Drops from the Fire Hose – October 1, 2012

7 Productivity Links Worth Your Time — Copyblogger

This week on The Lede …

  • Do What Steve Jobs Did, Not What He Said
  • The Science of Procrastination
  • Boring is Productive
  • Joss Whedon on Recharging Your Creative Batteries
  • 10 Social Networks for Creatives
  • A Primer on Full-Screen Living (and Working)
  • The Profound Power of One a Day

Why Gamification is Really Powerful — Stanford Graduate School of Business

Gamification has become somewhat a polarizing topic for people, as its grown from a niche technique used in the gaming industry, popularized largely due to social games like Farmville, to a popularized approach to engage customers across different industries. Tim Chang explained that gamification is largely misunderstood because of the implied meanings in the word “game” itself. People think of gamification in two extremes, either a hardcore competition or something casual, frivolous and shallow. The definition of game is actually much wider in scope. A game is defined by these 3 core elements:

  1. Goal or objective: system or user defined
  2. Score: usually in real-time, explicit feedback after every action or decision
  3. Rules: to influence score, boundaries for play

Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You — New York Times

But this philosophy puts a lot of pressure on the rest of us — and demands long deliberation. If we’re not careful, it tells us, we may end up missing our true calling. And even after we make a choice, we’re still not free from its effects. Every time our work becomes hard, we are pushed toward an existential crisis, centered on what for many is an obnoxiously unanswerable question: “Is this what I’m really meant to be doing?” This constant doubt generates anxiety and chronic job-hopping.

Inside the Mind of a Great Manager — Forbes

On rarer occasions, I’ve met managers who seemed genetically predestined for their jobs.  I asked one of those people once why he appeared so naturally in sync with managing people and projects, and he said, “I’ve never really thought about it, but I just like working with good people and helping to make things happen.”  His air of nonchalance didn’t surprise me, nor did the fact that he’d never given it much thought — I knew he was genuine in both regards.

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