As personal, team or company change is a daily/weekly/monthly business for a lot of people, it is good to have a strategy to handle it. Some examples on the Cheat Sheet today.
In the last days I did try a FREE LinkedIn campaign for one of my KISA Posts. Kind of boosting the presence/visibility in the LinkedIn environment. For the value of $100 I did get 98 website visits and 12k impressions in 4 days. No idea if this is good or bad, but currently no motivation for me to start another campaign with my own money.
Some links more or less related to change:
Video: SAME AS EVER by Morgan Housel | Core Message
Shipping is targeting zero emissions. Here’s how an industry coalition plans to help
When Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin in 1931, Einstein said, "What I admire most about your art is its universality. You do not say a word, and yet the world understands you." "It's true." Replied Chaplin, "But your fame is even greater. The world admires you, when no one understands you."
How This Vietnamese Company Burned Down The Traditional Management Playbook (explaining picture)
5 Lessons from Comcast on Building a Skills-First Approach to Talent
As I will have another coaching session tomorrow, some OpenAI based insights before:
Coaching is a process where a trained professional, known as a coach, helps individuals or teams to achieve their goals and maximize their potential. It involves a collaborative partnership where the coach supports and guides the client in identifying their strengths, setting realistic objectives, overcoming obstacles, and developing new skills and strategies.
There are various coaching frameworks that coaches use to structure their sessions and provide a systematic approach. Here are the 10 most common coaching frameworks:
1. GROW Model: It stands for Goal, Reality, Options, and Way forward. This framework helps clients clarify their goals, assess the current reality, explore options, and create an action plan.
2. SMART Goals: This framework emphasizes setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals to increase motivation and track progress effectively.
3. Positive Psychology: This framework focuses on building strengths and cultivating positive emotions to enhance well-being and resilience.
4. Solution-Focused Coaching: It centers on exploring solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It involves envisioning the desired outcome and identifying practical steps to achieve it.
5. Cognitive Behavioral Coaching: This framework combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with coaching techniques to help clients identify and change negative thought patterns that may be hindering their progress.
6. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): NLP techniques are used in coaching to reprogram thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors for personal and professional growth.
7. Emotional Intelligence Coaching: This framework aims to develop clients' emotional intelligence, which is the ability to recognize and manage their own emotions and effectively deal with others.
8. Appreciative Inquiry: It involves focusing on strengths and positive aspects to create a desired future. This framework helps clients explore what is already working well and build upon it.
9. Wheel of Life: This visual tool helps clients assess and balance different areas of their life, such as career, health, relationships, and personal growth.
10. 5 Why's Technique: This questioning technique is used to dig deeper into the root causes of a problem or challenge by repeatedly asking "why" to uncover underlying issues and potential solutions.
Each framework offers a unique approach to coaching, and coaches tailor their methods based on the individual client's needs and goals.
Looking forward to the session ...
[26-Nov-23] The week 47-2023 summary
"Retrospectives and reviews of performance can sometimes focus on the negatives. Rose Thorn Bud ensures a balanced discussion." -- Olina Glindevi
As retrospectives are not always appreciated by the teams, speaking out loud requires a good level of trust, it can be a helpful approach to use interesting templates like the ones from Chris Stone or Olina Glindeva for example.
Just today I uploaded a new version of my 6th eBOOK, now the whole year 2023 until 24-Nov-23 is included, see Downloads for more details. Yesterday I did work on our yearly family calendar that we use as Christmas present for friends and family. A lot of work to reduce 1,200+ pictures to 12 A4 pages only, with an average of 10 pictures per page, in total just 10%. And when the calendar is ready, it has to get the approval of all family members, my wife and daughters, before it will be printed. A very critical audience, but this time I only had to select 4 new pictures after review.
Next week I will be 2 days at the Campus, to meet my new team members that will be finally coming together early 2024 after the latest reorganization. Besides that some socializing and a face-to-face coaching session for another colleague. Wednesday 06.00 PM the LinkedIn Prioritize, Structure, and Cultivate Business Success with Scrum@Scale event.
The Virtual Agile Coach Chris Stone is offering a wide variety of retrospective templates, have fun
The project wide retrospective was yesterday and I used the DIWALI template as main theme. For the Indian colleagues to remember their festival that was just one week ago, and for the other team members to get some cultural awareness. My plan did work out pretty well, we got some good results and the team members had interesting discussions about non-business topics.
Next will be some brainstorming about the main topics per category, to agree next steps and some responsible people to drive the progress. All volunteers welcome, because we have self-managed teams now and no command and control anymore.
This week I started a new coaching assignment for a colleague, due to psychological safety only some very high level comments. 1st the person being coached has to formulate the problem to focus on. 2nd is to solve this problem, and the coach is just facilitating the process and offers a helping hand, nothing more. Main topics for the problem statement are for example communication skills, time management and change strategies.
"Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen." -- Pete Carroll, taken from 21 Powerful Quotes About Coaching
21 ChatGPT prompts for HR you can use to assist you across a variety of HR tasks
Julian Joseph's used AI to apply for 5,000 jobs offers insights into the evolving job market
Interesting to see that both sides, companies and candidates, are using AI to reduce effort and work. With the hope to be more successful, I assume? In the end AI is writing the application on the one side and another AI is rejecting it, as it does not meet the expectations. A brave new world.
Back in 1989 when I did apply for my 1st job, the general advice was "you have to stand out and differentiate yourself". Could be a good idea for 2023 as well, why not?
First check, what AI would be writing about you in the application and then make it more YOU, authentic and standing out. With a personal touch ...
It is always a matter of your perspective and where you stand ...
Being a German, I can confirm that we tend to be more negative than positive and complain a lot. When you look at the picture today you would be asking WHY? A pretty good average weekly salary for the lowest average working hours per week.
YES it is just an average and there are definitely worse situations, no doubt, but what about a more relaxed and realistic perspective? Just now one of the train driver Unions is voting about a longer strike during the upcoming holiday season. Shutting down the public transport in the X-Mas break, not a propotional approach and solution I would say.
Nothing against Unions and their rights to strike, but what is their reference point here? Asking for a salary increase in general and less working time for the same payment might be a good starting point for the negotiation? But when it becomes a too political discussion and influences the life of many bystanders, where is an acceptable level?
Some case studies for less working time:
4 Day Week: We love sharing the stories of successful companies
"I think 'Dilbert' will remain popular as long as employees are frustrated and they fear the consequences of complaining too loudly. 'Dilbert' is the designated voice of discontent for the workplace. I never planned it that way. It just happened." -- Scott Adams, American - Cartoonist Born: June 8, 1957
Just coming back from a concert with Michael Kaeshammer and Seven, as part of the Leverkusen Jazz Days 2023. Really great artists with good bands. Always welcome when musicians know how to use their instruments. And Jazz offers a lot of opportunities to show capabilities and talent.
Our Sprint-4 planning was scheduled for tomorrow, but it is not going to happen, as we do not have enough worth content to present. Due to the Diwali festival during the 4th Sprint we had only reduced capacity available and could not finish some of the MVPs. Not an issue, we will now focus all resources on the System Demo on 04-Dec-23.
Have a great and successful next week.
The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (17-Nov-23)
Unique is also OpenAI's ChatGPT. They just dropped their CEO Sam Altman, sounds like the former Apple story with Steve Jobs, but the tool is great. I had another discussion with the 3.5 version today. "Cult cinema film characters mapped to key SAFe roles at Programme level", you can see the results here. A new analogy for my KISA = Keep it Simple Agile idea.
71 Python projects with references and source code
Lessons Learned from the Toyota KPI Dashboard for Your Own Dashboard
[17-Nov-23] Self-awareness ...
The Team Building workshop did go really well
"Self-awareness is your ability to perceive and understand the things that make you who you are as an individual, including your personality, actions, values, beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. Essentially, it is a psychological state in which the self becomes the focus of attention."
The workshop was all about self- and team-awareness, to bring some of the hidden topics above the "waterline", when you use the Iceberg Model as analogy. We covered some personal topics, individual and team values, and made a retrospective of the collaboration and communication in the team. Even the best teams can still find some room for improvement, what we did.
The best and most out of their Comfort Zonepart was Speed Feedback. Like Speed Dating, but with a 1 minute feedback in both directions. Then you change the partner and do this with the whole team, we had 9 people yesterday. In their faces you could see that it took some time to get warm and used to the situation, but in the end everybody did really appreciate the experience. Something you could/should do more often.
In the end the whole day was flying by pretty fast and we might plan a follow up workshop next year? Before my holiday season starts on 20-Dec-23, I have 3 more workshops on my list. The ART retrospective next week, a team logo workshop early December, and the regular team building workshop to close our 2-day planning phases on 14-Dec-23.
EU criminalises environmental damage ‘comparable to ecocide’
[15-Nov-23] Remember the basics again
We are often too busy and stressed to remember, what should be common knowledge ...
Tomorrow is the Team Building workshop, an opportunity for the participants to remember some useful knowledge, to learn something new and to leave their comfort zone sometimes. No pressure.
All my agenda topics have an idea behind, not always obvious, but helpful for a holistic approach. To best use both sides of the brain and to avoid using the standard answers. Addressing most of their senses and to combine some of it at the same time, for new ideas and impressions. Some helpful links for the text and picture:
Will keep you posted about some highlights, but only in general terms, because it is a safe environment.
“You think it’s dumb when someone says there’s no ‘I’ in team, but you stick one in there and you see how dumb that looks.” – Brendan Kiely, Author, taken from 61 Best Team Building Quotes for Bonding at Work in 2023
"Kindness shows us we’re all worth the effort and all our efforts have worth."
The picture is a good fit to the Kindness Day today. The more kind you are, the less do you hurt someone. Sounds straight forward?
I did follow The 2nd Curiosity Forum online today and worked on my Retrospective preparation in parallel. The content and panel discussions were okay, but not really a lot of great news from my perspective. Maybe I was not listening too focused, as multi-tasking does not really work well. Anyway the concept for my ART-wide Retrospective is ready and thanks a lot to ChrisStone for his great template ideas.
I selected the DIWALI retrospective as the most team members are from India and they are just celebrating this festival this week. Will be interesting to see, how they react to my proposal?
Slack announces radical week-long shutdown due to an internal skills crisis
Video: HIDDEN POTENTIAL by Adam Grant | Core Message
[12-Nov-23] The week 45-2023 summary
Good start today with the Norman Vincent Peale quote
I released another KISApost today, this time I used the main Looney Tunescharacters and checked their strength and weakness related to an Agile Mindset:
Strengths: Agile adaptability, quick thinking, and resourcefulness. Bugs' ability to adapt to any situation, think on his feet, and turn things to his advantage reflects Agile principles. Weaknesses: Sometimes his overconfidence and desire to outsmart everyone might lead to situations where teamwork might suffer in Agile contexts.
A summary of all my KISA analogies so far is here.
Tomorrow is the Curiosity Forum: 2nd Edition Curious About Gen AI - November 13, 2023 - 14:30-16:30 GMT • 15:30-17:30 CET • 9:30-11:30 EST • 6:30-8:30 PST, looking forward to it.
On Thursday the Team Building workshop and in parallel I am preparing an Agile Release Train (ART) wide retrospective on 23-Nov-23. Will be a combination of fun and work for the teams.
Some LEARNING links:
Microsoft Offering One of Amazing Free Courses to be a Professional in using Power BI and be a Data Analyst
167 pages of Machine Learning with Python tutorial
The University of Queensland Australia, FREE online courses
I had a discussion with my wife today about art and what e.g. Picasso or Van Gogh would think about the amount of money people pay for their pictures these days. We quickly came to local artists in the Cologne and Duesseldorf area and ended up with Elke Koska and HA Schult.
Long read curly hair seems to be a commonality of Jeanne-Claude and Elke, below what OpenAI had to say about the two couples:
ME: Please compare the art work of Christo and Jean-Claude with the activities of HA Schult and Elke Koska. What are their main differences and commonalities?
ChatGPT: Christo and Jean-Claude were known for their large-scale environmental artworks, often involving the wrapping of buildings or natural landscapes, like "The Gates" in Central Park. Their collaborative approach, where both were considered equal partners in the creative process, was a distinctive aspect of their work.
On the other hand, H.A. Schult and Elke Koska have their own unique artistic endeavors. Schult, known for his "Trash People" installation, focuses on social commentary and environmental awareness through the use of recycled materials, particularly garbage. Elke Koska, a sculptor and installation artist, explores themes of nature, transformation, and the relationship between human beings and the environment in her artworks.
While both pairs of artists engage in large-scale installations and environmental art, their methodologies and messages differ. Christo and Jean-Claude's work often involved monumental, visually striking transformations of existing landscapes or architecture, often for a temporary period. Their art was more about reshaping the perception of familiar spaces.
