5. May, 2017

Getting prepared for the midterm exam ...

Today I finished day 14/22 presence days of my DTC education and the mid term exam is scheduled for next week Wednesday. The exam will be 18 - 20 open questions in 90 minutes with handwritten answers and you have to get 50% and more right to pass. From what I heard from the other participants so far getting the content right should be not that difficult, but writing by hand for 90 minutes is a big challenge in the keyboard time Smile. For me another issue will be to deliver readable handwriting. So I will have to slow down and look for quality.

Preparing for the exam and learning several different topics by heart will be interesting. I think my last larger exam was for the ITIL V3 Foundation certificate back in 2008. I will start tomorrow and will find out how it goes with a 54 year old brain.

I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark. Stephen Hawking

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. Albert Einstein

During the last three days we had the main topic Digital Strategy and did cover different sub topics like e.g. Digital Transformation, Change Management, Management versus Leadership, how to handle complexity, agile organizations and today SMART working. In a time when the available workforce and talent is going down due to the demographic change, how can you attract people to come into your company? One game changer can be SMART working --> see a great 10 minutes video from Philip Vanhoutte (Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Europe and Africa, Plantronics BV) from 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oAN_UhnXw8 about this topic. It gives a really detailed introduction, enjoy.

Do not live where you work - work where you revive. Rainer Hoffmann (he was the lecturer of my education this week - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rainer-hoffmann-95a768b7/)