Giving yourself the title

Giving yourself the title

 

Two people that I’ve worked with in academia have made an indelible and irrevocable impression on me.
They just don’t “fit the mold” in their places of work. Their job title doesn’t seem to suit them, and they’re always doing so much more than anyone above them even realizes. They don’t just “do work”, but they find opportunities, they transform their centre, their faculty, their team, their whatever, into much more than it would have been without them. They have bosses, sure – but to me it always seems as though they are their own bosses, they’re happy “flying-solo”. They don’t give-in to organisational bureaucracy, they dance with it. They fulfill all of the bureaucratic requirements, but at the end of the day they seem to do what they want anyway – but with the right papers signed.

They don’t “fit” – and it’s perfect. (more…)

New venture and thesis creation – not so dissimilar

New venture and thesis creation – not so dissimilar

Starting a thesis is nothing like what I expected it to be. I had thought that the biggest challenges in gaining my Masters would be actually doing the research or the first year papers, I had no clue that getting my research off the ground in the very first phase would be something that forced me adapt and grow as much as it has, more than anything else I’ve encountered. Ironically, in attempt to get my thesis progressing I’ve been learning a great deal about the start-up phase of successful entrepreneurs, and have found the number of similarities between what I’m researching, new venture start-up, and the process I’m going through, the thesis “gestation” phase, surprising. (more…)

Published

Published

Geez Louise – it’s been a long while since I’ve posted, and besides from the huge pile of emails sitting in my inbox that I am on a mission to get through, the reason why is the portfolio of projects I’ve been occupying myself with over the past 1.5 months. Some of these activities have ended up being published in one way or another online, so here goes, this is some of the stuff I have been doing over the past month. (more…)

Work with meaning

Work with meaning

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success”.

― Sir Ernest Shackleton

 My friend Dan used to hate his job. (more…)

Video for the win

Video for the win

I’m from a lazy efficient generation, most of us would rather watch an awesome video on a subject that takes ten minutes, than read four pages on the topic only taking three, because we get more out of it that way – go figure. We’re multimedia junkies baby. (more…)

A job, Jobs and a decision

A job, Jobs and a decision

Would you take a job where you earn close to 1/3 of your current hourly wage? Well, that is exactly what I am thinking about doing.

Although I love the idea of being an entrepreneur (and as you know a sexy developer nerd also), the truth is that my business sense reminds me that my creative ideas are not necessarily scalable, profitable and don’t meed a great social need. Yet I love entrepreneurship. I have devoted the past five years of my life to studying and working with entrepreneurship research. The random facts I know about enterprise development would astound you, I mean statistics, direct quotes, the works. And for what? (more…)