Apr 30, 2018
Maybe you despise work. Maybe you’re apathetic about it. Or
maybe work would be bearable if it weren’t for that one co-worker
who always… You get the picture. Most people aren’t passionate
about their cubicles. We’ve had some interesting guests over the
past few weeks, and today, Laurie shares her takeaways from those
conversations and some of her own theories on how to fix work,
starting with one very important thing: to fix work, you need to
- Stop living in your head and comparing yourself to others. You
ARE going to face things like institutionalized racism, sexism,
ageism and more, and that’s terrible. But you can’t let that force
you into your own mental prison. If you’re going to fix yourself,
you need to live in the present and live mindfully. You need to be
an active participant in your own life.
- Scott Stratton, the author of UnMarketing, was
Laurie’s first guest, and he was fearless in burning down his
corporate career. The lesson to take from him is that when your job
is killing your soul, you should burn down your professional life
and build it back up again. You don’t have to do it like Scott did;
Laurie argues for a slow, well-planned burn.
- We had another Scott next, Scott Santens. He’s known as the
foremost thinker and speaker on basic income. It’s not welfare;
instead, it’s a dividend. Companies hide profits overseas. They
lobby the government for their own benefit, not yours. And the
money they save isn’t invested in employees, not at all. Laurie
explains how the basic income is needed, and why it needed now more
- People need to get fairly paid for their work, and that will
only happen with wage transparency, both with employees and
employers. Laurie challenges you to ask YOUR potential employers a
series of questions that, while they might make them uncomfortable,
you need to, and have a RIGHT to know.
- Jason Lauritsen was up next as a guest, and he and Laurie
delved into what you can do to get clear on your goal for your work
life. Sure, he hates work. But he doesn’t hate working. They talked
about his evolution from cubicle to entrepreneurship and doing it
the safer way. It all began with learning.
- Laurie shares another of her insights to work: we fix work by
deprioritizing it in our lives. Hard to do? Of course it is! We
need to pay our bills. But even when you’re paying your bills, you
can still separate your identity from your job title, and Laure
tells you how to do it. She also dares you to only give 80% at
- Guest #4 was Amanda Hite, another of Laurie’s friends. Amanda
has had an interesting life, and at one point, she had a boss who
encouraged her to stay in the closet to advance her career. Really.
Now that Amanda is a successful CEO, she wants people to be their
whole selves at work, and she campaigns for employees to be heard
and honored, even if it makes management a little more
- You need to drop the mask you’re wearing on an everyday basis.
It’s not doing you any good to pretend to be someone else, to try
to fulfill a role that isn’t you. You can’t live two lives. Laurie
believes that we can fix work by having a harmonized personality
that reflects your passion, your sense of purpose, and our core
values. There’s only one you. So be you.
- Tim Sackett was the next guest, and he is an expert on
recruiters. Yes – the Jerry McGuire type of recruiter who fights to
put the best talent in the best jobs. Except they aren’t usually
like that. Some – or most – are shady paper-pushers who are only in
it for the money. It doesn’t have to be that way, but since you
can’t change the recruiters, you can be your OWN talent agent.
Laurie explains how.
- Laurie had a careers reporter from Business Insider as her most
recent guest. Áine Cain is the type of woman who breaks the
barriers and smashes stereotypes for the next generation of workers
in offices. From #MeToo to robot workers, Áine has an exciting
breadth of knowledge from her role in Business Insider. She also
thinks you should smash your own pseudo-science around generational
thinking. Laurie shares what you SHOULD be thinking about
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