For People First
Can Catch You Unawares
After the call Britt shared these links … which I wanted to store away for posterity as I think. Ultimately, some of this might make its way over here, but not yet.
“Neo, no one’s ever done anything like this”
“That’s why it’s going to work.”
One of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting this past weekend.
I didn’t know him, he looks a nice guy. He was shot while dancing with his son.
So why am I writing about John specifically? Well, because I have now received two emails from people I know checking in with me, apparently confusing Phippen and Philpin. (Easily done … it’s an odd name.) Suffice to say, I am alive and well. Sadly John (who I did not know) is not.
“One minute he was dancing with his son, and the next minute, he was being carried to a car, fatally wounded.”
There is a GoFundMe site to help his children. According to SignalCV, “John Phippen ran a home remodelling and repair company in Valencia called J P Specialities.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, “He was dancing next to his son, Travis, at the country music festival in Las Vegas when he was struck by a bullet in the lower back. Travis, an emergency medical technician, carried his father to a car” that rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.
“Today, we lost an amazing, wonderful, selfless, sweet soul of man to a senseless act of violence in the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting,” it reads.
“My name is Leah Nagyivanyi and I was a Santa Clarita neighbour and a friend of John’s for 17+ years. My husband Paul and John had become very close over the past three years. All of us spending time in the Sand Dunes, Havasu and doing lots of beach camping. We intertwined many of our friends and to say we are devastated by this loss is an understatement. If you didn’t know John you surely missed out. He had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match. You felt like you knew him for years the first time you met him. He was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life and having fun doing them.”
Phippen was remembered as a man who “had your back from the moment he met you and by having your back that could mean, having a cold beer in your hand when yours was empty or if you needed help with your car or in our case, your sandrail, your house or you just needed to chill. Even if you were someone he had never met before but were in need, he was there for you.”
They Need To Be Understood
But there is so much more.
For the longest time, my sentence description for what I do is ‘translate’
Tech Speak to Business Speak.
Sales Speak to Marketing Speak.
English Speak To American Speak.
Corporate Speak to Customer Speak.
I didn’t start that way … but when I look back at what I have done and attempt to explain what some would consider to be an eclectic career – that is the common thread. Back in 2012 I wrote this.
I was prompted to write this as I was thinking today about a dialogue I had with a good friend of mine around the People First initiative … dialogue modified to make sense out of context …
ME: I am thinking that IF People First is focussing on the
futurepresent of work …. (since ALL language you read is really about impact on corporations and society – not really on the individual), then one aspect I want to be talked about is IF you are an individual – what is the language YOU should use?
For example …. I am not ‘talent’. You are not going to ‘acquire me’, so why does a corporation talk about ‘talent acquisition’. On the flip side – I have mobility and can move around and YOU dear corporation have to jump to this piper, who is playing my tune.
Make sense ?
Friend: Makes sense.
I don’t frame it as a ‘corporate and you’ thing.
I frame it as an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.
ME: I frame it as the interface / intersection where the translation occurs. That is where I hang out, always have done – which in turn plays to …
“ an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.”
Flagging and highlighting this now and will come back to it later.
Technology To Solve Society’s Problems
… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News
I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..
The reply :
“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”
This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.
Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….
(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms .. "The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights." Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well. And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.
I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading
… or does he mean broader?
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if, as Boas famously claimed, the Eskimos have dozens of words for “snow,” then in an emerging knowledge work society, we should have more than a handful of words to describe the mental efforts on which, more and more, our livelihoods depend.
Needless to say, I agree completely with the sentiments.
I am not an advocate of never changing language – but I do like it to be used correctly. e.g. (or ‘i.e.’ as too many people write), the use of ‘e.g.’