When I worked in recruitment in the City, I was drowning in job applications for the first three months of the year. To speed up the process of ploughing through them, like everyone in my industry, I had certain CV no-nos which, when spotted, would send any potential candidates straight into the bin.
There's a physiological reason for this stress. There's a pleasure/pain war going on, partly exacerbated by modern technology. When we get messages and responses to our interactions, our brains reward us with lots of boosts of the pleasure hormone dopamine. Seeking these out often feels more rewarding than concentrating on a superficially dull task.
Cognitive diversity means valuing ways of thinking outside of an apparent normal. It means supporting and keeping people through periods of illness, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because a homogenous workforce creates a vulnerable culture and set of capabilities. To promote cognitive diversity, leaders should consider the following:
I'd advise other people who are looking for a rewarding career change to consider teaching - especially if you like working with young people, are interested in a subject area or are keen to find a career path with a wide range of opportunities. Teaching always has been and always will be my way of tackling those January blues, and it could be yours too.
Experiencing explosive creativity in every direction is one of the great things about living in these connected times. But just because we can, doesn't mean we should. Indeed, the trend with some creative projects now seems to be heading towards 'anthologies', and there's a 'quality over quantity' vibe starting to emerge.
As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?
While concerns about trade and outsourcing may be genuine, our world leaders will soon have to come to terms with the increasing decline of human productivity output, as the prevalence of machines - which provide much cheaper and more effective solutions for companies around the world - poses a deeply unsettling challenge to the way we model our society.