Becoming a Creative Rebel, getting your team to go above and beyond and what we can learn from astronauts.
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TUESDAY 17 DEC 2019 | EDITION 45
Did you know that losing just a couple hours of sleep makes you angrier the next day? In a recent study by the University of Iowa, researchers have proven that sleep-deprived people are much less able to handle the stress of frustrating situations. We all know that being hungry and angry is ‘hangry.’ Does that mean being sleepy and angry is ‘slangry’?
THING OF THE WEEK
CREATIVE REBELS

CREATIVE REBELS

Dispatches from the strange frontier of freelance work

Working as a creative freelancer can be a lonely, bewildering life. All sorts of questions can arise when working outside of a conventional job, and sometimes it’s difficult to know who can help answer them. This podcast breaks down some of the most common struggles for creatives who are rebelling against the 9-to-5.

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GETTING YOUR TEAM TO DO MORE THAN MEET DEADLINES

GETTING YOUR TEAM TO DO MORE THAN MEET DEADLINES

6-minute read | Harvard Business Review

Deadlines can help teams work more effectively, but how should people prioritize when they have multiple deadlines looming? This article rethinks our relationship with deadlines and looks at why individuals and teams tend to tick off the easy tasks before tackling the important stuff. Maybe important tasks need to be written down in to-do lists using a bigger font?

TO BE A BETTER PROJECT MANAGER, THINK LIKE AN ASTRONAUT

TO BE A BETTER PROJECT MANAGER, THINK LIKE AN ASTRONAUT

4-minute read | Forge

Think your job is stressful? Astronauts on the International Space Station spend their entire day free falling at over 17,000mph in a cramped aluminum tube. In this article, veteran space-dweller (and space Instagrammer ?) Scott Kelly explains what this precarious office taught him about focusing on the job at hand.

MEET THE COMMUNITY
Each week, we profile a Zoku community member - hit reply if you'd like to be featured!
Jantien Aerts
Jantien Aerts has had a successful career in consulting, management and many more roles, which she has now left behind to start her own non-profit and Kickstarter campaign for her 9-year old autistic son. His incredible artwork has been printed on beautiful porcelain travel mugs. The proceeds of this project will go to creating a platform where children with autism can showcase their talent. Jantien has been a member of the WorkZoku community for a couple of months.
What path has your career taken?
When I think of my career, what comes to mind is an image of Icarus flying too close to the sun…
While still at university I became a serial entrepreneur, having started and sold 3 companies. This entrepreneurial spirit was exactly what Bain was looking for when they hired me in 2008. My strategy consultant work brought me to ING where I prepared the company for the split between bank and insurance – the biggest carve-out in Dutch history. This resulted in becoming a partner at a boutique consulting firm specializing in financial services. I was then asked by a private equity firm to become interim CEO for one of their portfolio companies - a medical game start-up. In my final job - Program Director of Strategy at the Dutch Flower Auction – I was responsible for overhauling the tariff system of this EUR 4.6B turnover company.

All these years I was working 80+ hours a week, resulting in my body protesting. I did not listen, so it did the only thing it could do; it went on strike. My first burn-out was a fact. It took me almost a year to recover. Yet I did not learn my lessons and before too long I was back in my old habits. In 2017, after a particularly trying time at work and at home, my body refused any further service and followed was a second burn out. Now I was listening… These last years were cathartic, to say the least. I realized and accepted that I could not do what I did anymore. I also realized family is so much more important than work. Recently I’ve been lucky enough to start a new project with my son.

What's your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others and why?
Earlier this year our 9-year old autistic son Quinten came home from school, where he had made the most amazing drawing. From then on, he kept making one drawing after the next. Many people asked if they could buy his drawings, but Quinten couldn’t part with his originals. So we teamed up the Dutch Association for Autism and had his artwork printed on Special Edition porcelain Tea Travel Mugs and set up a Kickstarter campaign where you can pre-order these gorgeous travel mugs. The goal of this project is to show that children with autism also have beautiful talents. With the money raised a platform will be created where children with autism can showcase their art.

What is your relationship with Zoku Amsterdam and what are your thoughts?
Earlier this year, when I came to Zoku Amsterdam for the first time, it took me about 5 minutes to decide I wanted to become a WorkZoku member there. Its inspiring and light surroundings and even more inspiring Community members made me feel embedded and at home.


Quinten Art

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