Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (by theRSAorg)
:) *happy sigh*
- Autonomy - the desire to be self-directed
- Mastery - the urge to get better at stuff
- Purpose - the want to make the world a better place
These are indeed what drive me as an individual, and as a part of Punchdrunk Panda. :D
I hope my team is driven by the same.
Cheers, Dan Pink!
PdP Powwow #2 by Jen: Resilience
So we began our intended 11:00am meeting at 12:22p.m. (late again!) with my Powwow on “Resilience” (read paragraph#4 on the link for significance of Powwow). I wasn’t scheduled to give my powwow til next week, so medyo hilaw pa siya. It wasn’t in its most ready state; I wanted more time to think about it to bring it to a more PdP level + I wanted to deliver it in Pecha Kucha (pronounce as pechakcha?) format, but I was pressed for time as I had only prepped it earlier that morning.
Nevertheless, I wanted to share this with my team already because I felt we needed it. I feel some people may have been sadder, more stressed out or lost in the past couple of weeks, so I felt this could be a pep talk of sorts. I don’t know if I was able to deliver it as effectively as I’d hoped, but I do hope it raised people’s spirits. It certainly did mine. In fact, I admitted to Gail earlier that morning that I needed this powwow for myself.
In my powwow, I detail 3 major points that overlap through resilience theories.
Resilient individuals/companies have the ability to:
- Face down reality (i.e. Maintain a positive outlook but not in denial)
- Search for meaning (i.e. See current challenges as building blocks for the future)
- Improvise (i.e. Make do with what’s available; come up with quick solutions when problems arise)
I have not hidden in my previous posts that our sales have been rather dismal lately. But I won’t let that bring us down so easily.
Over the years, I have seen PdP evolve from well, its rather selfish, meaningless existence (i.e. when we used to buy fabric vs. creating our own graphics for laptop sleeves; when we saw it only as a means for extra dough on the side) into a company with a higher purpose for existence, a company about people (now that we’ve added people to our team, are aiming to highlight our artists more, and are trying to connect people through our little events and webisodes).
Because of this, I intend to do all that I can to let people know more about our purpose, in hopes that each group or individual we get in touch with is inspired by our passion for elevating design, elevating the Filipino, and well, our passion for passion itself.
I am convinced that we are capable of doing something really important here, though it might not be immediately apparent yet because people might still see us a retail company more than anything else.
But I want to be a company that inspires. And not just inspires, but inspires to action.
When people see our merchandise, I want people to feel inclined to support fellow Filipinos, or for design-admirers to support our artists. When people see our webisodes, I want people to feel like they can achieve whatever they want to too. When people come to our events, I want them to feel like they’re part of something bigger.
So no, I’m not in denial of our current state as a business. And I do find meaning in this struggle, because it’s struggles like these that get us to move our asses. In previous years, we were relatively complacent as a business because sales came much more easily. I now take this period as a time for us to really reassess our priorities as a business. It’s now just a matter of quickly improvising while keeping our purpose in mind.
Let’s go PdP team! :D
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Powwowwow yippee yo yippee yay,
The classic Apple ad that made it an aspirational brand.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
To prepare my Punchdrunk Panda colleagues for our brand discussion and planning session, I had just recently shared this video with them because Apple really set the standard for creating a company that changes the world, and this really moves me (and I’d like to think the rest of the world) personally, and just inspires us to live lives of meaning.
Steve Jobs now deserves a place with the rest of these people.
The world is at a great loss with the departure of a creative visionary who chose to never settle, stay hungry, and stay foolish.
What do YOU make?
Taylor Mali on “What Teachers Make” (c/o jacklefttown)
This video may be almost exactly 5 years old to date, but it still rings true as ever.
Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets from the poetry slam movement and one of the few in the world to have no job other than that of poet. Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having spent nine years in the classroom teaching, as of the date of this video’s original post (Oct. 24, 2006).
We should all be so inspired by Taylor Mali’s passion, for teaching, and for in-your-face honesty. :)
UPDATE: I’ve watched this video 3 times now, and it’s still fucking awesome. I’m pretty sure it still would be after several more views, even if I view it several years from now. Man, I love this guy! You’ve really got to admire heart. You’ve got to admire when people share something as meaningful as this, and they share it with so much heart that their faces turn red, their heart rate elevates, their sweat glands are activated, their voices are raised and their temple veins look like they’re about to burst! God!
One of my sicknesses is that whenever I get even remotely close to claiming some semblance of ability in a certain skill, I almost always inevitably stop and move on the the next skill.
Journalist and bestselling author Joshua Foer calls this the “OK Plateau,” where we have gained sufficient skills for our needs (or in my case, sufficient dabbling in something) and stop pushing ourselves. But experts or those who Malcolm Gladwell might call “outliers” do it differently. Watch this insightful talk to learn strategies for developing expertise in any field.