've never written for any of them. My first thought was, how is it that I spent nearly 20 years writing TV comedy and was never good enough to write for one of the top 60? Never mind that some of them were on the air before I could walk. And, in my humble opinion, some don't rate being in the top 60. ("Beverly Hillbillies?" Seriously?) And yet, here I was suddenly measuring my success against a list in TV Guide. What's up with that?


As it turns out, all of us make a habit of redefining our success...sometimes for not very good reasons. As Shawn Achor says in his TED talk, we're continually shifting the goalpost, which in turn makes success more elusive, which in turn makes us feel lousy. He has a perfect solution - how we think affects how we feel. And it may surprise you to discover which comes first - thoughts or feelings.


In terms of my own shifting goalpost, I got on the horn with my former writing partner, who helped change my "see." She reminded me that we'd made a living for almost 20 years in a very competitive field. Only about 4,200 writers in this country earn their living writing TV and film each year - out of a population of over 300 million. From her perspective, that's 60 show or not. I had to agree.


Think about it - when it comes to your view of success, how often do you shift your goalpost?  


Boldly yours,


Jennie Ayers

Senior Partner

March 2013

In This Issue
  • I Hate this Cup!
  • Get Your 140 Character CV Ready!
  • Embrace the Monsters Under the Bed

BrainI Hate this Cup!
Curated by Kris Campbell, Managing Partner at BoldWork
I came across this "supposed-to-be-funny" picture on an internet site last weekend. Let me just say, I hate this bash-work humor. This cup makes me feel 3 things. I first feel anger and want to break the stupid cup. Then, I feel incredible sadness for the awful truth the cup holds. Third, and finally, I rally and begin thinking about what I dedicate my life to, how it makes a difference in people's work lives - and then I feel re-energized toward my own life goals. I don't think people should have to spend the majority of their lives "spinning" in a chair at work. I know that, despite the gallows humor about work, it can be a place of -- gasp -- happiness.


Okay, let's be realistic. Which really comes first? That you work in a great environment doing the work you love, which makes you happy? Or that you're happy, which makes your workplace better and you come to love your work?


Here's what I think is a definitive answer from Shawn Achor in this wonderful, 12 minute video on TED. Shawn teaches at Harvard University, where he delivers lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at the university. Shawn researches positive outliers - people who are well above average on the "happy" scale - to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, Shawn humorously describes how to increase happiness and meaning to create positive transformations.


hate cup with cross outYou don't have to spend the majority of your adult life "spinning in a chair" at work. You can literally re-wire your brain and "be happier" first. What follows is a better life, and a better world for all.


The 140 Character CV 
Curated by Janice Criddle, Principal at BoldWork


Based on my previous experience as a recruiter, family and friends still look to me for help when searching for a job or ask me to advise their children on how to look for a job. I hate to turn them down. And I don't want to give them ancient, ineffective advice in today's market.


This explains my interest in this month's curation. I was fascinated with this Wall Street Journal article by staff writers Rachel Emma Silverman and Lauren Webber, which explains a relatively new social media trend of searching for a job using Twitter.


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Apparently, some recruiters are beginning to experiment with the use of Twitter to look for candidates and gain insight into these potential employees. With 200 million active users, it makes sense that companies would turn to Twitter as a resource. As a result, job searchers are figuring out how to summarize their candidacy in 140 characters and promote themselves via Twitter's new feature, the 6- second video.


Even though Twitter hasn't taken over as the primary platform from which employers recruit, it certainly has changed my "see" as to how companies are using social media in their talent management process.


Click here for an excellent explanation of the phenomenon. You'll find information from the employer's point of view, along with samples of those 140 character CVs (curriculum vitae). There is also a 7-minute audio interview with Rachel Emma Silverman embedded within the article that helps provide perspective. Thanks to this article, I feel much better equipped to share current information with the job seekers in my life!


Is it time for you to create your own 140 character CV?  


Embrace the Monsters Under the Bed 
Curated by Jennie Ayers, Senior Partner at BoldWork


A recent post on a friend's FB page made it sound as if she were relocating to another part of the country, which surprised me since her work requires her to live geographically where she is. I asked her if she was giving up her work. "No...unless it gives up on me."  We talked...and she shared that she was beginning to fear that she's no longer relevant in her world of work. That fear is driving her closer to making a decision that may very well not be the best. 


monsters under bed

My friend certainly isn't alone when it comes to fear. We all feel fear. A fear of being harmed or doing harm. A fear of failure. A fear of success. A fear that we're unliked or incompetent. A fear of public speaking or intimacy, commitment or rejection. So much fear...which can keep us bottled up, unable to move forward, or push us to make the wrong decision.


What if we changed our "see" of fear? What if we choose to perceive fear as something that fuels our imagination?


Author Karen Thompson Walker explores the connection between fear and the imagination in this 11 minute TED video. "Our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination...a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out." 


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