Mon 27 Jan 14 - Fri 31 Jan 14 21 °F
2014 is The Year. I have great expectations for the year: new country, new job, new possible futures, new hope. But all that ra-ra didnt really help in the month of January. Started with great "josh" (hindi word for "I can be a tiger")- 102 continuous assisted push-ups, 200 nonstop crunches, and a 100 squats. And then nothing. No exercise, no reading, no secret project. January was like swimming in molasses...slow, surreal, sticky and icky. Faked myself through February too. Read a couple of books, just to feel like I was doing something. Ate a lot of chocolate cake.
Today - Dalai Lama's Universe in a Single Atom: some intelligent reading to kick me back in gear. The Dalai Lama talks about ethics in science, and should not science be guided with an ethical backbone. To use stem cell or not? To animal test or not? And I had this wave of nausea - thinking about how much time is wasted discussing if the word "Impact" has a negative connotation in Change Impact Assessments, and how much can you grandstand on "how hot we are going to make this powerpoint presentation!" All this when people around me are doing real work: building platforms in the North Sea, reading to the blind, writing cards to new parents.
So, this is my challenge to me for the next 30 days...a moral and ethical challenge of sorts:
- Pause, and question every task. Not necessarily loudly, but with deliberation.
- Stop the march if all it is are tasks to look busy. No more busy work. The size and color of an excel spreadsheet isn't really going to help Novartis find a cure for Duschenne's Muscular Dystrophy.
- Callout bullshit: politely but persistently. No more letting people grandstand and waste my time and others time. Have the moral courage to call a stop.
- Figure out what the heck does the word "value" mean. Sounds more and more like Consultant-speak! "Is this bringing value?", "Is this a value-add service?". Argh.
Post to follow in 30 days with challenge results.