Category: organization

Habitum Alteram Naturam – Part 1

_Habit changes nature_

##Habit and Nature##
Some might suggest we are human doing, rather than human being. I believe it was Aristotle who suggested it is what we do that makes us what we are. There is no essential being underneath our actions, per se, but the actions and the beings are concomitant. If so, then what we do right now is of vital importance. Our habit, what we do regularly, _is_ what we are.

##Habit and the Future##
In some strong sense the future is about change, otherwise it would be as Lao Tze would have it, that if people kept their customs and worshiped the ancestors, he could tell you what life would be like in 10 generations. The point is that people do not keep customs and worship the ancestors as was done in the past. Things change, and even people change. This means that habits can change.

De futuris contingentibus non est determinata veritas. –Aristotle

##How Then, Change?##
How, then do we change? And is the discourse of change, or of the future, a part of this change? Or can it be a false substitute for taking action? I know I have been as guilty as anyone in terms of talking about the future more than taking the necessary steps to bring it into being.

##The Role of the Discourse of Change in Actual Change##
Of course it is possible that talking about the future is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for it to come into being. Sort of how we need to talk about change, engender belief in change, before we can have a candidate for change, who then can be elected and actually create change (we hope).

_End of part 1…_

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Motivation and the Six “F”s – Organizational Culture

### Preamble ###
The Six Fs do not appear to have been written by their author, [Adam Bosworth](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Bosworth). There are at least two blog mentions by
[Roger Weber](http://rogerweber.blogspot.com/2007/08/five-fs-don_19.html) and [Brian Acker](http://krow.livejournal.com/413808.html).

### Introduction ###
The six Fs are __fame__, __family__, __force__, __fortune__, __freedom__ and __fun__. The notion is that an organization should pick two of these as the priority of the organizational members, and recruit on that basis. Ask yourself which two of the six Fs are your primary motivators?

### Fame ###
* Become known and recognized by peers and strangers

### Family ###
* Relationships outside of work, aka time and flexibility

### Force ###
* Be a force in the world, power to change things

### Fortune ###
* Money, money, money

### Freedom ###
* Ability to choose and shape your work

### Fun ###
* How much enjoyment that can be had in your work

### Question ###
Which two of these Fs motivate your work?

Virtual Assistants, Outsourcing and Offshoring for the Small Business and Personal Tasks

Virtual assistants (VAs) are not physically co-located. They can be down the street or on another continent. They help people get stuff done, both professionally, and personally.

Small Business use of VAs and Outsourcing

Personal (non-business) Outsourcing