In contrast, H.A. Schult and Elke Koska use recycled materials and direct social commentary in their works, focusing on environmental issues and the human impact on the planet. Their art tends to have a more direct, provocative message about society and consumption.
Commonalities between these artists might include their shared interest in environmental art and the use of large-scale installations to engage audiences. However, their approaches, materials used, and the messages they convey differ significantly.
ME: What are the most mentioned artworks of both couples?
ChatGPT: Christo and Jean-Claude are renowned for several iconic artworks, but a few that often come up in discussions are:
The Gates (2005): Installed in New York City's Central Park, this project involved installing 7,503 gates with saffron-colored fabric panels along the park's pathways.
Running Fence (1976): A 24.5-mile fence of white fabric running through the California countryside, ending at the Pacific Ocean.
Surrounded Islands (1983): They surrounded several islands in Biscayne Bay, Florida, with pink polypropylene fabric.
H.A. Schult's "Trash People" series is a frequently mentioned body of work, where life-sized human figures made entirely from recycled materials are placed in various locations. As for Elke Koska, her notable artworks may not have the same level of widespread recognition, but pieces like "Seedbed," which consists of sculptural installations reflecting nature and transformation, have gained attention in environmental art circles.
ChatGPT is still not perfect, as you can see from my misspelling of Jeanne-Claude in the initial question. The content is correct, but the system did not adjust the name spelling. Room for improvement.
As I could not find enough details about Elke Koska and do not use Wikipedia as source, I asked ChatGPT for a summary, see at the end of the chat.
[10-Nov-23] Be open for the unexpected
Have fun, be open, flexible and authentic ...
I found the quote on LinkedIn today and it perfectly fits to several stories in this post.
For possible measurement have a look at:
Tom Brady Says Remarkable Success Comes Down to This Simple Mindset Change: Why You Should Embrace the Power of Lead Metrics
As we are talking with our Indian colleagues about the upcoming Diwali festival for days now, this might be another good example for the quote selected today? "Diwali is India’s most important holiday—and a celebration of good over evil. Observed by more than a billion people across faiths, this five-day festival of lights brings prayer, feasts, fireworks and, for some, a new year."
In order to do some personal marketing for my small - one man ReThinkandFocus business, I am pushing my related LinkedIn page today. 250 free credits to invite new followers, a nice opportunity to come to some better times maybe? And a fun side effect could be to re-establish some relationships and contacts from the past. Definitely a lot of potential after 34 years of work.
Besides my full-day Team Building workshop next week Thursday I started to work on the upcoming team building session after the next 2-day planning phase in my project, scheduled for 14-Dec-23. As it is also the Year End session for the whole team before the holiday season starts, I will do some fun activities during these 90 minutes. 1st an anagram quiz, followed by a scavenger hunt and closure with a sketching challenge.
7 Proven Ways To Keep Stress From Damaging Your Brain
THE EMPATHY ADVANTAGE: 7 REASONS EMPATHY MATTERS IN THE REAL WORLD
Have a great weekend:
The Minimum Viable Library - Agile Edition - 71 books to up your game
Mental toughness makes a bigger impact than talent or intelligence
The Empathy Map is a canvas- style tool that puts the user or end client at the center
The Uncomfortable Truth About Agile: 10 Lessons for Leaders
"To make the quickest progress, you don’t have to take huge leaps. You just have to take baby steps and keep on taking them. In Japan, they call this approach kaizen, which literally translates as ‘continual improvement.’ Using kaizen, great, and lasting success is achieved through small, consistent steps. It turns out that slow and steady is the best way to overcome your resistance to change.” – Marci Shimoff
“The first step to living the life you want is leaving the life you don’t want. Taking the first step forward is always the hardest. But then each step forward gets easier and easier. And each step forward gets you closer and closer until eventually, what had once been invisible starts to be visible. And what once felt impossible starts to feel possible.” – Karen Salmansohn, taken from 88 Baby First Steps Quotes
Perfect fit to our Learning Day tomorrow, the 4th one in 2023. When you know where your weak points are, just take a first step and move. If you are not sure where to look, ask your family, friends or colleagues for help. The Johari Window is a good tool for explanation, everybody has a Blind Spot.
Also a good reference to the Peer Group picture from yesterday. Properly select the group you are learning with, train less advanced people and use more advanced people as your target level.
Fit best in the right place to build your reputation
I did add another example to my KISA = Keep it Simple Agile discussion with ChatGPT. This time matching the main Marvel and Star Wars characters with Agile Roles. I am collecting all my examples on one webpage. Have a look.
ZEAM is Connecting companies with the future for Generation Z & Alpha. An interesting approach, just in case you have the need?
Young people who work remotely are 'probably not' going to become corporate CEOs, an NYU business professor says
The Obama quote fits perfectly to the current difficult situations in Ukraine and Israel. Hopefully they do not stop or finally start talking?
Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence
AI education resources: What do we teach young people?
The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (03-Nov-23)
How to Promote Psychological Safety in an AI-Driven Workplace
Unlocking the Power of Data: Your Essential Guide to Key Data Concepts
[05-Nov-23] My week 44-2023 highlights
Walk in the shoes of other people ...
"Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they are feeling."
You will find Empathy also on the 11 Pillars of Servant Leadership picture that includes a list with 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯
Since yesterday you can download my 6th eBOOK until 04-Nov-23 for now, with 118 pages of very diverse content. More to come until the end of 2023. Looking forward to it. I reuse a lot of the stuff for my "5-minute" learning bites at work and to search in the PDF file for interesting topics, when needed.
Tomorrow we have our Sprint-3 demo, in the middle of our 3-month project phase with good progress so far, but much more to accomplish until mid Dec-23.
[04-Nov-23] Where are you heading?
You always have a choice, like it or not ...
After two days break I am back today. I did celebrate my birthday on Thursday and did go out with one of my present yesterday evening. A cooking show in front of 100+ people in our city hall. The chef is a former journalist, who made his hobby to his profession, 1st just on the radio and in the meantime live with a larger audience.
He likes to make cooking as simple and easy as possible and provides helpful background information about the quality and origin of his ingredients and spices. Was a lot of fun and did taste really well.
Today I did get two references on LinkedIn. The first from a project member who did get a team appreciation on Friday, for the good work he did lately. He posted the certificate and was really proud for getting it. Exactly the idea behind our approach, surprise the people and show them that we are interested in their work and the outcome for our project stakeholders.
Second one from our new Intern, who did start Thursday and shared that he was happy about the onboarding during the first two days and that he will be supporting us until Apr-24.
Besides that I did find several interesting articles, videos and free training courses from well known Universities or Companies. As mentioned on the picture, you can use it to proceed in your current direction or to change it. The more opinions you listen to or information you process, the better for you and your way forward.
There is an interesting difference between LDRIC and the Disney and T-REX robot. In 2016 it was a rudimentary piece of mechanic with some smart programming, today it is a tool box of mechanical movements/possibilities with a self-learning engine. Similar to the differences between Atlas and the Tesla Bot.
Top 10 skills for the 21st Century Worker (FREE online courses included)
Today, AI does not outperform people on most tasks.
Next week Wednesday we have our 4th #SpiritDay in 2023. A full free day dedicated to learning. Perfect to cover the 5 - 30% area in the picture above. In my two workshops in mid Nov and early Dec-23 I take care of the 90% area by teaching other people. In my daily job as Release Train Engineer (RTE) I am in the 75% area, practicing what you have learned before.
How AI reshapes the IT industry will be 'fast and dramatic'
Communication matters. How do you know your communications strategy is working?
[01-Nov-23] Humans and A.I.
Comparing two sides of one future coin?
Frank Sonnenberg did come up with a very detailed "Are you a good friend" list today, as you can see on the picture. From my perspective adding long term investment in a friendship and not directly asking for or expecting something in return, could be a good addition?
Let's see, what the build in OpenAI writer thinks about this topic in comparison?
A good friendship is defined by the sincere support and care shared between individuals. Here are ten examples that demonstrate what it means to be a good friend:
Being a good listener - giving your undivided attention when your friend needs someone to confide in.
Offering encouragement - motivating and cheering your friend on during both challenging and triumphant times.
Showing empathy - understanding and sharing their feelings, demonstrating that you truly care.
Respecting boundaries - recognizing and being mindful of your friend's personal space and limits.
Being reliable - always being there for your friend when they need help or companionship.
Keeping secrets - maintaining confidentiality and not divulging their personal information to others.
Being honest - providing genuine feedback and advice, even if it's not what they want to hear.
Resolving conflicts - working together to find a solution and not letting disagreements affect your friendship.
Celebrating milestones - rejoicing in your friend's achievements and being genuinely happy for them.
Being forgiving - understanding that nobody is perfect and forgiving your friend's mistakes or shortcomings.
By incorporating these qualities into your friendship, you can create a strong and lasting bond with your friends.
Sounds good and in a lot of areas pretty similar, but my point is not included as well.
"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." --
After the success of the Barbie film this year the #1 position for the costumes today is not really a surprise.
As I could use the KISA = Keep it Simple Agile idea in the last two days several times already, to explain behaviors and to propose new approaches for a better customer understanding, I asked ChatGPT if Barbie could be a good Scrum Master. See the results below. When you press on the picture you will come to the conversation in ChatGPT and can even further proceed with it, when you have a login:
"However, it's important to note that the effectiveness of a Scrum Master depends on their ability to apply these principles in a professional context." - A good summary of the requirements and closure sentence. A certificate without experience is nothing, experience without a certificate is much better!!
As you see on the Affordance picture, the easier (with the least possible options) the solution you offer, the better for the customer.
I did add another picture for the KISA idea from yesterday (simple language for difficult topics). This time explaining Scrum with the Monty Python Holy Grailfilm as analogy and the help of ChatGPT.
Not every analogy works for everybody as we did find out last Friday during the OneTeam Coffee meeting. During the 45 minute discussion we did touch Monty Python films and only the 55+ age guys did know the details. All younger participants had no idea, so not a perfect analogy for them.
Since today I am showing the Green Web Foundation certificate that my BLOG hosting company One.com is running on green energy, see on the Welcome page. "WE WORK TOWARDS A FOSSIL-FREE INTERNET BY 2030 - The Green Web Foundation is an independent non-profit that tracks how much of the internet runs on green energy. Manage the environmental impact of your digital products. Apply best practices in digital sustainability. Advocate for a more sustainable and just internet."
See this related article - "The artificial intelligence (AI) industry could consume as much energy as a country the size of the Netherlands by 2027, a new study warns."
Tomorrow we start the week with the Retro of our Data & Analytics Meetup from 26-Sep-23. It took some time until everybody was back from Autumn holidays. We are looking forward to a 4-Day work week, as Wednesday 01-Nov-23 is a public holiday in Germany. The next Intern starts on Thursday with one day delay due to this. Have a great week.
How to Run an Effective Team Offsite: Success Metrics Explained
The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (27-Oct-23)
How responsible, equitable AI can help us improve global health outcomes
[28-Oct-23] Keep it Simple - Agile
Use a more simple language in the interest of your customers
KISA = Keep it Simple Agile, was the result in a discussion with a friend yesterday evening during a nice dinner.
In a tight market for Agile services you need a Unique Selling Point (USP) that gets you closer to your customer base and not farer away. Agile experts speak their language and their novice customers do not understand a word. Difficult to decide for them, who is the best candidate? Some use certificates as selection criteria, others seem to role dices.
I think the solution is an easier language to proof expertise and not a more difficult/complex one. When you can explain to your kids or partner, what you are doing and trying to sell to your customers, you are on the right track.
Storytelling could be a good solution? Use a well known analogy, ask OpenAI to simply explain the Agile topic and to use the analogy as reference, then finalize the story with your own experience and expertise - as shown on my picture above. Smart usage of the Pareto Principle, OpenAI is doing 80% of the work in seconds, you do the final 20%, when still required.
See two examples to explain the Agile Manifesto, for 4 - 6 year old kids with Bob The Builder as analogy. And for 16 - 18 teenager using the Life of Brian film. Really impressive, what this OpenAI/ChatGPT 3.5 system can do!!
Grant Snider: Do you ever feel like if you stop to take a break, everything will come crashing down?
Now is the time for grimoires. Forget work-life balance. Imbalance works better. Level five leadership: the triumph of humility and fierce resolve.
A Pre-mortem analysis is a powerful tool that can help teams
Java vs. Python: The Tale of Two Titans - And a Speed Debate!
Have a great weekend and enjoy some content:
TED Talk: The future of machines that move like animals
TED Talk: How wireless energy from space could power everything
Redefining success: why outcomes, not output, truly matter
[27-Oct-23] Personal Growth ...
