Proceeding with my writing in more blog style on this page ...

6. Dec, 2019

Picture by https://pixabay.com/photos/magnifying-glass-flexibility-2884240/ 

Change is everywhere anytime, you cannot avoid it or get out of it's way. In the "good old days" you did go to school, finished your studies or apprenticeship, started a job in a company and retired in the same several 10 years later. This changed 😉 a lot in the last 30 years and the digital transformation during the last decade did make the speed of change even faster.

One, besides a lot of other driving forces is the average job tenure of C-level managers. For a CIO (Chief Information Officer) it is 4 years and 5 month for example (2019 numbers)  https://ejobdescription.com/CIO_Tenure.htm. These guys start their job, need to understand the new company, make a plan for an organizational/direction/strategy change (that their influence and mission becomes visible to the outside), make it happen, see the consequences of their change and finally prepare for the next tenure in another company. The employees on the working level normally stay longer in their company and are facing regular changes in their work environment.

There are two main ways to handle change - ignore it and just wait until it is over - or be flexible, understand the new plans and make the best out of it for yourself and your company. When there is something in it for you, it will be a change to the better.

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German - Poet August 28, 1749 - March 22, 1832,  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe 

I am sure flexibility is the way to go - not always easy and it deserves some practice and experience - but exactly why I selected the picture for today.

To gather content and get practice, some material to check out:

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. -- Maya Angelou, American - Poet April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014, https://www.mayaangelou.com/ 

 

5. Dec, 2019

Great sketchnote by Tanmay Vora at
http://qaspire.com/2019/11/30/leadership-and-self-awareness-insights-from-tasha-eurich/

More details about DR. TASHA EURICH at
https://www.playtopotential.com/speaker/dr-tasha-eurich

"Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad." -- Debbie Ford, American - Author October 1, 1955 - February 17, 2013, https://www.debbieford.com/

4. Dec, 2019

Picture provided by  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/activist-thunberg-un-climate-summit 

21 days (504 hours) on a sailing boat over the Atlantic instead of 8 hours in a plane, what a signal to the global youth by Greta Thunberg. Besides comparing the pure numbers, what level of inconvenience does this way of travelling mean for Greta personally? On a small boat with little space, no privacy, no luxury, possibly bad weather conditions and not a lot to do for a passenger. It is already tough for professional ocean sailers, how hard must it be for a 16 year old? And it was for the second time this time 👍. In combination with the statement on the picture, what a great role model for all age groups and not only her own!! My deepest respect.

Some good material, more or less related to the topic today:

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, https://dilbert.com/ 

 

3. Dec, 2019

Picture by https://www.pentoz.com/ 

... as you can see on the picture.

In the meantime the counter has been fixed, the traffic is back to the average level and I can even see it 🙂.

In the project team we did discuss a new version of our milestone plan yesterday and tried to come up with the best possible result. Based on the known constraints in the moment and taking different perspectives and functions in the project into account. Next step is now to sell it to the customers by expecting a minimum of respect and trust in our capabilities. So we are back to trust.

Finally a variety of "sharing is caring" links that could support life-long learning:

To be honest, the fact that people trust you gives you a lot of power over people. Having another person's trust is more powerful than all other management techniques put together. -- Linus Torvalds, Finnish - Businessman Born: December 28, 1969,  https://www.ted.com/talks/linus_torvalds_the_mind_behind_linux 

 

1. Dec, 2019

Always Keep the Human Touch in Leadership. Family Values that can be applied in many Teams, Businesses & Organisations  https://www.linkedin.com/posts/titia-niehorster-35411b28_leaders-entrepreneurs-linkedinfam-activity-6606904862112395264-axsl 

I think the counter of my webpage has a technical issue in the moment, because it did add only 25 readers in the last 3 days. Normally it should be 350 - 450 per day, so this cannot only be the impact of the long Thanksgiving Weekend and Black Friday shopping. Hopefully not? I did open a ticket with the service desk today, so we will find out shortly.

Yesterday there was Open House in the school of my daughter, an information day for the future 5th and 11th grade students, who will be starting next year after summer holidays. Always interesting to discuss with insiders (the teachers), how they are seeing the current school system and the development with respect to digitalization, the capabilities of students, the quality of teaching, plans to reduce the shortage of teachers and many more topics. An inside out view is very helpful to complete the picture of your outside in view that you take from personal experience or, what you read in the newspapers for example.

Next week will be busy again, as there are not a lot of working days left before the holiday season and the start of 2020. Including Christmas market visits and the company Christmas celebration event. Looking forward to it 😉. Have fun and enjoy the coming weeks.

I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. -- Marie Curie, Polish - Scientist November 7, 1867 - July 4, 1934, https://www.biography.com/scientist/marie-curie