[LI] West of ikigai: Skilled, motivated, & paid, but not needed?

The ikigai meme - a Venn diagram intended to show how overlapping of work you Love, are Good at, that the world (or some part of it) Needs, and that you can be Paid for can lead to finding purpose (ikigai) - seems to me to lend itself to discussion of aggregates of work. I previously "misused" this diagram in that way … Continue reading [LI] West of ikigai: Skilled, motivated, & paid, but not needed?

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[LI] North of ikigai: Skilled, motivated, needed, and unpaid

As part of a larger inquiry about the nature of the world of "work," I previously (mis)used the Venn diagram that has been "memed" as an expression of "ikigai" to raise some questions and speculations. That diagram (two modified versions with set notation are in header) proposed that as individuals we can find our ikigai, or purpose, at … Continue reading [LI] North of ikigai: Skilled, motivated, needed, and unpaid

[LI] A shorter job-day; reconceptualizing types of work

Two items concerning how we think about "work" posted to LinkedIn in May 2018. The first is another in what is becoming a mini-genre of articles about the potential for the standard job/work-day being less than the familiar 8 hours. The second is an older academic article discussing how we categorize different types of work, … Continue reading [LI] A shorter job-day; reconceptualizing types of work

[LI] A gentle critique & constructive misuse of the “ikigai” meme

The Venn diagram popularized as a representation of how to apply the Japanese concept of "ikigai" in life and career¹ has issues and possibilities. This is a quick look at both, with the idea that such a schematization can be more than just a meme, in that it is useful not only to individuals as … Continue reading [LI] A gentle critique & constructive misuse of the “ikigai” meme

[LI] Pay transparency; work only for money

Two items posted to LinkedIn in November 2017 and March 2018. These have to do in different ways with remuneration - one the case for pay transparency and the other that making money should be one's career focus. (The arguments for the former make sense; those for the latter aren't convincing.) "Why you should know … Continue reading [LI] Pay transparency; work only for money

[LI] “Work” & “jobs” in English; kinds of “work” in Japanese

Three posts to LinkedIn in Jan.-Mar. 2018 concerning distinctions about types of "work" in English and Japanese. This is part of exploring the difference between "work" and "jobs"/"employment" in English, and discovery of a set of terms in Japanese (and German) describing different kinds of (or meanings associated with) "work." 2 Japanese expressions (posted January … Continue reading [LI] “Work” & “jobs” in English; kinds of “work” in Japanese

[LI] Four categories of “work” in Japanese & “ikigai”

"Work" in English can mean a number of things, but it is often used synonymously with job or employment. On a high level then, without getting into very specific kinds of activity, "work" is generally paid (a job) and when it isn't, it isn't called work, or is given a modifier to set it apart. … Continue reading [LI] Four categories of “work” in Japanese & “ikigai”