About Lifelong Learning and other areas
Personal growth is a lifelong journey that involves continuous learning and development. To help you on this path, here are five key areas to focus on for personal growth:
Emotional intelligence - building self-awareness and empathy;
Communication skills - effective listening and expressing ideas clearly;
Goal setting - defining objectives and taking steps towards achieving them;
Time management - prioritizing tasks and managing time effectively;
Mindfulness - practicing presence and cultivating a positive mindset.
By working on these areas, you can enhance your personal growth and create lasting positive change in your life. Start embracing growth today!
A good summary and start from the OpenAI text generator I would say. All AI generated content in Italics font and Orange color, for clarification purposes.
In the monthly OneTeam coffee meeting this morning we covered some of the 5 key areas above. It is a voluntary meeting with 400+ invited people and 4 did show up today. Big Thank You to my Interns community, they represented 50% of the participants. I definitely have to work on some marketing here, but it is also a mindset issue. Voluntary and mostly not business related topics get only low or even no priority. Has to do with e.g. Time Management, Emotional Intelligence, Communication, personal Goal Setting and Mindfulness. Surprise, surprise the 5 Personal Growth areas. You can either focus on or avoid these topics.
Experience comes from experiencing, in a positive or negative way.
We did talk about proper time management, to make the OneTeam coffee happen once per month for example and lifelong learning. Depending on the life cycle phase you are currently in. It is a difference between an Intern, still learning for their Bachelor or Master Studies and people with 20+ years of work experience. Interesting discussion for the 4 people , the other 396 missed it :-)
[25-Oct-23] "Lipstick does not shrink the brain"
Was Tijen Onaran's answer to a hater comment after taking some time to think about it before ...
Sounds like an INTROVERT approach and does not need to be a contradiction, when you see her in public. I would judge myself as introvert as well, even when I am hosting the Meetup on stage in front of nearly 100 people and do regular workshops for groups of 5 to 50+.
A lot of the students that apply for our Internship positions want to be a Data Analyst or Scientist in the future. Below some insights for a good development path:
We had a discussion about KPIs in our agile project today. I believe this has to be implemented Top Down. Senior Management has to be clear, how they want to drive the organization. For these drivers you can think about adequate measurements as basis for the KPI. When you know, what to measure you will be clear about the data that are required. Finally this gives clarity about sources and tools to use. Sounds easy.
Video: Is it Cruel to Use Bees as Digital Sensors?
... and some articles to finish, not a lot of time today:
Uniting a divided workforce: How leaders and employees can scale new heights, together
4 Ways One Tech Company Invests in Emerging Talent to Fill Key Roles and Its Leadership Pipeline
Dan Rockwell: EYE-OPENING SELF-REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS
How Effective are Your Human Capability Investments and Disclosures?
unFIX: The Standard Value Stream Concept Is Outdated—Here’s an Improved Definition
The most destructive behaviors in relationships are criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling
Finance and data analysts can become key enablers for a sustainable future - here's how
[24-Oct-23] Better time management
It is never to late to learn something new or to better understand your issues
Two time management related pictures today. I finished the preparation for the two workshops I mentioned on Sunday. One just needed a date and timing update, due to the move from March to December. The other one needed some more focus. Hosting a Team Building workshop planned for 7 people for a group with double the size, requires timing and content adjustments. 3 weeks to go.
[22-Oct-23] My week 42-2023 highlights
Some more questions to work with ...
I finished the 2nd Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS) book yesterday and did get additional questions. See the blue picture. Very helpful framework and once again easy to understand and use. We will see ...
Tomorrow is our Sprint-2 demo, the Sprint-1 demo did not happen, as we had no real content to share and I was on holiday. We will be taking the same customer facing and customer language approach as for the System Demo last month. Only content related to our Top-5 objectives will be shown. Might be hard for some team members, who cannot present their work anymore, but the best possible approach for customer buy-in and business understanding.
For November and December I agreed two new workshops. A follow up Team Building workshop, based on my activities in August and a Logo/Slogan workshop for a team I am working with. We had initially planned the activity for Mar-23 already, but it had to be delayed, until Dec-23 now.
In a discussion with one of my Scrum Masters last Friday we did wonder about a rule that seemed to be existing, but nobody knows why and when it was implemented. Might be based on the The Five Monkeys Experiment as you can also see on the white picture? Always question the status quo and try to understand the WHY behind the rules, something I tell my Interns during the onboarding meeting as well.
The next book I started to read is "Be your own f*cking hero" from Tijen Onaran. She is questioning the status quo in all areas - entrepreneurship, business fashion, migration, integration and many more. She has her own Role Model Barbie and lipstick called "Red Tijen", not bad from an appreciation and visibility perspective I would say. The beginning of the book is already offering a lot of insights, more to come and to share.
Source Youtube: What you don't know about questions | Pia Lauritzen | TEDxFrederiksberg
The Stacey Matrix - The key lesson that this matrix provides is that you should be aware of the complexity of your situation and adapt your decision-making approach to it - is another approach, where asking the right questions will help to better understand your situation and the right way forward.
Video: Simon Sinek: How To Find Your 'Why?' In 15 Minutes (really great stuff)
Video: Mastering the Stacey Matrix: Practical Insights for Leaders and Decision Makers
[19-Oct-23] Output requires some input
Found a good video with some interesting content
In order to deliver regular posts in my BLOG some input is required. I do get a lot of information from newsletters and other blogs during a week in my inbox. Today there was an email from Stefan Wolpers with the mentioned video that was leading me to additional useful content.
Spike Lee on Curiosity, Overnight Success, and Why 'Not Everyone Is Denzel Washington'
Management 3.0: Radical Candor for Effective Communication in the Workplace
[18-Oct-23] Employee Archetypes ...
Picture based on a McKinsey research - Some employees are destroying value. Others are building it. Do you know the difference?
"Archetypes are universal, inborn models of people, behaviors, and personalities that play a role in influencing human behavior. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung's theory suggested that these archetypes were archaic forms of innate human knowledge passed down from our ancestors."
3 days back in the office and not a lot did change during my holidays. 2 weeks is a good time, not a lot will happen in 10 working days anyway and you can still remember your password. I just had to change it when I was back, due to the security guidelines for a regular update.
Besides the daily project work we discussed topics around the reverse mentoring program with our GenZ employees, some basic coaching approaches and direct feedback:
How to Overcome Protective Hesitation So EVERYONE Gets the Feedback They Deserve to Learn and Grow
For the review about the reverse mentoring pilot I had a lot of agreement with my Mentor:
The proper definition and common understanding of the Mentoring phrase would have been helpful
The difference between generations is not specific for GenZ, in the last 4,000+ years older generations always had issues and concerns about younger generations
Having a discussion with younger people is helpful, but I personally have a lot of experience there already, with 2 GenZ daughters, my handling of the Intern hiring process and the regular school workshops
And we should not underestimate the state of the personal life cycle and the difference of motivation and priorities based on your age
Some helpful links to close for today:
Change How You Feel About Change: 4 Tips on How to Embrace It
Dan Rockwell: PURPOSEFUL ABANDONMENT: HOW TO LET GO OF WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK
Do you know the difference between vision, mission and purpose? Here’s a version of a meaningful distinction and a simple formula for how they relate to each other
[16-Oct-23] Women in the Workplace 2023
Women in the Workplace is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America.
"LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company have published this report annually since 2015 to give companies the information they need to advance women and improve gender diversity. Over the past nine years, we have collected information from almost 900 organizations employing more than 23 million people."
In the time of "War for Talent" no company can staff the VP, SVP and C-Suite levels only with external hires. So you better develop your own talents, what requires a much larger entry level base and good development and promotion circumstances/environments. Take care.
As a side note: CAROL in the marketoonist picture is using an AI solution to handle "waste of time" work - working smarter not harder.
First day in the office and a lot of questions about my holiday. Luckily I did post some insights between 04- and 14-Oct-23, even with pictures. Works as a good reference.
Video: CLEAR THINKING by Shane Parrish | Core Message
Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Outcomes
The Most Important Recruiting Metric You’ve Never Heard Of: Time to Alignment
Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2024
10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life
Do you see the signs that you need an attitude adjustment?
The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (13-Oct-23)
Why a Culture of Being Too Nice Is Holding Your Team Back
The 30-60-90 Day Plan: Your Secret Weapon for New Job Success
Work It – How do you retain talent as your workforce gets older?
35 Genius ChatGPT Prompts to Help You Prep for Job Interviews
[15-Oct-23] The week 41-2023 summary
You can have a great holiday in Germany ...
After nearly two weeks the summary is easy. Great weather for October, nice locations, cities and food. You do not have to leave the country to relax and have a great time. Looking forward to the next time.
Had to do some admin tasks - creating my 6th eBOOK until 12-Oct-23, updating my Linux Mint (Victoria) and Ubuntu (Mantic Minotaur) versions - before going back to work tomorrow.
Source Youtube: The Art of Improvement - Why Constant Learning is the Key to Success
[14-Oct-23] Last holiday greeting ...
Some more details about the Alpaca hiking yesterday
To start with, below what OpenAI did quickly summarize about Alpacas:
Alpacas, a domesticated South American animal, are known for their soft and luxurious fleece. These gentle creatures belong to the camelid family and are closely related to llamas. Alpacas have been raised for thousands of years for their valuable fiber, which is used to make various textiles and garments.
Alpacas are social animals that are often found grazing in herds. They have a curious and friendly nature, which makes them popular among farmers and animal enthusiasts. These creatures are hardy and adaptable to different climates, able to withstand harsh conditions including high altitudes and freezing temperatures. Alpaca fleece is highly prized for its excellent thermal properties, as it is lightweight, hypoallergenic, and naturally fire-resistant.
In addition to their valuable fleece, alpacas are also cherished for their gentle temperament and easy maintenance. They are known to be intelligent animals and can be trained to be lead with a halter or to perform various tasks. Alpacas communicate through body language, humming, and different vocalizations. Their diet primarily consists of grass and hay, and they have efficient digestive systems that allow them to obtain nutrients from low-quality forage.
Alpacas are not only an important source of livelihood for many communities but also fascinating animals to learn about and be around. Their unique characteristics, stunning fleece, and serene nature make them a delight to have on farms, as well as an intriguing subject for those interested in agriculture or animal husbandry. Whether you are considering raising alpacas or simply curious about these captivating animals, exploring the world of alpacas can be an enriching experience. Remember, this is just the beginning of your journey into the extraordinary world of alpacas.
Interesting content compared to what our guides told us during the hiking. There are roughly 40,000 Alpacas in Germany either for their wool or for hiking tours. There are two types of Alpacas - Huacaya and Suri -
they are really very social animals, go together to the toilet and decide on their own the order of the Alpacas during the hiking. Every participant did get one Alpaca, mine was called Paul, the only black one. White Alpacas are preferred for breeding, it is easier to use their wool and to color it. In general Alpaca wool has very interesting characteristics. Have a look.
Rosenhan (1973) Experiment – ‘On Being Sane In Insane Places’ - mentioned in a Dr. Peter Kreuz article
Which of these 10 types do you recognize? Welcome to the Management Zoo
Artificial Intimacy: How Generative AI Can Now Create Your Dream Girlfriend
More than 3000 new AI tools were released in the last months, several hundrets in the last weeks
We traveled from the Black Forest close to Ulm today
We came here to be in time for the planned Alpaca hiking tomorrow afternoon.
"What is an alpaca? Alpacas are members of the camel family, domesticated by the people of the Peruvian Andes 6,000 years ago for food, fuel, and fiber. They are ungulates, a group of large hooved mammals that also include sheep and giraffes, with large bodies and legs, long necks, small heads, and medium-length fluffy tails. Although they are often confused with their cousin, the llama, alpacas have shorter ears and blunter, but equally adorable, faces."
On the picture you see: "Ulm´s town hallis situated not far from the Minster and is easily recognised by its opulently painted, early renaissance facade. The oldest part of the present building, the main south east building, was built in 1370 as a ›new trading house‹. It was first mentioned as a town hall in 1419."
Will keep you posted about the hiking tour.
SWEDEN INVENTS FLAT PACK CAR. IT'S LIKE IKEA, BUT FOR YOUR CAR.
"Take your time before you take your first step on the BLACKFORESTLINE and enjoy the anticipation. Ahead of you lie 380 metres of bliss, supported by just two pylons and held by two steel cables. The interplay of distinctive architecture and wild nature fascinates not only technology fans." - Really a great experience and impressive technology, especially for me as engineer. Was a lot of fun and a great day yesterday.
Today we did visit another Black Forest lake with a small city at the shore, but it was very touristic. A lot of souvenir shops and several groups from Asia and the USA. Tomorrow we have our last day in the Black Forest before we leave to another region for two days on Thursday. We drive back home Saturday morning.
