The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

3 Actions For Those Being Made Redundant

It sucks out there in Wellington and around the country at the moment as the Government, tech, and media industries cull roles in wide ranging and sweeping actions.

No-one except you know how this feels, and only those close to you can understand the impact, but know this, you will survive.

1: Understand, YOU are not redundant.

Your role is being made redundant, you are not.

For whatever reason the role you've been filling is deemed no longer viable within the organisation you used to work within. 

You are not redundant, your role is.
This is isn't about you, don't take it personally, this is not a reflection of you.

Of course the impact on your life and those you hold close is very personal, but the reason it has happened is not about you.

(as a side note, you are not merely your role anyway, you are way more than whatever work thing you were doing)

2: Do not panic!

If you can, take time to re-evaluate what you do before shotgunning your CV out to every recruitment agency, friends, and ex-colleagues [Mike: advice I failed to follow myself, oops]. Get all the hugs you can, talk to your loved ones and don't keep your feelings bottled up. Then, re-evaluate everything you know about your work self, what you do, who you do it for, why you do, where you do it, how you doing it. Allow yourself time and space to change each and every answer you come up with. Exciting eh (see next).

If you have to move quickly then:
  1. Get hugs,
  2. Talk to your loved ones, let the feelings out,
  3. Sign on at MSD, the payments may take time but don't delay,
  4. Get hugs,
  5. Focus your CV,
  6. Focus your conversations,
  7. Focus your budget.
Then, re-read paragraph at the start of this section.

3: Change is going to happen, that's exciting.

I won't bore you with theories of change, we all know the words but fuck that ain't helping right now.

Excitement is, however, something you should know about. Did you know that it's exactly the same as anxiety - Jane McGonigal explains the science behind it thus:
It turns out that anxiety and excitement are, physiologically, the exact same emotion. Whether you are anxious about something or excited about it, your body responds in a nearly identical “high arousal” state. Based on mind-body science, Harvard Business School researcher and psychologist Alison Wood Brooks has devised an incredibly simple trick to turn anxiety into excitement
....
As soon as you feel your nerves, say I’m excited or Get excited to yourself. Out loud. Say it a few times. I’m excited. Get excited! That’s it—that’s the whole trick. According to Dr. Brooks’s research, this is literally all it takes to make people less anxious, more optimistic, and more successful in solving problems or undertaking stressful tasks.
It seems too easy eh - but I'm here to tell you it works every time.

It seems too easy eh - but I'm here to tell you it works every time.

Don't panic graphic from "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"

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