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					Career advice ’08
An overview of the important lessons
  found in Dan Pink’s latest book.
   A presentation (of sorts) by Garr Reynolds.
Concerned about your
     professional future?
Need some guidance?
             can h elp!
This b ook
  Six
 Career
                 Garr Reynolds presents an
                 overview of Dan Pink’s latest
                 book (with some expanded

Lessons          material thrown in).

 From Dan Pink




                         presentation by
                      Garr Reynolds
Introduction
!
...um...
Hi! I’m Garr!
I live here.
I live here.        !




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         J APA
    In
Let me tell you about
a very cool book by
Daniel H. Pink.
Let me tell you about
a very cool book by
Daniel H. Pink.



                m Dan!
        C all hi
Here it is
Not actual size.
Actual size.
Have you read Dan’s
other books?
Have you read Dan’s
other books?




     Not actual size.
Have you read Dan’s
other books?




     Actual size.
Have you read Dan’s
other books?




                       wes ome!
     hey ’re a
    T



        Actual size.
I spent the day with
Dan once in Japan.
Here’s a map of Japan
(just in case...).
Dan’s a smart guy. And
a generous guy too.




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Dan’s a smart guy. And                                ...
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a generous guy too.                   wait—




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Dan gave a great prezo
to my biz students!
Dan gave a great prezo
to my biz students!




 Dan’s a kick-
               ass presenter
                            !
Dan’s new book is
fantastic! Buy one
for yourself and every
student you know who
graduates this year.
Dan’s new book is
fantastic! Buy one
for yourself and every
student you know who
graduates this year.

         u sly —
   S erio
        it  now!
    get
I read the book over
lunch in Osaka...see?
YUM!
(You gonna eat that?)
Anyway...
As you can see, it’s
presented in Manga
style. Very cool and
effective!
This is Johnny Bunko,
the main character.




     ny
 John
This is Diana,the
“career advisor.”


Diana
Here’s my summary
of the key lessons
from Johnny Bunko
by Dan Pink.
Here’s my summary       dded
                              a little
                                       of
                     Ia              o
                              spin t
of the key lessons   my ow
                            n
                                 h e tips
                                          ...
                      som e of t
from Johnny Bunko
by Dan Pink.
The context
Question:
Is this you?
Basically a
good person.
 Lis
     ten
you ed
    rp     to
       are
           nts
               .
Took all
the advice...
Followed
conventional
wisdom...
Studied
   hard.
Did what you
were supposed
to do...
You got a
decent job!
    You got a
    decent job!
                        !
                s , Jack
     Nic e shoe



       you’r
            e

                orki ng
       w
...and




          h a rd !
BUT!
BUT!
         BUT...
BUT...            BUT...
         BUT...
 BUT...
      BUT...      BUT...
                   BUT...


BUT!
You’re not
satisfied...
      In fact...

You’re beginning
   to wonder:
Was
wron ever
    g?    yone
    Time to rethink
“conventional wisdom”
        Six
       Career
      Lessons
        From Dan Pink
    Time to rethink
“conventional wisdom”
        Six
       Career
                         Wish
                               I kne
                        20 ye        w thi
                              ars a        s
                                    go!


      Lessons
        From Dan Pink
    Time to rethink
“conventional wisdom”
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                     Career
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            never                           I kne
                                                  w thi
    , it’s                           20 ye              s
Man        !
                                           ars a
                                                 go!
     late

                    Lessons
too



                     From Dan Pink
Lesson 1
There is no plan.
       1
?
  Does this
sound familiar?
Pay y
     our d
             ues

        t bu sy
     Ge
    Suck
         it   up
Up you
       go!
          t he
        ot an!
       g t
I ’ve , S
   pl an
Problem is...
You can’t map
it all out.




  Your career path.
  You can’t map
  it all out.
                                  lly
                     bu t it usua
         u  can try,
Well, yo           the way
                             you
               out
does n’t work
          it.
planned




           Your career path.
 You can’t map
 it all out.
                           nds
                      remi
             r path
    t c aree     i ng...
Tha       o meth
 me  of s




         



         Your career path.
Your career path
may look like this
Think of it this way...
A plan is like a path.
                                              sme...
                                        that’


A plan is like a path.
                                  wait—




                                    !
                        me th e path
        reat, so show
       G
                                                        sme...
                                                  that’


A plan is like a path.
                                            wait—




                                              !
                                  me th e path
                  reat, so show
                G
                          t
                    ay no
              y ou m ..
      K, but       wer
                       .
   O              s
           h e an
    l ike t
The path is..
 The path is..
there is no path
  ’o h!        that’
                     sme...




