This is not a book about starting your own business. Then again, it is. By now there is ample evidence that an "employed" attitude-believing that you work for an employer and acting as though by doing your work your job will be secure-is defunct. An employed attitude is the antithesis of what you need now to endure and prosper. In this revised edition of his prescient bestseller, Cliff Hakim shows how to replace your employed attitude with a self-employed attitude.
"We are all self-employed" is an empowering belief that you can steer your own direction and influence the quality of your life. You're the boss--a self-leader-- whether you work inside or outside of an organization. You are the decision-maker and ultimately, the onus is on you to imagine, plan, explore, and create the worklife that you want. In We Are All Self-Employed Hakim presents and clarifies the minimum critical requirements needed to develop, deepen, and sustain a self-employed attitude. He takes you on a journey of assimilating and constructing this new, more empowered attitude toward work and life. Each chapter features checklists and exercises to deepen your understanding of what a self-employed attitude is and how you can cultivate and maintain it, as well as examples of the self-employed attitude in action. The book's lessons are summarized in an inspiring and energizing Worklife Creed for this exciting and challenging new world of work. We Are All Self-Employed will call out and nourish the self-leader in you so that you can create a successful and satisfying life.
Table of Contents
Why This Revision?
Since the First Edition
This Book Asks
INTRODUCTION Burning the Grass
Who’s the Boss?
Who’s the Boss? You Are.
Why Read This Book?
How This Book is Organized
DEEPEN YOUR “SELF-EMPLOYED” ATTITUDE Ready yourself for a new era
Personal Readiness Questions
How You Work and Live
1. I Will Begin the Process of Change with Myself
2. I Will Face the Dragon—My Work Fears
3. I Will Integrate Independence and Interdependence
4. I Will Work With, Not Work For, My Organization and Customers
5. I Will Commit to Continuous Learning
Job Description Worklife, Inc.
6. I Will Create Meaningful Work
We Are All Self-Employed A Worklife Creed
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Deepen Your “Self-Employed” Attitude
BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF CHANGE WITH YOURSELF: Start with your own personal growth
Honor your Picasso. You are unique.
Are You Ready to Listen?
The Simplest Gestures
Declare Your Studio
Change Begins at Home
The Changing Work World
1. What do you really want?
2. What do you want less of in your worklife?
3. What do you have to bring to others?
4. What will others buy?
Realigning the Wild Horses
Reframing as a Harnessing Tool
Reframing Your Career Mobility
There is No One to Blame
Don’t Blame, Reframe
Up is Not the Only Way: Reframing the Career Ladder
A False Security
The Career Lattice at Work
Brandon’s Life Circles
Seeing Your Freedom
Do You Think it’s too Late?
Go Beyond the Ordinary, Do Your Magic
Expectation versus Reality
A New Direction
Living Your Dream: A Career that is True to Yourself
A Self-Employed Reality Check
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Beginning the Process of Change with Yourself
FACING THE DRAGON— YOUR WORK FEARS Replace fear with passion and purpose
Permission to Live Your Passion
Permission to Live Your Purpose
To What Degree is Your Work an Expression of Your Purpose?
How Do You Keep Your Purpose Alive?
Face to Face with the Dragon
You Can Choose How You Live
What It Takes to Express Your Passion and Purpose
Choose Courage and Recognize Your Freedom
Suspending Fear: Passion in Process
Benefits of Expressing Your Passion and Purpose
An Agenda for Unchallenged Workers
Agenda for Developing a “Self-Employed” Attitude
Your Present Situation
You and Your Job: Then and Now
When the Organization Changes
Replace Fear with Passion
There is a Price for Ignoring Your Passion
Lunch with a Colleague
Luca’s Golden Template:
Patience is an Active Process
Patience Can Lead to Passion
Stepping Beyond Fear: Caring and Respecting
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Facing the Dragon––Your Work Fears
INTEGRATING INDEPENDENCE AND INTERDEPENDENCE: Be yourself and collaborate with, and contribute to, others
Dependent on the System
Dependence is Not Support
Dependence is as Impure as Support Can be Pure
If We Take Care of Them (Do Our Job) They Will Take Care of Us
You Can Change Your Beliefs
Don’t Swim with a Full Stomach
More than One Boss or Customer
Dependence or Independence and Interdependence
Barney’s Action Steps:
Serve Yourself to Serve Your Clients and Yourself
The Yogurt Man was a Self-Leader
Be Aware of the Great Jackass Fallacy
You No Longer Work For, You Work With
Lemons into Lemonade: One Person Makes a Difference
Career/Job Enhancement, Not Only Advancement
Self-Respect: A Case Study
Reframing Changes Behavior
Signs that You are Integrating Independence and Interdependence
Move Closer to Your Independence and Interdependence
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Integrating Independence and Interdependence
WORKING WITH, NOT FOR, YOUR ORGANIZATION AND CUSTOMERS Do work and build relationships based on respect, equality, and competence.
Reframing the Way You Work
Sometimes, You Grapple
Are You Working For or With?
Work With Others––Join In––for Individual Mobility and Organizational Productivity
Work is Personal
Peer Work––Worklife Development Review
Worklife Action Plan Self-Leadership and Management
When You Work With, Know Your Customers
Peer Work Requires Relevancy
You Can Meet Your Needs and Your Customers’ Needs
Identify Your Customers
Face Your Customers
Ten Commandments for Winning Interviews
Actively Working With Others
Mobilizing Workers: Retaining Them Won’t Work
Retaining is Impersonal, Receiving is Personal
Organizational Commitment to Worker Satisfaction
Handling the Transition
Find a Mentor
Clarify Your Values
An In and an Out
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Working With, Not For, Your Organization and Customers
COMMITTING TO CONTINUOUS LEARNING View your worklife as an ongoing journey
From Words to Working Two Jobs
Witnessing Your Life and Learning from It
You Can Commit to Continuous Learning
Glued to Your Title?
The Action-Results Statement: A Definition
The Action-Results Statement: A Guide to Writing Your Own
The Action-Results Statement: Examples
A Case Study
The Struggle to Move from the Box to the Triangle
Zero Debt––A Runway for Meaningful Worklife
Paradox 1: Risk is Safety
Paradox 2: Self-employment is Employability
Paradox 3: Winter is a Time of Growth
Paradox 4: Your Growth is a Contribution to Others
The Evolutionary Rule of Transition
Learning and Transition Guidelines
Respect Your Inner Voice
Learning from and Reframing Your Mistakes
Honor Your Style
Your Success and Survival Kit
Loaning Yourself to the Organization
What Value Do I Add to Your Worklife?
The Struggle is Part of the Action
Advancing Your Worklife Goals
Inviting Myself In
Conscious Loneliness is Part of the Journey
Getting Paid: No Guarantees
To Learn, Learn Something New
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Beginning the Process of Change with Yourself
CREATING A MEANINGFUL WORKLIFE Work and live, believing that the world needs you and that you can make a contribution
Meaningful Work––a Marathon––and an Occasional Sprint
Run Your Own Race
Defer gratification, and incrementally work toward your goal.
Praise your efforts and take in the praise that others offer you.
Meaningful Work Steps Review
Meaningful Work and Making a Living
Make a Choice
Who’s the Boss? Check-In: Creating Meaningful Work
About the Author