The difference between people who enjoy their jobs and those who don’t

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David Zax over at Fast Company wrote a piece this week about “job crafters”. These are people who, despite being stuck in a job that lacks stimulation, find a way to give value to their work and actually enjoy it. The piece follows the findings of Yale professor Amy Wrzesniewski, who interviewed countless cleaners at hospitals throughout the country.

When I think of career options and cleaners, I generally (and possibly very inaccurately) consider them to be people who don’t see many other options in terms of choosing their work. In Wrzesniewski’s interviews, many people reflected this idea. They were there for the benefits and they did not particularly enjoy it.

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3 Steps to better quality

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When you have a dream or goal to reach, you generally give your best day in and day out. But giving your best doesn’t always equal achieving the best results, unfortunately.

Here are three ways you can increase the quality of your work to move closer towards better results.

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BP Oil: How to recover from Disaster- Answer 2

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BP created a Safety and Operations Risk function (S&OR) that could quantify that amount of risk that the company was taking throughout its operations.  The function sets clear requirements, maintains and independent view of operating risk, provides deep technical support for the operating business, and intervenes when necessary to cause corrective action. Continue reading

Business Initiative Directions Leadership Series: Sir Emeka Offor

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Sir Emeka Offor (right) and Commercial Director  Marc Robillard with the Arch of Europe Award

Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Business Initiative Directions Award Winner Chrome Group Sir Emeka Offor  recently agreed to an exclusive and rare interview with the African Leadership Magazine, in which he provides an inside look at his personality and drive to not only achieve his personal goals, but also his desire to contribute to the development of his nation.

Although he refuses to describe himself as nothing more than the son of a policeman, his character in the pursuit of excellence is clear throughout the interview, as he describes his journey so far and future goals.

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16 Year-old Prodigy from Sierra Leone Dreams Big

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Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone is not your average 16 year-old.

His curiosity and endless need to fiddle with bits and pieces he finds on his way home from school have seen him create a one-man radio station in his capital city, Freetown. His vision is of a Freetown in which residents have more than one night of power per month, and he is working towards seeing it come true.

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