• Measuring Right: Understanding Goodhart’s Law

  • DEUREX PURE - the oil and chemical adsorbent - "Magic cotton against oil pollutions"

  • NASA’S NEW MOON LANDER IS TURNING INTO A DISASTER

[27-Feb-24] TANSTAAFL ...

There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch


"During the nineteenth and early twentieth century many saloons in the United States offered a midday buffet selection of gratis food to customers who purchased at least one drink. The saloonkeepers hoped to increase the number of clients and the amount of alcohol purchased. The “free lunch” food functioned as a loss leader.

Robert Heinlein did use the expression under investigation in his 1966 novel “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”. Also, Milton Friedman was credited with the saying by 1969, and he used an instance as the title of a book in 1975. But the saying was already in circulation." taken from

Quote Investigator® with much more details ...


I had a discussion last week, why I am offering my BLOG content for free? It is one of my hobbies and I am doing it firstly for me, kind of a regular journaling. Besides that going into more details for the topics I am covering, is a great learning experience every time. Finally I am a strong believer into long-term investments, it is a give and take, but not immediately. Waiting weeks, month or years is no problem, the opportunity/return will come.


According to TANSTAAFL I am investing my time, experience and expertise so it is not a free lunch, even when I offer it like this. Since last week I started using Substack that is offering paid and free subscriptions. A paid subscription is not a must, but an option when people see value for their money or want to make a donation. The current pricing model is 5€ for a monthly and 50€ for a yearly subscription. Founding members can pay 99.99€/year - all voluntary.


Interesting to see, how this will go in the future? Fun fact, to collect money you need a bank account and Substack is using Stripe. All was properly setup in less than 10 minutes, a process that normaly takes between 10 hours and 10 days, depending on the bank. Impressive.


  • Dan Rockwell: DO THIS TO BRING MEANING TO WORK
  • Increase your Productivity With 'Single-Tasking'

  • Simon Sinek: Should You Tell Your Employees Not to Work on Weekends?
  • 10 Things Great Bosses Do Every Day

[25-Feb-24] My week 08-2024 highlights

Moon landing, what did change in the last 55 years?


Apollo 11 was the 1st ever crewed Moon landing on 21 July 1969. Intuitive Machines' Nova-C Odysseus lander landed on the Moon on Feb. 22, 2024 without a crew.


  • Moon Landings: All-Time List [1966-2024]

  • Every Mission to the Moon, Ever

  • How space exploration is fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • This timeline charts the fast pace of tech transformation across centuries

  • Commercial lunar lander makes it to the moon but faces communication issues


55 years ago with 55 year older technology people and even cars did fly to the moon and all people came back back to earth. Nowadays the lunar landers are smaller and without a crew, but a lot of them are facing technical issues. On the way to the moon, during the landing, after the landing and on the way back, just in case this is part of the mission at all.


The Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969 was one of the most astonishing achievements in human history. That day, an estimated 530 million TV viewers watched U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take their first steps on the moon. Afterward, the two men and third crew member Michael Collins flew safely back to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean.

Yet just a few years later, some people claimed the “giant leap for mankind” had been faked. Conspiracy theories that the moon landing was actually a hoax that the U.S. government had staged to win the space race with the Soviets began to gain traction in the mid-1970s. Although these claims were false and easily debunked, they have persisted to this day.


Let's trust in all did happen as we saw it. So what is going wrong today, with the same amount of money, much better technology, much more countries involved (e.g. Japan, India and China) and the success stories from e.g SpaceX? Is it a lack of motivation to be faster than Russia again? Possibly not as Japan, India and China would not care at all. 


The aim of space powers, such as the US, Russia and China, is to set up bases on the Moon for astronauts to live in, says Dr McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the US. "The Moon is being used as a stepping stone to places like Mars," he says. "It's a great place to test out deep space technologies."


An interesting discussion and I do not have a solution so far. Maybe all involved countries should just work closer together (goodbye to silo thinking), share their mistakes, learnings and good practices? 


  • The people’s choice: Stunning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023

  • You probably heard about the "Circle of Influence"

  • Roadmap to learn Python

  • Top 12 Coding Principles Explained

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (23-Feb-24)

  • The single most important parenting (and not only) strategy. Five behaviors of a cohesive team. Sister Corita Kent and the Immaculate Heart art department.

  • The Anatomy of a Perfect Pitch Deck

  • 50 GOLDEN RULES FOR LIFE

  • 6 ways HR is crucial for the success of an Agile organization

  • The Four Types of Organizational Culture – Which Is Right for Your Company?

Picture references:

  • The Continuous Improvement Iceberg

  • The path to success is anything but a straight, clear shot to the bullseye


Some more helpful material for your weekend, have fun and relax:


  • Video: The untold climate story. | Šimon Michalčík | TEDxUNYP
  • Dan Rockwell: 10 QUESTIONS REVEAL TRUSTWORTHY LEADERS
  • Dan Rockwell: 7 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR ONE-ON-ONES LIKE A PRO
  • Arbeit nervt? Es gibt keine blöden Jobs, nur blöde Einstellungen!

  • Do You Have These Issues In Your Organization?

  • The mission, part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services, aims to pave the way for future lunar exploration and the potential for human return to the moon

  • How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

  • 5 REASONS WE NEED TREES FOR A HEALTHY PLANET

  • 5-step Lean Framework to eliminate wasteful activities

  • Fish Bone Diagram

  • [01-Nov-23] Keep it Simple Agile (KISA) - Several examples from my discussion with ChatGPT

[23-Feb-24] Continuous Improvement

It is a long way to the bullseye ... 


After nearly two month I was back to the table tennis training yesterday evening. Holidays, no time, no desire, a cold and many arguments had been in the way so far. But it is like riding a bicycle, the basics work easy only the precision was lacking, no bullseye yesterday :-)


Today I had the pleasure to talk to Eve Simon in a Zoom call. I know her from several Future of Leadership Salons in the past and I am already looking forward to the next one on April 25th, 2024 (in Duesseldorf, Germany) - Leadership in the Age of AI - tickets are still available in different options, check it out please.


We had several topics to talk about:


  • School education systems in Germany and the USA
  • Future of Leadership Satellite - Bjoern Ognibeni (China)

  • Mintzberg’s Organizational Configurations (1979) - last millennium models are back. In a world of complexity, peole are looking for simple explanations

  • Future Librarya project that aims to collect one book every year, for 100 years, and then publish all of them in 2114 using the trees from a Norwegian forest. The manuscripts are kept unpublished, stored in the “Silent Room” at Oslo Public Library.

  • What does Leadership mean in the current time with AI? Good fit to the Salon 2024 topic. Where can tools like ChatGPT help, what are known biases and the GAP to humans, short-, medium- and long-term?
  • People will always misuse new technology, for sure and this will be taken care of. Focus on the positive side, what are opportunities, new ways of thinking and using the technology?
  • And many more ...

[21-Feb-24] Another way to focus ...

Why not use BINGO cards?


As I mentioned earlier, I did my personal assessment for the yearly performance review last week. So I was pretty well prepared for the question from my new supervisor yesterday, what I am doing in an average 3-month period.


During the discussion I came up with a pretty long list of activities. Thanks to applying some Time Management rules, and I am not saying that I am an expert, it is possible to handle the list and still have some flexibility for unplanned tasks.


Only 12% of people use a specific time management system.

Yet 91% believe better time management would ease work stress.
(Source: Timewatch)


I will be using the BINGO idea in the next Team Building session of my project team on 07-Mar-24. We will be filling in a Team Agreement Canvas in Break-Out sessions and have some BINGO cards available in parallel, to help the people to better listen to what their colleagues are saying. Hopefully nobody from the team is reading this, it is still a secret.


Based on the feedback of a friend I did setup a Substack environment for ReThinkandFocus. You can find it via this Link, or in the main menu above behind the More button. I just started, but would be happy to get your interest.


  • From principles to practice: Responsible AI in action

  • Dan Rockwell: 12 WAYS TO DANCE WITH DISAPPOINTMENT
  • Team Development Lifecycle

  • How can knowing your ikigai help you as a leader?

  • Out of all strategy tools, which ones to focus on?

  • The Challenge of Backlog Refinement

  • Dan Rockwell: 5 WAYS TO FIND HAPPINESS AT WORK
  • Time is a gift, not something to take for granted

  • Unerschütterlich ist der Glaube, dass man nur managen kann, was man messen kann

  • The Top Entrepreneurs have this in common

  • Vast learning resources for AI presented by Dr. Storm

  • Free AI Cheat sheets: By the top AI Creators in the world

[19-Feb-24] Another picture Monday

Future of Leadership Salon 25-Apr-2024


Interesting content and global Thought Provokers, I will be there in Duesseldorf, looking forward to April. Will be one of my personal development activities this year.

[18-Feb-24] The week 07-2024 summary

"Why Successful People Embrace Goal-Setting"


The picture and video are a perfect fit to the current situation in the year. Last Friday I did my personal evaluation for the yearly performance review. As our new fiscal year starts 01-Apr-24, the necessary personal goal and objective setting will be starting shortly. Every year the company targets will be broken down from the top management level  to the individual employee.


The goals are supposed to be SMART - The acronym “SMART” means that a goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. - and ideas for a personal development plan are required as well. For me personally with age 60+ this makes not a lot of sense anymore. I could do a Release Train Engineer (RTE) certification, but do not believe in this approach. And paying yearly renewal fees to e.g. Scaled Agile Inc. does not say anything about your experience and expertise in this area. 


I prefer to host workshops - The key to subject mastery is teaching it to others. - and to share knowledge either via the "5-minute" learning bites at work or my BLOG here. Will be my personal development plan going forward.


  • Sketchplanations: The Wheel of Death
  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (16-Feb-24)

  • Stop serving the compliment sandwich. Startups vs incumbents in the AI era. Play long-term games with long-term people.

  • Parting Ways with Grace: Saying Farewell in the Workplace

  • 9 Potential Pitfalls for Product Managers as Product Owners

  • How I combine my favorite TED + ChatGPT.

  • These skills can turn challenges into opportunities.

  • Essential Algorithms for Every Programmer: Your Ultimate Guide!

  • Choosing the right database for your project can be a daunting task

[16-Feb-24] Creating video from text

Sora is an AI model that can create realistic and imaginative scenes from text instructions.


The next OpenAI tool is available now, it is called Sora. "The model has a deep understanding of language, enabling it to accurately interpret prompts and generate compelling characters that express vibrant emotions. Sora can also create multiple shots within a single generated video that accurately persist characters and visual style."


  • Google: Our next-generation model: Gemini 1.5
  • 13 Habits of Super Persuasive People

  • Here are 25 harsh truths I would tell my 25-year-old self

[15-Feb-24] Put effort in the right place

Do the right things right ...


Busy times and sometimes you just need a break, as the last two days.


According to the 80-20 rule you can reach 80% outcome with 20% effort. The remaining 20% need additional 80% effort, what should be avoided. One way to better approach this is to always have the end-to-end process in mind, and to stay away from silo thinking and working.


  • The New Happy: Mastery takes time
  • Here are the top 8 TED Talks every leader should watch

  • 5 Myths About Older Workers Busted (You’ll Be Happy to Learn They’re Not Grumpy)

  • Dan Rockwell: INSECURITY AND OTHER SIGNS YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK


We had the 1st Data & Analytics Day today, to meet and great our new team members, who joined the organization 01-Jan-24. After the COVID-19 time and still with a lot of homeoffice work, a really great opportunity to meet 170+ people on the event space. In the morning we had presentations and after lunch break-out sessions with 170+ people in 15 teams working on 5 focus areas. Always 3 teams working on the same topic, had to describe one idea and to pitch it to each other. In the end one idea per focus area was pitched to the whole audience.


My team did work on the Collaboration topic, what made sense when you bring to equal sized teams together, who have a very different way of working due to historical and organizational reasons. The three collaboration teams had pretty similar ideas, so we decided to combine it into one and not to vote for one team after the pitches. A good collaboration approach, to make your thinking & words reality.


The combined collaboration idea did win the last 5 pitches challenge, not really a surprise as collaboration will be key for a successful transformation into ONE-Team. In our case the winning team was build out of three teams and all went on stage to get the prize. An Oskar statue printed on paper and a towel with the company logo. 


  • 2024's Megatrends Unveiled

  • unFIX: Initiatives: What Scrum and SAFe Ignored
  • "AI native" Gen Zers are comfortable on the cutting edge

  • Exceptional Employees Are Worth Their Weight in Gold

  • 'Eat the Frog' and 4 Other Ways to Prioritize the Tasks That Matter Most

  • Data Science Roadmap

[12-Feb-24] Carnival Monday 2024

A day off sponsored by the company


Today had been the carnival parades in Cologne and Duesseldorf and we had a day off. To celebrate the tradition and to avoid getting in conflict with the visitors traveling from everywhere to the parade. See some of the carnival wagons from Duesseldorf with a very political context.


For me personally the biggest advantage today, to get enough sleep after the Super Bowl LVIII night. The game was finished after overtime at around 05:30 AM CET. A game of superlatives - the longest game, the Kansas City Chiefs did win for the 2nd time in a row, longest field goal, etc. - not to mention the Taylor Swift hype. The halftime show was better than last year, but I have seen better ones before.


Really impressive was the view at the Las Vegas Sphere once in a while, one of the latest highlights in the desert city.


Going back to work tomorrow, on Thursday we have a one day onsite socializing event to welcome the new team members, who joined with the latest reorganization on 01-Jan-24. Looking forward to it.


  • The New Happy: It’s not about your pace
  • Video: Find your purpose: IKIGAI by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles | Core Message
  • Dan Rockwell: THE 4 UNIVERSAL FACTORS OF SUCCESS
  • The AI Revolution In Wine Fraud Detection

  • 9 Things Smart People Won't Do

  • Agile is 23 today but is there any reason to celebrate???


[11-Feb-24] My week 06-2024 highlights

Today is Superbowl Day ...


It will be all about TEAM Heartbeat tonight, hopefully both teams did fill in the canvas before? More canvas templates from Fearless Culture.


We are prepared for the Super Bowl LVIII as well, the 5 liter beer keg has been opened already, and my short-notice snack stadium construction is holding the first snacks, Tortilla Chips and Salt Sticks. More to come -

guacamole and cheese sauce ...

Before the television broadcast starts from Las Vegas the German TV station has organized a TV show event with a new sports - American ICE football. Playing football on an ice rink with an icehockey dress, but bowling shoes instead of skates. Big fun with four teams, we just see the final - West versus South.


Enjoy the Super Bowl LVIII with the 800 million other people on TV, plus the 65k in the stadium.


  • Seth's Blog: Understanding free software
  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (09-Feb-24)

  • Which Countries Have the Largest Forests?

  • Your strategy should be a hypothesis you constantly adjust. Resisting the refrain of “I’ll be happy when…” and the arrival fallacy. Stanford 10 free AI courses.

  • 8 Ways Organizational Culture Kills Agility

  • Core Principles of Data Visualization

  • 10 Things Great Leaders Do To Confront A Crisis

  • Want to be an admired leader, followed by many? It starts by serving other people!

  • Dan Rockwell: DEAR DAN: MY BOSS DOESN’T GIVE ME FEEDBACK
  • Agile Coaching reality vs Expectations

  • 30 questions to bring the energy to your daily meetings

[10-Feb-24] One day to go until SB LVIII

How much do Super Bowl commercials cost for the 2024 broadcast?


"This year's crop of Super Bowl ads will feature dozens of top brands, from Anheuser-Busch's iconic Clydesdales to Uber Eats' spot featuring Jennifer Aniston and Victoria and David Beckham. If you answered that the cost of a 30-second ad this year is $7 million, you're right. That's about on par with last year's game, but represents a 55% jump from 2019." - crazy times and not related to the general inflation, it is just the most expensive sports event with the highest world-wide visibility


Two quarterbacks are leading their teams tomorrow:


  • Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). -- "The job's not done. Our job now is to prepare ourselves to play a good football team in Super Bowl and try to get that ring."

  • Brock Richard Purdy (born December 27, 1999) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa State and was selected by the 49ers with the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, becoming Mr. Irrelevant. -- "The end of this thing will tell the story. I'm not saying I'm the best quarterback, but I have some gunslinger in me, and you look at some of the throws I make, you look at some of the windows I throw it into."


Two superstars tomorrow and 40 women on the Mar-24 VOGUE UK cover --> 40 Megastars, One Magnificent Image: British Vogue Assembled Models, Movie Stars, Musicians And Moguls For A Once-In-A-Lifetime Farewell Shoot - much more difficult to prepare, organize and to do it together I would say. Below the OpenAI perspective with a good number of overlaps in the 1st 20 women list:


Throughout the last 50 years, numerous women have made a significant impact in the realms of modeling, acting, music, and entrepreneurship. These women have not only left a lasting impression on their respective industries but have also become icons for their talent, charisma, and grace.


1. Cindy Crawford: Known for her iconic mole and stunning looks, Cindy Crawford dominated the modeling world throughout the 90s, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

2. Audrey Hepburn: Considered a timeless beauty, Audrey Hepburn captivated audiences with her classic elegance and memorable performances in films like Breakfast at Tiffany's and Roman Holiday.

3. Madonna: The "Queen of Pop," Madonna has continuously reinvented herself over the decades, pushing boundaries and making waves in the music industry.

4. Oprah Winfrey: From talk show host to media mogul, Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most influential and successful women in the world, leveraging her platform to inspire and empower others.

5. Beyoncé: With her powerhouse voice and empowering lyrics, Beyoncé has become an international music icon, advocating for equality and representing strong, independent women in the industry.

6. Angelina Jolie: Known for her acting skills and humanitarian work, Angelina Jolie has captivated audiences with her performances in films like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Maleficent.

7. Rihanna: From her chart-topping music to her successful makeup brand, Rihanna has proven to be a multi-talented force in the entertainment industry.

8. Kate Moss: Recognized as one of the most influential figures in the modeling industry, Kate Moss's unique style and high-profile collaborations have solidified her status as an iconic supermodel.

9. Meryl Streep: With a record-breaking number of Academy Award nominations, Meryl Streep has established herself as one of the greatest actresses of all time, captivating audiences with her incredible range and talent.

10. Taylor Swift: Transitioning from country to pop music, Taylor Swift has become one of the biggest names in the music industry, winning numerous awards and breaking countless records.

11. Kylie Jenner: As the youngest self-made billionaire, Kylie Jenner has built a massive empire with her Kylie Cosmetics brand and has become a prominent figure in the beauty industry.

12. Grace Jones: Known for her bold and avant-garde style, Grace Jones has not only made a mark as a model but also as an actress and singer, pushing boundaries with her unique artistry.

13. Jennifer Lopez: From her successful music career to her iconic acting roles, Jennifer Lopez has become a triple threat and an influential figure in both the music and film industries.

14. Tina Turner: Regarded as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," Tina Turner broke barriers with her dynamic stage presence and powerhouse vocals, leaving an indelible mark on music history.

