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

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 👍.

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 😎.

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 🤔👍.

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 🙃. 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.


15. Jan, 2022

My Avengers and Marvel Character Test results

As my kids are Marvel and Avengers fans I took the tests today, just to have some fun. In common personality tests it is sometimes difficult to understand the result and relate it to yourself. In the two tests above the well known characters are helping to see how you compare to them and their description that is provided as well. Give it a try, IDRlabs offers a very long list of available tests.

I did follow a discussion on LinkedIn today that was related to the topic - is it appropriate to say NO - a good opportunity to check my eBOOKs for articles around the topic. Here some results I have found:

  • Say NO and people will appreciate your time more ...
  • How To Nicely Say "No" (With 50 Examples)
  • 31 Important Things You Should Say ‘No’ to for a Happier Life
  • Learn, how to say NO again ...

Saying NO is more difficult and requires much more courage than saying YES, something to be aware of 🤔.


14. Jan, 2022

Picture taken from Explaining Software Development Methods By Flying to Mars [Comic]

In my every Friday - Weekly mail from - I could read the following today: "Last week the webpages and photo albums on your website were viewed 9,001 times in total." What a great achievement, the first time ever to have a "9" in front of the 4-digit number 🤩👍. This weekly amount did also increase the 5 weeks average of weekly readers even further, now to 6,783

Thanks once again to every one-, some-, several-, and any-time reader of my BLOG. Very much appreciated and one additional success note into my 2022 JAR 👍.

I used the picture on the left in my 5-minute learning posts on our company department page, to have a funny start into the weekend. Comic Agilé did post a similar comic on LinkedIn today.

Enjoy your weekend 🤔: 

  • Tanmay Vora: Nine Roles of Great Leadership
  • From Blowing Down Doors to Healing Minds and Bodies: A Navy SEAL’s Journey to Mindfulness

"Authenticity is more than speaking. Authenticity is also about doing. Every decision we make says something about who we are." -- Simon Sinek


13. Jan, 2022

Picture found on Pixabay

Instead of doing a team Christmas event during the packed December timeframe, we all decided to do a much more relaxed after New Year Fireplace Talk. This talk was today and covered a lot of topics - horses, motorcycles, holiday trips, different cities in our area and finally age. Participants were between 38 and 59. One women is becoming 60 next week and another one 40 in early February.

Interesting, what numbers do with people and their surrounding environment. With 40 the family pressure to get kids is nearly over and people with 60+ are already preparing for their retirement, are some of the more common biases 🙃. Here a statistic about the average life expectation by country and region for example.

If you are meeting the average is difficult to forecast and mostly out of your influence anyway. If you want to be conform to the preconception is up to you!! I did cover some of these topics in my 29-Feb-20 post about "The child that lives within you" already. With a growth mindset, lifelong learning and openness to change, you are well prepared 👍.

  • Elder Wisdom Isn’t What You Think It Is (Podcast with Achim Nowak and guests)
  • TED Talk: 3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow
  • Marjorie Schiller biography
  • Let’s Unfix Team Topologies
  • Do sweat the small stuff when it comes to inclusion
  • How to jump-start innovation and organizational change
  • How to Think about Skill Building

"Whether we're conscious of it or not, our work and personal lives are made up of daily rituals, including when we eat our meals, how we shower or groom, or how we approach our daily descent into the digital world of email communication." -- Chip Conley, American - Businessman Born: October 31, 1960