D
          wait—
         u sh ould
     y yo
Funn         oh.”
  enti on “d
 m
The way (doh)
 There is no set path...
but there is a way.
The key to the way?
Make smart choices
                                       uff
                              t let st
                      n ’t jus
          R igh t. Do        pen...
                          ap
                   mly h
           rando
 Two types of reasons
for your career choices:
 Two types of reasons
for your career choices

  Instrumental   Fundamental
     reasons       reasons
 Two types of reasons
for your career choices

  Instrumental   Fundamental
     reasons       reasons

                                     rence?
                           t he diffe
                    What’s
Instrumental reasons
 Because you think (hope?) it will
 lead to something else whether
 you enjoy it or not.
Fundamental reasons
 Because you think it is inherently
   valuable (regardless of what it
                    may lead to).
 Most successful people make decisions for

Fundamental reasons.
                                                       e
                                              ll of th
                                     ys not a        e.
                            .D an sa        h e tim
                      Right        os t of t
                             but m
                       time,
Sounds foolish?
    Think:

Enlightened
Pragmatists
Example:
Steve Jobs
Huh?
                      Huh?
                          ond...
                    a sec
           t h me
Be   ar wi
                      Huh?
                          ond...
                    a sec
           t h me
Be   ar wi                          Goog
                                         le St
                                   at St       eve J
                                        anfor        obs’ s
                                               d ‘05        peech
“None of this had even a hope of
 any practical application in my life.
 But ten years later, when we were
 designing the first Macintosh
 computer, it all came back to me.                  ”
  Steve Jobs on studying calligraphy and learning
  about typography as a college student.
Steve Jobs on the path:
    (connecting the dots)
“You can’t connect the
 dots looking forward...
               —Steve Jobs
                             ”
“...you can only connect them looking
 backwards. So you have to trust that
 the dots will somehow connect in
 your future. You have to trust in
 something — your gut, destiny, life,
 karma, whatever...it has made all the
                     ”
 difference in my life.
                         —Steve Jobs
There is no plan.
         1
      Discussion
Lesson 2
Think strengths
   not weaknesses.

         2
Conventional wisdom:
Focus where you are
to make sure your weaknesses
                               weak
don’t hold you back.
BUT!
Successful people do not work so much
on what they are bad at, they focus on
capitalizing on what
they are good at.
Based on research by
Martin Seligman and Marcus Buckingham
Identify what you are
good at and make *that*
insanely great.
Who wants to be mediocre?


   Your Passion         Your Strengths




         Your “remarkable”
         (Your “insanely great”)
  Find your
remarkable.
                  ru
                gu ...
           ti ng say
         ke uld
       ar
   s m in wo
 A
  th G od
Se

                   Seth Godin action figure
   Find your

purple cow.
moooo
                                      e
                                panes
                        a ks Ja
             co w spe         r kable
                                      !
Hey , that            . Rema
              p urple
*and  * it’s
Bottom line is...
You are not “average”
So just remember...
    fo cus on
 ou rs trengt hs!
Y
Think strengths
   not weaknesses.

         2
     Discussion
Lesson 3
It’s not about you.
        3
 It’s about
adding value.
    It’s about
helping the client.
        It’s about
using your strengths
 and talents in the
 service of others.
e.g., helping your customer totally kick-ass!
Improving your own life
 by improving the lives
      of others.
   e.g., helping your team in ways they
          didn’t even know possible.
 Your          Your
Passion      Strengths




      What the
     world needs
                   Your mission?
Use your strengths,
do what you love...
And do work worth
paying for that solves a
problem or helps others.
Use your strengths,
do what you love...
And do work worth
paying for that solves a
problem or helps others.
                                  rkable!
                   at tery ? Rema
            Solar b
It’s not about you.
          3
      Discussion
Lesson 4
Persistence
  trumps talent.
       4
Yes, talent is important ...
(which is why you must identify your strengths).