15. Michelle Obama: As the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has used her platform to advocate for education, health, and equality, shaping her legacy as a prominent female figure.

16. Naomi Campbell: With her striking beauty and fierce personality, Naomi Campbell has been one of the most successful and enduring supermodels, breaking racial barriers in the fashion industry.

17. Lady Gaga: Known for her eccentric style and powerful voice, Lady Gaga has made a significant impact in the music industry, constantly reinventing herself and pushing creative boundaries.

18. Salma Hayek: As a versatile actress, Salma Hayek has portrayed powerful and complex women on screen, challenging stereotypes and advocating for diversity in the film industry.

19. Ariana Grande: With her impressive vocal range and catchy pop hits, Ariana Grande has quickly risen to become one of the biggest pop stars of this generation.

20. Sheryl Sandberg: As the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and an advocate for gender equality in the workplace, Sheryl Sandberg has become an influential figure in the tech industry, encouraging women to lean in and pursue their ambitions.


These women have left an indelible mark on the modeling, acting, music, and entrepreneurial worlds, inspiring future generations to pursue their passions and break down barriers. Their talent, influence, and dedication continue to shape the landscape of these industries, making them true icons of the past 50 years.

[08-Feb-24] A little bit about AGILE ...

Are we still on the right track or do we need a new North Star?


A lot of peope tend to focus on the easy parts of the discussion, all have an opinion about the tools we are using, only a few are interested in the processes behind. Definitely the higher priority topic. You will find a lot of cases, where a simpler process does not even require a tool anymore, but the majority wants to automate, what is possible. 


Automating a bad process will lead to an automated bad process. You will just find the issues, bottlenecks and missing links much faster than before. Mostly more expensive and with less experts than before ...


Something similar happens with AGILE lately. Initially used to e.g. save Waterfall projects that did not come to a positive end. Now it is a religious battle around the right/best mindset, servant leadership, self-organized teams and to implement it according to the book/framework, but which one?   


  • Dan Rockwell: HOW POWERFUL FEEDBACK REALLY WORKS
  • LinkedIn 2024 Most In-Demand Skills: Learn the Skills Companies Need Most

  • Servant Leadership Is Not the Path to Agility

  • The 5 Levels of Proactivity

  • Top 16 agile certifications available today

  • Staying SAFe with AI

  • Top 12 Machine Learning Algorithms
  • The best resource lists for AI Enthusiasts

“When I go into a company I usually find that about 85 percent of effort is wasted. Only a sixth of any of the work done actually produces something of value. Deep within ourselves, as we repeat the rhythm of our days, we know that’s true. That’s why we all laugh, a bit nervously, at jokes about the inherent insanity and wastefulness of life in a modern corporation.” – Jeff Sutherland in Scrum – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time - taken from 120+ Great Agile Quotes to Inspire Your Team

[07-Feb-24] Just pictures and links

A quick post today, my carnival holiday starts tomorrow


  • TED Talk: Wild, intricate sculptures — made out of my hair
  • TED Talk: The disappearing computer — and a world where you can take AI everywhere
  • 11 Secrets Of Staying Productive With Self-Control

  • Dan Rockwell: 3 INSIGHTFUL QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK TODAY
  • Face the Facts…It’s Your Responsibility

  • 13 Ways Writers Should Embrace Generative AI 

[05-Feb-24] Week of the Super Bowl ...

Some interesting content around the topic of the week


Let's start with some directly related sources:


  • TED Talk: An NFL quarterback on overcoming setbacks and self-doubt
  • Video: ALL Super Bowl 2024 Commercials & Teasers! 🏈 Best Superbowl LVIII Big Game Ads Leaked So Far
  • Video: Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials 2024 (Super Bowl LVIII)


Now some less related, but still interesting material:


  • unFIX: Four Steps to Lean
  • 12 New Jobs For The Generative AI Era

  • 9 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

  • 20 Free Personality Tests to Help You Figure Yourself Out 

The 10 Whisky list, for more details see e.g. Dirk's Whiskytasting, Whiskey.com or Master of Malt.


  1. Whisky Robert Burns

  2. Whisky The Mouse

  3. Whisky Arran - Amarone

  4. Whisky Juniper Hill

  5. Whisky Talisker Surge

  6. Whisky Man O'Swords

  7. Whisky Glen Scotia Rum Cask

  8. Whisky Ardlair Refill Oloroso (63.1% alcohol)

  9. Whisky Kilchoman

  10. Whisky Glendronach


Tonight is the NFL 2024 PRO BOWL GAME in Orlando Florida.


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (02-Feb-24)

  • The ideal team player. The real product-market fit. Integrity-first business.

  • What Do You Want Written on Your Gravestone? (about self-awareness)

  • Video: How to Turn Negatives Into Positives
  • Show Me the Money. The playbook to embed core values in your organization

  • Ivory towers jeopardize value creation. Embrace the learning culture!

  • First Principles Thinking is a problem-solving and decision-making approach that involves breaking down complex problems or concepts into fundamental and basic principles

  • As technology evolves, so does the complexity of the programming languages that drive innovation

  • World of AI & Data (picture)

[04-Feb-24] The week 05-2024 summary

Burns Night yesterday, great food, drinks and music


Thanks to Dirk, Veronika and their family for the great organization and hospitality yesterday. Very much appreciated.


We started with a COCK-A-LEEKIE SOUP, followed by the traditional HAGGIS and finished with a CRANACHAN dessert. The evening was accompanied by 10 Whiskys, poetry and music. The drinks only in small tasting glasses, but two had above 60% alcohol. Great that our daughter did pick us up.


  • Video: Scotland the Brave by the Massed Bands on the march after the 2019 Dufftown Highland Games in Moray

  • Video: Du bes die Stadt Bläck Fööss, Brings und Pipes


Whisky and Whiskey may sound similar, but there are subtle differences between the two. The main distinction lies in their geographical origin. Whisky is typically associated with Scotch whisky, which is produced in Scotland. It is characterized by its smoky flavor and is made primarily from malted barley. On the other hand, whiskey refers to the broad category of spirits that are produced in countries like Ireland and the United States. Whiskey is often spelled with an 'e' and is known for its smoother and sweeter taste. It is commonly made from a mix of grains, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat.


When diving into the world of whisky and whiskey, there are several interesting topics to explore. Firstly, understanding the production process is crucial. Learn about the various grains used, the distillation methods, and the aging process that imparts unique flavors. Exploring different whiskey regions, such as Scotland, Ireland, and the United States, will provide insight into the distinct characteristics of each type. Furthermore, delving into the history and evolution of whisky will uncover fascinating stories and traditions. Discovering the diverse flavors and tasting notes of various whiskies will improve your appreciation for the drink. Exploring whisky cocktails and pairing suggestions can also elevate your drinking experience. Additionally, learning about whiskey tasting techniques and understanding how to evaluate and appreciate the nuances of different spirits is a valuable skill. Exploring rare and limited edition releases and attending whisky tastings and festivals will expand your knowledge and allow you to sample unique and exceptional expressions. Understanding the whisky industry and market trends will keep you informed about new releases and developments. Finally, discovering the art of whisky collecting and investment can be an intriguing topic to explore for enthusiasts looking to expand their passion beyond simply drinking. - Text created by OpenAI.


Only three working days in the coming week. I did take my remaining holidays from 2023 as the outdoor carnival starts on Thursday. Great timing as the Super Bowl LVIII is coming Sunday and I have Monday off.

[02-Feb-24] Burns Night tomorrow

All you need to know about Haggis


On the left side you see an essential Haggis summary, the right is a picture of my Scottish friend Eric's Burns Night Haggis. Some similarities left ... You want to dig deeper into the topic?


  • This boiled bag of offal is banned in the US. In Scotland it’s a fine-dining treat

  • Authentic Haggis Recipe - Scotland, Europe


Besides the food there will be a Whisky tasting, some poetry and traditional music. Sounds like fun and will be fun. Luckily our daughter will pick us up at the end of the event, driving a car after 10 Whiskys is not allowed. And it would be stupid to skip this part of the Burns Night.


  • Allen Institute for AI releases fully open-source large language model

  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO STEP UP
  • China creates world's first AI child which shows human emotion

  • 40% of executives’ time is spent making decisions

  • Steal these 9 killer opening lines for your next talk

[01-Feb-24] My elevator experience

You can experience technology more, when it is not working ...


I am working at the 14th floor of our Campus Tower. Some sporty colleagues are using the stairs, but the majority is depending on the 6 elevators we have available. Intelligent technology - you first select the floor you want to go to and how many people are going with you, then the system tells you which elevator to use.


All people going in the same direction are assigned to one elevator, as long as the maximum capacity is not reached. Works well, only during lunch time you have to wait a little bit longer.


  • 4 Best Elevator Brands That Are Revolutionizing The Industry

  • Elevator Technology Trends: What to Expect in 2024


After yesterday's lunch all 6 elevators had been broken at the same time. Take the stairs or make use of the two fire brigade elevators were the options. The elevator was simple technology, press the button and go to the floor you have selected. When somebody steps in and presses a different button on the way up, the elevator changes direction. In the moment we found out, we told any new joiner to keep the fingers off the buttons. So you had to be patient during the ride or step out and take the stairs when it just did take too long.


The moment to appreciate the better technology in the 6 main elevators.


  • Dan Rockwell: 7 TIPS TO SUCCEED WITH DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
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  • Reality is what we choose to make of it

  • Pick your “Circle of Influence.”

  • 3 Ways Generative AI Is Making Our World A Better Place

[31-Jan-24] A good day

Unexpected positive feedback did make my day today, several times ...


The Intern who had the last day today was happy with the Internship and my administration of the process. When I returned the Intern's laptop to the IT service desk the agent was positive about my preparation work. My coaching of a colleague did show first promising results and we discussed next steps today. And my teams were happy that I did protect them against outside requests for more administration, reporting and unnecessary changes of the status quo --> Agile Values and Principles


More days to celebrate:


  • On 29-Jan-2019 the counter of my BLOG did show the 1st time 100,000 readers, today it is 1,439,376
  • 28-Jan-2024 was International Lego Day
  • TED Talk: How I'm using LEGO to teach Arabic


Coming to the Peter Drucker quote picture. The statement in general is right no doubt about this. But the question is where do you start? Does the Senior Management team agree, how to manage the organization and what good and supporting KPIs could be to do this - Top Down?

Or is the organization proposing all possible KPIs, especially with the latest technology and AI you can measure everything, Bottom Up to the management team?


I think the Senior Management Team does not need more than 3 - 5 KPIs to drive the organization. And you should be very clear WHY, HOW and WHAT are you measuring before you do it. Be clear about the purpose (see the Golden Circle).


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  • ‘Take Just One Step’—Debra Benton and Doug Conant on Leadership Courage

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  • Dan Rockwell: NOTICE THE THINGS YOU NOTICE
  • How to Use AI Tools to Boost Your Productivity

  • A majority of workers want AI training from their companies. We must empower them

  • 4 Ideas to Explore in 2024

  • Discover the Power of Python Automation with "Python Automation Cookbook"!

  • 10 Things That Make A Boss Great To Work For

  • Here is the fully illustrated draw a dinosaur day list of business clichés.

[29-Jan-24] Be a Good Listener ...

#10 of the 16 Quick Leadership Lessons


The two Sprint Demos today did go really well and offered a lot of opportunities for good listening, what the colleagues are doing in their teams. We found commonalities, overlaps and future areas of collaboration. Still some way to go, but a good start.


I bought a new laptop for my father in law today and did afterwards find out that there is no LAN cable connection possibility anymore, what a surprise. You either use a WLAN connection or get an e.g. USB-C to RJ45 Ethernet adapter. We go with the WLAN for now, but good to know that you have alternatives. Thinner laptops do not allow all kind of connectors anymore, welcome to 2024.


  • E-scooter that converts to 3 wheeler van or tuktuk

  • Video: THE POWER OF DISCIPLINE by Daniel Walter | Core Message
  • Video: What It Takes To Be a Great Leader | Simon Sinek
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  • 11 Surprising Habits of Truly Powerful People

  • Leveraging key frameworks can profoundly impact a leader's career trajectory

  • Important AI and Data Terms explained
  • Porsche, Stuttgart, SAFe and Agile Ways of Working

  • Attaining Happiness as a State of Being: A Journey of Self-Deconstruction and Rebuilding on Pillars of Positive Emotion

  • Welcome to Super Bowl LVIII! - SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS versus

    KANSAS CITY CHIEFS


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[28-Jan-24] My week 04-2024 highlights

About team collaboration ...


The German handball team finished 4th at the EURO 2024 in Germany today. The very young team just had to accept that they are on a good way, but there are still teams with more experience who have been to several finals before. They just have to wait and learn, their time will come ...



Tomorrow also team collaboration at work, in the middle of our three month project phase we are having the Sprint-3 demo of two Agile Release Trains (ART) directly after another. On the one side an opportunity for the teams to see, what their colleagues are doing. And also for the customers and stakeholders, to see the full picture, content of work and capabilities in all involved teams. Will be fun.


Have a great week and enjoy the unexpected!!


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  • Building sustainable governance – why the CFO and the CPO have key roles to play


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  • Relationship advice from 500 years. AI is under-hyped. A great manager's most important habit: meaningful conversations.

  • Feeling Overwhelmed? Embrace This Philosophy

  • Video: Unlocking Creativity: Simon Sinek on Transforming Your Environment for Breakthrough Ideas

[27-Jan-24] Emotion and Innovation 

A quick Saturday post ...


“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -- taken from 27 Motivational Quotes by John Wooden to Inspire You to Be Better

[26-Jan-24] Values, principles and communication

When you struggle, look for a mentor or role model


Yesterday we had to say good bye to our agile transformation engine and mindset lead. Leaving means time for a fresh start and to explore new opportunities. We should be ready now with enough mentors and new role models, to proceed with the agile transformation in full speed.


  • Dan Rockwell: 7 MARKS OF MENTORS WHO CHANGE LIVES
  • Dan Rockwell: POWERFUL QUESTIONS PRODUCE RESULTS


Speaking about role models, values, principles and communication - Juergen Klopp announced today that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season and possibly retire as soccer team manager. Watching the 25 minute video‘Why I’ve Made The Decision To Leave Liverpool’ | Jürgen Klopp | The Full Interview - will be a valuable example to learn something about deep personal reflection, appreciation for your work and the people you work with and how to communicate this in an empathetic way.


And here his message to the Liverpool fans?
"I hope you can accept the decision. I'm not in the mood for saying thank you and will do that. These things will happen. But now it's the rest of the season. We know the outside world want it to be a distraction, but it's all about us. Everything is clear."

Today I learned that I am already since 20 years using LinkedIn. A really long time same as my wedding anniversary end of Dec-23. Time is passing by pretty fast and you are not realizing it.


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  • The Most In-Demand Jobs on LinkedIn Right Now

  • Using the image as a blueprint for how the different facets of data science and AI play an interconnected role for the future of each business and section of our lives

  • What leaders at winning companies know—and what you need to learn

  • ShipIt Days: Unlock the Secret Weapon for Innovation

  • Why You Should Spend Your Money on Experiences, Not Things

  • Video: Finding Comedy in Everything | Don McMillan Comedy
  • Video: Saudi Arabia’s NEOM "Gigaprojects" Explained
  • The New Happy: Where are you going?
  • Frank Sonnenberg: The Rise of Excuses and the Decline of Accountability
  • How Valuable Were Your Last 40 Minutes?

  • WEF: This is the one skill we all need in the age of AI
  • WEF: A majority of workers want AI training from their companies. We must empower them
  • WEF: From Sam Altman to António Guterres: Here's what 10 leaders said about AI at Davos 2024
  • Ranked: The Most Popular AI Tools of 2023

  • Top 12 Data and AI Trends for 2024

  • The landscape of AI and its use cases
  • Dan Rockwell: 13 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH WORDS
  • 5 Recruiting Predictions for 2024

  • How One Company Uses Skills to Build Agile Teams Quickly

  • How To Break A Bad Habit

  • 9 Things Truly Passionate People Do Differently

[24-Jan-24] How to behave under stress?

It is easy to change when all is relaxed and sunny


But, what are you doing when the pressure is increasing and it is getting cloudy? Initially the Waterfall project management had been changed to Agile, as the common approach did not work out before. This caused a transformation process and a mindset change. Easy going when all is running smoothly, but when the pressure increases and people get nervous, they tend to fall back into old behavioral styles/patterns and there standard habits and attitudes.

The high performance teams quickly find out why Scrum does not work? In addition they get more help from the management team than they can handle, what means more administration, meetings and reporting.

Trust in the teams and to give them the possibility to grow under pressure is the right way to go.


A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.

[22-Jan-24] NFL: Two game days left

Conference Championship games next Sunday


The Detroit Lions with a German player in the one final and Travis Kelce with the Kansas City Chiefs on the other side of the playoff picture.


As the Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce story is very often of more interest than the football game, here my discussion with ChatGPT 3.5 about the topic. Interesting, very open and honest.


My daughter had a hard day today. She wanted to travel to southern Germany around noon time and her mobile phone was broken. The only working alternative at home was a Nokia 6210, some of you might remember my story, a phone just 24 years old with reduced functionality, but a great battery. And the Snake game was still working.

On top of this the German railway is on strike again from Wednesday this week until next week Monday, Germany blocked for 6 days. The union is asking for a 35-hours week for shift workers with no salary reduction.


It is a valid request when other people ask for a 4-Day Work Week, but how fast do you want to accomplish your final goal and, what impact on the industry and general public is still acceptable? 6 days is just too much and not appropriate!!


The senior management presentation did go really well, we are on the right track and proceed as planned. We just need more data, details and conclusions, to better serve our customers.

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  • How Does Psychological Safety Propel Startup Teams to Success?

  • TED Talk: A new way to build AI, openly
  • Chinese company Broad Group has set a new standard in the construction industry by building a 10-story residential building in just 28 hours and 45 minutes

  • How we unFIX our SAFe ecosystem to deliver a better user experience in our Artificial Intelligence Division in the Banking Sector

  • Dan Rockwell: 3 WAYS TO STOP WORRYING AND LEAD

[21-Jan-24] The week 03-2024 summary

You always meet twice ...


My Tuesday workshop in our network operating center was on the other side of the street of my previous work location, when I was still active in the Automotive industry back in 2016. The facility is closed now and the activities have been moved to Southern Germany. On the one side it was like coming home to a location where I did work for 2 years, on the other side I am really happy to work in my current company now, where I am much more appreciated.


You always meet twice and I was super happy to be on the other side of the street now.


Tomorrow we will do a re- and pre-planning with the whole team in the middle of the 3-month project period, as we need to find some additional resources for the main, top priority task. Later in the day we will present the current status of a special assignment to the senior management team. Could be a great future activity when we get the buy-in.


On Thursday we say goodbye to a 60+ year old colleague, not to retire but to take on a new opportunity. A bold decision that has my deepest respect.


