July 14, 2006
News & Opinion: It's All About The/Your Design
Last month, Fast Company ran an article called Design Lite which talked about the proliferation of business "picture books". We have written about most of the books in the article included Unstuck, Change The Way You See Everything, and It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be (we generally like them).
The book I was not familiar with was Design Your Self by designer Karim Rashid. You will find him behind the design of everything from external hard drives to soap containers to restaurants. His book is his guide to living life. I am not sure this is a business book, but there is a whole section on Work. Here are some his pearls of wisdom:
- Enrich your life with goals and anticipation. Look forward to everything. Look at every experience as a new one--even if it is a repeated event.
- If you do not like your job, quit! If you are unhappy with your job, remember there are others. You have the option to leave and find something you like better or that is more suited to you. You may not be able to do it tomorrow, but you know you will not regret trying. Even if it takes time, think of it as a journey and map it out. Do you need to take a training course, learn a language, or talk to a specialized headhunter? Find out what it takes and get on with it. Take the necessary steps. Never limit yourself. Investigate your options.
- Keep your desk neat, clean, and empty. This means you are staying on top of everything. Remove all the clutter. Designate a place for everything and store as much information as possible on the computer--not with Post-its all over the computer! Train yourself to write notes in the computer directly--even digital Post-it notes if you feel that makes the transition easier. All new addresses you receive should go straight into your address book or database. If you learn to do this consistently, you will never wonder where you put that card, wrote that number, or stuck that darn Post-it.
- Use your proper name for your e-mail address. It's efficient and logical. Don't bother with business cards; just tell people your e-mail address. Once you have theirs, e-ail them any other contact information they may need and have them do the same. That way you both have the data digitally and can copy it to your address book or PDA without fear of losing it or getting numbers wrong.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.