Participation trophies, snowflakes, and the cult of the special has come under criticism. I’m in agreement that the criticism is well deserved. Life does not work this way. In our jobs in our personal lives we stack rank everything from most creative to best looking to richest.
Logically everyone knows: If EVERYONE is special, then NO ONE is special. The meaning of special is set apart, different, or unique. There is no way to have shades or varying degrees of special, it is analog.
Today for the first time I was able to hear something behind the movement (or cult) of special. My hope is that what people are trying to say is people are valuable. EVERYONE is valuable. We don’t wander into fallacies with that statement, and it gets to the heart of the matter.
Zappos is a company that I respect in many areas, and in their book “Delivering Happiness” they mentioned a practice to weed out fakers during the interview process. Headquartered in Las Vegas, the office is a pretty long trip from the airport therefore Zappos provides candidates that are interviewing a ride on their shuttle. When the person has completed their interviews and returned to the airport on the shuttle, a manager will call the shuttle driver to get the drivers perspective. As Hsieh said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 2013, “It doesn’t matter how well the day of interviews went, if our shuttle driver wasn’t treated well, then we won’t hire that person.”
Make the change in your language, it is simple…those around you perhaps are not special but most surely valuable. And so are you.
The little things, I can obey. But the big things – how we think, what we value – those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone – or any society – determine those for you.
There are a number of models of success in the localization industry.
Each day billions of people use products they would otherwise not have access to because of the translator or editor and supporting services.
Global companies continue to drive higher revenues worldwide, often outside the country that the company was originally founded in.
An author gets his book out to an audience that doesn’t speak his native language.
Communities are being connected and the localization industry has a continued opportunity to onboard new groups of people to this exciting connected world we live in. Through this work we share in the beauty of the worlds growing diversity, and language is at the core of it.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. -Nelson Mandela
Today we released a really great podcast, it is with Lori Thicke, the founder of Translators without Borders. They are a non-profit group responsible for breaking down language barriers humanitarians face all over the world. To date this is one of my favorite conversations because I am able very directly to see the work I do impact the world. The time we had was far to short, I’m sure again we will have Lori on to talk with us about more!
Check out the links to the podcast from the Moravia Blog or to learn more about this program, go to www.globallyspeakingradio.com, where you can listen to and also download a full transcript of all episodes.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Over half way through this year I would say that has been the biggest change in my life, finding my own voice. A big part of it has been the Globally Speaking Podcast. Blogging and stand up comedy have also been a part of the process as well. Pretty fun and I’m excited to see where it leads.
The second half of the title (inspiring others voice)I’m not so sure about, but I’ll take some credit for it. Two co-workers have published on LinkedIn, if you have a chance check them out:
When (not) to be helpful, Tucker Johnson
Career 3.0 – The climbing cage, Juliette Tanarro
Check them out!
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, there is case study after case study on how organizations unwritten rules led to crisis at the time when the organization needed to function optimally. The King’s Cross fire in the Underground is one example where all those in authority were occupied with their kingdoms and no one was focused on rider safety costing 31 passengers their lives.
Every organization functions with a “common grace” approach that keeps rivalries in check and the orders shipped. During crisis is when the unwritten functional rules of the organization can be re-examined, when great scrutiny is on the operation unproductive power structures can be address. It is even said that in some crisis great leaders prolong the crisis in order to get the greatest positive effect of the change. Great wisdom is required to pull that off.
Is it possible to address this change without the crisis?
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
The drip of a faucet can be extremely distracting and often events outside of work or small things in work distract us from our goals, the way a faucet can be distracting.
Throughout my life I have tried to fix the faucet. Sometimes it works and that is great, other times it doesn’t and I need to get a professional in to fix it.
Life’s distractions cannot always be fixed even if you call in a professional, there are times that you have to wait out the drip. In these moments I’m working on recognizing how annoying the drip is and in the best of times it makes it less distracting. At other times it just leaves me grumpy and annoyed. One other practice is that of gratitude, when I recognize all that I have to be grateful for I’m less emotionally influenced by the drip. It’s like blasting Hamilton to drown out the drip of the faucet.
“The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.”
This is a follow up to one of my posts, Recommendations are like the apple tree. The language in it may be salty for some, so you’ve been warned. Just remember there is always at least one good thing you can find in a persons life…or in this case maybe their death.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”