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Your Actions Really Matter

June 23, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

“You’re going to pay a price for every bloody thing you do and everything you don’t do.” Jordan Peterson

I am beginning to understand that one of the greatest dangers to the political health of Untied States is personal apathy. When the populous gives up or gives in without a fight for their own beliefs we are doomed to the live under the effects of the radical ultra minorities (also including the most divisive executive office since Richard Nixon).
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The Complexity of Conflict

June 9, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, and debate. Margaret Heffernan

I am, right this minute, in the middle of a very serious conflict with a major authority of another country. I am frustrated and perplexed. It consumes most of every hour (waking or sleeping) so I decided to write on it. (Sorry I can’t offer details—it would require pages.)

So, on to the complexity of conflict…
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Be Yourself: Only YOU Can Do It

May 27, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” E.E. Cummings

“I’m just the trying to find myself,” stands out today as the battle cry of the peace seeking hippies of the sixties and early seventies. I recall saying those very words to my sister, thirteen years my senior, on break from college at UCLA. And of course she responded with something like, “What the hell are you even talking about?”
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Truth is Often Offensive

May 12, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. Jordan Peterson

Ben Shapiro writes, “… while manners matter, truth matters more.”

Too Sensitive

Let’s be honest, we have become (or always have been) an ultrasensitive population of people that have hard time digesting “truth” (as another sees it) without taking personal offence. I guess it has pretty much always existed in the two deeply controversial subjects of politic and religion. I believe the reason is that each of these subjects mess less with our minds that with our personal identity. We have somehow married our politics and religion to our very notion of who we are as a person.
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Learning Begins by Unlearning

May 5, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Transformation is often more about unlearning than learning, which is why the religious traditions call it “repentance.” Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

“Repentance.” Yea, that is a pretty religious word with all kinds of negative implications. But… the Greek meaning of the word is simply “to change one’s mind.” Now changing your mind is not always quite so easy. We are immersed in a “my way or the highway” culture, in which many people truly believe their way is the right way and anyone that doesn’t agree is an idiot.
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How Old Are You in Conflict?

April 14, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 1 Comments

“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.”    Shannon L. Alder

I was chatting the other day with my friend, Dena Crowder. We were talking about the causes of “conflict” when she told me a most enlightening quote by a therapist friend: “It’s not about what you feel in conflict; it’s more about when you feel in conflict.”

This is not “the sound of one hand clapping” Zen talk. This is about real life everyday stuff.
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It IS All About You

March 31, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Be broken to be whole… Have little and gain much… Have much and get confused.” Lao Tzu

 “So wise souls are good at caring for people, never turning their back on anyone.” Lao Tzu

Okay. I can already hear your thoughts: What do,” being broken,” and “caring for people” have ANYTHING to do with “It’s all about Me?”
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The Value of Real Intelligence Over The Artificial Kind

March 24, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Our job now, isn’t to do our job. It’s to find new tasks…” Seth Godin

What you call work today will probably be outdated by 2025. The days of the 9 to 5, show up at the office, do your job, depend on long-term employment and company sponsored retirement plans are most likely going away.

The Radically Changing Workplace

The concept of “jobs” is about to be redefined. Instead of jobs, companies will hire workers to do projects or work on teams in need of their expertise and work ethic. You will work at a company for one to two years (at most) managing your “project work” until it is complete. When you will have fulfilled your contract, you will be in search of a new project either at the same company or a new company. Working remotely will be much more commonplace as well.

You will be hired for your specific skill for a specific assignment. It will be a grand time for the creative, opportunistic worker that is interested in learning, performing, and doing good for the world.

I know this sounds like heaven to the Millennial and hell to the Baby Boomer. But reality is reality. For more on this subject please check out my podcast with my fabulous Talent Search expert Sherry Benjamins as we go into detail on the topic of “Work Reimagined.”

The HEART of the Matter

As well, the rising concern over the threat of robots and Artificial Intelligence only increases as we near the mid 2020’s. The fear is that robots will replace humans in the workplace leaving so many people without jobs. But I’m not convinced that is true. I don’t believe Artificial Intelligence can replace the value-add creativity that humans bring to the workplace.

In fact, I think just the opposite. New and exciting work for people will emerge. Note the remainder of the quote above by marketing and business genius/guru Seth Godin:

“Our job now, isn’t to do our job. It’s to find new tasks, human tasks, faster than the computer takes the old ones away. Too often, people are displaced and then give up. We can still add value, but we need to do it differently, more bravely, and with ever more insight.”

Soul

I am most attracted by Seth’s words that humans can do new jobs “differently, more bravely, and with ever more insight.” Humans bring unique skills and talents that computers cannot. Humans will always bring original beauty and art to the planet. Humans bring problem solving insights that value life and the people of life. Humans bring a sense of purpose and meaning that I believe is only human and is yet to be tapped deeply.

You bring extraordinary value because you have a body, an unexplored brain, and a mysteriously resonant soul. Computers will not have soul—that deeply human capacity to love and care, AND do something about it.

Do I fear robots and Artificial Intelligence? Hell no. In fact, I look forward to mechanical entities to do the BS tasks that I don’t want to do, giving me time to be “fully human,” enjoying life and creatively making my world a better place.

Robots are my toys and tools, not my rulers.

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