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  • Sketchplanations: The Normalisation of Deviance
  • Simon Sinek video: Leadership in the Era of AI | Full Conversation (52 minutes)
  • Video: 6 Tips to Boost Your Confidence
  • Too Scared to Collaborate? Why Teams Struggle with Asking for Help

  • 8 Product Management Hacks

  • Indigenous leaders bringing their knowledge to Davos 2024

  • The Unmissable Highlights From CES 2024

  • Explore the World of Artificial Intelligence with Python!

[20-Jan-24] Beer Garden weather ...

A wheat beer in the garden with snow today


Blue sky and sun, an Olive and Nispero tree in the background, only some snow and temperatures below zero degree celsius. Not the perfect beer garden weather, but a great picture opportunity for my post today.


Are you a beer lover searching for some variety? Look no further, as we have listed 10 different types of beer for you to explore. Each one offers a unique flavor profile, making them stand out from one another. Whether you prefer a light and crisp brew or a rich and malty pint, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Let's dive into the main differences between these beer types:


1. IPA (India Pale Ale): Known for its hoppy flavor and higher alcohol content, IPAs have a bitter and citrusy taste.

2. Stout: Dark and creamy, stouts have a roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee or chocolate.

3. Lager: Light and refreshing, lagers are known for their clean and crisp taste, perfect for a hot summer day.

4. Pilsner: Originating from the Czech Republic, pilsners have a golden color and a balanced hoppy flavor.

5. Wheat beer: Brewed with a significant proportion of wheat, this beer type offers a hazy appearance and a refreshing taste with notes of banana or clove.

6. Amber ale: With a reddish-brown color and rich maltiness, amber ales strike a balance between hoppy and malty flavors.

7. Pale ale: Coming in various styles, pale ales feature a hop-forward taste, which can range from mild to bold.

8. Belgian tripel: Typically high in alcohol content, tripels offer a complex flavor profile with fruity and spicy undertones.

9. Porter: Similar to stouts, porters are dark and have a rich, malty taste with notes of chocolate or caramel.

10. Saison: Originally brewed in farmhouse breweries, saisons are spicy, fruity, and often have a dry finish.


Now that you know the main differences between these beer types, you can try them all and discover your personal favorite. Cheers to exploring the world of beer! -- text generated by OpenAI


Have a great weekend. We are expecting a dramatic weather change in the next two days, Tuesday with 12 degrees celsius plus coming from minus 4 in the moment. First Spring-time waves.

  • Shipping is targeting zero emissions. Here’s how an industry coalition plans to help

  • “You can make excuses or you can make progress. You choose.”

    -- Brian Tracy

  • How to craft better prompts. Four reasons we try to change others. Retrospectives.

  • Feeling stuck? Think about what you've achieved

[19-Jan-24] Picture Friday ...

Saving some thousand words today


“AI has been somewhat demystified because people really use it now. And that's always the best way to pull the world forward with a new technology.” — Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI


  • Ranked: Top 50 Data Center Markets by Power Consumption

  • Dan Rockwell: 4 WAYS TO SEEK HELP BEFORE YOU NEED IT
  • Six Reasons Smart People Fail

  • unFIX: Shift From Knowledge to Wisdom 

[18-Jan-24] Three rounds to go ...

NFL Divisional Round next weekend


Eight teams left and only one team of the 2023 Super Bowl is still on the run. The pressure is increasing every weekend now.


In the office today we had three main topics, I am using the FourWeekMBA webpage for references:


  1. Time Management Frameworks
  2. 30 Frameworks For Decision-Making

  3. Psychological Safety


There are many more references available and you can also search in my eBOOKS, up to you.


The German team did just win the 1st game in the main round of the

Men’s EHF EURO 2024. Another 3 games to go, the final is on Sunday 28-Jan-24. As the tournament is in Germany, definitely a small advantage for us.


  • Do we spend too much time trapped in our thoughts instead of moving forward?

  • Dan Rockwell: WHY YOU NEED TO STOP “WHY QUESTIONS
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  • Fuel Your Growth Cheat Sheet, we dive into six key strategies that can turn your negotiating skills into a world-class asset

  • Learning is free, education is expensive” -- Naval Ravikant


[17-Jan-24] Winter wonderland

Finally the snow did arrive ...


The whole day yesterday the weather forecast did warn about the weather conditions today. Around 12.00 PM noon time the snow was supposed to be starting, with major impact on flights, public transport and the traffic. Some schools had been closed today and in the more southern areas of Germany the people had been asked to stay at home.


In the Duesseldorf/Cologne region no issue in the morning. Our Indian colleagues and visitors from Portugal did ask about the snow before 12.00 PM already. Finally it started at 12.30 PM, first a small amount and then much more during the afternoon. A lot of photos had been taken and even some live video calls with the kids back in India. Could be the 1st and last time in their lifetime to see some snow. As you can see on the picture, a really nice view.


My way back home with the public transport was no issue, all trains on time. Well done. I will see, if it is still okay tomorrow morning.


The workshop yesterday was very well received, the speed feedback session was the highlight for the team. At the beginning it takes some time to adjust to the situation, but after some minutes all is fine and people appreciate the feedback of their colleagues. A great experience and learning.


  • Frank Sonnenberg: What’s More Important, Perception or Reality?
  • PwC: Thriving in an age of continuous reinvention
  • Deloitte’s State of Generative AI in the Enterprise Quarter one report, January 2024

  • Fairphone: 10 Lessons We Learned in 2023
  • Generative AI And The Future Of Jobs

  • 14 Psychological Forces That Make Good People Do Bad Things

[15-Jan-24] Monday quotes ...

A quick collection 


Everything is ready for the workshop tomorrow. After a short introduction round we will remember the main outcome of the 1st workshop we have done 6 month ago. Then we will do a retrospective around communication and collaboration in the team. Closure will be a speed feedback round, all participants will give each other feedback for one minute. Will be the most intense session of the morning. We will see.

  • "The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh." -- Samuel Beckett, Irish - Playwright April 13, 1906 - December 22, 1989

  • "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." --

    Confucius, Chinese - Philosopher 551 BC - 479 BC

  • unFIX: Embrace Digital Team Members
  • Video: Make work enjoyable: FEEL-GOOD PRODUCTIVITY by Ali Abdaal | Core Message
  • The economic potential of generative AI: The next productivity frontier

  • 10 Powerful Ways to Beat Stress

  • Change is hard - Here are 21 books to make it easier

[14-Jan-24] My week 02-2024 highlights

A different perspective of proper time management 


You might know my 5%-theory about the average usage of tools, frameworks and processes? Taking Excel as one example, the average user might know between 5 and 10% of the available functionality, based on regular usage and assuming no dedicated training has been taken. Kind of the least effort to best output ratio.


When you meet a colleague with just 10 to 20% knowledge about this tool, what is still 80% below the maximum, you will be impressed and have a new goto expert. The same applies for Time Management as another example. By just doing, what you have ever done in the past, you might be surprised about the additional time that colleagues have available, who apply some of the well known Time Management Techniques and Tools?


I use my additional time for hosting workshops and to do some Feelgood Manager tasks, like sharing experience and offering small learning bites. To help my colleagues to go beyond 5 - 10% knowledge in some areas, all voluntary no pressure. An innovative approach, possibly unfamiliar for a lot of people?


Are you still following or working on your 2024 resolutions? Or did you give up already, as two days ago was Quitters Day? I do not believe in resolutions and long-term planning, so nothing to be concerned about.


Another small topic - Is it All Just a Joke? Ethical Considerations of Lying and Half-Truths in Humor - with a short OpenAI explanation:

What is the motivation behind jokes? Humor serves various purposes, and there are several explanations for why we find jokes amusing. Firstly, jokes provide a sense of relief and help us cope with stress and difficult situations. Secondly, they serve as a form of social bonding, facilitating connections and building relationships. Additionally, jokes allow us to express taboo or inappropriate thoughts in a socially acceptable way. They also serve as a tool for criticism, helping us address sensitive or controversial subjects. Lastly, humor can offer an escape, providing entertainment and amusement in our daily lives.


Have a great week, I will have the combined Sprint1&2 demo tomorrow and host my 1st workshop in 2024 in our Network Operating Center on Tuesday. 


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  • Roberto Ferraro: Ten visuals on the topic of innovation
  • If we don't understand or believe in what we're doing, there's nothing to leverage toward our organization's success


[13-Jan-24] Video Saturday

Some helpful material to check out  


  • Luck and leadership. Vitalik Buterin’s techno-optimism. Saboteurs.

  • Blue Monday is Coming... 5 Tips to Tackle Blue Monday

Videos:

  • Every Art of Improvement video in 2023

  • Top 10 Technologies To Learn In 2024 | Trending Technologies In 2024 | Simplilearn

  • Best of CES 2024

  • Embracing Gen Z: Simon Sinek's Insights on New Workforce Dynamics

  • unFIX: Become a Specializing Generalist
  • unFIX: Be an Artisan or Communicator
  • The New Happy: You’re not your performance
  • Dan Rockwell: A USEFUL TOOL FOR DECISION-MAKING TEAMS
  • 5 Ways Mindfulness Will Turbocharge Your Career

  • Why do we try to change others when we should change ourselves?

  • 10 AI tools for programmers to save 100s of hours of manual work


"Grit is about maintaining a growth mindset and believing that your abilities can be developed." -- Angela Duckworth taken from

35 Angela Duckworth Quotes On Grit and Resilience

[12-Jan-24] Getting things done ...

Connecting different dots, why not?  


Sometimes, like today, you find different pictures and articles that fit perfectly together and do not know it yet :-)


The quote from Charlie Chaplin puts power and love into a different perspective. AI has the power of really large databases and to combine any kind of information in seconds. Real people bring empathy, feelings and love to the table and their interaction with other people. Two good examples below:


  • Coaching & AI | Part 2: The 6 C’s

  • I’ve coached 250+ Senior Leaders. Here are the 5 most common challenges that people in a senior leadership role face (and how to solve them


"I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life – doing the wrong thing at the right moment." -- Charlie Chaplin

[10-Jan-24] Try new things more often ...

It is okay to make mistakes, when you learn something out of it 


Between the PDC World Darts Championship and the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl the Men's EHF EURO 2024 started in Germany today. The opening game of the German team in a soccer stadium with a closed roof in front of a 53,586 people audience. 10 times the crowd of standard games, a new world record.


In the business world we have CES® 2024 — taking place Jan. 9-12, in Las Vegas AND the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 15–19 January 2024 in Davos. LinkedIn did ask selected people to feedback one of their articles about WEF:


  • Here the link to my comment
  • And the reference to my discussion with ChatGPT about the 4 key themes of WEF 2024


“I have noticed several times that people don't think I know how to behave even when I'm trying as hard as I can.” ― Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking


  • Sahil Bloom: The Letter to Your Future Self
  • 4 Resolutions Every Recruiter Should Make This Year

  • 11 best new personal growth books to read in 2024

  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO USE BRAGGING
  • How Generative AI Will Change All Of Our Jobs In 2024

  • Three pieces of advice for your Digital Transformation

  • When should you automate a task? And how much time should you spend writing the scripts?

  • 9 Signs Your Perfectionism Is Out Of Control

[09-Jan-24] The underlying problem

How to simply explain the agile ways of working? 


In the 2nd Agile Release Train (ART) that I am supporting we have customers as Product Owners (PO) - The Product Owner (PO) is the Agile team member primarily responsible for maximizing the value delivered by the team by ensuring that the team backlog is aligned with customer and stakeholder needs. - with a really good understanding of their requirements and the underlying problem, but less awareness of agile ways of working.


  • The XY Problem

  • Erik De Bos: What is Agile? Agile is a concept we all continuously talk about, but what is it really?


In summary it is much easier to explain the agile ways of working to the customer than to gather business understanding, expertise and experience for technical people in a short period of time.


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  • Dan Rockwell: SYMPATHY, EMPATHY, OR COMPASSION – WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT
  • 22 Best Team-Building Activities and Games to Try in 2024

  • Digital Transformation Tales from Ten Industry Giants

  • These are the 13 most common leadership styles

  • Discover the blueprint to unparalleled leadership excellence through 10 exceptional courses – knowledge for FREE.

 

[07-Jan-24] The week 01-2024 summary

"If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done, You Always Get What You’ve Always Gotten"


My 6th eBOOK covering the whole year 2023 on 138 pages is already available for Download since 31-Dec-23, but I did not tell you yet. My fault. When you are interested it is available for FREE download. Any kind of feedback is very much appreciated, just use the email address on the page header. Thanks a lot in advance.


Related to the quote of today two links:


  1. GUSTAVO RAZZETTI: The 10 Best Canvases for Culture Design and Team Building

  2. The Art of Improvement video: Trick Yourself Into Doing Anything (How-To Guide)


And what does OpenAI think about the quote?


"If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done, You Always Get What You’ve Always Gotten" is a thought-provoking quote that urges us to reflect on our actions and their consequences. Taking a closer look, there are both pros and cons to this familiar saying.


On the positive side, this quote encourages us to break free from our comfort zones and try new approaches. By doing things differently, we open ourselves up to new opportunities, fresh perspectives, and personal growth. It serves as a reminder that if we desire change and different outcomes in our lives, we need to take action and adopt new strategies or habits.


However, on the flip side, blindly following this quote without critical thinking can lead to stagnation and repetitive mistakes. Sometimes, what we've always done might be working well for us, and making unnecessary changes might disrupt the harmony we've achieved. It's important to evaluate the effectiveness of our current actions before hastily discarding them in search of something new.


In conclusion, this quote serves as a call to self-reflection and action. It reminds us that if we want different results, we must be open to change. Nevertheless, we should approach this idea with caution and weigh the pros and cons of our actions before deciding whether to break away from our familiar ways.


Have a great start into week 02-2024. I will pick up the activities of the last 3 weeks, what might not be a lot due to the holiday season?


Interested in - Japanese habits that'll level up your life (in 2024 & beyond) - here are 20 examples:

  1. 10 Japanese habits that'll level up your life (in 2024 & beyond)

  2. 10 more Japanese habits that'll level up your life (in 2024 & beyond)

 

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  • A good example for the video :-) --- Italian model Emily Pellegrini, 21, shares posts on her opulent lifestyle and new clothes on social media, much like any other influencer. But Emily isn't like any other influencer—despite having nearly 200k Instagram followers, the stunning model was made by artificial intelligence!
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  • CEOs, CFOs, CTOS and all executives, are you there yet? Do you want to scream: “I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this SAFe crap anymore!”

  • Super Bowl LVIII - Playoff Picture

  • Grant Snider: In Proportion
  • McKinsey & Company: What matters most? Eight CEO priorities for 2024
  • Promoting yourself vs promoting your ideas. Teambuilding through laughter yoga. The idea maze.

  • Dan Rockwell: SENTENCE STARTERS FOR YOUR JOURNALING JOURNEY
  • 9 Motivating Books That Will Supercharge Your 2024

  • How AI and the Metaverse Will Impact the Datasphere

  • James Clear: Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
  • German special, but with a lot of pictures: Die besten Business-Visualisierungen im Jahr 2023

[06-Jan-24] Be a positive role model ...

Back from the short holiday trip, back to work on Monday


After a full day of rain yesterday it started to snow today morning, good to go home as planned anyway. Today a collection of pictures to motivate you to be a positive thinking role model.

Back to work on Monday after 3 weeks and directly 3 days at the Campus in Duesseldorf. Weather is supposed to be cold but sunny, good for traveling with public transport, hopefully not on strike again?

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[04-Jan-24] Holiday greetings ...

Living in a "barrel" like Diogenes of Sinope


Our holiday location is a half tube like tiny house with everything you need (bath, kitchen, bed), but no TV and WLAN (has a technical issue). With enough GB for data usage and a 5G connection, no problem.The sauna outside really looks like a barrel, so we are back to - The Genius Absurdity Of The Greek Philosopher: Diogenes The Cynic


“You will become a teacher of yourself when for the same things that you blame others, you also blame yourself.” — Diogenes, taken from 50 Diogenes Quotes From The Cynical Philosopher


In the 2-Lukes World Darts Championship final yesterday Luke Littler lost in the end, but he started a great career anyway. Two interesting facts:


  1. The two Lukes did play against each other the 1st and last time 4 years in a bar tournament for 250 British pounds, yesterday it was 500k
  2. The first World Darts Championship final of Luke Littler yesterday and Michael van Gerwen in 2013 was pretty similar


Some links to check out:


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  • Valuable Lessons: A Walk Down Memory Lane

  • Dan Rockwell: 10 REASONS TO BEGIN JOURNALING TODAY
  • How to Create a Workplace Culture Where Gen Z — and All Generations — Can Thrive

  • 8 Secrets of Great Communicators

  • unFIX: Product Backlogs Are Not Backlogs
  • Micromanagement is a $550 Billion problem, here's how to fix it

[02-Jan-24] Starting the year 2024 ...

Time for New Year's resolutions - YES/NO?


Are you ready with your list for 2024? I do not believe in this, as Iongterm planning is not my type of business. The every 3-month planning in my project is the longest timeframe I am okay with. So for 2024 I will find out on the way, what is happening and required. Nothing to worry about today!!


Before starting a 3-day holiday in the Netherlands tomorrow, I did some administrative tasks today. One was to open the 2023 JAR and to read all the notes from last year:


Business:

  • 15+ workshops with 200+ participants, even four times at our training location in Koenigswinter (I will be back there end Feb-24 and do another workshop in Kerpen before)
  • A successful 3rd Data & Analytics Meetup
  • Good progress in my project, given the changing influences during the year
  • Taking on a 2nd Release Train Engineer (RTE) assignment


Private:

  • Several short and longer holidays in Germany and the Netherlands
  • Concert and Musical visits
  • Another great school workshop hosted
  • My grandniece was born in Feb-23, the next family generation started


Just 30 minutes ago Darts history was written, because Luke Littler the 16 year old teenager made it to the final of the PDC World Darts Championship. He started to play when he was 18-month old, now he is nearly perfect and just at the beginning of his professional career. More to come, maybe even the 1st World Championship title in the final tomorrow?


Interested in great short book summaries on Youtube by Productivity Game? Here what they plan this year:


  • January: Achievement (Goals & Habits)
  • February: Fulfillment (Career & Happiness)
  • March: Energy (Health & Motivation)
  • April: Focus (Deciding & Executing)
  • May: Mastery (Learning & Performing)
  • June: Innovation (Thinking & Creating)
  • July: Organization (Managing Time & Tasks)
  • August: Influence (Persuading & Leading)
  • September: Entrepreneurship (Starting a Business)
  • October: Business (Growing a Business)
  • November: Money (Saving & Investing)December: Mental Toughness (Being Resilient)


  • The Best Leadership Advice for 2024 – The Leadership That Works Newsletter

  • Adam Grant: Your highlights of 2023, and overcoming helplessness in 2024
  • The New Happy: Happy 2024!
  • 20 Charts That Will Change Your Viewpoint On AI’s Growth

  • Why Encouraging Time Off Should Be Your Company’s No. 1 Resolution This Year

  • Plan 2024 before it's too late (using ChatGPT)

  • How To Exceed Your Goals In 2024

  • James Clear of Atomic Habits says: "Real hashtag#change doesn't come from making a single big decision particularly with New Year resolutions. It's the result of hundreds or even thousands of small choices that add up over time through the year."

