S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Why am I happiest working for companies in major decline? When employees are jettisoned. What’s like to be introverted?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio


Yea! It’s Thursday again and welcome to the first Episode in the Second Season of ” My Next 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of February in the winter of 2020.  

All you need to know today is which are employers are best fit and worst fit options for you to consider in your career trajectory. 

After all why search and search to receive an offer you negotiate and find out working in a toxic environment is the worst decision of your life?

I spent most of my time continuing with what it’s like to be introverted (8 of 16 MBTI Temperaments) , but in the beginning of my Volume Two manuscript I had to convert Inspiration graphic files into four pdfs or else lose access to them when I update this MacBook Air’s operating system. 

I declined.

Here’s a taste:   113 SPIP:  What do you need to know to understand my Talent Profile?  

The 113 refers to one 16 Talent Profiles numbered 101 to 116.  The SP of SPIP refers to Systematic-Professionals (a type of employer) and IP means Idea Packager.  Within a Systematic-Professional organization you’d find three other talent profiles rounding it out. 

In my original research you would realize you too were an SPIP if you were drawn to positions which required a high degree of improvement efforts and medium degrees of mastery and embedded knowledge. 

Without getting more bogged down into the weeds, the best organization type for someone like me is “Systematic-Professional” and believe it or not, the best stage of growth is “Decline” which is a sad state of affairs brought about by an over extension of a prevailing business model or outdated systems.  

It would take a lot more time to explain why “Decline” wouldn’t be the worst growth stage for me, as you might expect.  

Any effort to head off  a “Decline”and choose a “Reinvention” path is met with the highest degree of resistance to change and ends in a “Red Tape Crisis”.  

But, we Idea Packagers shine because the Red Tape Crisis requires an injection of outside-the-system perspective.

Overview of my Volume Two Manuscript: 

    • If you already know your MBTI profile, you can find out what Organizational Type to find and which Stage of Organizational Growth to pursue.  Conversely, which ones to avoid.   If you are miserable now, then you probably work in one of the talent cultures your should have avoided, if only you knew better.
    • If you more readily identify with one of the 101 – 116 profiles based on high to medium degrees of disruptive innovation, independence, speed, new knowledge, affiliation, improvement, mastery you will understand which to pursue and avoid.
    • If you are a leader facing the unique challenge and crisis at a particular stage, you will have a better idea of the talent profiles that you’ll need to have on your team to succeed and which members you should help self-select to the organization type or stage that would be more fulfilling to them, but at another employer.

I’m feeling the Volume Two Manuscript requires some distinctions and definitions, but a lot of war stories I collected over the years I advised C-Suite Executives and Executive MBA Students aspiring to be come top level leaders. 

Will any of the Holiday Tau for today motivate, encourage or inspire me through the writing? 

I don’t think I need to tone down the drama, Zahn as your Holiday Tau suggests. Instead I need to weave in some stories — especially those up against the crises facing employees, managers and leaders at different stages.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Can we have a sing along to this TauBit of Wisdom?  Here’s the danger for me getting bogged down in the middle.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s just good marketing to tell people when the job is starting and when it’s finished.  People get very bored with middle bits.  Taurus

Hmm.  At first I dismissed your Holiday Tau, but rereading it, it illustrates something to highlight about what it takes to be successful at one stage of growth — say in a start-up — the opposite is required to be successful in the next stage.  If you continue as an organization you decline until what you offer is useless and dumb.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There are things you shouldn’t and won’t do because, while they might have served a purpose once, they are now useless and dumb.  Aries

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 


    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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Related: S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment


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