After covering the feedback topic last Sunday I found several more articles and pictures, see below:
Dan Rockwell: FEEDBACK: SOLVING THE MOST COMMON FAILURE IN LEADERSHIP
Before I share some other links another feedback quote: “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” – Jim Rohn, once again taken from 49 Best Quotes on Feedback
Performance Development: Unlock Your Team’s Potential
Keep the circle of control in mind and just let go stuff
“True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” -- Daniel Kahneman taken from 49 Best Quotes on Feedback
"Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit." -- Bear Bryant taken from Stadium Talk: Greatest Coach Quotes of All Time
[08-Oct-23] My week 40-2023 highlights
Visiting the waterfall at night today
Three times per week the waterfall close to our holiday apartment is illuminated after sunset. A really impressive view, we did take some good pictures. The cell phone cameras are getting better and better, especially without flashlight.
Tomorrow we plan to visit the Suspension bridge BLACKFORESTLINE, looks interesting. We will see how it is to walk over it.
[06-Oct-23] 2nd holiday greeting ...
Having a great time ...
Yesterday we did some hiking today we made a boats trip on the largest lake in the black forest. Both days really sunny and warm.
"The Black Forest in Germany is known for its breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage. With its dense, evergreen forests, charming villages, and stunning landscapes, it offers an array of attractions for visitors to explore. Here are the top 10 attractions in the Black Forest:
1. Triberg Waterfalls: Marvel at the picturesque waterfalls, which are among the highest in Germany.
2. Europa-Park: Experience the thrills and adventures of one of Europe's largest theme parks.
3. Titisee: Relax by the tranquil lake and indulge in water sports or boat rides.
4. Freiburg: Discover the vibrant city with its historic old town and magnificent Gothic cathedral.
5. Black Forest Open Air Museum: Immerse yourself in the region's traditional culture and architecture.
6. Feldberg: Climb the highest peak of the Black Forest for panoramic views and outdoor activities.
7. Baden-Baden: Unwind in the famous spa town known for its thermal baths and luxurious resorts.
8. Mummelsee: Visit the mystical lake nestled in the heart of the forest, surrounded by legends.
9. Schauinsland: Take a cable car ride to enjoy stunning vistas and explore the mountain's hiking trails.
10. Vogtsbauernhof: Step back in time with a visit to this open-air museum showcasing the region's rural history.
Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, the Black Forest offers a myriad of attractions that promise to leave you mesmerized."
A Recruitment Process That’s Out of This World: How NASA Selects Astronauts
Candidate Experience: How To Get It Right and Win More Top-Tier Talent
Chart Your Path towards Mastery - 15 Agile Coaching reads
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does" - William James
A relaxing travel by car yesterday during the public holiday and a nice local food dinner directly after arrival was a good start. Today a late breakfast and some sigthseeing with blue sky, we start it slowly. I even had the chance to nearly finish The Coaching Habit book. A simple, one page summary with the key essence below:
Build Your Own Ladder, ‘Read the Air,’ & More – The Leadership That Works Newsletter
The 10 Most Important AI Trends For 2024 Everyone Must Be Ready For Now
The importance of negotiation in business and everyday life
[01-Oct-23] The week 39-2023 summary
A really funny picture, great kind of humor ...
Perfect fit as I am not a Microsoft fan, even when it is the operating system on my work laptop. I prefer Linux or even Chrome OS sometimes.
The 75th city anniversary was great and we did even get two free concerts in the evening, sponsored by two local companies. 5,000 people on a parking lot with great warm weather on 30-Sep-23. First we have seen Kasalla, a well known band from Cologne that did play back in 2011 in our city in front of ~150 people. Afterwards greenbeats a percussion band, well known even on International level. A great event.
After a really successful week with the Meetup and the school workshop, two well deserved weeks of holiday. We will go to southern Germany on Tuesday. I will keep you posted with some updates during the time off, but not every day as it is my holiday.
Then I just found an interesting article - Should We Fire All the Agile Coaches? - what triggered several thoughts:
I still do not understand, why Agile Coaches are called Coaches and not Mentors, but this might be my personal problem?
"The reality is, you don’t need a coach to be agile at the team level. You can just start. And that may lead to another reason that organizations get rid of coaches – they focus only on “doing agile”" - it is more about a cultural change towards an agile mindset and there you need all employees
Agile Coaches are often external resources and they are cut first when costs have to be reduced, similar to external consultants
What do you think?
Java vs. Python: The Tale of Two Titans - And a Speed Debate!
Effective team management rests on several pillars
[29-Sep-23] All tasks finished
Final workshop done today, ready for holidays now
Last day in the office and some activities had to be finished before going on holiday. I did summarize the different team inputs from the retrospective after the last planning phase and finalized the video editing for the Meetup on Tuesday. Then a presentation preparation about my project for an interested team and a meeting directly after the holidays.
In the morning I had the school workshop about Digital Transformation with 30 kids in the room, this time 1/3 girls and 2/3 boys. The topic was well received and especially taking a personality test was a real success. Only issue was that the kids could not be silent together as a group and their Attention Span was just too short:
Why Everyone's Worried About Their Attention Span—and How to Improve Yours
5 Things To Do For Better Focus & A Longer Attention Span
“Las Vegas is a place where you can have a great time, and then wake up the next day and wonder what the hell happened.” – Drew Carey
“In general, the route to establishing psychological safety begins with the team’s leader. So if you are leading a team—be it a group of coworkers or a sports team, a church gathering, or your family dinner table—think about what message your choices send. Are you encouraging equality in speaking, or rewarding the loudest people? Are you modeling listening?” – Charles Duhigg
Have a great weekend. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of our town officially becoming a city, party on ...
Video: This Is How You Build Trust With Short-Term Teams
[27-Sep-23] Get into doing quickly ...
Do not wait for things to happen by magic ...
Two of the ten factors of the Frank Sonnenberg What’s Holding You Back?article above.
The 3rd Data & Analytics Meetup yesterday did go really well, besides two unplanable impacts. A short power outage of 3 seconds that did shutdown all audio and video equipment including our live stream for 5 minutes. And a change in the order of our agenda, as two participants had to leave earlier than initially planned.
The feedback yesterday and today was very positive about content, the mix of topics in the agenda and the way of presentation. We collected good data for the next Meetup in 2024, assuming it will happen after a retrospective we are planning for end of October-23.
Also the 11 BreakOut session in the afternoon had been visited by a lot of people. 36 on average and 71 in the session with the most people. Really interesting topics and good insights into the work we are doing in our department.
Another topic is CHATGPT AS CEO: STARTUP'S €400K PROFIT & RAPID SUCCESS WITH AI - ChatGPT, an AI chatbot, takes the reins as CEO of a Portuguese startup, AIsthetic Apparel, turning it profitable within a week. The AI-driven company focuses on selling T-shirts with AI-generated designs, and with its innovative approach, projects a promising €400,000 annual profit.
An interesting idea as a lot of companies are looking for young people with a lot of work experience. ChatGPT is definitely young and the 3.5 version has a lot of "CEO" experience until 2021. The missing two years until today should be easily covered by all the available knowledge and expertise taken from a nearly endless database. Have a look.
Virtually Agile: 18 Templates / Canvases for building great teams
“What’s the best way for someone to grow professionally?” 70-20-10
[25-Sep-23] Quick Monday post
Tomorrow is event day and all is ready to go
Dr Hannah Ritchie is a Senior Researcher and the Head of Research at Our World in Data. She focuses on the long-term development of food supply, agriculture, energy, and environment, and their compatibility with global development.
Final alignment with the technical team, my co-host and supporting staff today. Looking forward to our Meetup tomorrow. Will keep you posted.
[24-Sep-23] My week 38-2023 highlights
"The culture and leadership of your business play a critical role in promoting or hindering effective communication." -- Monte Pedersen
A good picture for our Meetup event on Tuesday that is all about communication and story telling. We will do some small preparation work tomorrow and then we are good to go after more than 6 month preparation work. Two good links related to the communication topic below:
Video: MOHAMMED QAHTANI: The Power Of Words (a Saudi Arabian engineer, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking)
You potentially know already that I like Japanese frameworks and special ways to do things, here a new one that I heard about today - Furoshiki - a really sustainable way for e.g. gift wrapping
"The most popular modern day uses for Japanese furoshiki include: packing bento lunch boxes and protecting them from spilling open; wrapping gifts; transporting glass, ceramic or fragile goods. Particularly fine patterns can be hung on the wall as art, or worn over the shoulders as a shawl. Furoshiki bags can come in all shapes and sizes. They can also be easily used as a tablecloth, or a picnic hamper for your next hanami picnic. In an emergency a furoshiki also makes a great sling or temporary bandage! The uses of the furoshiki are limited by only your creativity."
For further communication purposes some interesting content to look at:
Happiness at work? A competitive advantage, indeed. Stay on the bus: the proven path to doing unique and meaningful work. Digital transformation KPI.
The 30 Questions Every Leader Must Ask to Stress-Proof Their Workplace Culture
The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (22-Sep-23)
Emotions and mindset. Fascinating combination. These can be paradoxical more often than not (image)
The Amazing Ways Snowflake Uses Generative AI For Synthetic Data And Natural Language Queries
[22-Sep-23] You are the sum ...
Of the 5 people around you or maybe A.I. soon?
Quick summary of the last week. PI planning was finished successfully and the confidence vote delivered a 4.1/5, a pretty good result. The next 3-month project phase starts next week Tuesday, the same day when we have our 3rd Data & Analytics Meetup. For this event the slides are ready and everything is prepared. The short-notice surprises will be handled, when they come up, really agile.
Remaining on my ToDo list after the Tuesday event is the school workshop next week Friday, then I am ready for two weeks holiday. For sure well deserved.
Then I have seen a picture and article about the topic - AI systems perform better than humans in language and image recognition in some tests - let's see, what OpenAI thinks about this topic?
AI systems have proven their superior performance compared to humans in language and image recognition tests. With advancements in technology, AI algorithms have been fine-tuned to accurately understand and process vast amounts of written and visual data. Whether it's understanding natural language patterns or identifying objects and patterns in images, AI systems have shown remarkable capabilities in outperforming human counterparts. This breakthrough in AI has paved the way for significant advancements in various fields, such as healthcare, self-driving cars, and customer service.
The ability of AI systems to surpass human performance in language and image recognition tasks opens up endless possibilities for businesses and individuals alike. With AI, the speed and accuracy of processing large volumes of data have skyrocketed, enabling businesses to make informed decisions and gain competitive advantages. Moreover, these AI systems can learn and improve over time, constantly refining their abilities and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and patterns. The growth of AI technology is revolutionizing industries, empowering us to harness the potential of intelligent algorithms and achieve new levels of efficiency and accuracy in language and image recognition.
Not so bad I would say and A.I. found the bear on the chocolate packaging by the way :-) -- Have a great weekend.
Here are the top 10 mental models that will revolutionize your prioritization approach
Help others to improve standards for a common interest
The first day of our planning did go really well today. All team members get more and more used to doing a 3-day planning in two days, and the quality of the results is improving with the increased experience over time.
Today is the German World Children’s Day, two month before the UNICEF
World Children’s Day on 20-Nov-23.
"In 1925, International Children’s Day was first proclaimed during the World Conference on Child Welfare in Geneva, Switzerland. This day is still celebrated on June 1 in many countries. However, in 1954, the United Nations resolved that November 20 should be Universal Children’s Day, which later became known as World Children’s day; at the same time he UN suggested that each country should choose a date that was appropriate and met the needs of for their own people to celebrate."
Related to the headline today an article from Frank Sonnenberg -
"Nobody likes me! I wish I could like you, Charlie Brown, but I can't ... If I were to like you, it would be admitting that I was lowering my standards! You wouldn't want me to do that, would you? Be reasonable! I have standards that I have set up for liking people, and you just don't meet those standards! It wouldn't be reasonable for me to like you! I hate myself for being so unreasonable! — Charles M. Schulz
[19-Sep-23] About Productivity ...
Some quick insights and links before the PI planning tomorrow
"Simply put, productivity measures the amount of value created for each hour that is worked in a society." -- McKinsey
The presentation for tomorrow is nearly finished, possibly some final changes are required between 07.30 and 08.30 AM in the morning, last minute. Better to do it then in time for the kick-off meeting.
Preparation for the 3rd Meetup is also making progress, I am just collecting the slides from all presenters.
10 Most Common Leadership Styles and Their Pros and Cons in 2023
Source Youtube: THE PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT by Chris Bailey | Animated Core Message
[17-Sep-23] The week 37-2023 summary
"A self-serving bias is one where we attribute our failures to external factors and our successes to our own admirable qualities and efforts."
Two weeks left until my Autumn holidays and the next week starts with a special System Demo only for the Senior Management team tomorrow. Less technical than last Monday and also to collect some benefit hypothesis, acceptance criteria and the definition of done for the coming project phase from a business and customer perspective.
Tuesday we have the 3rd #SpiritDay this year, a full day for team or personal training. We will start with a team session about Resilience.
