If you've seen Erin Brockovich, you probably remember that winning scene where Erin (played by Julia Roberts) sits down with the lawyers representing PG&E, the energy company responsible for poisoning the water supply of Hinkley, a small town in California. The guys in suits were trying to negotiate the settlement to be offered to the people in Hinkley who were suffering from various illnesses, which pushes the quick-witted, foul-mouthed Erin to throw a bitchfit during the meeting. And just as one of the lawyers was about to drink the glass of water offered to them by Erin's office, the sassy Erin shoots back at them: "By the way, we had that water brought in specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley." The lawyer ends the meeting without drinking the water.
In the course of my career promoting different brands, products, and services, I think one crucial lesson that I have learned to apply before I take on a project is to always go back to that particular scene and remind myself: would I be confident enough to take a gulp of water from my company's water supply?
For career analyst Dan Pink, the business practice of incentivizing people with money to encourage better performance is plainly unscientific. But no - it's not an excuse to get creative people to do work for less.
"In the 20th century, we came up with this idea of management. Management did not emanate from nature. Management is like -- it's not a tree, it's a television set. Okay? Somebody invented it. And it doesn't mean it's going to work forever. Management is great. Traditional notions of management are great if you want compliance. But if you want engagement, self-direction works better. [...] What this means -- you don't see a lot of it, but you see the first stirrings of something really interesting going on, because what it means is paying people adequately and fairly, absolutely -- getting the issue of money off the table, and then giving people lots of autonomy."
Yep, sounds right to me.
A new iPhone! In five cute colors! And it's cheap too! There's also an expensive version! Sounds awesome - sign me up because I want to get sucked in this vortex of never-ending needs!
But hey Apple geek, do you really need another iPhone?
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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