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

23. Feb, 2021

Picture found on LinkedIn yesterday ...

A more or less funny side effect during the COVID-19 home office situation, or just a wrong shift in priorities when you ask me. You can and should not be in any meeting or call anyway, so why not asking yourself before the meeting, if you can add value and really need to be there? If the meeting is still required, reduce the planned hour to 50 minutes by starting 5 minutes past the full hour and stopping 5 minutes before the next hour. This will give you 10 minutes between meetings, to get a coffee or tea, take a bio break or do some stretching or just stand up from your chair 😎. Keep it simple ...


"Time spent fixing the past takes time away from building the future." -- Simon Sinek

  • Three steps to the “best next” workplace
  • 4 Bold Predictions for the Post-Pandemic Workplace


22. Feb, 2021

Picture showing a small part of The Mindset Continuum - Going beyond "Fixed V's Growth" to a deeper understanding of Mindsets - by James Anderson, based on the work of Carol Dweck

Part of my USP (Unique Selling Point) workshop is the comparison of a Fixed versus a Growth mindset. James Anderson did go into more details for the Dweck model, added some levels in between Fixed and Growth and approached it from different perspectives. Have a look at the full picture.

"If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence." -- Carol Dweck 

  • This Mars-Studying Scientist May Be the First Woman to Walk on the Moon
  • How To Tell Your Career Story When You Hate Talking About Yourself
  • America 2021: Making change happen, against the odds
  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY by Morgan Housel | Core Message


21. Feb, 2021

Words and Pictures by Grant Snider for INCIDENTAL COMICS

10 days ago the picture would have been valid around here, as it was cold and we even had some snow outside. Today was an early Spring Time day with +18 degrees celsius, so 20+ degrees difference. Next week we will get some Sahara sand on top of the temperature, crazy weather this time of the year.

We will have some slight relief of the COVID-19 lockdown starting tomorrow, schools will open again and my youngest daughter is not really happy about it 😠. Too often the direction is changing and no longer-term planning is possible. Yes we are all facing a pandemic for the first time during our life time, but a little bit more planning reliability could help to reduce the frustration of a lot of people.

On Tuesday I will do another USP (Unique Selling Point) workshop for the Women-for-Women network in my company, this time in the morning to offer an opportunity for all part-time workers to participate. Looking foward to the session, always fun to share some knowledge.

My SHIFTUP qualification is making good progress. Need to finish the last 16/59 categories to reach the Professional level. Some more weeks to go, as not all categories do have sufficient content yet, as the program is still in development phase 🤩.

"You will never start living until you've realized that your life is your own unique gift. So, live it uniquely in your own unique way, the way you were created to be; unique! Don't imitate someone else's life, you will only blend in, when you were created to stand out from the rest of the imitators. Live your life, your own way; your life was given to you, not to someone else." -- Geraldine Vermaak

  • The 10 Must-Read Articles for Recruiters This Week (19-Feb-21)
  • Why Should Businesses Adopt Industry 4.0 Technologies?
  • 4 Steps To Using AI Ethically In Your Organization

12,950 readers to go, we are getting closer 😀👍 ...


20. Feb, 2021

Picture taken from Campfire Business Analyst – Guest Jéan Raath from the sketching scrum master

"Stories enable connection and interaction. They’re recognizable patterns in which we find meaning. More importantly, stories help us make sense of our world and allow us to share that understanding with others." taken from Once Upon a Narrative — A Case for Storytelling by Jéan Raath

Another great story is about KelvinThe Hidden Elon Musk Of Africa, who did build a real moving car out of scrap metals and what he could find on junkyards. 🤔👍🤩

With respect to the next really big milestone, to pass the #500k overall reader number, there are only 13,424 readers to go right now. Should not be more than 3 - 4 weeks left to get there. Looking forward to it 😉 - thanks for reading ...

"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” -- Ben Okri

  • The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage
  • Soft Skills Are Too Important to Be Called Soft
  • The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders
  • TED Playlist: Reduce, reuse, recycle


19. Feb, 2021

Picture taken from NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Twitter account

The Mars Rover landing yesterday is a good opportunity to pick up the International Day of Women and Girls in Science from 11-Feb-21 again, as you have to meet Swati Mohan, the Indian-origin Scientist Who Landed the Mars Rover on Red Planet.

See a collection of somehow related topics:

  • How to build your confidence — and spark it in others (Brittany Packnett | TED2019)
  • Accenture to hire 150 moms for 'highly coveted roles'
  • How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson
  • The fundamental flaws of the eNPS (& why the Happiness KPI is the answer)
  • The 2021 State of Remote Work
  • Yes, good leaders are authentic leaders — but here’s what that actually means