Wednesday and Thursday we have our 2-day planning phase, with two new urgent projects to focus on. All available resources with the right expertise and skill set are taking care, the rest will proceed with other smaller tasks, to make some progress there as well.
On 26-Sep-23 finally the 3rd Data & Analytics Meetup. The event was close to be canceled due to a conflict with a higher management All-Hands meeting, but we could come to a compromise. Moving the start 30 minutes later and a little less room in the agenda will work for all involved parties.
Enjoy your next week.
The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (15-Sep-23)
Clearing the Fog: How to Stop Ambiguity from Frustrating Your Team
Video: Why a Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful
Finding or improving potential is also one driver in my school workshop on 29-Sep-23. I finished the presentation today with some additional slides and my notes for the workshop. The final result is already available for download on my Beratung & Coaching page. You can also find my 2018, 2019 and 2021 slides there. Have fun and a great weekend.
Speeding up green transition is cheaper than delaying, plus other top energy stories this week
For LINUX users or fans, interested in some TUX avatars?
Marco Antonio Espinosa Kind has a lot of potential.
[15-Sep-23] How to uncover potential?
The Pygmalion Effect: the powerful influence of shared expectations.
In order to come from a rock to statue you need some tools. It is the same when you want to uncover your potential. The right tools might be learning, personality tests, some mentoring/coaching, maybe just some feedback from an outside opinion or perspective? Up to you, and depending from where you are and where you want to be?
Another potential could be found in hidden champions - Hidden championsare companies that dominate their respective niches, but are largely unknown to the general public. These companies are typically small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with annual revenues of less than €5 billion - I did see a Peter Kreuzarticle about this topic today (only in German), but also found his series of English speaking videos on Youtube for the same topic, have a look.
Finally a paradigm shift could help as well and unlock a lot of potential. See an example for leadership with a great Tanmay Vora sketchnote included.
“Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” -- John Maxwell, taken from 40 Inspirational Quotes On Potential.
The secret to accelerating performance - What winning companies do differently
JAW-DROPPING ELECTRIC MINI RACER ACCELERATES TO 62 MPH IN LESS THAN ONE SECOND
10 Sentences advice on what Scrum Master need (credit to Mike Cohn)
[13-Sep-23] Issue and improvement
Clarify the problem and find a solution
I found the picture yesterday and shared it in my team. The spillover joke came up immediately and I answered, when you want to keep a clean table, don't do any spillovers. Today I found an even better solution on Youtube, the 2023 answer - Robot Barista Making Latte Art!
Next issues is the baby-boomergeneration retiring shortly and the current
shortage of skilled workers. Two trends going in opposite directions. A huge number of baby-boomers are leaving the workforce in the coming years and the current shortage of skilled workers will be getting worse. So re- or upskill your younger employees and develop what you need on your own. My project will be facing the same issues with respect to software development. A first idea is to do pair-programming or mentoring between older and young team members, maybe a coding autumn-school to upskill a larger group quickly. I will be thinking about this in more details after my October holiday.
Finally a new idea to avoid synchronization or undertitles in videos - just use AI for translation into other languages and to match the new words and mouth movements. Have a look at HeyGen or this example.
Dan Rockwell: 7 WAYS TO LEARN TO SAY NO WITH KINDNESS
Redesigning your career path in a Skills-Driven world
Frank Sonnenberg: How to Work Smart and Achieve More
Habit: "Something that you do often and regularly, sometimes without knowing that you are doing it"
The changed "habit" during our System Demo today, more focus on outcome and benefit for the customers and less technical details and language, did go really well. And the collected feedback afterwards did proof that we are on the right track. More to come the next time.
"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it." -- Ralph Marston, American - Writer
Video: Simon Sinek's Thoughts on the Purpose of AI
[10-Sep-23] My week 36-2023 highlights
Basketball World Cup Final: Germany 83 : Serbia 77
The historical days did go on today, when the German Basketball team did win the World Cup for the 1st time. What a great day and very well deserved after winning all games during this tournament. And a perfect analogy to the picture today, as the great intersection of all player types and their experience in the past together made a winning team. Congratulations and Basketball will now get much more visibility with a broader audience, because only the final was shown on free TV in Germany.
Germany can be lucky to have Basketball now, as Soccer is a complete disaster in the moment. After losing against Japan yesterday the coach was fired today, much too late from my perspective, but better late than never. Next friendly game is against France on Tuesday already and an interim coach has been announced. Will be interesting to see, who gets this position long-term.
I was busy the whole day yesterday to update and fine-tune my presentation for the school workshop on 29-Sep-23. A lot did happen in the technology and digitalization area in the last 2 years, what had influence on the content I plan to present. I asked ChatGPT to get 10 key topics to be covered during this workshop and 5 dangers I should warn the kids about. Really great results for easy questions, very helpful. And a good confirmation for the content I did share in previous workshops in the school already. Good to have this task finished now, only some additional notes will be required for my voice-over during the presentation. I plan to have two active sessions for the audience besides the slides I will show.
The coming week starts with our System Demo on Monday, much more customer focused this time. Looking forward to the feedback of the audience afterwards, to see if our effort and change in direction was successful?
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"I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics. Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that's what I wanted to do." -- Steve Jobs
The German team was the 1st time in the Semi-Finals after 21 years, did win against the favorites from the USA today and is now for the 1st time ever in theWorld Cup final on Sunday. Well done guys.
As well today is the 1st anniversary of the death of Elizabeth II, 70 years on the throne and now the 1st year without her, still a little bit unusual.
The picture today is another great Tanmay Vora sketchnote, always a good combination of content and related sketches.
12 more days to go until the next 2-day project planning starts, another 6 days for the 3rd Meetup and then finally the school workshop on 29-Sep-23, before 2 weeks holiday start, will be well deserved by then.
Next Monday we will have our System Demo with the main customers and stakeholders, as official finish for the last 3-month period. Then we start our 5-days of dedicated innovation, training and exploration phase before the next planning. As we want to be much more customer focused and less technical in language on Monday, we had a dry-run with all team members today. Some minor adjustments are required, but the rest will be working fine. Looking forward to it and the feedback of the audience afterwards.
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[06-Sep-23] The Bulldozer ...
Sometimes you just need to drive alternative ideas
In one of our strategic projects we have a "driver triangle" of Time - Resources - and Smartness. As the enddate is fixed and we cannot increase the number of skilled resources in the remaining time, we have to work smarter and push new, alternative and maybe crazy ideas, to get things done.
During a meeting today I took the Bulldozer role and shared some "fancy" ideas. Why should we spend a lot of effort to reduce the duration of an existing process from e.g. 11 to 8 days? Just tell the involved people that the new duration cannot be longer than 3 days and they should be coming up with smart ideas to make it happen. Discuss good pratices and combine what works well. If a competition between teams is required to be faster, why not - gamification can help as well.
Another proposal was to use the Pareto Principle - by just spending 20% team effort, we should come to a 80% quality and confidence level after testing. We will see soon, if this is possible?
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I started with the Coaching Habit and it is really easy to read and understand. Looking forward to the remaining content and then the latest book from MBS.
As promised I did select the Interns for the 2nd round of interviews today. Difficult to meet the requirements of the departments searching for Interns, and making it to the 2nd round is no guarantee to be invited for a 2nd interview. We will see.
"The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it." -- Ray Kroc, American - Businessman October 5, 1902 - January 14, 1984
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The A.I cartoon from Paul Noth as perfect fit to the Labor Day in the USA today.
[03-Sep-23] The week 35-2023 summary
A happy heart is good medicine ...
Above the text from my Fortune cookie that I took away from the Vietnam restaurant where we had our dinner today. Nice food for a happy heart.
We did book our October holiday today, nearly two weeks in the southern part of Germany, looking forward to it. Besides that I started to prepare my presentation for the School workshop end of Sep-23. Just 90 minutes this time, what is good as my 2nd hands-on activity will be changed and ites are necessarys much shorter than normal. As the last workshop was back in 2021, some updates are necessary. ChatGPT did not exist by then, definitely one topic to add. There might be more?
Next week some basic decisions are to be taken, as we enter the hot weeks before the next two day planning phase on 20-Sep-23. Have a great week 36:
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Exactly one year ago I was celebrating the first time 1,000k readers on the counter of my BLOG. I am wearing my celebration jacket today that I did design for this occasion back then. As best possible assumption I did set the counter to 1,308,000 readers today, see the bottom of the Welcome page as reference. Just in case you are interested in more details about the celebration last year, see
[01-Sep-22] Blog post, see 2022 eBOOK page 121 for details.
Had a busy day today, starting in the morning with our monthly OneTeam coffee, a voluntary meeting that does not need to have any business context. Out of 450 potential participants only 4 showed up. Voluntary none business topics are not really attractive is my summary, but we had a great time. Did talk about Indian lunch, Vietnam as the 2nd largest coffee producer in the world and some really good Spanish wine. A promising start in the day.
After lunch a one hour Q&A session about our Cloud strategy with 100 people, seemed to be a more fancy topic, based on the pure numbers. People were invited to give feedback about the session and 9 did take the time to share some thoughts. The result was between 1 (complete waste of time) and 5 (cool stuff), difficult to make everybody happy. Anyway we provided some transparency and this is the idea.
In the afternoon two interviews with potential Interns, one 20 the other 36 years old. I will take the decision about next steps in the coming week.
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Just today I uploaded a new version of my 6th eBOOK with content until 29-Aug-23. You can get it via the Downloads page in the menu above.
On Friday 01-Sep-23 I will celebrate the 1st anniversary of having 1,000,000 visitors on the counter of my BLOG for the first time. Due to the change of my BLOG hosting company on 08-Dec-22 the visitors are counted differently in the meantime. Based on some earlier investigation my estimation for the counter status, according to the previous measurement logic, is 1,306,700 today.
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“We have seen AI providing conversation and comfort to the lonely; we have also seen AI engaging in racial discrimination. Yet the biggest harm that AI is likely to do to individuals in the short term is job displacement, as the amount of work we can automate with AI is vastly larger than before. As leaders, it is incumbent on all of us to make sure we are building a world in which every individual has an opportunity to thrive.”
We roughly waste 10 years in 40 years working due to multitasking
I read the statement above in a LinkedIn article today. Not sure if it is really 10 years, but you definitely lose a lot of time. Just do a quick test, to get a first impression and to better understand differences:
Draw 3 columns on 2 sheets of paper
Column headings: 1-10 ; A-J; I-X (see picture)
Goal: Columns are filled with corresponding values
Round 1: according to rules see below
Turn over sheet of paper or take a new sheet and redraw & label columns
Round 2: according to rules see below
RULES PER ROUND:
Round 1: It is filled row by row. Say: 1; A; I; (next line) 2; B; II; .... until you reach 10; J; X
Round 2: You fill in columns. First all numbers from 1-10, then all letters (A-J) and last all roman numerals (I-X).
Which round took longer? Surprised ...
After the workshops in the last two weeks I had a discussion with one of the participants today. The topic was to understand more details about the 16Personalities test and how to make best use of the results in a small team setup. I proposed two other tests - IKIGAI and DISC - and some ideas how to approach the next steps. Further discussion is necessary in the future. We will see, what comes next?
"To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are." -- Eric Hoffer
We start with the Sprint-4 demo tomorrow and afterwards plan the priorities for the next 3 month phase starting 26-Sep-23. Due to a lot of outside influences we are not free to choose our way forward, but we will try to find the best balance between short-term needs and long-term success.
Might not be always easy to create the right awareness of the capabilities in our team, but we will do our best. As we are short with skilled resources for the legacy environment we want to retire soon, any automation or possibilitiy to make use of machine learning will be helpful. To be scalable, faster and deliver with less people and high quality. We will start tomorrow.
Like the onion describes the awareness of problems in the organization, the same applies for knowledge about capabilities. The higher you come the lower the insights. So we have to improve our marketing activities and deliver on commitments more often, to build the trust needed.
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[25-Aug-23] The Race is on ...
Ready for the weekend after 4 workshops in two weeks
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The well deserved weekend is coming up and I am looking forward to it. Next week back to standard business with our Sprint-4 Demo and the preparation of the next planning phase on 20/21-Sep-23. Alignment is required as well as dependency checks and a common priority setting across different projects.
Besides that I will be starting to prepare the school workshop tomorrow. Needs some updates with 2023 data and capabilities like ChatGPT.
Have a great weekend:
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Just back from my two days with workshops, on Tuesday for 2 hours with my senior management team and Wednesday a whole day offsite with a small management team of another department. Both a great success and the basis for more assignments.
I am still working on my future position as the Feelgood Manager of my department and see two ways to get there. Either to be nominated by the HR department or via an election of all employees. The more workshops I host the higher is the probability for option two. I will go on with this approach, as it is a great experience and learning for me. The fun to see that the preparation work is leading to a smooth workshop is on top of this.