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[31-Dec-23] My week 52-2023 highlights

Have a great start into the year 2024 ...


We did visit the exhibition yesterday and it was really interesting to see the differences and also commonalities between the two artists Picasso and Beckmann.


Wishing you all the best for your start into 2024, have a great, surprising, relaxing, funny and successful next year.


  • The Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge 2024

  • The 10 Most Important AI Trends For 2024 Everyone Must Be Ready For Now

  • Happiness is built by habits and the five chimps theory. Intent-based leadership. Product/market fit: experience & data.

  • Your Last Encouragement Before 2024. Start the Year Strong with this FREE Resource!

  • The Most Read Workplace Culture Articles of 2023

  • Step-by-step guide for using ChatGPT & Python for exploratory data analysis

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[29-Dec-23] Two artist exhibition

For our 20th wedding anniversary, we plan to go to Wuppertal for this exhibition


Below an excerpt from a discussion with ChatGPT about the two artists - Pablo Picasso and Max Beckmann:


ChatGPT: "Assigning specific agile roles (Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Team Member) to artists like Pablo Picasso and Max Beckmann is a creative exercise, as the roles in agile development are not directly analogous to the characteristics of artists. However, we can draw loose parallels based on certain aspects of their personalities and contributions. Keep in mind that these comparisons are metaphorical and not a direct reflection of the nature of agile roles:

Product Owner: Pablo Picasso

Reasoning: Picasso's innovative and versatile nature, coupled with his constant desire for exploration, could align with the role of a Product Owner. The Product Owner is responsible for defining and prioritizing the product backlog, making decisions that maximize the value of the product. Picasso's ability to envision and create diverse artistic expressions might metaphorically correspond to the Product Owner's role in shaping and guiding the product vision.
Scrum Master: Max Beckmann

Reasoning: Beckmann's introspective and contemplative mindset, coupled with his focus on human dynamics, could loosely align with the Scrum Master role. The Scrum Master is responsible for facilitating the Scrum process, fostering collaboration, and addressing impediments to the team's progress. Beckmann's ability to empathize with individuals and address emotional aspects might metaphorically correspond to the Scrum Master's role in supporting and coaching the team."


Have a great rest of 2023:


  • TED Talk: How reverse mentorship can help create better leaders
  • As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to share a goofy visual about toilet paper, but it also shares an important message

  • The future of Coaching & AI

  • Study finds popular LLMs make content more neutral in sentiment

  • Only McKinsey: Highlights from our 2023 ‘Insights to Impact’ publishing journey

  • When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?

  • TOP 200 AI tools Index from Generative AI
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[28-Dec-23] Get ready for 2024

Some good time for Lifelong Learning, start now ...


The four remaining German players in the last 32 field of the PDC World Darts Championship did play really well in the last two days, but nobody made it to the next round. The other players were just better on the day of the game, had more luck, or just played some great darts in the crucial moments. Next chance in Dec-24, we will see and are looking forward to it.


On the picture and the AI Learning Resources page you can find a lot of helpful learning information. Have a look.


LinkedIn is currently asking selected people to comment on different topics with dedicated questions. Below three examples with my comments:


  1. How can you demonstrate your value to your employer to earn a promotion in IT Outsourcing? -- "Be authentic, find your Unique Selling Point (USP) and make best use out of it. Create your positive impression out of the mass of same level motivated people, just doing what they should be doing. Be special and different!!"
  2. How do you leverage your program project experience? -- "Always be open for a new perspective, mindset has nothing to do with your day of birth in your passport. I did lead Water Fall projects for 30 years and started to look closer into Agile in 2020. Became a Scrum Master in Jan-21 and now I am leading two forward looking projects as Release Train Engineer. It is all about people and giving them a good feeling, by being successful and delivering on commitments."

  3. How does program management help shape organizational culture? -- "Avoid hybrid structures, having line-management and agile roles together in projects. Like in Conway's Law (https://learningloop.io/glossary/conways-law), a lack of roles & responsibilities will not lead to the best possible result. It is one of these rare situations, where a black or white decision is much better than any variantes of grey. According to my personal experience so far, what might be wrong?"



“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” -- Doris Lessing, taken from

64 Lifelong Learning Quotes To Never Stop Learning

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  • Looking backward to 2023 and forward to 2024 in pictures
  • The Agile Community: Embracing Complexity in a Time of Uncertainty

  • Understand and Exploit GenAI With Gartner’s New Impact Radar

  • Pluralistic: What kind of bubble is AI? (19 Dec 2023)

  • 2024: The year AI gets real

  • Dan Rockwell: IF EVERY DAY WAS NEW YEAR’S DAY
  • Top 5 Kafka use cases

[27-Dec-23] Top skills for the future

What is required and how to get there?


Four more days and the 2027 outlook is just 3 years ahead. Not a very long time, depending on what you want to accomplish by then. And it is always good to have the wording clear - skills versus attitude versus mindset versus behavior as example. Let's read, what OpenAI thinks about this topic?


In this rapidly changing world, it is crucial to equip ourselves with skills that will remain in high demand over the next 5 to 10 years. Here are the top 10 skills that are highly recommended for the future:


1. Digital literacy: With technology playing an increasingly important role in every industry, having the ability to navigate and adapt to digital tools is essential.

2. Critical thinking: As automation takes over routine tasks, individuals who can think critically and solve complex problems will be highly sought after.

3. Creativity: The ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions will be invaluable in a future that requires constant adaptation.

4. Emotional intelligence: As automation replaces certain job roles, skills like empathy, communication, and relationship-building will become even more valuable.

5. Data analysis: With the exponential growth of data, being able to analyze and interpret it will be crucial for making informed decisions.

6. Adaptability: In a rapidly changing world, being able to quickly adapt to new situations and learn new skills will be essential for success.

7. Collaboration: The ability to work effectively in teams and bridge cultural and generational gaps will be highly beneficial in an increasingly globalized world.

8. Leadership: As technology advances, strong leadership skills will be needed to steer organizations through periods of change and uncertainty.

9. Financial literacy: Understanding financial concepts and being able to manage personal or business finances will be important in a world that is becoming increasingly complex.

10. Lifelong learning: With the pace of change accelerating, the ability to continuously learn and upskill will be essential to stay relevant in the job market.


By acquiring these skills, individuals can equip themselves with the tools needed to thrive in an ever-evolving future job market. Whether it's the ability to navigate technology, think critically, or adapt to new situations, these skills will be vital for success in the coming years. So, start investing in these skills today and prepare yourself for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


Some of the Top 10 skills are also on the picture, others like e.g. Emotional Intelligence might be difficult to replace by AI shortly? Definitely a good area to invest in ...


  • More Diesel-Killing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Trains Heading For Germany, Plus India Piles On

  • Hydrogen-powered aircraft completes first flight and is voted Breakthrough Technology of 2023

  • The 6 psychological responses to climate change - which one is yours?

  • This is how to accelerate the move from coal to renewables in emerging markets

  • Video: CGI Animated Short Film: "Mr Indifferent" by Aryasb Feiz | CGMeetup
  • Video: NINE-DARTER - First woman to hit perfect leg on TV
  • Frank Sonnenberg: How to Ride Life’s Ups and Downs
  • Why Internal Mobility Should Be a Top Priority Right Now

 

[26-Dec-23] Christmas and AI topics

Tomorrow Christmas is over already


A lot of people in Germany were concerned about three public holidays in a row with shops closed. Tomorrow we are back to normal. One of my Christmas presents was an invitation to a Burns-Night on 03-Feb-24. An evening with Scottish food, poetry, music and Whisky. Sounds like fun.


Next level of unlimited vacations is to celebrate all public holidays and festivals together with everybody in International Companies. Will definitely help with the cultural awareness.

 

  • AI-powered video creations at scale

  • Canva makes it easy to create professional designs and to share or print them

  • Video: Festo - Bionic Robots || 7 Amazing Bionic Robots || Episode 1 | 4K | YouTube 4K | Robotic Automation
  • Video: Simon Sinek's Guide to Cultivating Psychological Safety at Work

  • Why Everyone Should Have Unlimited Vacation Days

  • List of foods that are generally considered beneficial for various parts of the body

  • 10 Japanese habits that'll level up your life (in 2024 & beyond)

  • A new vision for electrifying commercial shipping

  • Ted Talk: AI's single point of failure

Have a great Christmas and enjoy the celebration. I am back in some days.


  • Jólabókaflóð, or Christmas Book Flood, is the charming Icelandic tradition of giving books as gifts

  • McKinsey & Company: Top Ten Most Popular
  • Video: How to Change Your Bad Habits
  • Video: Ai Ai Ai, What Happens to Our Way of Working? (Jurgen Appelo)


[24-Dec-23] The week 51-2023 summary

Have a great time, enjoy your days off and relax


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (22-Dec-23)

  • Become a Google certified Data Scientist for FREE
  • Video: Mountain Dew: Fast Hands - Do The Dew

 

[23-Dec-23] Character Strength ...

We could need some Temperance and Transcendence for Christmas


Interested in your personal Character Strength? - The VIA Character Strengths Survey. Get to know your greatest strengths. Why take the survey?
"The VIA Survey is the only free, scientific survey of character strengths in the world. Take this simple, 10 minute character test and discover your greatest strengths. Research shows that knowing and using your character strengths can help you."


The 4th German player did also qualify for the last 32 players at the Darts PDC WM today, now they cover 12.5% of the remaining field of participants. The tournament goes on after Christmas on 27-Dec-23.


  • Storytelling That Drives Bold Change

  • Storytelling that drives bold change. The fourth agreement: always do your best. Evidence of abundance: debunking dystopian myths.

  • Australian Innovative rocket design
  • 10X Your Productivity With Just 20 Sentences. The perfect way to start 2024.

 

Have a great Christmas time and enjoy the celebration. I am back in some days.


"Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday." -- Gladys Taber, taken from 95 Best Christmas Quotes Perfect for All of Your Holiday Celebrations

[22-Dec-23] Best of 2023 collection

A lot of sources are offering their 2023 summary already


Quote by Jim Kwik, the founder of Kwik Brain Universe, author of the best-selling book LIMITLESS and host of the #1 brain performance podcast, Kwik Brain. "I am a world leading expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning."


Normally it is happening between Christmas and New Year's Eve, but I found good 2023 summary material today already:


  • wellfound: Ten top startups. Ten trending industries.

  • The 23 Top Data Visualizations on Visual Capitalist in 2023

  • Best TED Talks 2023 (in 4 categories)

  • Dan Rockwell: DON’T RUSH TO SET PERSONAL GOALS FOR 2024


From the five German players starting at the Darts PDC WM, one is out and three made it to the 3rd round already. The fourth one can follow tomorrow. See bracket tree.


Two ball videos to close for today:


  • A simple demo of order and chaos (and order again) - Home made Pendulum Wave with 15 billiard balls

  • Life is all about Ups and Downs | Best Balls Example of Life | Life Quotes | Multi Talent Macha

 

[21-Dec-23] My 2023 JAR

Not as full as last year ...


But still a great collection of success stories and areas to improve next year. I will find out in early 2024, when I read all notes and make a high level summary of the content. Looking forward to it and only some days to go.


As we decided yesterday to have a real Christmas tree this year, I did go out for hunting it together with my youngest daughter in the afternoon. We found one at the 4th place where we did check. With the right size, volume, look&feel, and price in the end. As we still use real candles and do not have too much room available, we selected one with strong branches and one side with less volume, to come closer to the wall. Sounds like CTaaS = Christmas Tree as a Service or ToD = Tree on Demand. Nothing new:


  • You Can Rent a Live Christmas Tree—And We're All for It

  • Tree As A Service - A proposal to plant a mature tree for a fixed annual price

  • On-Demand Christmas Tree


Some more helpful links for the day:


  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO LEVERAGE WEAKNESSES
  • The Kampano Framework for evolutionary companies

  • A 2024 road map for the C-suite, in eight charts

  • The Top 50 Business Books of 2023

  • Here are 10 habits to foster a positive company culture

  • 7 can’t-miss episodes from top podcasts. World-class thinkers from Stanford, the Navy SEALs, MIT, and TED. As we head into 2024, leverage these 7 episodes to supercharge your success.

  • Certificates are nothing without experience. Experience is everything without certificates.

  • Video: GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Christmas Drone Show! (1,500+ Drones)
  • Video: JINGLE BELLS Marble Music
  • Video: Blue Man Group Holiday PVC Mashup ☃️ 🎵 Dreidel, Dreidel; Let It Snow; Winter Wonderland & more!

 

There are numerous great ways to collect money for charity. Here are ten ideas to get you started (generated by OpenAI):


1. Organize a fundraising event: From charity walks to bake sales, events can bring people together while raising funds.

2. Create an online donation page: Make it easy for people to donate by setting up a simple and secure online platform.

3. Ask for donations in lieu of gifts: Encourage friends and family to donate to a charity of their choice instead of giving traditional gifts.

4. Partner with local businesses: Seek out local businesses willing to donate a portion of their profits or host fundraising events.

5. Set up a crowdfunding campaign: Utilize online platforms to share your cause and gather donations from a wide audience.

6. Host a charity auction: Collect donated items and hold an auction event to generate funds for your chosen cause.

7. Launch a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign: Encourage others to fundraise on your behalf by setting up personal fundraising pages.

8. Offer a service: Use your skills to offer services like pet sitting, home organizing, or car washing, with proceeds going to charity.

9. Collect spare change: Place collection jars in high-traffic areas and ask people to drop in their loose change.

10. Seek corporate sponsorships: Approach local businesses or companies to sponsor your charity event, providing financial support and exposure.


These are just a few ideas to inspire your charity fundraising efforts. Get creative and remember that every contribution counts in making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

[20-Dec-23] Christmas Wonder ...

Collecting money for mothers in need


The local radio station did organize a 5 x 24 hours LIVE streaming event on Radio, Internet and TV to collect money for mothers in need. A team of four well known moderators plays music wishes for everybody who donates some money. The 5 days will be finished tonight and our family did use the opportunity yesterday to meet at the location of the glass house, close to the Duesseldorf theatre. I just heard they did collect over 8 Million Euro, a really good result and more than last year.


We had not really the best weather, it was raining, but good music and Christmas market food and drinks - a bratwurst in a roll with mustard and a nice hot red Gluehwein. All you need to be happy ...


My holidays started today and I did buy some drinks and food for the upcoming Christmas celebrations, besides that just no work. Below for you some interesting material to check out during your days off (some more after 2 days without a post):


  • Video: A Holiday to Remember | Chevrolet

  • Video: Tim Minchin - Live To Learn (MOTIVATION)
  • Video: Large Language Models and The End of Programming - CS50 Tech Talk with Dr. Matt Welsh
  • Video: Leadership's Unspoken Rules: Simon Sinek on Responsibility and Trust
  • TED Talk: Why AI will spark exponential economic growth, Cathie Wood | TEDAI 2023 • October 2023


  • Frank Sonnenberg: 41 Quotes That Will Blow Your Mind
  • What to Say When Your Schedule Is Too Busy

  • A Guide to Recruiting Gen Z

  • DEEPMIND SAYS ITS AI SOLVED A MATH PROBLEM THAT HUMANS WERE STUMPED BY

  • Dan Rockwell: 5 WAYS TO LOVE WORK
  • How Curiosity and Vulnerability Drive Courage in Leadership

  • Elevate Your Tech Team with These 4 Free Soft-Skills Courses

  • Agile 2: Getting Out of “Agile” – and Finding True Agility
  • 8 Ways Smart People Use Failure To Their Advantage

  • Duncan Maddox: Just to celebrate the festive season, I've put together a whimsical tale about the Spirit of Scrum... and Xmas. Enjoy!!!
  • Success in life and business requires core elements, traits, mindset, and ACTION!

  • 7 Incredible Things That Happen Once You Learn to Love Being Alone

 

[17-Dec-23] My week 50-2023 highlights

Being authentic and sticking to it ...


The George Carlin quote pretty well summarizes a part of my last week. I just read my [07-Dec-23] BLOG post about the Employee Survey topic again and I am still very confident with the content and main message. Two more days to work in the coming week before my holiday, the topic might come up again?


During this time of the year the NFL is coming closer to the 1st decisions for the Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on 11-Feb-24.

And in the same time the PDC World Darts Championship (DEC 15 2023 - JAN 03 2024) started this week. Just some minutes ago the 1st German of five in total did win his 1st game. More to come, last year we had one in the last four participants.

The World Darts Championship in London is also an opportunity for participants from around the world. One great story about South Africa’s Simon Adams, who did wait 40+ years to play in this tournament for the 1st time today.

And for two women this year - Both England’s Fallon Sherrock and Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki have qualified for the tournament through the PDC Women’s Series. 2 of 96, more should be possible in the future.


Have a great next week:


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (15-Dec-23)

  • How Culture Has Become a Powerful Manipulation Weapon

  • In the Agile world, the one-eyed is leading the blind

  • Here are 50 cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence Tools which can help you earn

  • Beyond AI, What Are The Biggest IT Challenges For 2024?

  • TIME: 2023 - CEO OF THE YEAR - Sam Altman


"Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be." -- George Carlin, taken from

125 George Carlin Quotes to Make You Laugh, Smile and Think

 

[16-Dec-23] Getting closer to Christmas

Some pictures fitting to the current time


Saturday is a good day to have some fun and enjoy interesting links and the video. The three guys on the scooter are worth watching.


  • Make the Most of This Opportunity

  • The Christmas tree effect. Radical candor for effective communication in the workplace. Evolution of NFTs.

  • Deloitte 2023: Mastering an AI Operating Model

  • Agile 2 (Jan-23): Today's Agile Roles Are a Dead End
  • 8 Step Practical Problem Solving!

  • Winners are not people who never fail but people who never quit

 

[15-Dec-23] About courage ...

"Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty"


Due to our Christmas party at work yesterday, the next Blog post today. It was really a great opportunity to meet again in a larger setup with ~3,000 people after a 3 years COVID-19 break. I did see a lot of people who I know due to my Workshop activities and being in several departments since 2018. A great final for a successful 2023, definitely from my perspective.


In the last post I covered the Quiet People topic, this time three types of Courage. Assume the quiet people have the courage to speak up and even support/promote a minority opinion? Some people will say welcome on the blacklist, and others would very much appreciate a different perspective, with the opportunity to rethink an idea or approach. Give it a try ...


“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela, taken from 85 Courage Quotes That Will Inspire You to Face Your Fears


  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO DEAL WITH 12 TYPES OF KOOKY PEOPLE
  • Dan Rockwell: DELEGATE: HELP FOR OVERWORKED MANAGERS
  • 'Nobody Knows Anything At All' and Other Things That May Surprise You About AI

  • Develop Your Coaching Competencies!

