What I promise
27 September 2009
I think I have kept my promise
flowing motion is approaching its 2nd birthday – well near enough for me to think about its party.
It deserves a party. Blogging has been fun – more fun than I thought it would be.
From the outset, flowing motion was my miscellaneous blog. I had purposeful projects elsewhere.
This is where I posted notes on books I was reading, and things I was thinking about, as they came up and without much of a plan.
flowing motion rapidly became my best blog. It blossomed as I followed what I love. And as I followed what I love, it blossomed too.
Two years’ ago, my preoccupations were
1. What is positive psychology and how will working positively change my core trade – work & organizational psychology? (I can’t say occupational psychology because that is a protected label now in the UK).
2. What is the mytho-poetic of management and can a strait-laced work & organizational psychologists wander around the corporate world talking about poetry?
3. What is social media? What are the hacks for using it efficiently? How will social media change the way we work and in turn, the work of work & organizational psychologists?
4. Why hasn’t the thinking of complexity theorists made great inroads into management practice? Or, have I been missing something?
These themes may feel disparate but I knew enough about psychology and management to know that they have a common core. What was missing was some plain-language renditions.
So, I read. And I wrote
And I wrote often. It is so much fun writing knowing that occasionally somebody reads what we write – voluntarily – not because I told them to.
And I watched my stats and I set goals. I was reminded of the variability of performance metrics. It is good to apply our psychology to our own ventures. And I noticed myself become more fluent. Gradually, I began to explain the complicated notions of my field in simpler language.
After two years
I have well over 1000 pages. Some are badly written. Some repeat what I said in earlier posts. I have enough material for a book or two – if I cared to write one.
Because blogs are basically a chronicle record – organized by dates (despite pages, categories and tags), it is time to organize the work of the last two years and see what might emerge from the effort.
I’ve created a server on my desktop, downloaded a copy of WordPress, and ‘slurped’ my old posts. I have an index in an excel file and I need to start printing, discarding, organizing and rewriting.
I think I will experiment with a magazine format or wiki, in lieu of a an ebook. We’ll see. Content first.
Will the effort produce worthwhile insight and clarity for a noobe to the field?
And in the meantime, I write on. I chase my metrics, and set new goals for my content.
My blog leads me. It shows me the path. It allows me to truly achieve that terrifying feat suggested by positive organizational scholars:
build a bridge while I walk on it!
Next for me is carving out the work & organizational psychology of social mediated business and business in social media companies. Next for me is thinking of work & organizational psychology as design. Next for me is integrating the new world of psychology with sound principles but at the same time jettisoning the ridiculous adherence to positivism – not to be confused with positive scholarship.
Time for a new world. Time for another exciting two years.
I love working. I love doing my work. I like the idea of work. I like what we do with work. I love our audaciousness in flying aeroplanes and operating on hearts. I love our gritty planting of crops each season. I love the optimism of a youngster looking for her first job. I love the depth of knowledge of a person who has tended his craft for decade after decade.
I’ve made working my living. Not only do I put in the hours, as a work psychologist, that’s all I do. I think, live and breathe work.
This blog is not going to be organized. There is nothing in particular that I want to achieve. I am just going to blog useful tidbits that I find out about work from day-to-day. Or that I remember in response to something that I read, hear or do. I hope you find it useful. Use what you like. Give me a shout if anything is wrong. Offer a guest post if you have something to say.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
26 June 2008
I’ve been running this blog now for just over 7 months. I am thinking now to focus it a little around a simple project
“what it means to train yourself as a positive psychologist to work in the 21st century with managers and organizations who developed in the 20th century”
- What are the challenges of the positive psychology?
- How do we do positive psychology at work?
- Is there a positive HR?
- Is there a positive management?
- What are the challenges of the 21st century?
- How is positive psychology influenced by these changes?
- How does positive psychology contribute to a positive 21st century?
I may re-jig this as I go and I would be happy for comments – on the blog and on the journey to become a positive work psychologists in the 21st century.
5 January 2009
I am looking at what I said 6 months ago and I think I have answered many of these questions. I’ve been feeling for a long time that I need to organize my posts and my good friend and web solutions provider, Paul Imre, agrees.
In the last few weeks, I’ve got into the numbers game wanting to drive my hit rate up. Oddly, at the same time I achieved a little more interest in my positive posts which have gradually overtaken ‘law of attraction’, ‘batman’, “am I good looking” [a lesson in SEO for me’ and the recession. I’m pleased about that. And I am pleased to be gettting a lot more comments. Oddly my page rank has dropped though that might be because I cleaned up some old blogs.
So where to next? Ned, loyal writing coach, thinks I should concentrate on what ordinary people want from work. He makes the point that ordinary people don’t associate positive with work. Yes, that is why the positive movement in management and psychology is growing. We like our work and we don’t see why you shouldn’t too. In fact I am outraged that isn’t the case. I believe it should be possible for everyone to carve out a career they love and any unhappines should both strictly temporary. So maybe that is what I should write about. The question will be whether I can shuck the habits of academic and bureaucratic writing.
There is also the question of the recession. It seems that more and more people think it will be “deep”. The jury is out on its length. Probably only a minority believe that it really challenges the economic system as we know it. They are outweighed right now by people who have faith in Obama’s ability to lead us to a fairer world order. Navigating our way as individuals will be very hard without a good grasp of what is going on and how it is reshaped the opportunities we had and offering new opportunities we had never imagined.
So maybe I am going with Ned. Then, I will need a much better layout and even a forum. Hmm, don’t want to abandon the page rank that I’ve got.
And should I remain anonymous? I know that is frowned on but there were reasons at the beginning and really people should read for content! But if I am am offering advice rather than hust sorting out my thoughts, then people should know who I am.
Nothing like writing to clarify ideas. So decision made. I am going with Ned. I probably need an elementary game plan. It won’t be much, but it will be more than I had when I started 14 months ago. And people who stop by, thanks. Today, first working day of 2009 was a record day for hits here. Really, thanks.
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