Now the focus will go back to the project and the 3rd Meetup coming up end of Sep-23. The next planned holiday is early Oct-23 for two weeks. One day before I will be hosting the school workshop this year, needs some preparation work as well, as the last one was 2021. The topic is Digital Transformation and this is changing really fast.
"The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity." -- Eckhart Tolle, German - Speaker Born: February 16, 1948
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Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work and interact with others
Asking questions is the best and first advice for the Interns during their onboarding session. It also works for other people, independent of their age. And with ChatGPT there is now a new tool available that can answer basically any question with a pretty accurate answer.
I used it yesterday for my upcoming school workshop in September. The pupils are close to leaving school and will either start an apprenticeship or study. Some know already what they will be doing, others are struggling with the available offers or cannot take a final decision. In order to help I am collecting websites that support the decision making process. I did post 6 new sites today on my German Beratung & Coaching page. With the right question ChatGPT can add many more
pages, I stopped after 15 new ideas and will be using this way of generating valuable content during my workshop. Making best use of the available capabilities.
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[20-Aug-23] The week 33-2023 summary
Handling fear and your comfort zone ...
No additional title for the England team as Spain did win the final today and did become now the 5th team to ever win the Women's World Cup. Congratulations.
This morning I had a discussion with my wife about leaving the Comfort Zone, as this was one of the workshop topics in the past week. Here what OpenAI thinks about the topic:
Leaving the comfort zone can be a daunting prospect, but it is essential for personal growth and development. Here are 10 compelling arguments why taking that leap of faith is worth it:
1. Self-discovery: Stepping out of your comfort zone allows you to explore new challenges and push your limits, leading to a better understanding of yourself and your capabilities.
2. Increased resilience: By confronting difficult situations outside of your comfort zone, you build resilience and learn to adapt to change more effectively.
3. Expanded horizons: Embracing the unknown opens doors to new experiences, opportunities, and perspectives that you may have never encountered otherwise.
4. Overcoming fears: Facing your fears head-on can be liberating and empowering, helping you to become more courageous and confident in all areas of life.
5. Enhanced creativity: By exploring new situations and environments, you stimulate your creativity and problem-solving skills, finding innovative solutions to challenges.
6. Personal growth: Leaving your comfort zone pushes you to learn and develop new skills, expanding your knowledge base and fostering personal growth.
7. Building resilience: By facing uncertainty and adversity outside of your comfort zone, you become more resilient and better equipped to handle life's challenges.
8. Boosted self-confidence: Each time you step out of your comfort zone and achieve success, your self-confidence grows, paving the way for greater accomplishments in the future.
9. Embracing change: Leaving your comfort zone prepares you to embrace change gracefully, ensuring you are not left behind in an ever-evolving world.
10. Increased opportunities: By venturing beyond what is familiar, you expose yourself to a broader range of opportunities and possibilities, both personally and professionally.
Not so bad, some minor adjustments and all is great.
In The Mouse on TV today they explained why the track and field athletes run around the stadium to their left (counter-clockwise)? They did look at different possibilities like e.g. Historical Tradition, left-footed versus right footed people (bio-mechanics), Fairness, Comparability and Standardization. In the end it was a very short IAAF rules book entry from 1913 to standardize on a global basis.
In the afternoon I did ask ChatGPT 3.5 the same question and got the same answer - "Ultimately, the combination of historical tradition and practical considerations, as defined by the IAAF rules, has led to the widespread practice of track and field athletes running in a counter-clockwise direction around the stadium.". Only when I asked for a combination of this story and leaving the comfort zone in the same article, the system was struggling a lot. More to come ...
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“It won’t be a surprise to see in the next 24 months, multiple billion-dollar companies built on top of OpenAI’s foundational models. The startups that will be the most successful won’t be the best at prompt engineering, which is the focus today, rather success will be found in what novel data and use case do they incorporate into OpenAI’s models. This novel data and application will be the moat that establishes the next set of AI unicorns.” -- David Shim, taken from
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"We can struggle with what is. We can judge and blame others or ourselves. Or we can accept what cannot be changed. Peace comes from an honorable and open heart accepting what is true. Do we want to remain stuck? Or to release the fearful sense of self and rest kindly where we are?" -- Jack Kornfield
[19-Aug-23] Water some joy seeds
The weekend between the two workshop weeks
I could prepare both workshops for next week on Friday, just need to wait for the senior management team to deliver their homework, will see the results on Monday.
After lunch on Friday we had our bi-weekly BrownBag session, this time the topic was around Japanese culture and frameworks. Very well received by the audience and less technical than our previous topics. Interested in more details, see the two links below:
Finally the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 tomorrow morning - England versus Spain. Three European teams in the last four, Australia finished 4th against Sweden today. After winning the European Championship last year, this could be the 2nd title in 2 years for the team from England. The last and only international title for the Men's team is the World Cup win from 1966 against Germany.
[17-Aug-23] Getting luckier ...
Lifelong Learning, you have to practice, practice, ...
Today I delivered the final package to the participants of the workshop yesterday. The presentation and a summary of the results the teams did work out together. I did get more posititve feedback about the two days and even an offer to host another workshop next week. A little bit too short notice for me, as I had two other workshops scheduled already. Maybe next time?
Later today I delivered several appreciation certificates to team members of my project. This time to the silent heroes/performers. They do great work and deliver or over deliver on their commitments on a regular basis, are a backbone of their teams and do not talk about it a lot. As recognition is one of the top motivation drivers in our teams, we do these kind of appreciation regularly. Helps the recognized people a lot, and is a good signal to their supervisors as well for the next performance review for example.
Besides the public transport that did really work well in both directions, I had to take two trains and two busses to get there and again on the way back, the workshop was a great success. It was the 1st time for me to host nearly 50 people in one room, so far the larger workshops with 50+ people were only online.
On the first day we did the Motivation workshop that works well with any kind of participant number, together in a room, online or in a hybrid setup. This morning the presentation of the Personality Type test results and to close the session the 2025/26 journey.
All three topics are related to leaving the personal Comfort Zone, by passing the Fear Zone on the way to the Learning and Growth Zone. And the same happened on the evening before, when Karaoke was on the agenda.
Some people could really sing well, others did it just for fun or did not care that they still have room for improvement, and a lot did not sing at all. Too much fear to leave the comfort zone, so we potentially missed some good singers, who did not even know how good they are, because they never tried? Overall a lot of fun and good mood of the team, and a good preparation for my workshop today, as I could use the behavior as example for my story line.
The next two workshops are next week Tuesday and Wednesday.
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[13-Aug-23] My week 32-2023 highlights
Agree to disagree, but support the way forward
Picture taken from a GUSTAVO RAZZETTI article - Disagree and Commit: A 5-Step Playbook to Make Faster, Smarter Decisions - check it out for more details.
Tomorrow is our Sprint-3 demo, but only for 30 minutes. Not much to present in the middle of the 3 month period. Gives me more time to prepare the 1st workshop in the afternoon. Just changing the order of some slides and copying the results of our online brainstorming into it. Then we are good to go, hopefully everybody will be happy with my interpretation of the HR directions.
Tuesday and Wednesday is the two day offsite workshop in our training location in Koenigswinter with 55+ participants. On the 1st day my slot is directly after lunch and before their outdoor team activity. On the 2nd day between breakfast and lunch. The content should be interesting enough, to keep the people motivated. Maybe on the 2nd day morning some will be struggling after a too short night, we will see - those who can party can also work afterwards. Due to the workshop hosting and preparation I might be too busy to write a BLOG post until Wednesday, you will find out :-)
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Related to Leadership and similar topics ...
“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.” — Brian Tracy
The preparation for my workshops in the coming two weeks is making good progress. Two mandatory workshops after the last employee survey next week Monday and on Tuesday in the week after next week. One offsite workshop about motivation, personality types and a virtual journey to 2025 next week Tuesday and Wednesday. The 4th workshop on 23-Aug-23, a full day teambuilding session for a smaller team. Will be a lot of fun and a good learning experience for me as host and hopefully a valuable time for all participants, in total around 100 people in the 4 workshops. Looking forward to it ...
The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 did proceed with the quarter finals today and the last former champion - Japan - has lost against Sweden. Good for the tournament to get a new champion in the final on 20-Aug-23, but bad luck for the Japanese fans, who did always clean up the stadiums after each game - real role model behavior.
And today: The 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop™ will be the most epic year in Hip Hop history! Celebrations will be held all around the world to uplift and honor every aspect of Hip Hop culture. From concerts and tours to battles, competitions and exhibitions, all of your favorite DJs, MCs, Breakdancers, Beatboxers, Graffiti artists and more will show up and show out to make this golden anniversary of Hip Hop culture the most extraordinary year yet.
[11-Aug-23] Personality types next level
Selective awareness to find more details ...
With the help of the Jobs per Personality Type picture and some Coaching questions we could come to a good solution on the next day (10-Aug-23). The personality type and the proposed jobs did fit pretty well and in the end we came up with an interesting idea for the subject of the planned Master study. The Personality Test was possibly not the solution, but a helpful start to trigger a thinking pocess.
On the same day I found an article on LinkedIn about - 7 Workplace Personality Tests That Can Help Improve Your Team - maybe a selective perception, but good to read.
"Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values." -- Ellen DeGeneres,
American - Comedian Born: January 26, 1958
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[09-Aug-23] Learn from your personality
You just have to find the right details ...
Today was the last day to deliver the "homework" for the workshop next week. In order to avoid triggering bad vibes from their former school time, I called the homework preparation task lately. Maybe this will help. When I left the office today we had a return rate of 81%. As the participation is voluntary for all workshop participants a good result so far. Maybe we will see some more late deliveries in the coming days, I will keep the door open until Friday noon.
According to 16Personalities their test results are rated 91% accurate, what is a great starting point for further activities with the data. As you can see on the picture there are several JOB ideas for every of the 16 personality types. Definitely a hint and something to think about, but in the end everybody has to make the decision on their own.Maybe some helpful ideas for you as well?
At work we had a discussion about pros and cons for a Part-time Master study. A lot of additional stress and work for minimum 3 years on the one side, versus making a dream come true and the possibility to earn more money and reach higher positions in the organization. Besides the general Yes/No decision, what to do - there is also a discussion about the right content and topic for the Master study required. Especially in the current situation of the industry with an increase of AI, the baby boomer retirement coming up shortly and the already existing shortage of skilled workers.
Taking a Personality Test could be a good starting point, to understand yourself and what could be a good decision and content? Exactly my proposal: Go for the Master study, but spend some more quality time on the right subject and content to be selected.
On 02-Aug-23 I did write about the four teams that did win the World Cups so far - USA, Germany, Norway and Japan - after 2 games of the last 16 teams today only one team is left - Japan.
The USA team did lose against Sweden after penalties. The end of the career for another great player - Megan Rapinoe. Possibly not the end she was looking for, but it was not in her hand today.
“Real change lies within all of us. It is in the choices we make every day. It’s in how we talk, who we hire, and what we permit others to say in our presence. It’s in reading more, thinking more, considering a different perspective. At its simplest, it’s in whether we’re willing to spend even five minutes a day thinking about how we can make the world better.” --
One more day of holiday tomorrow and the summer is coming back on Thursday, no rain anymore and temperatures above 25 degrees celsius again. Not so good for the kids in school as the summer holidays will be ending on Monday and for me as well, only rain during my days off. But do not get frustrated about stuff you cannot influence or change (in case of the weather possibly not yet, but anywehere soon) anyway!!
First thing Tuesday will be to remind the two audiences of my workshops in the week after, to finish their homework in time. I am pretty sure people who are 20 - 40 years out of school did not change their attitude towards doing their homework. It is still the same, people who did do their homework in the bus or just shortly before the time they had to deliver it, will still do the same. Today they just need a final reminder and the consequence that their delivery will not count, will be my pleasure.
Have a great and productive week, maybe with some sun?
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[04-Aug-23] Back from a short day trip
We had been lucky to have some dry weather today
Trusting in the weather forcast we did visit Bad Muenstereifel today. The city was also badly impacted by the flood in 2021 and the rebuilding process is still in progress. A lot has been accomplished in the meantime, but there are still things to be done. Due to the worse situation after the flood a lot had to be build from scratch instead of repairing it. A good decision according to the local inhabitants, finally all is new.
Below a new OpenAI generated text about different types of stress:
Stress is an inevitable aspect of life that affects us all. However, it is important to recognize that there are different types of stress that we may experience. One type is acute stress, which is typically short-term and often caused by specific events or situations. This can include things like giving a presentation at work or dealing with a conflict in a relationship. Acute stress can be challenging in the moment, but it usually dissipates once the situation is resolved.