  • The world is full of wonderful people

  • Video - Tesla: Optimus - Gen 2
  • Video - Simon Sinek: The Challenges and Rewards of Leadership
  • Video - Simon Sinek: The Future of Capitalism: From PROFIT to PURPOSE
  • Video: I've Cracked the Code: Hallmark Christmas Movies | Don McMillan Comedy
  • Match the 16Personalities types against Agile Roles, ENFJ as Scrum Master from ChatGPT

 

[13-Dec-23] Ensure their voices are heard and valued ...

"Quiet people have the loudest minds." -- Stephen Hawking


Especially in hybrid work environments you should be taking special care of Quiet People, being in the meeting room or online in their home office. They might have great ideas and opinions, but are not willing or interested to take the floor in any case. Be careful not to miss their perspective.


"When I was young, all I wanted and expected from life was to sit quietly in some corner doing my work without the public paying attention to me. And now see what has become of me." – Albert Einstein, taken from

91 Quiet People Quotes (That Introverts Can Relate To)


We finished our two day planning phase today for 7 of 8 teams. One team had to change the content of their work on really short notice, what requires replanning for one more day. Our every three month team building will be done tomorrow as planned, and the confidence vote that is officially closing the planning phase on Friday this week. We have to be flexible.


  • Video: Simon Sinek on Empowering Today's Teams | Full Conversation
  • [13-Dec-23] Agile perspectives

  • Should Leaders Focus on Results or People?


"People who don’t know me think I’m quiet. People who do know me wish I was." – unknown 

 

[11-Dec-23] Improve ways of working ...

... imagine what it would be like to face deadlines without getting stressed


"I love the focus here on people going home happy here. We are after all - People first. Employees second." -- Chris Stone


We had our brainstorming session today about general communication concerns and areas for improvement. Same happened for potential process simplification opportunities. Using more of the left-side values on the picture might be a good idea as well? We keep this in mind going forward.


In the next RETRO we will recommend anonymous feedback and ask for specific examples, to better understand the background of the concerns shared, as a first improvement step.


  • Video: THE FIRST RULE OF MASTERY by Michael Gervais | Core Message
  • How To Instantly Connect With Anyone

 

  • “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.”

    -- Frank Zappa

  • Crickets In Your All-Hands Meeting? It's Time to Ask Better Questions

  • The fear of negative evaluation can cripple your organization

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (08-Dec-23)

  • Video: How to Set and Achieve Your Goals in 2024
  • The Most Thought-Provoking Generative Artificial Intelligence Quotes Of 2023

  • Giving Feedback is one of the most necessary activity, especially for anyone managing people

[10-Dec-23] The week 49-2023 summary

Looking forward to the last full working week in 2023


Good content last week and a lot of interest in my BLOG. 170 visitors per day on average according to the new measurement (equals ~1,200 readers per day on the old hosting platform). Might be related to my additional ReThinkandFocus company related activities on LinkedIn, who knows?


Next week will be really busy:

  • Monday: Last day of our IP-Sprint with a brainstorming session about general improvements and a special presentation to the senior management team in the afternoon
  • Tuesday: 1st day of the new planning phase for our next 3 month project phase
  • Wednesday: 2nd planning day and a discussion with the senior managers about the result of the last employee survey in the late afternoon. I will use my 07-Dec-23 BLOG post content as preparation
  • Thursday: 90 minutes team building session to close the planning phase and the year 2023. In the early afternoon a warm-up come together in the office before we all leave to the official company X-Mas party at a large event location around 06:00 PM. The 1st F2F party after 2 years Corona online activities
  • Friday: Last System Demo of my 2nd project, in 2023 and their current way of working and in the afternoon an interview with a potential new Intern, to close the week


In the following week I only have 2 working days before I go on holiday until 07-Jan-24. Have a great week, I will do my best.


  • AI Industry Analysis: 50 Most Visited AI Tools and Their 24B+ Traffic Behavior

  • How to keep an open mind - Think Again, Adam Grant

  • Ten visuals on failure and success, illustrated by Roberto Ferraro

 

[09-Dec-23] About Fake and Failures

Are you able to learn anything out of a fake, besides not doing it again?


Failure = "lack of success"

Fake = "a worthless imitation passed off as genuine"


Two days ago I posted the article about - Google: Introducing Gemini: our largest and most capable AI model - and today I found this one -

Google Admits Gemini AI Demo Was at Least Partially Faked.


The second time that a Google AI solution is not as good as advertised. Running behind OpenAI and Microsoft seems to be difficult for them?


  • The best AI chatbots: ChatGPT and other noteworthy alternatives (27-Jul-23)

  • Bard: A conversational AI tool by Google


Have a great weekend with some interesting material:


  • Video: Hyundai Autonomous Hydrogen Truck Trailer Drone Concept
  • Video: OpenAI’s GPT4-V + ViLa: 5 AI Robot Tech Advances Nearing AGI?
  • Video: I RACED My Self-Driving RC Car
  • The Top 23 Happiness Books of 2023

  • Grant Snider: A Collection of Delights
  • Problem solving: quantity vs quality. The surprising benefits of gratitude every team should know. The ThreePercentRule.

  • New Happy: "I am working towards what matters most to me."

  • Wisdom Made Easy: What life Are You Designing?

  • 4 Benefits of Cross-Functional Teams
  • Get 80% more time and money by doing this

Employee surveys have gained popularity as a tool for gathering feedback and improving employee engagement. However, it is essential to consider the potential risks and downsides associated with these surveys. Here are 20 arguments why employee surveys may not be as effective and could even be risky for employee morale:


1. Lack of anonymity can lead to biased responses.

2. Employees may fear retribution for providing honest feedback.

3. Surveys can create the illusion of listening without taking action.

4. Survey fatigue can set in if employees are repeatedly asked for feedback.

5. Surveys may focus on superficial issues instead of addressing core problems.

6. Low response rates can render survey results unreliable.

7. Surveys can perpetuate a culture of complaints rather than encouraging solutions.

8. Staff may view surveys as a waste of time if they see no tangible outcomes.

9. The same survey questions may not apply to employees in different roles or departments.

10. Surveys may disregard the unique needs of individual employees or teams.

11. Management may cherry-pick survey data to support preconceived notions.

12. Employees might feel pressured to respond positively, fearing negative repercussions.

13. The survey process can distract management from addressing urgent issues.

14. Surveys may create the perception that management lacks the knowledge or insight to make informed decisions.

15. Employees may feel disengaged if they perceive that their opinions are not valued or acted upon.

16. Surveys could be seen as a substitute for open communication and dialogue between employees and management.

17. The language and tone of survey questions can bias responses.

18. Surveys may focus on symptoms rather than underlying causes of workplace issues.

19. Employees may doubt the confidentiality of survey responses, especially if conducted externally.

20. Surveys may inadvertently encourage a culture of blame rather than fostering teamwork and problem-solving.


It's crucial to recognize that while employee surveys can provide valuable insights, both the process and the interpretation of results need careful consideration to avoid potential pitfalls and negative effects on employee morale.

[07-Dec-23] About Employee Surveys

... and the possible downside for all involved parties


Based on my personal perspective, experience, opinion, investigation of content and once again the OpenAI help. Surveys might be a good idea, but it is all about TRUST, how serious you take the process, the results and what you finally do with it.


Three example statements from different articles:


  • Leading questions or poorly worded questions can lead to incorrect interpretations of the results, rendering surveys less useful.

  • Low participation and the lack of honest responses are among the biggest obstacles employee engagement surveys face. This can distort results, diminish data representativeness, and reflect a lack of confidence or enthusiasm for the survey process.

  • 16 Types Of Employees Surveys (Pros & Cons Of Each)


When you go through the same process multiple times - e.g. pre-announcement of the survey, take the voluntary & anonymous survey after several reminders, waiting for the results, getting the results, take a decision about the areas to improve, make a related workshop, collect ideas and start again after 6 month - you possibly get frustrated, when no real changes are happening.


So you either take it serious, invest the necessary time and resources, with dedication and real motivation to make a change, OR just forget about it and find a different approach!! Some of my ideas:


  • In agile teams use e.g. the retrospective and ask the right questions
  • Do a 360 degree feedback
  • Run a series of detailed interviews keeping psychological safety in mind
  • Stop using the results of any employee survey as management KPI


Today I had a 90 minute interview with a master student about gamification in the Scrum Master education, as basis for his thesis. Time well spend, great content shared and a good learning experience for both sides. Takes time, but delivers results, we need more of this.


  • Frank Sonnenberg: You Can’t Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Be Helped
  • Dan Rockwell: DELEGATE: A NEW 5-STEP APPROACH
  • Dan Rockwell: DESTROY YOUR IDEAS AND OTHER CHARLIE MUNGER QUOTES
  • 5 Ways to Revolutionize Recruiting with AI

  • What does remote working look like around the world?

  • Unlock the secrets to world-class leadership

  • 11 Ways To Beat Procrastination

  • There's no change vision if you can't visualize the change

  • Google: Introducing Gemini: our largest and most capable AI model
  • We all know Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle. Or do we? We’ve heard of it and can draw the three circles with Why, How and What. But do we really understand it?

  • The most popular TED Talks of 2023 are here!

[05-Dec-23] Picture Tuesday ...

When pictures do the trick, no words are required


  • ‘It’s a Voyage of Joy’—Two Top CEOs Say Optimism & Courage Are Key to Shaping the Future

  • Dan Rockwell: OVERCOMING SELF-DEFEATING BEHAVIORS
  • Chris Stone: The Gremlins Retro
  • Chris Stone: The Grinch Retrospective

Besides that some more helpful ideas:


  • AI Will Kill Offshoring

  • Finding solutions through the art of asking great questions

  • 10 Communications Strategies For Conflict

  • "Foundations of Machine Learning - Lecture Notes"! (120 pages)

  • The 9 Worst Mistakes You Can Ever Make at Work

[04-Dec-23] About Feedback cycles

Feedback loops provide you with new information


During the System Demo today we several times got the information that we are moving closer to our goal or are still on the right track. Good to know as our next 3-month phase is starting on 19-Dec-23.


Thanks to Chris Stone for providing the statement today and two more RETRO templates:


  • The Home Alone Retro - Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals

  • The Die Hard Retrospective - Yippikayaiii!

[03-Dec-23] My week 48-2023 highlights

Last week and next week are all about learning ...


I covered a lot of different topics this week - patience, coaching, change, moving fast, fixing things and purpose. Starting Tuesday this coming week, we will even more focus on learning and the differet styles mentioned on the picture in my project. We will have a programming challenge, some team and project updates, enough material for self-learning time and maybe a dry-run for a Senior Management presentation scheduled for 11-Dec-23. A really good program that we have available.


Let's see, what my OpenAI friend says about learning:


There are many different approaches to learning new topics, and the best way can vary from person to person. Here are 10 diverse ideas to help you expand your knowledge:


  1. Read books and articles: Books and articles provide in-depth information and different perspectives on various subjects.
  2. Take online courses: Online platforms offer a wide range of courses on almost any topic you can imagine.
  3. Attend workshops and seminars: Participating in workshops and seminars allows you to learn from experts and engage in interactive learning experiences.
  4. Listen to podcasts: Podcasts are a convenient way to consume information while multitasking or on the go.
  5. Join online communities: Engaging with like-minded individuals in online communities can help you learn from their experiences and share knowledge.
  6. Watch educational videos: Platforms like YouTube offer a plethora of educational videos covering a vast array of subjects.
  7. Conduct experiments and hands-on activities: Learning through hands-on activities can enhance understanding and retention.
  8. Try online tutorials and guides: Step-by-step tutorials and guides provide practical knowledge and help you learn by doing.
  9. Attend webinars: Webinars offer live interactions, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and learn from experts.
  10. Teach someone else: Teaching others helps solidify your understanding of a topic and allows you to learn from their questions and perspectives.


Remember, the best way to learn ultimately depends on your personal preferences, learning style, and the nature of the topic itself.


Will be a really interesting week and a nice break before the next planning phase starting 12-Dec-23.

  • Video: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love/Sweet Home Chicago | The Blues Brothers | Comedy Bites Vintage
  • 12 Agile Principles
  • It's time to value your product!

  • Humor at Work: The Superpower of Successful Teams

  • MIT University is offering free online courses to learn Data Science

"It was nature’s intention that there should be no need of great equipment for a good life: every individual can make himself happy." -- Seneca, taken from 107+ SENECA QUOTES (ON LIFE, HAPPINESS, HARDSHIP)

[02-Dec-23] About purpose ...

"Why you do something or why something exists"


A quote from Seneca: “The beginnings are in our power; the results are judged by fortune, to which I grant no jurisdiction over myself” taken from Roberto Ferraro's - The metaphor of the Stoic Archer. Put people before purpose and humanize leadership. Digital transformation failures: the root causes.


As always finding a definition for purpose is difficult. Maybe - make the best out of your attitude and skills to accomplish your current WHY - what do you think?


The German under 17 (U17) soccer team definitely found their WHY today and did win the FIFA World Cup in Indonesia against France. The 2nd title in 2023, they did win the European Championship also against France in Jun-23. Well done.


A very good example with respect to purpose, motivation and dedication to the game for the German men and women teams, who are currently struggling a lot with their performance on the pitch. And the next tournaments are waiting already. The men's UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany and the women's Oympia 2024 in France. We will see.


  • An affordable, reliable, competitive path to net zero

  • Ten key requirements for a systemic approach to climate adaptation

  • Here are some FREE courses that can help you learn end-to-end Python

  • 5 Effective Problem-Solving Strategies

[01-Dec-23] Move fast and fix things

To earn trust and respect ...


Another great work done by Tanmay Vora - "I particularly loved the 2×2 matrix of speed and trust which outlines the concept very well. Here is a quick snapshot of a few ideas from the book in form of a #sketchnote summary."


Only seven days to go until the 1st anniversary of my website being hosted on the new One.com platform. So far 38.3k total visits have been tracked, what roughly equals 270k on the previous counter. Not so bad I would say. 


A lot of the discussions in the past week, including my coaching assignment for two colleagues, is going around the roles & responsibilities in agile projects. What are Product Owners, Scrum Master and Teams supposed to be doing versus the reality? You might already know my opinion about certificates? It does not mean anything without proper experience in managing the daily challenges.


I prefer personality types and attitude over a piece of paper, to staff the agile roles. Product Owners are content, facts & figures driven, Scrum Master empathy and people centered. When the personality type does not match the role, nobody will be happy - not the team, not the project, and especially not the person owning the role. One of the colleagues I am currently coaching is working on a OnePager to easily explain the roles and what is in and out of their scope!! For junior team members to learn and for more experienced ones to remember once in a while.


Maybe we can use the document already during the IP-Sprint next week? We have 5 days reserved for innovation, exploration, learning, knowledge transfer and having a good time, after 10 weeks of project pressure. 


All the above does pretty well fit to the FIX map mentioned on the sketchnote, not a surprise :-)


  • Frank Sonnenberg: How to Prepare for Tough Times
  • AI Writing and Parasite SEO Found at Sports Illustrated

  • 10 Agile Transformation Pitfalls - and how to avoid them

  • Dan Rockwell: 5 THINGS THAT SHOULD INCREASE HAPPINESS BUT USUALLY DON’T
  • Purpose (Finally) Goes Mainstream, Be a Hero in Your Own Story, & More – The Leadership That Works Newsletter

  • Progress on 2030 Renewable Energy Targets by Country

  • The secret sauce of a GREAT Agile Coach

  • From the Detective to the Road Warrior, meet the personas that are moving work forward

  • If you want to give yourself a personal MBA (in 6 months), read these books

  • Only 50% feel psychologically safe at work - here's how to fix it

  • Animate Anyone: Consistent and Controllable Image-to-Video Synthesis for Character Animation

  • Microsoft, Google, Harvard University, DeepLearning.AI, LinkedIn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University have all released free courses on AI

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss: Leadership isn’t about you, it is about the people you work with

[28-Nov-23] Get ready for a change ...

Standing still is actually a step backwards


As personal, team or company change is a daily/weekly/monthly business for a lot of people, it is good to have a strategy to handle it. Some examples on the Cheat Sheet today.


In the last days I did try a FREE LinkedIn campaign for one of my KISA Posts. Kind of boosting the presence/visibility in the LinkedIn environment. For the value of $100 I did get 98 website visits and 12k impressions in 4 days. No idea if this is good or bad, but currently no motivation for me to start another campaign with my own money.


Some links more or less related to change:


  • Video: SAME AS EVER by Morgan Housel | Core Message
  • The New Happy: How to be a better listener
  • How to prepare for anything

  • Dan Rockwell: 16 WAYS TO GIVE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK LIKE A HUMAN
  • SWOT analysis can be a very strategic tool to address the issues effectively

  • Transform your team with the Harry Potter Retrospective

  • Shipping is targeting zero emissions. Here’s how an industry coalition plans to help


When Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin in 1931, Einstein said, "What I admire most about your art is its universality. You do not say a word, and yet the world understands you." "It's true." Replied Chaplin, "But your fame is even greater. The world admires you, when no one understands you."

[27-Nov-23] The Power of Patience ...

Thriving in Stillness - Don't Rush the Process


Patience to learn new topics, improve on your weakness and further develop your strength:


  • Personal MBA degree courses for free
  • Start delegating like a Fortune 500 CEO

  • Watch these 8 TED Talks to level-up your life

  • IBM: AI Academy
  • How This Vietnamese Company Burned Down The Traditional Management Playbook (explaining picture)

  • 5 Lessons from Comcast on Building a Skills-First Approach to Talent


As I will have another coaching session tomorrow, some OpenAI based insights before:


Coaching is a process where a trained professional, known as a coach, helps individuals or teams to achieve their goals and maximize their potential. It involves a collaborative partnership where the coach supports and guides the client in identifying their strengths, setting realistic objectives, overcoming obstacles, and developing new skills and strategies.


There are various coaching frameworks that coaches use to structure their sessions and provide a systematic approach. Here are the 10 most common coaching frameworks:


1. GROW Model: It stands for Goal, Reality, Options, and Way forward. This framework helps clients clarify their goals, assess the current reality, explore options, and create an action plan.


2. SMART Goals: This framework emphasizes setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals to increase motivation and track progress effectively.


3. Positive Psychology: This framework focuses on building strengths and cultivating positive emotions to enhance well-being and resilience.


4. Solution-Focused Coaching: It centers on exploring solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It involves envisioning the desired outcome and identifying practical steps to achieve it.


5. Cognitive Behavioral Coaching: This framework combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with coaching techniques to help clients identify and change negative thought patterns that may be hindering their progress.


6. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): NLP techniques are used in coaching to reprogram thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors for personal and professional growth.


7. Emotional Intelligence Coaching: This framework aims to develop clients' emotional intelligence, which is the ability to recognize and manage their own emotions and effectively deal with others.


8. Appreciative Inquiry: It involves focusing on strengths and positive aspects to create a desired future. This framework helps clients explore what is already working well and build upon it.


9. Wheel of Life: This visual tool helps clients assess and balance different areas of their life, such as career, health, relationships, and personal growth.


10. 5 Why's Technique: This questioning technique is used to dig deeper into the root causes of a problem or challenge by repeatedly asking "why" to uncover underlying issues and potential solutions.


