May 21, 2018
So far no one has challenged Laurie on her premise that work is
broken. Until today. Eric Barker is the author of the bestselling
book, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, and he believes that
issues with managing people and organizing them to accomplish
things is a perennial challenge. In fact, he doesn’t believe work
is broken because it was never fixed in the first place. Dive in
with Laurie and Eric in this stimulating conversation about the
state of work.
- Eric explains why he doesn’t think work is broken, and it’s
because he believes it was never fixed in the first place. From
technology changes to cultural changes, work is a perennial
problem, and you might be inclined to agree with him on this
- Aside from loving the title of his book, it was also Laurie's
favorite non-fiction book of 2017. She asks him a pointed question
about success. There are many misconceptions, so you might want to
check your own beliefs about what success at works really means. Is
it the quality of work? Is it the quantity? Does success in one
department look the same as success in another? What about from one
manager to the next, and personality conflicts? Eric tackles these
tough topics and more.
- Eric shares something EVERY job-searcher should know when they
go into an interview. You see, peer pressure isn’t just something
that affects teenagers. It affects us at every age, and the most
insidious part of it according to Eric is that we don’t even
- What is ‘learned helplessness’ at work? It’s when employees
don’t have a sense of agency and felt like they actually could make
choices, even exercise a single choice. It turns employees into
victims, and Eric gives some very solid steps you can take today to
pull yourself up from that position.
- Volunteering can change your life. It’s true, but why? Eric and
Laurie talk about the different thing you can do, and it’s not just
about helping others. It’s about changing your sense of worth and
identity. You aren’t your job. You are a person and we, as people,
can easily get caught in destructive loops. And don’t worry; you
don’t need to volunteer for 50 hours a week. You can do it for as
little as 2 hours and feel the effects.
- The Venn Diagram of happiness and success definitely overlap,
but not completely. Eric and Laurie investigate what it really
means when the two overlap, and the tricky areas where they don’t.
Does your work environment allow you to do what you do best? Or
what if you’re happy with your job but not successful? What’s in
store for you when you’re outside of Venn’s sweet spot?
- Let’s get one thing straight – if you’re going to fix work,
you’ll have to start by fixing yourself. This concept can get VERY
woo-woo when you listen to some of the inspirational speakers out
there. They think they can make change by ‘whispering a few words’
in your ears. Laurie isn’t big on that. Mindfulness and meditation
are good, no doubt, but she and Eric have a deep discussion about
what kind of self-help is really needed. By the way… it’s your
- You can’t underestimate the importance of relationships in work
and life. So much of the unhappiness in the world is caused by
loneliness. Eric lays out some scenarios. Do any of these sound
familiar to you in your life? If you’re going to invest in
anything, invest in relationships.
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