THURSDAY THOUGHTS! - What gets you REALLY worked up?

Posted by | May 23, 2013 | Thursday Thoughts | 3 Comments

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Ms Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! has been ruffling feathers yet again.  She did it a few months ago about home working, so we featured a poll here in this blog about whether you supported her view.  It couldn’t have got a lot of people energised (my poll that is) as I got nothing back – seems it was one of those “if it doesn’t affect me, what’s the point in contributing” issues.

Anyway, onwards and upwards, this week she’s done it again, so she might well be worth keeping an eye on!  Notoriety is not altogether a good thing.  I like quirky a lot, but there is only so much silly things someone in a VERY high position can say, before their reputation does down the pan and nobody listens anymore.  Particularly if you are a woman. So … consider this recent missive of hers:

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Photography is one of my true loves.  In fact Aresko Photography has a blog of it’s own HERE.  And a comment like this is sure to get me REALLY worked up.  I’m still in awe of many professional photographers who are able to produce sheer works of art by standing on the same spot as me.  The great Ansel Adams said:

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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams

 However, according to Ms Mayer, this professional skill does not exist anymore.  Poppycock!

Here is a link to a rant, from a now extinct professional photographer on how it made her (yes it was a woman, get over it) feel.

This has been this week’s issue that has managed to ignite the fury in me.  Because I care about the issue.  What issues do you get passionate and energised about?

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  • Alison Crawford says:

    As an analyst, I get furious about people using data badly. A recent high profile occasion closed a child heart unit in a hospital nearby. Everyone at CEO level has an analyst they can call on to check their facts, few choose to use this function. I’ll keep my personal opinion of the person involved out of it (I still work for the NHS and I say never burn your bridges!) but this is endemic and drives me mad. We all know that numbers can lie and that they rarely represent the whole picture, but to use them badly is another story.

    How does it energise me? Well it’s something I build into my daily work, where as much effort goes into helping people understand the numbers as goes into making sure they are right in the first place.

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    There are always those that think that they can get away with a sloppy job and pass it off as competent, most of the time they get away with it e.g. point and shoot camera, but true skill makes actions look very easy. You ever tried to cannulate someone? Anaesthetists and paramedics make it look so easy. The true ‘expert’ will always acknowledge they have things to learn, thats what you can admire in them.

  • Aresko says:

    You both raise very valid points. Firstly, how the uninitiated can mis-use vital information and secondly, the way an expert makes things look easy/effortless. Both scenarios have a habit of producing opinions from those with less knowledge and/or experience, which in the fullness of time, proves dangerous.

    The moral of this is that folk get angry about these things because THEY CARE. Passions come to the fore when you CARE about something enough to voice your disagreement etc. This is precisely why it is vital to listen carefully to those who are screaming loudly during times of change. They whine loudly because they CARE about what they do and don’t want you to upset it. At that point, its a case of persuasion and influence – and thats the higher level leadership role we are all here to learn about 🙂

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