Each framework offers a unique approach to coaching, and coaches tailor their methods based on the individual client's needs and goals.


Looking forward to the session ...

[26-Nov-23] The week 47-2023 summary

"Retrospectives and reviews of performance can sometimes focus on the negatives. Rose Thorn Bud ensures a balanced discussion." -- Olina Glindevi


As retrospectives are not always appreciated by the teams, speaking out loud requires a good level of trust, it can be a helpful approach to use interesting templates like the ones from Chris Stone or Olina Glindeva for example.


Just today I uploaded a new version of my 6th eBOOK, now the whole year 2023 until 24-Nov-23 is included, see Downloads for more details. Yesterday I did work on our yearly family calendar that we use as Christmas present for friends and family. A lot of work to reduce 1,200+ pictures to 12 A4 pages only, with an average of 10 pictures per page, in total just 10%. And when the calendar is ready, it has to get the approval of all family members, my wife and daughters, before it will be printed. A very critical audience, but this time I only had to select 4 new pictures after review.


Next week I will be 2 days at the Campus, to meet my new team members that will be finally coming together early 2024 after the latest reorganization. Besides that some socializing and a face-to-face coaching session for another colleague. Wednesday 06.00 PM the LinkedIn Prioritize, Structure, and Cultivate Business Success with Scrum@Scale event.


Have a great week, some interesting links below:


Videos:

  • Last Night on Earth | Short Film (2022)

  • Why Self Discipline is So Difficult

  • Happiness is helping others


Learning:

  • The silent secret to the world's best teams: They prioritise psychological safety

  • Here are the top 15 free courses Steve Nouri recommends to learn AI in 2023

  • Your perspective matters

  • Five tactics to combat a culture of false urgency at work. Building your personal braintrust. The ThreePercentRule

  • How can we truly make an impact in our lives and the lives of those around us?


Links:

  • Ranked: The Most Innovative Countries in 2023

  • The Top 5 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Trends For 2024

  • The Surprising Benefits of Gratitude Every Team Should Know

  • Visualizing the Global Coffee Trade by Country


[24-Nov-23] Fun retrospectives

The Virtual Agile Coach Chris Stone is offering a wide variety of retrospective templates, have fun


The project wide retrospective was yesterday and I used the DIWALI template as main theme. For the Indian colleagues to remember their festival that was just one week ago, and for the other team members to get some cultural awareness. My plan did work out pretty well, we got some good results and the team members had interesting discussions about non-business topics.


Next will be some brainstorming about the main topics per category, to agree next steps and some responsible people to drive the progress. All volunteers welcome, because we have self-managed teams now and no command and control anymore.


This week I started a new coaching assignment for a colleague, due to psychological safety only some very high level comments. 1st the person being coached has to formulate the problem to focus on. 2nd is to solve this problem, and the coach is just facilitating the process and offers a helping hand, nothing more. Main topics for the problem statement are for example communication skills, time management and change strategies.


"Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen." -- Pete Carroll, taken from 21 Powerful Quotes About Coaching

  • Dan Rockwell: LEADERSHIP ISN’T DISNEY LAND
  • Chris Stone: The Emoji Retro - Christmas Countdown #31
  • The STEPPA coaching model

  • OpenAI: the future is looking great for AI, less so for humanity

  • The Naval Way in life dilemmas: change, accept, or leave

  • STACK YOUR UNFAIR ADVANTAGES

  • Johari Window - How well do you know yourself?

  • Which is better? Thinking fast? Or thinking slow? Find out right here

  • The distance between dream and reality is called ACTION

  • Interactive Map: The World as 1,000 People

  • The Top 50 Largest Importers in the World

  • The New Happy: Try something new

[21-Nov-23] AI at work ...

Insights from the LinkedIn Nov-23 Future of Work Report


A pretty consistent picture for the different countries listed on the picture for Non-AI as well as AI Skills. I have seen the report the 1st time today and found several related artices afterwards:


  • AI Candidate Assessments: The Hiring Process Now

  • 21 ChatGPT prompts for HR you can use to assist you across a variety of HR tasks

  • Julian Joseph's used AI to apply for 5,000 jobs offers insights into the evolving job market


Interesting to see that both sides, companies and candidates, are using AI to reduce effort and work. With the hope to be more successful, I assume? In the end AI is writing the application on the one side and another AI is rejecting it, as it does not meet the expectations. A brave new world.

Back in 1989 when I did apply for my 1st job, the general advice was "you have to stand out and differentiate yourself". Could be a good idea for 2023 as well, why not?

First check, what AI would be writing about you in the application and then make it more YOU, authentic and standing out. With a personal touch ...


  • Top 12 free courses with certificates for PMs

  • As a Scrum Master, your primary goal is to create an environment where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential

  • Top Universities Offering FREE Courses in All Fields.. It's Best Time to Grow

  • Video: Versatile Organization Design with the unFIX Model by Jurgen Appelo
  • Dan Rockwell: ONE-ON-ONES: 7 POWERFUL PHRASES TO USE
  • unFIX: Hard Agile, Soft Agile, and Not Agile

[20-Nov-23] What is your reference?

It is always a matter of your perspective and where you stand ...


Being a German, I can confirm that we tend to be more negative than positive and complain a lot. When you look at the picture today you would be asking WHY? A pretty good average weekly salary for the lowest average working hours per week


YES it is just an average and there are definitely worse situations, no doubt, but what about a more relaxed and realistic perspective? Just now one of the train driver Unions is voting about a longer strike during the upcoming holiday season. Shutting down the public transport in the X-Mas break, not a propotional approach and solution I would say.


Nothing against Unions and their rights to strike, but what is their reference point here? Asking for a salary increase in general and less working time for the same payment might be a good starting point for the negotiation? But when it becomes a too political discussion and influences the life of many bystanders, where is an acceptable level? 


Some case studies for less working time:


  • 4 Day Week: We love sharing the stories of successful companies
  • 4-Hour Case Studies


"I think 'Dilbert' will remain popular as long as employees are frustrated and they fear the consequences of complaining too loudly. 'Dilbert' is the designated voice of discontent for the workplace. I never planned it that way. It just happened." -- Scott Adams, American - Cartoonist Born: June 8, 1957

  • Grant Snider: How To Be
  • 10 Predictions for 2024 from a World-of-Work Expert

  • Build GREAT teams with these 17 Templates

  • Ten Uncomfortable Deeds That Will Pay Off Forever

  • 9 types of time management
  • Effective Team-Building

[19-Nov-23] My week 46-2023 highlights

Only a quick summary today ...


Just coming back from a concert with Michael Kaeshammer and Seven, as part of the Leverkusen Jazz Days 2023. Really great artists with good bands. Always welcome when musicians know how to use their instruments. And Jazz offers a lot of opportunities to show capabilities and talent.


Our Sprint-4 planning was scheduled for tomorrow, but it is not going to happen, as we do not have enough worth content to present. Due to the Diwali festival during the 4th Sprint we had only reduced capacity available and could not finish some of the MVPs. Not an issue, we will now focus all resources on the System Demo on 04-Dec-23.


Have a great and successful next week.


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (17-Nov-23)

  • Agile 2: The Dilemma of Elon Musk
  • Video: What Exactly Happened On SpaceX's Second Starship Launch Attempt?
  • What to do while waiting for AI to turn your world upside down?

  • The workforce is aging. 3 labour experts share how companies can prepare

  • The best 18 AI Tools you need for your landing your dream job!

  • Nov-22: Where the Next 1,000 Babies Will Be Born
  • IMDb: Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time
  • ChatGPT: A similar discussion about the Top 100 films

[18-Nov-23] From setback to comeback

You are unique as anyone else ...


A good way to work on your uniqueness is to leave your comfort zone and learn something new or improve an existing skill. Here some opportunities:


  • IBM Offering FREE Online Courses with Certificates in 2023!

  • FREE Google Project Management Professional Certificate

  • Free AI Guide!!! Save 10.000 hours of work

  • Overthinking is the art of creating problems that were not even there

  • 7 TED talks to turn your procrastination habit into a productivity habit

  • What does it take to be a good mentor?


Unique is also OpenAI's ChatGPT. They just dropped their CEO Sam Altman, sounds like the former Apple story with Steve Jobs, but the tool is great. I had another discussion with the 3.5 version today. "Cult cinema film characters mapped to key SAFe roles at Programme level", you can see the results here. A new analogy for my KISA = Keep it Simple Agile idea.

  • 71 Python projects with references and source code
  • Lessons Learned from the Toyota KPI Dashboard for Your Own Dashboard

[17-Nov-23] Self-awareness ...

The Team Building workshop did go really well


"Self-awareness is your ability to perceive and understand the things that make you who you are as an individual, including your personality, actions, values, beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. Essentially, it is a psychological state in which the self becomes the focus of attention."


The workshop was all about self- and team-awareness, to bring some of the hidden topics above the "waterline", when you use the Iceberg Model as analogy. We covered some personal topics, individual and team values, and made a retrospective of the collaboration and communication in the team. Even the best teams can still find some room for improvement, what we did.


The best and most out of their Comfort Zone part was Speed Feedback. Like Speed Dating, but with a 1 minute feedback in both directions. Then you change the partner and do this with the whole team, we had 9 people yesterday. In their faces you could see that it took some time to get warm and used to the situation, but in the end everybody did really appreciate the experience. Something you could/should do more often.


In the end the whole day was flying by pretty fast and we might plan a follow up workshop next year? Before my holiday season starts on 20-Dec-23, I have 3 more workshops on my list. The ART retrospective next week, a team logo workshop early December, and the regular team building workshop to close our 2-day planning phases on 14-Dec-23.


  • Charted: Marvel’s Box Office Rise (and Fall?)

  • We often hear that AI will take our jobs. But what jobs will it create?

  • Climate: The ultimate industry disruptor

  • Dan Rockwell: THE KEY TO BEING A GOOD MENTOR
  • Find your edge: escape competition through authenticity

  • The power of diversity

  • EU criminalises environmental damage ‘comparable to ecocide

[15-Nov-23] Remember the basics again

We are often too busy and stressed to remember, what should be common knowledge ... 


Tomorrow is the Team Building workshop, an opportunity for the participants to remember some useful knowledge, to learn something new and to leave their comfort zone sometimes. No pressure.


All my agenda topics have an idea behind, not always obvious, but helpful for a holistic approach. To best use both sides of the brain and to avoid using the standard answers. Addressing most of their senses and to combine some of it at the same time, for new ideas and impressions. Some helpful links for the text and picture:


  • 83% of people suffer from stress at work

  • 18 effective strategies to improve your communication skills

  • Dan Rockwell: 5 ACCOUNTABILITY PRACTICES THAT GUARANTEE TEAMS ROW TOGETHER
  • Grant Snider: The Worry Nest
  • No Matter How You Feel…You’re Not Alone

  • The New Happy: The best relationships
  • The DISC model is a powerful tool for understanding and improving communication, behaviour and leadership skills

  • Be more open for change


Will keep you posted about some highlights, but only in general terms, because it is a safe environment.


“You think it’s dumb when someone says there’s no ‘I’ in team, but you stick one in there and you see how dumb that looks.” – Brendan Kiely, Author, taken from 61 Best Team Building Quotes for Bonding at Work in 2023


[13-Nov-23] World Kindness Day

"Kindness shows us we’re all worth the effort and all our efforts have worth."


The picture is a good fit to the Kindness Day today. The more kind you are, the less do you hurt someone. Sounds straight forward?


I did follow The 2nd Curiosity Forum online today and worked on my Retrospective preparation in parallel. The content and panel discussions were okay, but not really a lot of great news from my perspective. Maybe I was not listening too focused, as multi-tasking does not really work well. Anyway the concept for my ART-wide Retrospective is ready and thanks a lot to Chris Stone for his great template ideas.


I selected the DIWALI retrospective as the most team members are from India and they are just celebrating this festival this week. Will be interesting to see, how they react to my proposal?


  • Slack announces radical week-long shutdown due to an internal skills crisis

  • Global Gender Gap Report 2023

  • 2 Companies That Are Getting Internal Mobility Right

  • 2 WAYS TO BE WATER FOR THE THIRSTY

  • 6 Toxic Relationships You Should Avoid Like the Plague

  • This cheatsheet is your go-to resource for navigating vast AI toolkits

  • For anyone, whether you are a leader or just navigating through your life, dealing with challenges is inevitable

  • 11 MEETINGS PROJECT MANAGERS-DO NOT NEED

  • Video: HIDDEN POTENTIAL by Adam Grant | Core Message


[12-Nov-23] The week 45-2023 summary

Good start today with the Norman Vincent Peale quote


I released another KISA post today, this time I used the main Looney Tunes characters and checked their strength and weakness related to an Agile Mindset:


Bugs Bunny:

Strengths: Agile adaptability, quick thinking, and resourcefulness. Bugs' ability to adapt to any situation, think on his feet, and turn things to his advantage reflects Agile principles.
Weaknesses: Sometimes his overconfidence and desire to outsmart everyone might lead to situations where teamwork might suffer in Agile contexts.


A summary of all my KISA analogies so far is here.


Tomorrow is the Curiosity Forum: 2nd Edition
Curious About Gen AI - November 13, 2023 - 14:30-16:30 GMT • 15:30-17:30 CET • 9:30-11:30 EST • 6:30-8:30 PST, looking forward to it.


On Thursday the Team Building workshop and in parallel I am preparing an Agile Release Train (ART) wide retrospective on 23-Nov-23. Will be a combination of fun and work for the teams.


Some LEARNING links:

  • Microsoft Offering One of Amazing Free Courses to be a Professional in using Power BI and be a Data Analyst

  • 167 pages of Machine Learning with Python tutorial

  • The University of Queensland Australia, FREE online courses
  • MIT University is offering free online courses

  • How to Build a Culture of Feedback That Actually Works


And some other links for the new week:

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (10-Nov-23)

  • Sketchplanations: Greeble
  • Video: Why Really Successful People Say No To Almost Everything
  • Problem solving is a skill, made up of many sub-skills

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Leading Change Effectively

  • The Hu.ma.ne AI Pin is an innovative, screenless wearable device designed to offer a range of AI-powered features, potentially rivaling smartphones

  • The purpose dance: shared and individual beats. Are you planting seeds or weeds. The human future: a case for optimism.

  • #KISA #agilemindset #analogies #fun #funreading

[11-Nov-23] Interesting artworks ...

Christo and Jeanne-Claude compared with HA Schult and Elke Koska


I had a discussion with my wife today about art and what e.g. Picasso or Van Gogh would think about the amount of money people pay for their pictures these days. We quickly came to local artists in the Cologne and Duesseldorf area and ended up with Elke Koska and HA Schult. 


Long read curly hair seems to be a commonality of Jeanne-Claude and Elke, below what OpenAI had to say about the two couples:


ME: Please compare the art work of Christo and Jean-Claude with the activities of HA Schult and Elke Koska. What are their main differences and commonalities?


ChatGPT: Christo and Jean-Claude were known for their large-scale environmental artworks, often involving the wrapping of buildings or natural landscapes, like "The Gates" in Central Park. Their collaborative approach, where both were considered equal partners in the creative process, was a distinctive aspect of their work.

On the other hand, H.A. Schult and Elke Koska have their own unique artistic endeavors. Schult, known for his "Trash People" installation, focuses on social commentary and environmental awareness through the use of recycled materials, particularly garbage. Elke Koska, a sculptor and installation artist, explores themes of nature, transformation, and the relationship between human beings and the environment in her artworks.

While both pairs of artists engage in large-scale installations and environmental art, their methodologies and messages differ. Christo and Jean-Claude's work often involved monumental, visually striking transformations of existing landscapes or architecture, often for a temporary period. Their art was more about reshaping the perception of familiar spaces.


In contrast, H.A. Schult and Elke Koska use recycled materials and direct social commentary in their works, focusing on environmental issues and the human impact on the planet. Their art tends to have a more direct, provocative message about society and consumption.

Commonalities between these artists might include their shared interest in environmental art and the use of large-scale installations to engage audiences. However, their approaches, materials used, and the messages they convey differ significantly.


ME: What are the most mentioned artworks of both couples?


ChatGPT: Christo and Jean-Claude are renowned for several iconic artworks, but a few that often come up in discussions are:

The Gates (2005): Installed in New York City's Central Park, this project involved installing 7,503 gates with saffron-colored fabric panels along the park's pathways.

Running Fence (1976): A 24.5-mile fence of white fabric running through the California countryside, ending at the Pacific Ocean.

Surrounded Islands (1983): They surrounded several islands in Biscayne Bay, Florida, with pink polypropylene fabric.


H.A. Schult's "Trash People" series is a frequently mentioned body of work, where life-sized human figures made entirely from recycled materials are placed in various locations. As for Elke Koska, her notable artworks may not have the same level of widespread recognition, but pieces like "Seedbed," which consists of sculptural installations reflecting nature and transformation, have gained attention in environmental art circles.


ChatGPT is still not perfect, as you can see from my misspelling of Jeanne-Claude in the initial question. The content is correct, but the system did not adjust the name spelling. Room for improvement.

As I could not find enough details about Elke Koska and do not use Wikipedia as source, I asked ChatGPT for a summary, see at the end of the chat.

[10-Nov-23] Be open for the unexpected

Have fun, be open, flexible and authentic ...


I found the quote on LinkedIn today and it perfectly fits to several stories in this post.


For possible measurement have a look at:


  • Tom Brady Says Remarkable Success Comes Down to This Simple Mindset Change: Why You Should Embrace the Power of Lead Metrics

  • Leading, Lagging, and Coincident Indicators


The quote might also fit to the Beatles and their latest single, now #1 in the UK and Germany:



As we are talking with our Indian colleagues about the upcoming Diwali festival for days now, this might be another good example for the quote selected today? "Diwali is India’s most important holiday—and a celebration of good over evil. Observed by more than a billion people across faiths, this five-day festival of lights brings prayer, feasts, fireworks and, for some, a new year."


In order to do some personal marketing for my small - one man ReThinkandFocus business, I am pushing my related LinkedIn page today. 250 free credits to invite new followers, a nice opportunity to come to some better times maybe? And a fun side effect could be to re-establish some relationships and contacts from the past. Definitely a lot of potential after 34 years of work.


Besides my full-day Team Building workshop next week Thursday I started to work on the upcoming team building session after the next 2-day planning phase in my project, scheduled for 14-Dec-23. As it is also the Year End session for the whole team before the holiday season starts, I will do some fun activities during these 90 minutes. 1st an anagram quiz, followed by a scavenger hunt and closure with a sketching challenge.


