18. Mar, 2017

Creating a Vision and doing a SWOT analysis ...

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. Stevie Wonder

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Jack Welch

A leader is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here's where we are going to go, here's why we need to go there, and here's how we are going to get there. A manager is the one who actually gets up under the hood and tunes the carburetor. Mike Huckabee (American - Politician Born: August 24, 1955)

Imagine the world of mobile based on Nokia and Motorola if Apple had not been restarted by a missionary entrepreneur named Steve Jobs who cared more for his vision than being tactical and financial. Vinod Khosla (American - Businessman Born: January 28, 1955)

Last Friday education day did cover the topics Vision and SWOT analysis (https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05.htm) as part of the overall Change Management chapter. Especially during the SWOT analysis exercise it was interesting to see, how different the participants were seeing the same topic or characteristic, so that it was categorized as strength and weakness, depending on past experience. You will face a similar situation, when you do a SWOT analysis for yourself (you should definitely do this regularly), or when you are asked about your strength and weakness in a job interview. Your strength in the one could be a weakness in another situation.

In the breaks of the education day I could arrange another two job interviews. One next week Thursday with a headhunter company for an interesting position in business application management and finally the F2F interview with the company outside of Germany in two weeks from now.

And finally more answers to some of the Tim Ferriss Show standard questions:

  • What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed in your world? --> "Kids should learn for their teachers, to make them happy and get better marks." For me a complete crazy idea, you should only learn for yourself and your future life, nothing else. 
  • What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why? -->  I think I am a "typical" Engineer and in general only believe, what you can prove scientifically. But I have seen kinesiology (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinesiology) work with my own eyes and and the power a shaman can have on motivation, faith and trust. So there seems to be more out there, beyond engineering believes and explanation 😮.