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

26. May, 2022

Picture coming from MARC CHERNOFF

I used the father's day today to work on the tax declaration for 2021. Not an easy task as Germany has some really complex tax guidelines that are difficult to follow, even when you are using a software program to fill in the necessary templates.

Luckily the program is reusing the data from the previous year, so the effort is manageable 😎. Should be done by the end of this week latest.

I will be working tomorrow to use the quiet time, as the majority of the team members did use the opportunity to take Friday off and have a long weekend 🤔. Quiet time means less meetings and some time to prepare future activities, like a two day off-site workshop in early June, where I will be supporting a colleague with her team. Part III of my Team USP workshop will be one topic during these 2 days. Face to face with a larger group of people in the same room, something to appreciate after nearly two years with COVID-19 restrictions in the workplace.

  • Digital transformation on the CEO agenda
  • TED Playlist: For those who want to break out of their shell
  • Which Recruiter Superhero Are You? [QUIZ]
  • unFIX: Balance High Cohesion with Low Coupling
  • Europe’s consumers are sitting on 1 trillion euros in pandemic savings

 

25. May, 2022

Picture taken from PWC survey with today's headline name, see page 23

Interesting insights collected by PWC on 26 pages. And a good fit to the situation in my company, as of tomorrow all COVID-19 restrictions have been relieved. Now the leadership team is challenged to balance the Full Flex Office guideline that is in place since last October with the interest to have as much of a team as possible back at the Campus to spend some quality time together.

We will see in the coming weeks or month, how many people will be using the opportunity to come back to the office for one or several days per week. One direction is clear already, dedicated office space will be reduced and flexible project areas will be getting much more place.

A public holiday in Germany tomorrow, what is also Father's Day so something to celebrate 😎. Will be some fun.

  • Read Sequoia’s 52-page presentation which cautions founders of a ‘crucible moment’ and a ‘longer recovery’ ahead
  • TED Playlist: How to motivate your best self
  • PWC: The Leadership Agenda for Davos 2022
  • A Decade in Adaptation: The Scaled Agile Framework, 10 Years Later
  • unFIX: Increase Simplicity, Embrace Variety
  • 4 HARD THINGS LEADERS DO
  • 3 ways to reimagine degrees to increase equity, access and job readiness
  • From robotic dogs to magnetic slime: 6 ways robots are helping humans

 

24. May, 2022

List of sources:
@positivemindedlife -- https://linktr.ee/positivemindedlife
The Priceless Journal -- https://www.pricelessjournal.com/
Elon Musk -- https://twitter.com/elonmusk
Simon Sinek -- https://simonsinek.com/
Albert Einstein -- https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/albert-einstein

And some other pictorial messages:

A philosopher's guide to messy transformations -- https://www.strategy-business.com/article/A-philosophers-guide-to-messy-transformations

Productive meeting activities: Leverage the team, empower the individual -- https://longform.asmartbear.com/posts/productive-meeting-activities/

Leading younger generations -- https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/leading-younger-generations-emanuele-mazzanti

Manage the System, Lead the People -- https://unfix.work/blog/manage-the-system

23. May, 2022

Why Organizations Don’t Learn? by Tanmay Vora

There are these days when you do not really have a topic to write about, as today 🤔. So just some helpful links for a new perspective or to learn something:

  • CONFLICT: 5 RESPONSES TO ANY ISSUE
  • Why digitalization is our best shot at saving the planet
  • Ten Powerful Ways To Create Your Own Happiness
  • The number of women running Fortune 500 companies reaches a record high
  • TED Talk: What happens in your brain when you pay attention?
  • What does a four-day work week mean for the future of work
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 22—26 May 2022

 

22. May, 2022

Picture provided by Leadership First on LinkedIn

Before Winter time the squirrels in our garden area are hiding/storing nuts and fruits along the fences to have something to eat during the cold time. Everything, what has not been found back or eaten is building new trees under positive circumstances. Two weeks ago I had to cut down a tree that was too close to the house of the neighbor.

Today I wanted to shorten the rest of the tree trunk. I was fully motivated, had a plan and the right tools - no chainsaw on a Sunday, but a sharp manual saw - and approached the cut in small increments. Always inspecting the progress and adapting the further approach. The only blocking factor was the environment - behind the tree was another tree, both trees were in a corner with not a lot of space to move freely around it - what is also part of the equation to be successful.  

You might know this from other projects, transformations or change initiatives? Thinking positive, rethinking the approach and taking even smaller inçrements to adapt to the environment will be helpful to have a positive outcome in the end. Finally I did cut the tree trunk, it took more time and effort than expected, but I made it 👍.

Next week we have a 4 day work week 🤔, May and June is the time with many public holidays in Germany. Have a surprising and inspiring week.

  • Key Future Predictions To 2050: 5 Phases Everyone Should Understand
  • What You Need To Know Before You Start Working With Artificial Intelligence
  • Why Every Business Must Get Ready For The Conscious Consumption Trend
  • The 10 Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (20-May-22)
  • More than 75% of the world could face drought by 2050, UN report warns
  • Don’t “Do What You Love,” Do What Lets You Have the Life You Want
  • The next phase of remote work will be even more disruptive