[16-Jun-24] My week 24-2024 highlights

Deal with challenges and problems


A week of learning, engagement and rethinking, plus the start of the UEFA EURO 2024 last Friday. And Ferrari did win the 24 hours of Le Mans for the 2nd time in a row today, well done.


Some interesting material for the Learning Zone:


  • Steve Endacott, a Sussex Entrepreneur, has created many of the initial policy ideas and will “physically” attend Parliament to vote on policies as guided by AI Steve’s feedback from his constituents

  • Generative AI And Data Protection: What Are The Biggest Risks For Employers?

  • Justin Mecham: Change is hard. But guess what? You can't avoid it.
  • The evolution of our understanding

  • Requesting Feedback Isn't Enough – Show You Can Handle the Truth

  • What are your companies' true colors? - 9 ways Agile leadership helps to overcome rough times

  • Video: Tesla Optimus humanoid robot demo May 2024
  • Simon Sinek Video: It's Not About Winning or Losing—It's About Momentum
  • DIGITAL STORM weekly Newsletter


In the coming week the focus will be on new Interns hiring and handling the result of the last employee survey. Both Sprint demos have been canceled, as not enough valuable content was available for our  customers and stakeholders. Maybe more in two weeks from now?


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (14-Jun-24)

  • Video: We Will OutSprint You - We Will Rock You Queen Parody - Scrum Team Building - Personal Agility

Some future perspectives today:


  • Video: Hankook The future is a connected world
  • Here are 10 AI technologies to help you acquire a job in 7 days

  • How to write a PowerPoint Presentation with ChatGPT

  • Boost your productivity and creativity with these must-have AI tools


What does AI think about the future of retail?


The future of retail is being significantly impacted by changing demographics and the rise of internet purchases. As younger generations become the primary consumers, retailers are focusing more on digital strategies to cater to their preferences. Online shopping has become increasingly popular due to its convenience and accessibility, prompting traditional retailers to adapt and enhance their online platforms.


Brick-and-mortar stores are facing challenges as more consumers opt for the convenience of online shopping. To stay competitive, retailers must embrace technology and provide seamless omnichannel experiences. Personalization and data-driven insights will be key in understanding consumer behavior and offering tailored shopping experiences. The future of retail will be a harmonious blend of physical and digital channels, catering to the diverse needs of a changing demographic landscape.


  • Dan Rockwell: 3 LIFE CHANGING LIFE LESSONS FROM ROGER FEDERER

[15-Jun-24] Good start yesterday ...

Germany did win against Scotland 5:1


The German team did play well and made all 6 goals. A great start into the tournament. For Scotland the evening was not so nice, but their fans - the Tartan Army - did behave well as always. "They have won awards from several organisations for their friendly behaviour and charitable work." Some pubs in Munich did run out of beer due to the thirsty Scottish Bravehearts. The coming two stops for the Army are Cologne next Wednesday and Stuttgart coming week Sunday. Hopefully the pubs there are better prepared?


During the game yesterday I was in contact with my Scottish friend who stayed at home, he had a smaller can of beer but a much larger TV. You need to focus on the right stuff ...


Is AI able to forecast the result of the EURO 2024? Possibly not as you can see below. So we have to wait until 14-Jul-24 for the final outcome:


Artificial Intelligence has shown promising results in forecasting the outcome of soccer tournaments by analyzing previous team performances. By utilizing machine learning algorithms and data from past matches, AI can provide insights into which teams are more likely to succeed in upcoming games. Factors such as player statistics, team strategies, and even weather conditions can be considered to make accurate predictions.


Although AI can provide valuable predictions based on historical data, it is essential to remember that soccer matches can be unpredictable due to various unforeseen circumstances during gameplay. Factors like player injuries, referee decisions, and team morale can significantly impact the outcome of a match, making it challenging for AI to predict with absolute certainty. While AI can offer valuable insights, the beauty of soccer lies in its unpredictability and the element of surprise that keeps fans on the edge of their seats.