Another type of stress is chronic stress, which is ongoing and persistent. This can result from long-term issues such as financial problems, work-related pressures, or ongoing health concerns. Chronic stress can have a significant impact on our overall well-being, as it can lead to physical and mental health issues if not managed effectively. Understanding these different types of stress can help us develop appropriate coping strategies and seek the support we need to navigate life's challenges. So, let's take a moment to reflect on the stressors in our lives and find ways to minimize their impact on our overall well-being.
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One more AI generated text below:
At ReThinkandFocus, we understand the power of a positive team culture. Building a harmonious and thriving work environment is essential for productivity and employee satisfaction. We believe that a positive team culture starts with effective communication and open dialogue. By encouraging team members to express their thoughts and ideas freely, we foster a sense of belonging and teamwork. We also prioritize trust and respect, creating a safe space for collaboration and innovation. Together, we can create a positive team culture that inspires success and mutual support.
Creating a positive team culture also involves recognizing and celebrating individual strengths and achievements. At ReThinkandFocus, we believe in the power of appreciation and recognition. We encourage team members to acknowledge and celebrate each other's accomplishments, fostering a sense of camaraderie and motivation. By valuing and appreciating each team member's contributions, we build a positive team culture where everyone feels valued and motivated to give their best. Join us as we explore the strategies and techniques to build a positive team culture and enhance your organization's success. Together, we can transform the way we work and achieve greatness.
[03-Aug-23] Having the right skills
Knowing what you have and what you need ...
I have seen the Korea Republic v Germany | Group H | FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™game today and it was really painful. The difference between the potential outcome on paper (in theory) and what was visible on the field, really hard to understand.
The German team just had to win, but this was not possible today. So they have to go home now and the remaining 16 teams will find out the new World Cup champion on their own. Immediately after the game the discussion started about the WHY could this happen? "Not enough professionalism in Germany's women soccer and the mentality was not sufficient to handle the pressure situation and to adjust to changing circumstances during the game quickly".
More and more mental coaches and psychologists are working in professional sports, but mentality problems are still used as argument when things go bad. What is going wrong there?
I think you need a good combination of basic skills, the right attitude, some experienced players and fresh minds, combined with good team spirit and the believe that your participation in the tournament is a one time opportunity. Main focus should be on the combination of the right attitudes in the different team members, because this is a given, you can just train skills.
For sure there are many different ways to handle this, doing a 16Personalities Team Assessments could be one of many? We just should give it a try.
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Yesterday we had a final dinner with my friends from Scotland. Some beers and Indian food, a good final for their Germany visit. Today my holiday started. The weather is still more rainy than dry and temperatures around 20 degrees celsius. The same weather is expected in the coming days in a 2 hour radius by car. So we decided to stay at home and to do daily tours in the area around us.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is making good progress, just one day to go until the round of the final 16 teams is complete. USA, Norway and Japan are already qualified - Germany has to win tomorrow, then all four former champions are under the last 16 again. Brasilia, Italy and Argentina are out, but two teams from Africa and Jamaica are qualified. Will be an interesting next round.
"Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds."
-- Marta, Brazilian - Athlete Born: February 19, 1986
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"I think my main objective is to watch as many players as I can and grab a little bit from each of them, especially the things they do well." -- Marta
[31-Jul-23] By the numbers ...
4 colors/categories to describe personality types
Besides the DISC model you can find many more personality test on My new business page, just scroll down a little bit.
For one of my Aug-23 workshops I am using the 16Personalities test, the return rate from 55+ participants is over 60% already. And a lot of people are surprised and in a positive mood about their results. Mission already accomplished.
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"You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results." -- James Clear
[30-Jul-23] My week 30-2023 highlights
What is everybody thinking and no one is saying? What are the past issues that we can’t let go of?
Above 1 of the 50 Most Powerful Questions Smart Leaders Can Ask
from GUSTAVO RAZZETTI.
Today Linda Caicedo from the Colombia women soccer team did play her third World Cup in the same year. 1st the under 17 tournament, then the under 21 tournament and now the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™. She did play against Germany with her team and did win 2:1 and is just 18 years old.
Still all fine for the German team, they did win the 1st game and the 3rd game is against the last team in the current league table. We will know more on Thursday.
Sprint-2 demo tomorrow and one of the Interns will be leaving in the afternoon, the Master Thesis is nearly finished. Two new Interns will be starting on Tuesday. From 02- until 07-Aug-23 I have another short holiday before the workshop season is starting on the 14th. Three workshops in 2 weeks.
The 30th Benrather Bierboerse was really nice today, after all the rainy days last week the first day with sun and dry most of the time. My friend from Scotland liked the concept a lot, you just put up some tents, offer beer from different countries around the world and the guests will come, no worries. Next is the 36th Opladener Bierboerse from 11- until 14-Aug-23 in Leverkusen. It is a four day event, as Opladen has a separate area available outside of the city center.
Have a great week, for me it is just two working days.
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[29-Jul-23] How to decide faster?
Limit the options and your time is worth money
Both pictures fit pretty well together. Kids with not a lot of experience making decisions so far, get only limited options --> to stay inside the lines. Makes sense and is kind of the drawn line between good (between the lines) and bad (outside of the lines) choices as well :-)
The older you get and the more decisions you have taken in the meantime, the better will you be in handling the decision making process. And it can make a lot of sense to think outside of your box by then:
to find the right options and the good choices
to reduce the required time to decide
to make a decision at all
In order to have a proper company symbol in my LinkedIn profile for my own company, I created this page yesterday. Now all should be fine.
Besides that a 60th birthday party tonight and a visit to the Beer Boerse in Benrath tomorrow with my friends from Scotland. Even the weather seems to be getting better, no rain anymore and temperatures around 20 degrees celsius. People in Greece, Italy and Spain would be really happy about it.
Being the weather these days is not a lot of fun. You can offer what you want, people will start to complain after 2 or 3 days latest. If it is too sunny they ask for rain, is there too much rain they ask for sun. If it is too hot it should be colder, when it is just 20 degrees it should be 10 degrees higher. Just make the best out of the weather you get, there are a lot of regions with much worse conditions.
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The Our World in Data team delivered a Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goalsarticle on 18-Jul-23.
In order to make different choices and to break free, it would be good to know where you are and what do you want? With respect to skills and methodologies for example.
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Getting stuck is reactive, getting unstuck is proactive. — Sherene McHenry, taken from Collection of top 28 famous quotes about Unstuck
[26-Jul-23] Problems and Anger
How to solve problems and manage anger ...
My standard public transport connection from home to the office is currently under construction, the whole summer holidays and beyond until the end of Aug-23. My plan B solution is to take a bus to come to the train station of another line. Normally no issue, but it did really go bad yesterday.
The train was late and did not go until the station where I get out to catch the bus. The option was to wait for the next train (20 minutes) or walk to another bus stop. Would have been no issue, but the city center is under construction as well and the bus stop had been moved somewhere else. So I looked for another one on my way home, what took some time but helped to go beyond my 7k steps per day. When I finally reached the bus stop I had to wait another 10 minutes for the bus.
So good anger management and problem solving skills help a lot, to stay calm. I will be away to see my friend from Scotland tomorrow, he and his wife arrived today.
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As the reverse mentoring meeting is coming up this week, the perspective is also driven by your age and especially the time you were born.
See an example from ANDERS INDSET in CHANGING THE CLIMATE OF CLIMATE CHANGE:
"This week, I read an apt comparison to our time full of crises—a breakdown of someone born in 1900. Imagine that when you turn fourteen, World War I engulfs the globe. Four years later, by your eighteenth birthday, 22 million people have died. At the same time, the Spanish flu breaks out. Until you’re twenty, the daily confrontation with death is part of your life: another 50 million people die. In your twenty-ninth year, the New York stock market crash (October 1929) begins the great economic crisis—the Great Depression, entailing a 25-percent unemployment rate and GDP collapse of 25–30 percent. When you’re thirty-three, things ease up a bit until World War II breaks out when you’re thirty-nine. In the prime of your professional and family life (age 39–45), 75 million people die in war worldwide. Then, when you’re fifty-two, comes the Korean War, which claims another 5 million lives. When you’re sixty-four, just before retirement, the Vietnam War begins, ultimately dragging on until 1975. Millions more die. The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War are all daily topics in old age. In your seventieth year of life, the first Earth Day is organized: 20 million people take to the streets and shout “climate crisis.”"
I was born 62 years later into a much better period of time, lucky me. This drives my perspective, thinking, experience and how to handle change. Looking at Generation Z(comprises people born between 1996 and 2010) who was born ~100 years later, the perspectives are different again, no surprise.
A lot of very different topics covered last week and even the OpenAI text generator did get a chance.
Next week is all about workshop preparation for August. Even one more, to talk about the results of the employee survey in the meantime. It is mandatory for all departments. We are still talking about the best approach for our whole team and how to fill in the requested action plan.
Besides that further alignment for our 3rd Data & Analytics Meetup in Sep-23, for the Agenda in the morning and the Break-Out sessions in the afternoon. And on Thursday another Reverse Mentoring session with my GenZ partner. The topic will be Employee Engagement, see
Finally my friend from Scotland is coming over for a Germany visit for 9 days. It was delayed some years due to the COVID-19 guidelines and travel restrictions, now it is possible again. Looking forward to it, I will see him the first time on Thursday after work.
As Master Yoda once said, 'Do or do not, there is no try.'
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[22-Jul-23] Circle of Control
Control choices, thoughts and actions
Faster than expected the required document for my eSIM arrived today. Installation was working fine and now the new mobile phone is running smoothly. Just focus on, what you can control and do not worry about the rest.
Since some weeks ONE.com is offering a helping hand for writing text powered by OpenAI. Below a first example for Circle of Control in Orange color:
"In life, there are many things beyond our control. It is easy to get caught up in worrying about these external factors. However, it is important to recognize that focusing on what we can control, known as the circle of control, allows us to exert our power effectively. By directing our energy towards things like our mindset, actions, and reactions, we can improve our well-being and achieve our goals. Embracing the circle of control empowers us to navigate life's challenges with resilience and adaptability."
"Focusing on the Circle of Control allows you to keep your psyche healthy. In other words, you can expect better mental wellness when your life is only focused on things that are within your control."
Have a great weekend.
[21-Jul-23] New Experiences ...
How to spend some money
After using my Fairphone 2 for four years I decided to buy a new Fairphone 4 this week. Initially the plan was to proceed using Ubuntu Touch as operating system, even when some constraints had to be accepted.
But during the initial setup of the phone I updated the Android version from 11 to 12, what did not work with the current Ubuntu Touch installer anymore. Bad luck, but maybe an update of the installer in the future will help? One mistake done opens another opportunity, to use both SIM card slots of the new phone. One Nano-SIM and one eSIM.
"As the name suggests, this is a SIM card that’s built into your smartphone and can’t be removed. It performs the same function as a traditional SIM, except that it’s programmable and physically connected (soldered) to your smartphone’s motherboard."
From a sustainability perspective a good idea as well, no plastic SIM card required and no logistics effort, just an Internet connection. So far the theory :-)
I did go on the webpage of my service provider, selected new mobile phone and exchange SIM card, but this caused an error message. After some discussion with the service chat bot I called the help desk. Something you do not very often when the service is working as expected, so I did not remember my contract password. The guy did take some action on the phone to help, what was great. Today I learned that he will send all required details for the eSIM by mail, will arrive tomorrow or Monday. Painful and funny at the same time.
As I had to call the help desk from the right mobile phone number for identification purposes and no free SIM slot in a smart phone, I took out an old Nokia 6210 that was more than 10 years in my desk switched off. Loading the battery, increasing the size of the SIM card with an adapter and ready to go. Easy usage & look and feel, like coming home. Another fun fact of this story, until I get the eSIM it will be my backup for text messages.
The right priority for Quality, Constraints and Value
The traditional Iron Triangle is the Agile Triangle in the meantime. It is all about VALUE and we do not de-prioritize or give up on Quality. So the only area to balance/manage the progress is in the Constraints (Cost, Schedule, Scope) area.
In one of our current activities the end date is fixed as well as the costs, in the number of available skilled resources this time. So we have to reduce the scope, to get the work done in time. Everything, what is not required anymore, can be stopped or solved differently, will help to better manage the remaining scope. In the mindset of transparency we should openly communicate the situation and our constraints to the customers, to solve the issues in partnership.
The faster we are 100% clear about the scope, the earlier we can plan the available resources in the remaining time. Let's go for it.
And according to the 10/90 rule - "The 10/90 rule states that the first 10% of the time you spend planning and organizing your work can turn into as much as 90% of the time that you save in execution." - getting the scope clear, before you start to work can save up to 90% of the required effort.
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Assuming you are a several-times reader of my BLOG then you should be aware that I like quotes a lot? It is an appreciation to reuse the smart ideas or thoughts of well known or less known people. And it fits to my way of doing things - reuse, steal with pride, copy and transfer, keeping it simple and lifelong learning.
