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Career in the era of the side hustle

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At the beginning of August, I had the great pleasure of speaking to Google employees at their headquarters as part of the Authors@Google series.

I admire a company that is confident enough to bring the “Escape from Cubicle Nation Lady” in to talk with their smart and creative employees. Some run screaming from me and my message, which of course I think is short-sighted.

We ALL need to manage our careers and employees differently in the era of the side hustle.

Special thanks to Jenny Blake and Benjy Feen for getting me on campus!

Enjoy the talk: Career in the era of the side hustle (link to video on YouTube here)

If your company is not afraid to bring me in to speak, send them here. Thanks! :)

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8 Responses to “Career in the era of the side hustle”

  1. DS says:

    Well said!! I am still stuck in a cubicle but is trying very hard to get out! i’ll try harder!

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  4. Wow! Congrats on your speaking gig at the Big G! Keep rocking it Pam :)

  5. Dave says:

    Hi Pam, I really wanted to say thank you for this video. There’s a ton of great stuff in there but what I really got from it was that I need to reach out to other people. There are a quite a few people in my immediate network I could connect with more often as I’ve kind of drifted away from them and there are also one or two ‘out of reach people’ I can try to connect with.

    You know it’s funny but you mention feeling like a weirdo and I kind of feel this way quite a lot because I’m trying to do something my family don’t quite get… but having seen your video I feel much better about it

    As I say, I got a lot from the video and all I really wanted to do was say thank you.

  6. Elle B says:

    I love the idea of a High Council of Jedi Knights, especially the “Yoda factor.” Great inspirations — Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Robert Plant…

    Although still cubicle-bound, I’m lucky to work for a company that appreciates smart, creative employees. People who feel free to pursue their passions outside the office bring that enthusiasm back to their job. Google obviously recognizes this.

  7. Abhijit Mhetre says:

    Dear Pam,
    Its funny that today, in a meeting, somebody emphasized real hard on “Do it right the first time”.. and I was thinking how would you know unless you do it and what if you did not do it right the first time, do you give up? But your idea of “Test often and fail fast” is absolutely right. Every success has its own weight (time and efforts) and you have to pay it.. So, I would rather go with your mantra of test often and fail fast.
    Also, thanks for sharing the high council concept. Very timely and useful. Lastly, today to ideal today (the answer to Zurich guy) is very helpful. Again, step by step progress.. test often concept. Great talk Pam. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Drew says:

    Pam
    Google really is brave to let you talk to their employees! Thanks for posting that great talk. I’m really enjoying the idea of a side hustle. Who says you can’t make entrepreneurship and career development work together.

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