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  • How to Gain the Ultimate Advantage in Life

  • Where nature is in peril, these industries are too

Dan Rockwell posts:

  • STOP HEDGING – IT MAKES YOU SOUND WEAK

  • 21 THINGS LEADERS DON’T NEED TO DO

  • THE EMPATHY ADVANTAGE: 7 REASONS EMPATHY MATTERS IN THE REAL WORLD


Have a great weekend:

  • The Minimum Viable Library - Agile Edition - 71 books to up your game

  • Mental toughness makes a bigger impact than talent or intelligence

  • The Empathy Map is a canvas- style tool that puts the user or end client at the center

  • The Uncomfortable Truth About Agile: 10 Lessons for Leaders

"To make the quickest progress, you don’t have to take huge leaps. You just have to take baby steps and keep on taking them. In Japan, they call this approach kaizen, which literally translates as ‘continual improvement.’ Using kaizen, great, and lasting success is achieved through small, consistent steps. It turns out that slow and steady is the best way to overcome your resistance to change.” – Marci Shimoff

[07-Nov-23] Thoughts to Build On

Referencing the Tanmay Vora 02-Nov-23 Blog post


“The first step to living the life you want is leaving the life you don’t want. Taking the first step forward is always the hardest. But then each step forward gets easier and easier. And each step forward gets you closer and closer until eventually, what had once been invisible starts to be visible. And what once felt impossible starts to feel possible.” – Karen Salmansohn, taken from 88 Baby First Steps Quotes


A great summary by Tanmay in his post about the book "Thoughts to Build On" by M. R. Kopmeyer.


Perfect fit to our Learning Day tomorrow, the 4th one in 2023. When you know where your weak points are, just take a first step and move. If you are not sure where to look, ask your family, friends or colleagues for help. The Johari Window is a good tool for explanation, everybody has a Blind Spot.


Also a good reference to the Peer Group picture from yesterday. Properly select the group you are learning with, train less advanced people and use more advanced people as your target level.


  • 4 must-have decision tools for leaders

  • Transform Your Life with Positive Psychology

  • Continued self development is necessary to increase your leadership potential

  • Building High-Performing Leadership Teams: The Power of Group Dynamics

  • Psychological safety boosts employee engagement by 76%

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative Readiness Assessment: Free Download

[06-Nov-23] Picture Monday again ...

Fit best in the right place to build your reputation


I did add another example to my KISA = Keep it Simple Agile discussion with ChatGPT. This time matching the main Marvel and Star Wars characters with Agile Roles. I am collecting all my examples on one webpage. Have a look.


ZEAM is Connecting companies with the future for Generation Z & Alpha. An interesting approach, just in case you have the need?

Some helpful links to start the week:


  • Sketchplanations: Whose job is it?

  • 10 Habits of Mentally Strong People

  • Four-day work week trial in Spain leads to healthier workers, less pollution

  • FREE (Google) Courses you will regret not taking in 2023
  • Use this ChatGPT cheat sheet to get ahead in your career

  • Mothers: The Unseen Masters of Systemic Thinking

  • Young people who work remotely are 'probably not' going to become corporate CEOs, an NYU business professor says

The Obama quote fits perfectly to the current difficult situations in Ukraine and Israel. Hopefully they do not stop or finally start talking?


  • Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence

  • AI education resources: What do we teach young people?

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (03-Nov-23)

  • How to Promote Psychological Safety in an AI-Driven Workplace

  • Unlocking the Power of Data: Your Essential Guide to Key Data Concepts

[05-Nov-23] My week 44-2023 highlights

Walk in the shoes of other people ...


"Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they are feeling."


You will find Empathy also on the 11 Pillars of Servant Leadership picture that includes a list with 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯


Since yesterday you can download my 6th eBOOK until 04-Nov-23 for now, with 118 pages of very diverse content. More to come until the end of 2023. Looking forward to it. I reuse a lot of the stuff for my "5-minute" learning bites at work and to search in the PDF file for interesting topics, when needed.


Tomorrow we have our Sprint-3 demo, in the middle of our 3-month project phase with good progress so far, but much more to accomplish until mid Dec-23.

[04-Nov-23] Where are you heading?

You always have a choice, like it or not ... 


After two days break I am back today. I did celebrate my birthday on Thursday and did go out with one of my present yesterday evening. A cooking show in front of 100+ people in our city hall. The chef is a former journalist, who made his hobby to his profession, 1st just on the radio and in the meantime live with a larger audience.


He likes to make cooking as simple and easy as possible and provides helpful background information about the quality and origin of his ingredients and spices. Was a lot of fun and did taste really well.


Today I did get two references on LinkedIn. The first from a project member who did get a team appreciation on Friday, for the good work he did lately. He posted the certificate and was really proud for getting it. Exactly the idea behind our approach, surprise the people and show them that we are interested in their work and the outcome for our project stakeholders.


Second one from our new Intern, who did start Thursday and shared that he was happy about the onboarding during the first two days and that he will be supporting us until Apr-24.


Besides that I did find several interesting articles, videos and free training courses from well known Universities or Companies. As mentioned on the picture, you can use it to proceed in your current direction or to change it. The more opinions you listen to or information you process, the better for you and your way forward.


The articles:

  • Tesla Agile Success

  • Byron Wien’s 20 Life Lessons

  • THE BEATLES JUST RELEASED THEIR FINAL SONG THAT RESURRECTS JOHN LENNON’S VOICE WITH AI
    A LONG AND WINDING ROAD INDEED!

  • The Techno-Optimist Manifesto by Marc Andreessen

  • Why kindness at work pays off. It’s okay to not be okay. How to start a startup.

  • Investing to Deliver Value: A New Model for People Analytics


The videos:

  • TED Talk: The powerful possibilities of recycling the world's batteries
  • A Viral Interaction On The Sidelines Of World’s First AI Summit -

    British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Elon Musk

  • Simon Sinek: Purpose should be prioritized over metrics

  • Science Behind Disney's Adorable And Lifelike Robot AT IROSS 2023

  • New Innovation Launched! The T-REX wheel-legged robot from AgileX Robotics! Let's unlock the T-REX!

  • LDRIC the golf robot info HD (from 2016)

There is an interesting difference between LDRIC and the Disney and T-REX robot. In 2016 it was a rudimentary piece of mechanic with some smart programming, today it is a tool box of mechanical movements/possibilities with a self-learning engine. Similar to the differences between Atlas and the Tesla Bot.


About Learning:

  • Top 10 skills for the 21st Century Worker (FREE online courses included)
  • Today, AI does not outperform people on most tasks.

  • The Agile Coach Hype Cycle

  • 6 Free Online Leadership Courses from Harvard University

  • Harvard University is offering FREE world class education in Data Science

  • Google is offering free online courses with certification.

  • 1963-2023: From 0.0 Leadership to 5.0 Leadership

  • Free Data Analytics Courses for Beginners

  • The CEO's KPI Checklist

Next week Wednesday we have our 4th #SpiritDay in 2023. A full free day dedicated to learning. Perfect to cover the 5 - 30% area in the picture above. In my two workshops in mid Nov and early Dec-23 I take care of the 90% area by teaching other people. In my daily job as Release Train Engineer (RTE) I am in the 75% area, practicing what you have learned before.  

  • How AI reshapes the IT industry will be 'fast and dramatic'

  • The New Happy: Look with appreciation
  • The most neglected words of the Agile Manifesto

  • 4 RULES FOR GREAT RELATIONSHIPS AT WORK

  • TED Talk: AI is dangerous, but not for the reasons you think
  • Generative AI Is Decoding Science to Radically Improve Lives

  • How To Experience Flow and Get Crazy Productive

  • 91% of managers prioritize culture over skills

  • 69% of employees say they Want. More. Feedback

  • Lean vs Six Sigma

  • Communication matters. How do you know your communications strategy is working?

[01-Nov-23] Humans and A.I.

Comparing two sides of one future coin? 


Frank Sonnenberg did come up with a very detailed "Are you a good friend" list today, as you can see on the picture. From my perspective adding long term investment in a friendship and not directly asking for or expecting something in return, could be a good addition?


Let's see, what the build in OpenAI writer thinks about this topic in comparison?


A good friendship is defined by the sincere support and care shared between individuals. Here are ten examples that demonstrate what it means to be a good friend:


  1. Being a good listener - giving your undivided attention when your friend needs someone to confide in.
  2. Offering encouragement - motivating and cheering your friend on during both challenging and triumphant times.
  3. Showing empathy - understanding and sharing their feelings, demonstrating that you truly care.
  4. Respecting boundaries - recognizing and being mindful of your friend's personal space and limits.
  5. Being reliable - always being there for your friend when they need help or companionship.
  6. Keeping secrets - maintaining confidentiality and not divulging their personal information to others.
  7. Being honest - providing genuine feedback and advice, even if it's not what they want to hear.
  8. Resolving conflicts - working together to find a solution and not letting disagreements affect your friendship.
  9. Celebrating milestones - rejoicing in your friend's achievements and being genuinely happy for them.
  10. Being forgiving - understanding that nobody is perfect and forgiving your friend's mistakes or shortcomings.


By incorporating these qualities into your friendship, you can create a strong and lasting bond with your friends.


Sounds good and in a lot of areas pretty similar, but my point is not included as well.


"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." --

Oprah Winfrey taken from 50 Inspiring Quotes About Friendship

[31-Oct-23] Halloween 2023

Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2023?


After the success of the Barbie film this year the #1 position for the costumes today is not really a surprise. 


As I could use the KISA = Keep it Simple Agile idea in the last two days several times already, to explain behaviors and to propose new approaches for a better customer understanding, I asked ChatGPT if Barbie could be a good Scrum Master. See the results below. When you press on the picture you will come to the conversation in ChatGPT and can even further proceed with it, when you have a login:

"However, it's important to note that the effectiveness of a Scrum Master depends on their ability to apply these principles in a professional context." - A good summary of the requirements and closure sentence. A certificate without experience is nothing, experience without a certificate is much better!!


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    3 CONDITIONAL STATEMENTS SMART PEOPLE NEVER SAY

  • Video: THINK FASTER, TALK SMARTER by Matt Abrahams | Core Message
  • ChatGPT explained to kids
  • These NASA images show the staggering impact of drought

  • Make Purpose ‘Real,’ the Power of Empathy, & More – The Leadership That Works Newsletter - Oct-23

  • 5 Lessons Pfizer Has Learned About How to Maintain Agility

  • Google invests in OpenAI rival Anthropic as AI race heats up

  • 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader from Ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

  • Free Online Leadership Courses from Harvard University

  • Happy Halloween: a management horror story

[29-Oct-23] The week 43-2023 summary

Simple language and simple usage


As you see on the Affordance picture, the easier (with the least possible options) the solution you offer, the better for the customer.


I did add another picture for the KISA idea from yesterday (simple language for difficult topics). This time explaining Scrum with the Monty Python Holy Grail film as analogy and the help of ChatGPT.


Not every analogy works for everybody as we did find out last Friday during the OneTeam Coffee meeting. During the 45 minute discussion we did touch Monty Python films and only the 55+ age guys did know the details. All younger participants had no idea, so not a perfect analogy for them.


Since today I am showing the Green Web Foundation certificate that my BLOG hosting company One.com is running on green energy, see on the Welcome page. "WE WORK TOWARDS A FOSSIL-FREE INTERNET BY 2030 - The Green Web Foundation is an independent non-profit that tracks how much of the internet runs on green energy. Manage the environmental impact of your digital products. Apply best practices in digital sustainability. Advocate for a more sustainable and just internet."


See this related article - "The artificial intelligence (AI) industry could consume as much energy as a country the size of the Netherlands by 2027, a new study warns."


Tomorrow we start the week with the Retro of our Data & Analytics Meetup from 26-Sep-23. It took some time until everybody was back from Autumn holidays. We are looking forward to a 4-Day work week, as Wednesday 01-Nov-23 is a public holiday in Germany. The next Intern starts on Thursday with one day delay due to this. Have a great week.


  • How to Run an Effective Team Offsite: Success Metrics Explained

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (27-Oct-23)

  • Video: 5 Advanced Tips to Study Effectively
  • What Do ChatGPT’s New Capabilities Really Mean For Us All?

  • Westrum organizational culture image gallery

  • A typology of organisational cultures by R. Westrum

  • The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Revolutionizing Women's Sexual Health

  • Dr. Stephen R. Covey lists the following seven behaviours of highly effective people

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Applied to Employee Engagement

  • Explaining 9 types of API testing

  • How responsible, equitable AI can help us improve global health outcomes

[28-Oct-23] Keep it Simple - Agile

Use a more simple language in the interest of your customers 


KISA = Keep it Simple Agile, was the result in a discussion with a friend yesterday evening during a nice dinner.


In a tight market for Agile services you need a Unique Selling Point (USP) that gets you closer to your customer base and not farer away. Agile experts speak their language and their novice customers do not understand a word. Difficult to decide for them, who is the best candidate? Some use certificates as selection criteria, others seem to role dices.


I think the solution is an easier language to proof expertise and not a more difficult/complex one. When you can explain to your kids or partner, what you are doing and trying to sell to your customers, you are on the right track.

Storytelling could be a good solution? Use a well known analogy, ask OpenAI to simply explain the Agile topic and to use the analogy as reference, then finalize the story with your own experience and expertise - as shown on my picture above. Smart usage of the Pareto Principle, OpenAI is doing 80% of the work in seconds, you do the final 20%, when still required. 


See two examples to explain the Agile Manifesto, for 4 - 6 year old kids with Bob The Builder as analogy. And for 16 - 18  teenager using the Life of Brian film. Really impressive, what this OpenAI/ChatGPT 3.5 system can do!!

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  • A Pre-mortem analysis is a powerful tool that can help teams

  • Java vs. Python: The Tale of Two Titans - And a Speed Debate!

Have a great weekend and enjoy some content:


  • TED Talk: The future of machines that move like animals
  • TED Talk: How wireless energy from space could power everything
  • The Christmas Tree Effect

  • What's the big deal with staying positive?

  • 10 FREE Google Courses! to get certified
  • The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing Trends In 2024 Everyone Must Be Ready For Now

  • “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Agile Project Management: Best Practices and Methodologies

  • Redefining success: why outcomes, not output, truly matter

[27-Oct-23] Personal Growth ...

About Lifelong Learning and other areas 


Personal growth is a lifelong journey that involves continuous learning and development. To help you on this path, here are five key areas to focus on for personal growth:

  1. Emotional intelligence - building self-awareness and empathy;
  2. Communication skills - effective listening and expressing ideas clearly;
  3. Goal setting - defining objectives and taking steps towards achieving them;
  4. Time management - prioritizing tasks and managing time effectively;
  5. Mindfulness - practicing presence and cultivating a positive mindset.

By working on these areas, you can enhance your personal growth and create lasting positive change in your life. Start embracing growth today!


A good summary and start from the OpenAI text generator I would say. All AI generated content in Italics font and Orange color, for clarification purposes.


In the monthly OneTeam coffee meeting this morning we covered some of the 5 key areas above. It is a voluntary meeting with 400+ invited people and 4 did show up today. Big Thank You to my Interns community, they represented 50% of the participants. I definitely have to work on some marketing here, but it is also a mindset issue. Voluntary and mostly not business related topics get only low or even no priority. Has to do with e.g. Time Management, Emotional Intelligence, Communication, personal Goal Setting and Mindfulness. Surprise, surprise the 5 Personal Growth areas. You can either focus on or avoid these topics.


Experience comes from experiencing, in a positive or negative way.


We did talk about proper time management, to make the OneTeam coffee happen once per month for example and lifelong learning. Depending on the life cycle phase you are currently in. It is a difference between an Intern, still learning for their Bachelor or Master Studies and people with 20+ years of work experience. Interesting discussion for the 4 people , the other 396 missed it :-)

[25-Oct-23] "Lipstick does not shrink the brain"

Was Tijen Onaran's answer to a hater comment after taking some time to think about it before ...


Sounds like an INTROVERT approach and does not need to be a contradiction, when you see her in public. I would judge myself as introvert as well, even when I am hosting the Meetup on stage in front of nearly 100 people and do regular workshops for groups of 5 to 50+.


A lot of the students that apply for our Internship positions want to be a Data Analyst or Scientist in the future. Below some insights for a good development path:



We had a discussion about KPIs in our agile project today. I believe this has to be implemented Top Down. Senior Management has to be clear, how they want to drive the organization. For these drivers you can think about adequate measurements as basis for the KPI. When you know, what to measure you will be clear about the data that are required. Finally this gives clarity about sources and tools to use. Sounds easy.



Interested about building great teams?


  • Video: Ray Dalio & Bill Belichick on Building Great Teams
  • There’s a lot of talk about “customer experience” and “employee experience.”

Some videos to start with today:


  • Video: Sweden (not Switzerland)
  • Video: How To Get What You Want From Your Parents
  • Video: Is it Cruel to Use Bees as Digital Sensors?


... and some articles to finish, not a lot of time today:


  • Uniting a divided workforce: How leaders and employees can scale new heights, together

  • 4 Ways One Tech Company Invests in Emerging Talent to Fill Key Roles and Its Leadership Pipeline

  • Dan Rockwell: EYE-OPENING SELF-REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS
  • How Effective are Your Human Capability Investments and Disclosures?

  • unFIX: The Standard Value Stream Concept Is Outdated—Here’s an Improved Definition
  • The most destructive behaviors in relationships are criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling

  • Finance and data analysts can become key enablers for a sustainable future - here's how

[24-Oct-23] Better time management

It is never to late to learn something new or to better understand your issues


Two time management related pictures today. I finished the preparation for the two workshops I mentioned on Sunday. One just needed a date and timing update, due to the move from March to December. The other one needed some more focus. Hosting a Team Building workshop planned for 7 people for a group with double the size, requires timing and content adjustments. 3 weeks to go.

[22-Oct-23] My week 42-2023 highlights

Some more questions to work with ... 


I finished the 2nd Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS) book yesterday and did get additional questions. See the blue picture. Very helpful framework and once again easy to understand and use. We will see ...


Tomorrow is our Sprint-2 demo, the Sprint-1 demo did not happen, as we had no real content to share and I was on holiday. We will be taking the same customer facing and customer language approach as for the System Demo last month. Only content related to our Top-5 objectives will be shown. Might be hard for some team members, who cannot present their work anymore, but the best possible approach for customer buy-in and business understanding.


For November and December I agreed two new workshops. A follow up Team Building workshop, based on my activities in August and a Logo/Slogan workshop for a team I am working with. We had initially planned the activity for Mar-23 already, but it had to be delayed, until Dec-23 now.


In a discussion with one of my Scrum Masters last Friday we did wonder about a rule that seemed to be existing, but nobody knows why and when it was implemented. Might be based on the The Five Monkeys Experiment as you can also see on the white picture? Always question the status quo and try to understand the WHY behind the rules, something I tell my Interns during the onboarding meeting as well.


The next book I started to read is "Be your own f*cking hero" from Tijen Onaran. She is questioning the status quo in all areas - entrepreneurship, business fashion, migration, integration and many more. She has her own Role Model Barbie and lipstick called "Red Tijen", not bad from an appreciation and visibility perspective I would say. The beginning of the book is already offering a lot of insights, more to come and to share.