Just in case you want to try my self-paced Quotes Quiz see
And as a surprise, there are many more people besides Mark Twain who have been quoted.
[16-Jul-23] My week 28-2023 highlights
Some very diverse topics and a day off
Did you ever hear about the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel - The underground cathedral protecting Tokyo from floods? I learned about it in a TV series today, initially planned and build to protect Tokyo from a once in 100 years flood, now used several times per year to handle the increasing number of heavy rain.
The so called cathedral was build because of Shikata Ga Nai - "The Japanese language has certain words and phrases that are so common, they actually become somewhat of a mindset or philosophy. One of those phrases is “shikata ga nai” and it’s common enough phrase to hear it used daily. What does shikata ga nai mean? - With that understanding of each part of the phrase, we can see that 仕方が無い means “there is no course of action (that one can take” or something like “there is nothing that one can do (in this situation).”" - you cannot avoid it, but it is good and smart to be prepared.
Tomorrow is our Sprint-1 Demo, normally not a lot to present just two weeks after the planning phase, but we have a good overview from all the teams prepared for our stakeholders. Will be interesting to see, also for me. As I am one of the reference points for understandable presentations in the customer language, because I do not really get in detail, what the teams are doing from a technical perspective.
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[15-Jul-23] About artwork ...
You can paint on very different material or objects
Sometimes it is difficult to find topics and content for my BLOG, as yesterday for example, and today it was not difficult at all.
I have seen a report on TV about the artist Guillaume Legros (Saype) yesterday. "Self-taught, Saype is known today for his paintings on grass, made with eco-responsible paint. Certainly one of the most publicized artists in 2019, he was notably named by the famous magazine Forbes as one of the thirty most influential personalities under the age of thirty in the world, in the field of art and Culture."
And I did read an article about the BMW Art Car number 20 that will be presented in 2024. "BMW Art Cars – three little words that stand for the legendary fusion of car icons such as the BMW M1 or the BMW Z1 and world-famous artists of the caliber of Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol. Since 1975, 19 BMW Art Cars have been created – each one a unique piece. Number 20 will soon follow in 2024, designed by Ethiopian painter Julie Mehretu." The other picture shows Andy Warhol's Art Car #4 from 1979, amazing.
Some more ART related links, have a look:
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"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” -- Kacy Maxwell
"The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism." -- Brian May, English - Musician Born: July 19, 1947
[12-Jul-23] Some more Optimism ...
Try to change how the situation feels
In one of the upcoming offsite workshops in August we will be using the 16Personalities framework to look at some insights of the department, based on their aggregated data. In the moment all participants are sending me their personality type, assuming they are willing to share it as the process is all voluntary, a preparation homework.
With more than 849 million test taken they can offer a lot of supporting material and statistics, really helpful for the workshop. As one random example see the Nepal Personality Profile data.
Out of experience I can say that not a lot of people have been interested in their personality type before the homework assignment. Now they take the test and get a lot of valuable information and insights about themselves. See for example the CONSUL personality, what is my type by the way :-) - really cool stuff ...
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Two years after the huge flood in the Ahr-valley a lot is looking good again, some locations even better than before. Others are still struggling, waiting for money from their insurance company or the local government.
As you can see on the picture, the water was standing in the streets
above cellar and first floor two years ago. Today the water in the Ahr creek was so low that a duck we have seen had issues to swim properly.
The house on the picture is from 1761 and has possibly seen a lot in the last 260+ years, but the flood was special. And the repair process is still ongoing.
During the breakfast today a lot of politicians and mayors of the local villages arrived in the hotel where we stayed, to come togther for a status/progress update after two years and to give a press conference afterwards. Interesting to see all the activities behind the scenes and how many people are involved to prepare something, what looks pretty easy and straight forward on TV later.
Some guys were carrying a lot of paper around, the personal protection security guys of some politicians more muscles. You never know, what will happen.
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[09-Jul-23] The week 27-2023 summary
Celebrating the 7th anniversary and more ...
A great success story and some new opportunities started last week.
Monday afternoon my wife and I will be leaving for a short holiday to the Ahr valley. The whole area was destroyed two years ago by a
catastrophic flood during one night. Now they are running a marketing campaign - We are open - to attract tourists again and get people back in the region. To show, what they have accomplished in the last two years and to get money back into the region. We are happy to support this idea and enjoy some nice time in a beautiful valley.
Back Tuesday afternoon for three more working days with one System Demo on Friday and a Sprint demo next week Monday. As we have a tough milestone planned for 18-Sep-23, every interaction with our stakeholders is an opportunity to get early feedback and to gather their opinion about the progress we are making. Will be valuable ...
Have a great week, I will :-)
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[08-Jul-23] Comic Saturday ...
Have fun with some good examples and references
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[07-Jul-23] Employee engagement
Gallup - State of the Global Workplace: 2023 Report
According to the Gallup measurement - Employee engagement is the involvement and enthusiasm of employees in both their work and workplace.
For Germany 16% of the employees are engaged, 68% are not engaged and another 16% actively disengaged. Meaning 5 of 6 people are not engaged or disengaged, what is a really tough number from my perspective.
After the latest employee survey we are discussing why the index did go down 13%? It is still above 50%, what is much higher than the Germany average of 16% from Gallup, but the 13% decrease is the current concern. Looking at the details there are different explanations possible:
The employees did give an honest answer and no "greenwashing"?
The questions driving the index are more describing the mood than the engagement level?
Maybe more measurements are necessary to get a full and realistic picture?
More to be discussed ...
The reverse mentoringprogram did start this week. My new mentor is the same age as my oldest daughter, we will be discussing first business topics later in July. This will be a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to it. With my two Gen Z daughters we are discussing general and family topics, no work or business related stuff.
[05-Jul-23] Emotions and Motivation
Extending the scope of my motivation workshop
In one of my two offsite workshops in Aug-23, I will be hosting parts of my workshop portfolio during 2 days. Today I did get the request from my customer to extend the motivation workshop with an emotions part.
After clarifying that we are talking about the Kuebler-Ross curve, I came up with the following idea. To get over the depression phase in the curve you can spark the motivation, what is basically the content of the workshop - to be clear about your personal and team motivation drivers, and to propose different ideas, how to improve the current situation. Small changes can have real impact.
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"We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear." -- ElisabethKubler-Ross, American - Psychologist July 8, 1926 - August 24, 2004
[04-Jul-23] 7th anniversary of my BLOG
Happy birthday www.rethinkandfocus.com ...
What a journey in the last 7 years? A lot of work, fun and appreciation that leads to valuable content, satisfaction and intrinsic motivation, to go on. Assuming an average of 5 posts per week, I have written 1,825 posts on 2,324 pages so far, stored in 6eBOOKs.
Initially I wanted to find out the correct number of posts via a smart search in the eBOOK PDF files via a Linux terminal command, but several approaches did not lead to a sufficient result. In the end I decided to make a good estimate, better use of capabilities :-)
Interested in my 7 birthday posts so far, the the references below:
The Yeast plait on the picture with the red background was made by my wife for a small birthday party today, all celebrations are welcome!!
And just in case you need a quick translation of the text on an image, you can use Yandex for example. I had an urgent request from a contact in France today, who was asking for a translation of a document in German. As it was a PDF file and I could not select the text in the document, I just made a screenshot and used Yandex to translate the image in English and French, great functionality and result. Just double check the final result to be on the safe side.
The Genuine Influencers: Mothers as Key Leaders and Influential Change Makers
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[02-Jul-23] My week 26-2023 highlights
Be different and focus on the right topics ...
A lot of good work done last week and a really diverse list of topics covered as well. Only two days to go until Tuesday, when my BLOG has the 7th anniversary on 04-Jul-23. What a great achievement and journey, it was definitely not expected like this, but I am really proud and satisfied about the content created during this time.
I initially started the BLOG when I left my previous company and was looking for a new job. I just wanted to document my approach and what happened to me on the way to a new assignment. I just realized that I am now working for my new company for 5 years already, I started 01-Jul-18.
Next week will be a little bit more quiet, as the new 3 month project phase will start Tuesday and a lot of people are starting their summer holiday now. On Thuesday will be the get-to-know-each-other session of the reverse mentoring program. Looking forward to it.
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[01-Jul-23] Engagement surveys
The act of engaging : the state of being engaged - emotional involvement or commitment
Employee engagement is the strength of the mental and emotional connection employees feel toward the work they do, their teams, and their organization.
Bad or lower than expected results in an engagement survey could be caused by the circumstances of a company, but do not have a direct impact on the work that gets delivered. We are all professionals and know, what is expected and has to be done, if we are in a bad mood or not. The engagement numbers go down immediately, when the employees are realistic and give honest answers, but the results will follow later. Possibly enough time for countermeasures to be taken by the company, if they take it serious.
[30-Jun-23] Teambuilding activities
Successful 90 minutes following a one day break
After the two day planning phase Tuesday and Wednesday, we had to pause for a day, as our Indian colleagues had a public holiday. Today we finished our planning with a 90 minutes Team Building session.
With 22 questions from very different categories of content, to give the participants from Brazil, Germany, India and Portugal a more or less equal chance to win. As we are all no experts in this area, in the end the fastest and luckiest respondent did win. You will see, what I mean when you take the Quiz.
We finished the Team Building session with a discussion about Personal and Team values. Closing task was a satisfaction survey about current roles in the project, with a result of 4.3 of 5 possible points, pretty good I would say, but still some room for improvement. Will be my task in the coming month.
The Sketchplanations picture is a great fit to my quote - Start simple, it always becomes complex over time!!
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“It’s very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It’s easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.” – Fred Rogers, Children’s Entertainer, taken from 61 Best Team Building Quotes for Bonding at Work in 2023
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[28-Jun-23] A job well done
Quick summary after 2 planning days
Our two day planning finished today at 02.30 PM. Due to the 3.5 hours time difference to India, a faster than expected delivery of the final 3 tasks and in preparation of a public holiday in India tomorrow, everybody was fine and happy.
Last step in the 2 days is the Confidence Vote, to verify with all participants, how confident they are with the outcome of the planning phase? We made a 4.1 of 5 result, what is really great. Next week Tuesday we will start the next 3 month project phase, looks really promising, but we do have a lot of work to be done to keep the trust of our stakeholders. No pressure no fun.
[27-Jun-23] A magic moment
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY MOVIE 2018 Side by Side w/ the QUEEN LIVE AID 1985
It was impressive to see the LIVE AID concert on TV back in 1985 and even more the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie from 2018, both magic moments. Great work as you will see in the Side by Side video, especially the acting of Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury. Enjoy the music and comparison.
"A Fibonacci spiral is made by creating a spiral of squares that increase in size by the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence. So: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc." - what you see on the picture.
As the current number of daily, weekly, monthly and overall readers on the new BLOG hosting platform is very different to, what I was used at the previous one, I started to compare the numbers today. Putting it all together and looking at short-, medium- and long-term duration, I think a ratio of 7:1 (the previous platform did show 7-times more visitors than the current one) sounds like a good assumption to start from.
On 08-Dec-22 I wrote: "Until further notice or better information I assume that the counter was showing 1,109,000 with the final switch of my Blog hosting company." So in the meantime it should be at 1,267,452 sounds not so bad.
Today was the Reverse Mentoring kick-off meeting, a random match will be working together until Nov-23 and the younger person will mentor the older one, sounds interesting? A longer meeting is scheduled for Thursday this week, to get to know each other better. Looking forward to it..
Nearly half of the year 2023 and the longest day are gone already ...
Our three cross-team knowledge sharing events had been very much appreciated, we had over 120 participants. Our colleagues were really impressed by the level of automation we could accomplish in the meantime. More to come.
Tomorrow is the last clean-up and preparation day, before the next planning phase starts Tuesday for 2 days. Our Indian colleagues have a public holiday (Bakrid/Eid ul-Adha) on Thursday, so we will finish the planning phase with our regular Team Building session on Friday. This time we start with a quotes quiz, followed by a session about personal and team values - we will start with 400 and reduce the list to 5 in the end - we finish with a satisfaction survey and voting for the role model of the last 3 month period. A good program for 90 minutes.
As visible on the picture today, YOU are one of the wonders of the world. Exactly why I use the WE and ME picture as background of my Team Building presentations in workshops. A TEAM (WE) is made of many Individuals (ME) and the opportunity is to find a good combination of the skills, experience and attitude they bring to the table. You just need to go through the team stages afterwards.
"An educational psychologist named Bruce Tuckman discovered a five-stage development process that most teams adhere to in order to achieve high performance. Forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning were the stages he identified and studied."
Enjoy the coming week, mine will start with the personal kick-off of the reverse mentoring program with our Gen Zcolleagues. Looking forward to it.
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