Today we did visit a tea-shop and my wife knows the owner. We had a discussion about the situation of the retail business in the moment and that he wants to retire in the next two years. A great plan but he does not find anybody who wants to buy his shop. Younger people seem to be more interested in 09.00 AM - 05-00 PM jobs with a good work-life balance lately, than owning retail shops or doing jobs where they are self-employed with the full risk? Might be just a very small view of the reality and world, but a first indication.


  • Hemingway's lost suitcase. GenAI’s hype cycle. A multi-dimensional model for every leadership style

  • The New Happy: We all need help
  • Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

  • 'After ordering a new pair of hiking shorts, his friend found this letter in the box. In this letter, the CEO of Fjall Raven asks to buy less stuff. How many times in your life have you seen this? A CEO of a company asking to buy less of their products?'

  • 92% would stay with their company if leaders understood their needs. (research shows)


[13-Jun-24] Something to think about ...

Always good to relax for a while and rethink a little bit


Tomorrow is the 1st game of the German team at the UEFA EURO 2024, statistics seem to work for Germany, but opening games very often end in a draw. We will see and the beer is cold already ...


In a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers from the University of Utah took an analytical look at the theory of nominative determinism, a longstanding concept positing that your name has an uncanny influence over your career and life.


A wide variety of content presented in two different ways:

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  • Entertainment is getting an AI upgrade | Kylan Gibbs | TED2024 • April 2024

  • The Top 8 Cognitive and Behavioral Bias Killers of Change and Transformation Programs

  • As Maslow said: "Give people affection and security, and they will
    give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior."

    Leaders can use this influence to help their teams grow and stay healthy

  • Leadership is an ever-evolving journey. Not a static formula

  • Here is a list of powerful coaching questions most leaders can be hesitant to ask

  • Future of Leadership Salon: The traditional leadership mindset centered on ownership is becoming increasingly outdated. To stay relevant, it's crucial for leaders to embrace a shift towards stewardship

The Apr-24 result in my company for Germany was 49%, a reduction of 10% compared to the previous survey. Much better than both Gallup figures, but a lot of people are not happy in the moment.


"Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability." -- Anne M. Mulcahy taken from 100 Employee Engagement Quotes To Reinvent The Modern Workplace


  • Charted: How Many Data Centers do Major Big Tech Companies Have?

  • Being yourself means living life how you want to live it, regardless of other peoples' opinions

  • Asynchronous, on-demand, micro-learning

  • 10 Harsh Lessons That Will Make You More Successful

  • 11 Ways To Show Your Team Appreciation

[12-Jun-24] Employee Engagement

What do employees need?


Gallup defines employee engagement as the involvement and enthusiasm of employees in their work and workplace. Employee engagement helps you measure and manage employees' perspectives on the crucial elements of your workplace culture.

You can find out if your employees are actively engaged with their work or simply putting in their time. You can discover if your team building activities and human resources practices influence positive business outcomes or if there's room to grow.


More details about the topic globally, see Gallup's State of the Global Workplace: 2024 Report. The Europe page below, only 13% engaged, what is even 10% lower than the Global figure:

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[11-Jun-24] Spirit Day ...

For learning and team building


We started our day today with a team breakfast. Everybody did add something to the table and we had a tasty buffet with interesting discussions. E.g. about the meaning of first names in different countries/languages and what could go wrong during cooking.

  

Afterwards I did join two information sessions, one about different generations in the workplace, and then about our top priority project in the moment that will transfer our data warehouse into the cloud in

Jul-2024. Explained in easy language for awareness purposes and to be as transparent as possible for our customers.


At the end I did one of our yearly mandatory trainings - healthy guidelines to best work in the homeoffice - ergonomic suggestions, proper lighting, work-life balance, not enough sitting during the day and so on.


A good use of our Spirit Day, next one is in 3 month from now.


Only three days to go until UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany. The German team starts against Scotland on Friday in Munich. All matches here, the tournament starts on 14-Jun and finishes on 14-Jul-24. Will be an interesting month.


