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21. Jan, 2022

I could not find the source of the picture that I have seen on LinkedIn today. The quote does not have a known owner.

Besides starting the weekend today there are much more reasons to smile. I had nearly 8k readers this week after the 9k last week, really a great level of interest that makes me happy ๐Ÿคฉ.

During the week I did get another proof that my approach for long-term investment in people is the right way to go. I am sometimes coaching colleagues, to give them a helping hand and share some of my experience and expertise with them. Asking surprising and open questions is a good way to enable clarity. “Asking questions keeps people engaged, which is paramount when you are trying to influence someone’s thinking or behavior.” My help is for free and I do not expect anything in return. I do not try to influence, just show options and opportunities. Helping people and seeing them grow is enough motivation for me. When you get something in return after a longer period of time, it is a very special appreciation - a reason for a smile ๐Ÿ˜€.

Another smile was for the Team USP Part II Workshop today. In contrast to the first workshop that we could still do together in one room at our Campus, we had to do the workshop online today with 6 people. Online means some restrictions and reduces your training environment to a 2-dimensional screen, but we are in 2022 and there are endless number of tools that can help. I used a Random Picture Generator for example, to trigger the brains of the participants and to improve their creativity and innovation capabilities. After a short warm-up period it did go really well and led to a great result. In the end I did get a 4.8/5 rating, what is really great in Germany, where we never give the full points ๐Ÿค”. Do you see me smiling?

"Every girl in this world should always keep in her mind and brain that the best make up for her would just be her original and real smile and after that or beyond that she would never need anything else to put on her." -- Marilyn Monroe, taken from 81+ Smile Quotes By World Famous Personalities

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"Dont worry about the future, sooner or later its the past. If they say the feelings gone then its time to take it back." -- Meat Loaf, taken from 57 famous quotes - died yesterday age 74


19. Jan, 2022

More helpful ideas in - Why great leaders take humor seriously


"You don't stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing." -- Maurice Chevalier, French - Actor September 12, 1888 - January 1, 1972

18. Jan, 2022

Picture shared by TeacherGoals on LinkedIn

On Sunday I shared my story about the online request for investigation with the German Mail. It did proceed today ๐Ÿคจ, when I did get a letter with the official reference number confirming my request. Just in case I would have an update about the status already, I can send the included letter back with the provided envelope. A lot of administration effort end costs for something that is already history for me. A reference number directly in my confirmation email would have been better when I called the Service Desk to stop the investigation, as the missed letter arrived in the meantime.  

All people have different use cases and requirements, so I have some tolerance with the German Mail and stop the process and concern from my side. Was good for a story in my Blog anyway ๐Ÿ˜Ž. 

"Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together." -- Linda Thompson, American - Actress Born: May 23, 1950


17. Jan, 2022

Sketchnote by Karuna Thomas related to a Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)® article The 70-20-10 Rule for Leadership  Development

Just sharing some quick sketchnotes today:

Some other links besides the above:

  • The 10 Must-Read Articles for Recruiters This Week (14-Jan-22)
  • Which Values Children Should Be Encouraged to Learn, By Country
  • TED Talk: Candace Parker -- How to break down barriers and not accept limits
  • Gallup: State of the Global Workplace: 2021 Report

“Without continuous personal development, you are now all that you will ever become.” -- Eli Cohen, taken from 65 Personal Growth and Development Quotes


16. Jan, 2022

Sketchnote by Amelia Crabtree related to a book from  Amy Edmondson.

Looking for an alternative sketchnote? See Conversations That Build Psychological Safety by Tanmay Vora ๐Ÿ‘.

Had a great 1st week after the holiday break. Besides the 9k weekly readers of my blog I was asked to take a new role in one of our major projects. Starting next week I will be preparing myself to be the Release Train Engineer (RTE), in easy words the Scrum Master above all Scrum Masters in this project. RTEs are Servant Leaders and Coaches, what perfectly fits to where I see my strength in the moment and how I see the future of leadership in agile organizations anyway. Two success notes into the 2022 JAR ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

A funny experience was sending two books to a friend of mine. One was for information purposes and the other one a present for his birthday next week. I did send the books by German Mail on 06-Jan-22 and did ask several days later, if they did arrive already. No delivery until last Friday.

On Friday I raised an online request for investigation with the German Mail, to find out what happened with the book letter. First it was difficult to find the right page and then it should take 30+ days until you get any feedback.

Fun fact in between. The wife of my friend did receive the book letter and did hide it, as she was already assuming that it contained a birthday present. What would we do without our wifes ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘.

It was even more difficult to tell the German Mail that the investigation was not required anymore, as you could not easily reply to the information email and a phone contact number was not easy to find either. When I finally managed to get a number and had somebody on the phone, there was no reference possible to my initial request. I could just tell them to stop their investigation, but they did not understand which one ๐Ÿ™ƒ. Service orientation going bad ...

Next week Friday I will host the 2nd part of my Team USP workshop. If all goes fine, I can reuse the concept for other teams as well. Requests are already waiting in the pipeline. One for our sustainability team and the other one for our Future Talent development program. Looking forward to it. Have fun and enjoy the coming week, have to leave for the ballroom dancing training. After a booster vaccination you do not need to show an additional COVID-19 test anymore, rules are changing weekly in the moment.