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The Difference Between Prison & Work ... Why You Can't Innovate

Mar 11, 2018 7:30:00 PM / by Travis Jacobs

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In prison you spend the majority of your time in an 8' X 10' cell.

At work you spend most of your time in a 6' X 8' cubicle.

In prison you get three meals a day.

At work you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for that one.

In prison you get time off for good behavior.

At work you get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

At work you must carry around a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.

In prison you can watch TV and play games.

At work you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison they ball-and-chain you when you go somewhere.

At work you are just ball-and-chained.

In prison you get your own bathroom.

At work you have to share.

In prison they allow your family and friends to visit.

At work you cannot even speak to your family and friends.

In prison all expenses are paid by taxpayers, with no work required.

At work you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for the prisoners.

In prison you spend most of your life looking through bars from the inside wanting to get out.

At work you spend most of your time wanting to get out and inside bars.

In prison you can join many programs which you can leave at any time.

At work there are some programs you can never get out of.

In prison there are wardens who are often sadistic.

At work we have Managers.




The 1950's are over ... but yet the bullshit management practices are not.


"If you aren't at your desk you aren't working"

"You can't work remote ... it's against our policy"

"We don't allow flex time"


The Number one reason you can't innovate is because you have shit leadership ... The number one reason people hate their job is bureaucracy, bullshit, politics, red tape, micromanagement and absolutely no leadership ... the blind lead the blind.

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It's time for the standing meeting .... Did you guys take care of that thing?


Work Is Something You Do, Not A Place You Go


Product development is a gamble ... so is running through a live minefield blindfolded and in the dark. How do you navigate a minefield successfully?

By the use of the Talking Football & Extreme Ownership




If you treat people like prison inmates and minions they will act like prison inmates and minions ...

If you treat people like intelligent and responsible professionals ... they will act like intelligent and responsible professionals ...


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Topics: Product Development, Product Design, Project Management, Leadership, Management, Communication, SmallBusiness, Design, StartUps, ScapeGoat, Fail, Innovation

Travis Jacobs

Written by Travis Jacobs

Travis is the president of JA Simulations, a product design & development firm in Denver Colorado. We help clients solve problems & get to market faster with innovative & high quality products

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