  But talent alone
 will not get it done.
                                  e d people
                       ith talent
           is filled w
T he world                 gave up...
             e rsist, who
wh o didn’t p
                                                 e d people
                                      ith talent
                          is filled w
               T he world                 gave up...
                            e rsist, who
               wh o didn’t p


    ...and were
                 passed by pe
    talent but w              ople with les
                ith more grit               s
                              and persiste
                                            nce.



           t
     ent.pp
pres
    Think:

 Continuous
improvement .
Continuous improvement (Kaizen)
  Even small
improvements
    matter...
Step by step...
   Keep
 moving
forward
How are you
motivated?
Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic

Motivation
The more intrinsic
motivation you have,
the more you are likely
to persist.
                         The more you
                    persist, the more
                      likely you are to
                              succeed.
                 Kaizen
Persistence
  trumps talent.
       4
    Discussion
Lesson 5
 Make excellent

Mistakes.
       5
                  m our m istakes,
If w e le arn fro             ore from
                      even m
             we learn
th en can’t                takes?
           (excellent) mis
 our big
                                 m our m istakes,
               If w e le arn fro             ore from
                                     even m
                            we learn
               th en can’t                takes?
                          (excellent) mis
                our big

                                              ss
                                alking carele
                ...w e’re not t        th e “mistak
                                                    es”
                           here, but                 and
                blunders                th ought big
                            when you
                 you made
                              ce.
                 to ok a chan
           t
     ent.pp
pres
                                 m our m istakes,
               If w e le arn fro             ore from
                                     even m
                            we learn
               th en can’t                takes?
                          (excellent) mis
                our big

                                              ss
                                alking carele
                ...w e’re not t        th e “mistak
                                                    es”
                           here, but                 and
                blunders                th ought big
                            when you
                 you made
                              ce.
                 to ok a chan
           t
     ent.pp
pres




                        No pain, n
                                   o gain!
So, why not...
Think
“   The greater danger for most of
    us lies not in setting our aim
    too high and falling short; but
    in setting our aim too low, and
    achieving our mark.
                        ”
                        —Michelangelo
                   pared    to be
     u’re n ot pre
If yo            never    come
    rong, you’ll
  w
                 ing ori   ginal.
  up  with anyth
                       binson
                          o
                —Sir Ken R
Take a chance
 Make excellent

Mistakes.
       5
   Discussion
Lesson 6
 Leave an

imprint.
    6
When you get older, you may
  have some questions...
Questions you’ll be asking
 Did I make a difference?
          Did I contribute?
                Did I matter?
Problem is...
Most people get toward the
end of their lives and they
don’t like their answers.
“
Regret for the things we
did can be tempered by
time; it is regret for the
things we did not do
that is inconsolable.
                            ”
            — Sydney J. Harris
                  anet for a
      on th is pl
We’re           e...
     shor t tim
very
                      ference?
            ke a   dif
  hy not ma
W
Why not make a contribution?
                            uti on,
                    con trib ”
              bo ut        s…
      ar ea         r jobi
“We         hat  ou
 t    ’s w er
   hat in Zand
       ma
  — Benj
                           wyer, d octor,
           firefig  hter, la
Teache  r,              ness p  erson,
        worke   r, busi          rogram
                                        mer,
 social         r, scie ntist, p
             eu                n, and on....
 ent repren           , and o
      igner, and on
  des
We all want to make a contribution.
 (Otherwise, why get out of bed?)
No matter what your
career path looks like...
                   he univ erse.
        a dent in t
M ake
 Leave an

imprint.
    6
 Discussion
Review
There you have it.
That’s some of the key
points in Dan Pink’s
latest book.
There you have it.
That’s some of the key
points in Dan Pink’s
latest book.


                revi ew...
        Let’s
       re i s n o pla n .
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            st re n g t h s, n ot
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             te n c e t r u mps
  • Pe rs is                      t a ke s .
              exc e l le  nt m is
   • Ma ke
                        p r i nt.
    • Le a ve a n i m
One more thought...
You spent so much on your
       education...
You spent so much on your
       education...


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  Six
 Career
                 This was an overview by
                 Garr Reynolds of Dan Pink’s
                 latest book (with some extra

Lessons          stuff thrown in).

 From Dan Pink




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                      Garr Reynolds
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