True Value

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

I don’t know how many times I’ve written and rewritten this post. But every time I write it, it never seems good enough.  It never seems complete. I guess it’s not complete. Yet.

I’ve tried justifying why value has lost its value in this world, but honestly, I don’t know how to do that. There’s countless debates, blog posts, and talks on value. Maybe the proof of true value lies beneath the mask we all wear. A mask we put on to help us get through the hard days at work or when we still feel the need to prove ourselves to society.

To me, value is pure. Like the work of Leonardo da Vinci. What he left behind is valuable. He left a part of him behind. And it still lives and breathes, influences and inspires to this day!

Value is a part of you. True value comes from within and whomever is at the receiving end of that should be deserving. It’s not just a word or a business slogan. It’s alive! A living organism. And it’s kept alive by constantly feeding it. So it evolves as we evolve. And it grows or dies – whichever we decide to do or not to do.

Next time you use the word ‘value’ – take care in using it. Like you would a newborn baby. Nurturing it. Constantly feeding, teaching and learning.

Our value is the core of who we are – in life and in business. Find your value. The thing you can add to make a difference in the way only you can do. Not to promote yourself or make more money – just add more of YOU into what you do, and the rest (as they say) will fall into place.

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The video of my talk @ SPIN

As promised, this is the homemade video of the talk I gave at SPIN last week.The audio is a bit out in relation to the slides, but I think you’ll get the gist of it.

I’ve also attached the pdf slides again.

Perhaps my next talk will be recorded a bit more professionally 😉

Do enjoy!

My video:

My pdf slide (just in case):

http://www.spin.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/sharna-SPIN-talk_low-res.pdf

A talk I gave @ SPIN

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Two days ago I gave a talk on how I adapted a tool called, Scrum, to work within the publishing design studio I used to work at.

What is SPIN? Spin stands for Software Process Improvement Network. They are a network of people who come together once a month to share ideas on software or anything else which links to the agile tools so commonly known in the software industry. And they find and share ways of improving it.

What is Scrum? In short, Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing software projects and product or application development.

It was an awesome talk. I prepared hard for the talk. I had fun! We all ate popcorn :), and this was part of the presentation theme. The main reason it was great was because of the support I received from the people who took the time out to listen, and support me. I know now what it takes to do something like this, and I have the utmost respect for all those speakers out there who prepares and shares ideas with the world.

So now I would like to share this idea with the world through my presentation I created. I promise you won’t fall asleep.

And for all the Tweets and Retweets I received… thank you all very much.

As Megamind said… ‘PRESENTATION is what makes the SUPER in HERO!’

So here’s my presentation, and I hope to upload the homemade video soon too 😉

http://www.spin.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/sharna-SPIN-talk_low-res.pdf