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Under Pressure

Under Pressure

Last week Apple had their developers conference WWDC.  This is the conference where Apple entertains third party Apple developers and communicates the changes and new item that will be released.  The developers need this info so they can have information like specs: how fast, how much storage, memory, pixels, how loud?  Lately there has been more pomp than circumstance. In the past…they should have written a note.  The Apple community has been whirling about the lack of innovation and maybe weak leadership.  There was a time where the art community would say you could not do anything on Windows.  Microsoft had been focusing on the business model that they could not identify with the real pros for computing.  Apple had a die hard market.  The design fit the market too.  It was cool to have a Mac.  Lately, Apple has dropped the ball and has waned the advancement for it’s community.

Along comes Microsoft.  Microsoft released the Surface Studio for the pros.  There was hope for the artist community.  The large monitor even bent down to the angle where a draftsman or artist would feel comfortable.  Tech news commentators say that the Apple lifers were changing from Mac to Microsoft.  Apple dropped the ball.  

Then I was wondering, how does Loyalty play with your work.  I mean…I was in the military for 10 years, Network Admin at a college for 7 years, and another job for 10 years at a non-profit.  How does that look for the employer?  The pressure is…just like Apple…you don’t want to drop the ball and not look valuable to the organizations.  Many times I would see people up against that line and trying to “one up” each other and show themselves up with their boss.  I have found myself doing the same thing.  Not a pretty site.

Doesn’t our employer deserve our loyalty?  Why do I have to show myself for approval? I have always understood that loyalty has alway been based on job security.  This is totally false.  I just read an article from Psychology Today called Is loyalty dead?  The article states that loyalty has always been linked to job security.  This thinking is dinosaur.  According to Bill Taylor from Fast Company and author a book called ‘Mavericks at Work”.  Bill says this…

“organizations are not a source of security but they are a source of identify.”  The common thread of modern loyalty is to be loyal to something bigger than yourself. “People do their best work when they identify themselves as part of a team or a project.”

I agree with this.  You will find yourself working all day, nights, and weekend just working on a project that you are passionate about.  I think it is time to start looking for that job that can spin your top.  It would be good to see those jobs lining up on the line and trying to impress me.

The moral of the story…Apple came back with an impressive Mac to beat out Microsoft and you can be impressive too!

Are you passionate about the work you have been doing?  How did you get back to being loyal to your work?

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