Have a great, surprising and successful week:


  • The New Happy: Another view
  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (20-Oct-23)

  • Chat GPT kind of knows what a Scrum Master does -- But not fully - and that is problematic

  • Two is Better Than One: The Art and Science of Workplace Buddy Systems

  • Sketchplanations: VUCA
  • 24 hours with a Navy SEAL - Lessons from a day (and night) in the wilderness

  • Agile 2: Why Most Leadership Training Is Not Effective for Product Companies
  • Pros and Cons of the 4 Day Work Week -- Pssst... 4 day work week = 32hrs with no drop in salary

  • There is a world outside of ChatGPT: Here are new AI websites you don't want to miss

[21-Oct-23] Open new doors ...

As reference to my 04-Oct-23 post, covering The Coaching Habit  


The book can be summarized in 7 easy questions, to make coaching easier. In Retrospectives you work on continuous improvement, also by asking questions - for example:


  • What did we do well?
  • What did we learn?
  • What should we do differently next time?
  • What did we not understand?


Very helpful approach, when it is happening in a psychological safe environment.


One of the references in Robert Ferraro's article was the TED talk of Pia Lauritzen below:

Source Youtube: What you don't know about questions | Pia Lauritzen | TEDxFrederiksberg

The Stacey Matrix - The key lesson that this matrix provides is that you should be aware of the complexity of your situation and adapt your decision-making approach to it - is another approach, where asking the right questions will help to better understand your situation and the right way forward.


  • UNITED MOURNING THE LOSS OF SIR BOBBY CHARLTON

  • Video: Simon Sinek: How To Find Your 'Why?' In 15 Minutes (really great stuff)
  • Video: Mastering the Stacey Matrix: Practical Insights for Leaders and Decision Makers

[19-Oct-23] Output requires some input

Found a good video with some interesting content 


In order to deliver regular posts in my BLOG some input is required. I do get a lot of information from newsletters and other blogs during a week in my inbox. Today there was an email from Stefan Wolpers with the mentioned video that was leading me to additional useful content. 


  • Agile Coaching Growth Wheel

  • Tanmay Vora: Leadership, Connection and Power of Storytelling

Source Youtube: An Agile Coaches Guide to Storytelling w/ Bob Galen — Hands-on Agile 53

  • CURIOUS ABOUT GEN AI: The Curiosity Forum · Second Edition · November 13, 2023

  • Spike Lee on Curiosity, Overnight Success, and Why 'Not Everyone Is Denzel Washington'

  • Management 3.0: Radical Candor for Effective Communication in the Workplace

[18-Oct-23] Employee Archetypes ...

Picture based on a McKinsey research - Some employees are destroying value. Others are building it. Do you know the difference?


"Archetypes are universal, inborn models of people, behaviors, and personalities that play a role in influencing human behavior. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung's theory suggested that these archetypes were archaic forms of innate human knowledge passed down from our ancestors."


3 days back in the office and not a lot did change during my holidays. 2 weeks is a good time, not a lot will happen in 10 working days anyway and you can still remember your password. I just had to change it when I was back, due to the security guidelines for a regular update.


Besides the daily project work we discussed topics around the reverse mentoring program with our GenZ employees, some basic coaching approaches and direct feedback:


  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

  • Systemic coaching questions

  • Systemische Fragen für erfolgreiche Coachings

  • How to Overcome Protective Hesitation So EVERYONE Gets the Feedback They Deserve to Learn and Grow


For the review about the reverse mentoring pilot I had a lot of agreement with my Mentor:


  • The proper definition and common understanding of the Mentoring phrase would have been helpful
  • The difference between generations is not specific for GenZ, in the last 4,000+ years older generations always had issues and concerns about younger generations
  • Having a discussion with younger people is helpful, but I personally have a lot of experience there already, with 2 GenZ daughters, my handling of the Intern hiring process and the regular school workshops
  • And we should not underestimate the state of the personal life cycle and the difference of motivation and priorities based on your age


Some helpful links to close for today:


  • Change How You Feel About Change: 4 Tips on How to Embrace It

  • Dan Rockwell: PURPOSEFUL ABANDONMENT: HOW TO LET GO OF WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK
  • Python Tricks pdf

  • The most detailed SQL Cheatsheet
  • Do you know the difference between vision, mission and purpose? Here’s a version of a meaningful distinction and a simple formula for how they relate to each other

[16-Oct-23] Women in the Workplace 2023

Women in the Workplace is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America.


"LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company have published this report annually since 2015 to give companies the information they need to advance women and improve gender diversity. Over the past nine years, we have collected information from almost 900 organizations employing more than 23 million people."


In the time of "War for Talent" no company can staff the VP, SVP and C-Suite levels only with external hires. So you better develop your own talents, what requires a much larger entry level base and good development and promotion circumstances/environments. Take care.


As a side note: CAROL in the marketoonist picture is using an AI solution to handle "waste of time" work - working smarter not harder.


First day in the office and a lot of questions about my holiday. Luckily I did post some insights between 04- and 14-Oct-23, even with pictures. Works as a good reference. 


  • Video: CLEAR THINKING by Shane Parrish | Core Message
  • Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Outcomes

  • The Most Important Recruiting Metric You’ve Never Heard Of: Time to Alignment

  • Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2024

  • 10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

  • Do you see the signs that you need an attitude adjustment?

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (13-Oct-23)

  • Why a Culture of Being Too Nice Is Holding Your Team Back

  • The 30-60-90 Day Plan: Your Secret Weapon for New Job Success

  • Work It – How do you retain talent as your workforce gets older?

  • 35 Genius ChatGPT Prompts to Help You Prep for Job Interviews

[15-Oct-23] The week 41-2023 summary

You can have a great holiday in Germany ...


After nearly two weeks the summary is easy. Great weather for October, nice locations, cities and food. You do not have to leave the country to relax and have a great time. Looking forward to the next time.


Had to do some admin tasks - creating my 6th eBOOK until 12-Oct-23, updating my Linux Mint (Victoria) and Ubuntu (Mantic Minotaur) versions - before going back to work tomorrow. 

Source Youtube: The Art of Improvement - Why Constant Learning is the Key to Success

[14-Oct-23] Last holiday greeting ...

Some more details about the Alpaca hiking yesterday


To start with, below what OpenAI did quickly summarize about Alpacas:


Alpacas, a domesticated South American animal, are known for their soft and luxurious fleece. These gentle creatures belong to the camelid family and are closely related to llamas. Alpacas have been raised for thousands of years for their valuable fiber, which is used to make various textiles and garments.


Alpacas are social animals that are often found grazing in herds. They have a curious and friendly nature, which makes them popular among farmers and animal enthusiasts. These creatures are hardy and adaptable to different climates, able to withstand harsh conditions including high altitudes and freezing temperatures. Alpaca fleece is highly prized for its excellent thermal properties, as it is lightweight, hypoallergenic, and naturally fire-resistant.


In addition to their valuable fleece, alpacas are also cherished for their gentle temperament and easy maintenance. They are known to be intelligent animals and can be trained to be lead with a halter or to perform various tasks. Alpacas communicate through body language, humming, and different vocalizations. Their diet primarily consists of grass and hay, and they have efficient digestive systems that allow them to obtain nutrients from low-quality forage.


Alpacas are not only an important source of livelihood for many communities but also fascinating animals to learn about and be around. Their unique characteristics, stunning fleece, and serene nature make them a delight to have on farms, as well as an intriguing subject for those interested in agriculture or animal husbandry. Whether you are considering raising alpacas or simply curious about these captivating animals, exploring the world of alpacas can be an enriching experience. Remember, this is just the beginning of your journey into the extraordinary world of alpacas.


Interesting content compared to what our guides told us during the hiking. There are roughly 40,000 Alpacas in Germany either for their wool or for hiking tours. There are two types of Alpacas - Huacaya and Suri -

they are really very social animals, go together to the toilet and decide on their own the order of the Alpacas during the hiking. Every participant did get one Alpaca, mine was called Paul, the only black one. White Alpacas are preferred for breeding, it is easier to use their wool and to color it. In general Alpaca wool has very interesting characteristics. Have a look.


  • Rosenhan (1973) Experiment – ‘On Being Sane In Insane Places’ - mentioned in a Dr. Peter Kreuz article

  • Which of these 10 types do you recognize? Welcome to the Management Zoo

  • Artificial Intimacy: How Generative AI Can Now Create Your Dream Girlfriend

  • More than 3000 new AI tools were released in the last months, several hundrets in the last weeks

  • Leadership is more of an art than a science

[12-Oct-23] 5th holiday greeting ...

We traveled from the Black Forest close to Ulm today


We came here to be in time for the planned Alpaca hiking tomorrow afternoon.


"What is an alpaca?
Alpacas are members of the camel family, domesticated by the people of the Peruvian Andes 6,000 years ago for food, fuel, and fiber. They are ungulates, a group of large hooved mammals that also include sheep and giraffes, with large bodies and legs, long necks, small heads, and medium-length fluffy tails. Although they are often confused with their cousin, the llama, alpacas have shorter ears and blunter, but equally adorable, faces."


On the picture you see: "Ulm´s town hall is situated not far from the Minster and is easily recognised by its opulently painted, early renaissance facade. The oldest part of the present building, the main south east building, was built in 1370 as a ›new trading house‹. It was first mentioned as a town hall in 1419."


Will keep you posted about the hiking tour.


  • SWEDEN INVENTS FLAT PACK CAR. IT'S LIKE IKEA, BUT FOR YOUR CAR.

  • 15+ powerful writing tips to transform your writing game

  • Dan Rockwell: LET GO WHEN YOU’RE AT THE END OF THE ROPE
  • You Can’t Be a True Scrum Master With Only a Certificate Or Training

  • Want to be a leader people love and respect? It's time to put serving first!

  • AI is taking the world to the next level

  • These countries are leading the way in the energy transition

  • “What’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom?”

  • Jurgen Appelo: The Agile Movement Is Shrinking, but the Agile Mindset Is Growing

[10-Oct-23] 4th holiday greeting ...

We did visit the Blackforest Line yesterday


"Take your time before you take your first step on the BLACKFORESTLINE and enjoy the anticipation. Ahead of you lie 380 metres of bliss, supported by just two pylons and held by two steel cables. The interplay of distinctive architecture and wild nature fascinates not only technology fans." - Really a great experience and impressive technology, especially for me as engineer. Was a lot of fun and a great day yesterday.


Today we did visit another Black Forest lake with a small city at the shore, but it was very touristic. A lot of souvenir shops and several groups from Asia and the USA. Tomorrow we have our last day in the Black Forest before we leave to another region for two days on Thursday. We drive back home Saturday morning.


After covering the feedback topic last Sunday I found several more articles and pictures, see below:


  • Dan Rockwell: FEEDBACK: SOLVING THE MOST COMMON FAILURE IN LEADERSHIP
  • The New Happy: The power of feedback
  • Here's how the best leaders handle difficult conversations

  • The importance of giving feedback cannot be overstated

  • Sketchplanations: Feedback fear


Before I share some other links another feedback quote: “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” – Jim Rohn, once again taken from 49 Best Quotes on Feedback


  • Performance Development: Unlock Your Team’s Potential

  • Keep the circle of control in mind and just let go stuff

  • 3 Principles for Better Wellbeing

  • "Godfather of Artificial Intelligence" Geoffrey Hinton on the promise, risks of advanced AI

  • What if You Could Skip the Resistance of Changes?

  • Internal growth requires a constant change of environment

Just today I am running my BLOG for 10 month on the new hosting platform. According to the Website analytics I had roughly 223,000  visitors during this time, thanks for being part of it.


  • How to Build a Culture of Feedback: 5 Shifts Required

  • 3 Principles for Better Wellbeing

  • Intelligent failures vs. costly mistakes

  • The 10 Biggest Business Trends For 2024 Everyone Must Be Ready For Now

  • “We can only grow as leaders if we’re willing to accept feedback,” paraphrasing Jennifer Hyman’s famous quote. "Great execution requires that we always share positive feedback with our teams."

  • There exists a set of skills that remain timeless in their value

  • The 125 KPI Mega Checklist

  • 5 Tips for improved Coaching skills


“True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” -- Daniel Kahneman taken from 49 Best Quotes on Feedback


"Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit." -- Bear Bryant taken from Stadium Talk: Greatest Coach Quotes of All Time

[08-Oct-23] My week 40-2023 highlights

Visiting the waterfall at night today


Three times per week the waterfall close to our holiday apartment is illuminated after sunset. A really impressive view, we did take some good pictures. The cell phone cameras are getting better and better, especially without flashlight.


Tomorrow we plan to visit the Suspension bridge BLACKFOREST­LINE, looks interesting. We will see how it is to walk over it.

[06-Oct-23] 2nd holiday greeting ... 

Having a great time ...


Yesterday we did some hiking today we made a boats trip on the largest lake in the black forest. Both days really sunny and warm.


"The Black Forest in Germany is known for its breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage. With its dense, evergreen forests, charming villages, and stunning landscapes, it offers an array of attractions for visitors to explore. Here are the top 10 attractions in the Black Forest:


1. Triberg Waterfalls: Marvel at the picturesque waterfalls, which are among the highest in Germany.

2. Europa-Park: Experience the thrills and adventures of one of Europe's largest theme parks.

3. Titisee: Relax by the tranquil lake and indulge in water sports or boat rides.

4. Freiburg: Discover the vibrant city with its historic old town and magnificent Gothic cathedral.

5. Black Forest Open Air Museum: Immerse yourself in the region's traditional culture and architecture.

6. Feldberg: Climb the highest peak of the Black Forest for panoramic views and outdoor activities.

7. Baden-Baden: Unwind in the famous spa town known for its thermal baths and luxurious resorts.

8. Mummelsee: Visit the mystical lake nestled in the heart of the forest, surrounded by legends.

9. Schauinsland: Take a cable car ride to enjoy stunning vistas and explore the mountain's hiking trails.

10. Vogtsbauernhof: Step back in time with a visit to this open-air museum showcasing the region's rural history.


Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, the Black Forest offers a myriad of attractions that promise to leave you mesmerized."


  • A Recruitment Process That’s Out of This World: How NASA Selects Astronauts

  • Candidate Experience: How To Get It Right and Win More Top-Tier Talent

  • Chart Your Path towards Mastery - 15 Agile Coaching reads

  • "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does" - William James

  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF WORDS
  • Dan Rockwell: 5 PROVEN METHODS TO ADD ENERGY TO OTHERS
  • Sahil Bloom: The 3x5 Notecard Strategy, Winter Friends, & More
  • Grant Snider: Self-Consciousness
  • 28 KEYSTONE SPECIES EXAMPLES IN NORTH AMERICA (interest triggered by the book I am currently reading -

    How To Work With Almost Anyone)

  • Frank Sonnenberg: Use Your Brains
  • Dan Rockwell: REMARKABLE LEADERS ARE ALIKE IN ONE POWERFUL WAY
  • How Remote Employers Can Nail 3 Essential Workplace Activities

  • Good team communication is key. When it's missing, things slow down

  • 10 Things Genuinely Confident People Do Differently

  • New & Updated Scrum Framework

  • Video: What Is ChatGPT? A Simple Explanation In 60 Seconds
  • Video: April Fools’ Day - ShoesX by ixigo

[04-Oct-23] 1st holiday greeting ... 

Best wishes from the Black Forest


A relaxing travel by car yesterday during the public holiday and a nice local food dinner directly after arrival was a good start. Today a late breakfast and some sigthseeing with blue sky, we start it slowly. I even had the chance to nearly finish The Coaching Habit book. A simple, one page summary with the key essence below:

[02-Oct-23] Another video Monday ...

Ready for the holidays, looking forward to it !!


  • 12 Books recommended by Billionaires
  • FinGPT is an open-source LLM for the finance sector

Source Youtube: MAGIC WORDS by Jonah Berger | Core Message

Source Youtube: This Country Runs on 98 Percent Renewable Energy | Ramón Méndez Galain | TED

  • Video: What is leadership? - With David Marquet

  • Video: How to Keep Going When Life Gets Hard
  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (29-Sep-23)

  • Sketchplanations: Three Types of "No"
  • Build Your Own Ladder, ‘Read the Air,’ & More – The Leadership That Works Newsletter

  • The 10 Most Important AI Trends For 2024 Everyone Must Be Ready For Now

  • The importance of negotiation in business and everyday life

[01-Oct-23] The week 39-2023 summary

A really funny picture, great kind of humor ...


Perfect fit as I am not a Microsoft fan, even when it is the operating system on my work laptop. I prefer Linux or even Chrome OS sometimes.


The 75th city anniversary was great and we did even get two free concerts in the evening, sponsored by two local companies. 5,000 people on a parking lot with great warm weather on 30-Sep-23. First we have seen Kasalla, a well known band from Cologne that did play back in 2011 in our city in front of ~150 people. Afterwards greenbeats a percussion band, well known even on International level. A great event.


After a really successful week with the Meetup and the school workshop, two well deserved weeks of holiday. We will go to southern Germany on Tuesday. I will keep you posted with some updates during the time off, but not every day as it is my holiday.


Then I just found an interesting article - Should We Fire All the Agile Coaches? - what triggered several thoughts:


  • I still do not understand, why Agile Coaches are called Coaches and not Mentors, but this might be my personal problem?
  • "The reality is, you don’t need a coach to be agile at the team level. You can just start. And that may lead to another reason that organizations get rid of coaches – they focus only on “doing agile”" - it is more about a cultural change towards an agile mindset and there you need all employees

  • Agile Coaches are often external resources and they are cut first when costs have to be reduced, similar to external consultants


What do you think?


  • Java vs. Python: The Tale of Two Titans - And a Speed Debate!

  • Effective team management rests on several pillars

[29-Sep-23] All tasks finished

Final workshop done today, ready for holidays now


Last day in the office and some activities had to be finished before going on holiday. I did summarize the different team inputs from the retrospective after the last planning phase and finalized the video editing for the Meetup on Tuesday. Then a presentation preparation about my project for an interested team and a meeting directly after the holidays.


In the morning I had the school workshop about Digital Transformation with 30 kids in the room, this time 1/3 girls and 2/3 boys. The topic was well received and especially taking a personality test was a real success. Only issue was that the kids could not be silent together as a group and their Attention Span was just too short:


  • Why Everyone's Worried About Their Attention Span—and How to Improve Yours

  • 5 Things To Do For Better Focus & A Longer Attention Span


No further details about the workshop due to psychological safety, GDPR and the Las Vegas slogan. Makes sense ...


“Las Vegas is a place where you can have a great time, and then wake up the next day and wonder what the hell happened.” – Drew Carey


“In general, the route to establishing psychological safety begins with the team’s leader. So if you are leading a team—be it a group of coworkers or a sports team, a church gathering, or your family dinner table—think about what message your choices send. Are you encouraging equality in speaking, or rewarding the loudest people? Are you modeling listening?” – Charles Duhigg


Have a great weekend. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of our town officially becoming a city, party on ...


  • The New Happy: Take a step back
  • PwC’s Global Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey 2023

  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO B.U.I.L.D. T.R.U.S.T.
  • Navigating the Realm of Data Science? Here's your roadmap

  • Automated Machine Learning: Top technologies &