30. Nov, 2016

Stay flexible and adjust your approach, whenever needed !!

"There are three constants in life ... change, choice and principles." by Stephen Covey, American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Being flexible and always open for CHANGE, was possibly the underlying idea to have the #DWNRW Summit in Essen on the ZOLLVEREIN UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (http://www.zollverein.de/service/english-page)  in THE HEART OF THE RUHR AREA (http://www.metropoleruhr.de/en/start/). The Ruhr area did become a very prosperous environment during the 1st and 2nd Industrial revolution (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond), mainly driven by the coal and steel industry. With the 3rd revolution the whole area did go down, industries and companies died and the unemployment rate did go up dramatically. After centuries of pain the motivation did come back into the area and now they want to take part in the 4th Industrial revolution and play a self confident role there. #DWNRW was a great example for the new mindset. I will summarize more content in another BLOG entry.

Some more examples for being flexible and ready to change:

  • Monday I did visit the job40plus recruiting event. Only a very small number of interesting presentations, friendly opening hours for the working audience and a nice environment in the city center. BUT nearly no visitors and not even a handful of companies with open positions for the targetted audience. This 40+ concept was possibly fine in the last 5 - 10 years, but in 2016 this kind of handling is not state-of-the-art anymore and I do not see a real future for this event --> not flexible and passed the moment to change the approach.
  • A positive example from my private life. By a coincidence we found out on Saturday that the music theater in the capital of NRW (Duesseldorf) is starting their #IGNITION series with putting two Youtube stars on stage together with the Symphony Orchestra of the city. The orchestra did support the two guys by singing their well known songs and did play some standard classic music pieces in between. A great mixture of the "NEW" and the "OLD" world. My two younger daughters did go there yesterday together with several hundred other kids with age between 6 and 16, and both were positively surprised. For me a great example how to open new markets and audiences for the music theater, by being flexible and accepting a change in the industry.
  • Finally the presentation of the Executive Search consultant at my Outplacement company yesterday. Due to the positions they are planning to fill and the level in the organization of their target companies, there is still a lot of personal interaction required and quality research with big teams the key for success. Social media like LinkedIn and XING are helping in the meantime, but automated matching algorithms are not helpful at all. Even in this area of higher paid individuals the "War for Talent" is on and it seems to be very difficult to motivate people, to leave their "save harbor" and to be open for a new opportunity in another company. Being a 50+ ager is no issue at all, as the industry is short with experts and these guys still have to work for another 10+ years. Due to the sometimes questionable content of company completion certificates, the trend is going towards personal references, especially in USA and UK companies. We as job seekers have to be flexible and ready for a change, when we are working with headhunters.

Finally for the FUN part and as brain teaser, try to solve the famous Albert Einstein riddle https://udel.edu/~os/riddle.html. Spend some time to get it solved and do not look into the solution too early 🙂😉🙃.