  • Mapped: Where Tesla and BYD Make Their Cars

  • [11-Jun-24] ‘The Periodic Table of Leadership’


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References:

  • The Female Lead: When will people stop telling women they are courageous for looking like themselves?
  • Be a good human being

  • Not disturb your coworkers if you haven't used ChatGPT yet


Other helpful links for today:


  • Udacity: A Beginner’s Guide To Machine Learning Fundamentals
  • The Future of Recruiting 2024 - Explore the report's 6 predictions by theme

  • How a Digital Issue Tracking System affects Your Journey to Scrum

  • Dan Rockwell: IF YOU STRUGGLE TO TRUST PEOPLE READ THIS
  • You’ve Taken the First Step in Skills-Based Hiring. What Comes Next?

  • 92% don’t achieve their goals. Here's how the other 8% do it

  • Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a TEAM

  • Jurgen Appelo: Some people think I'm not diverse because I'm not a woman


References:

  • Picture: Andy Rouse - Rival Kings
  • Quote taken from my [09-Jan-21] Blog post, see 2021 eBOOK page 389 for more details

  • Dr. med. Eckart von Hirschhausen


Other helpful links for today:


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (07-Jun-24)

  • 5 ways the Product Owner accountability is misunderstood

  • The 20 Generative AI Coding Tools Every Programmer Should Know About

  • Key Finance & Accounting Roles Explained

[09-Jun-24] The week 23-2024 summary

How to Develop and Improve Your Strengths


According to the quote besides the picture you have to find your right  element, to make best use of your strength. Besides the article in the headline, three more ideas to handle this topic as example:


  • 10 Boundaries You Need

  • Unlock Your Life's Purpose with This Ancient Japanese Secret - Find your IKIGAI

  • Video: How Small Actions Can Create Big Ripples In Your Life


It is your decision how to approach this situation. You can either further strengthen your strengths or try to improve several of your weaknesses. There are different shapes of skillsets known, you just have to be clear where you are or where you want to be? It is your choice and call.


For the penguins the decision is easy, they cannot fly in the air but in the water. For us humans it is a little bit more difficult, we first have to find the right "element" for us and need to be open and honest about our capabilities and energy to change --> leaving our comfort zone.


Being honest and critical with yourself is a necessary skill that a lot of parties that participated in the 2024 European election in all EU countries need now, after a lot of dramatic results or changes. France and Germany are only two examples. We will see, what happens in the next days ...

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[08-Jun-24] Ready for transformation?

Do you feel crushed, pressed, under pressure or in darkness?


“You can’t teach anybody anything, only make them realize the answers are already inside them.” – Galileo Galilei take from 27+ Powerful Transformation Quotes


Some more videos without any pressure :-)


  • The Future is better than we think: Highlights from a recent keynote by Gerd Leonhard

  • Lilium Jet | EBACE 2024

  • New OpenAI Powered Robot Demos 44 Axes AI Using This Shocking New Tech (NVIDIA RUBIN AI)

  • ‘Everything is Going to Be Robotic’ Nvidia Promises, as AI Gets More Real

  • F1 Drivers Vs Soapbox Car Race 🏁


Next week Tuesday we have our #Spirit-Day, every quarter we get one full day for learning, training, team building and knowledge sharing. No meetings, no other distraction. A great initiative. In my team we will have a breakfast together and look into the employee survey results for the 1st time. A good opportunity to discuss my Circle of Control idea.


  • Narrow the gap between company and employee purpose. How to choose your life pursuits. The great flattening.

  • 11 advanced ChatGpt prompts that will make you better than 99% of ChatGPT Users

  • Exploring the World of Machine Learning Algorithms & Models!


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  • Kaizen, or "change for better," is a powerful Japanese philosophy that promotes incremental progress in every aspect of life

  • Happy Friday, and a special thanks to "Spell Check", probably one of the hardest workers in many workplaces

  • 10 Reasons Nice Bosses Finish First

  • The Finance for Non-financial Staff Cheat Sheet

[07-Jun-24] Some AI topics and more

Get ready for the weekend with some helpful material


Starting with the pictures and some more:


  • Visualizing the Training Costs of AI Models Over Time

  • Charted: Countries Offering Digital Nomad Visas

  • The State of AI at Work, Research Report 2024

  • AI Innovations: Market Milestones and Technological Breakthroughs

  • DigitalStorm: Forget Siri's Stumbles, Hello Supercharged Assistant! Plus, ChatGPT Goes Free: Is This a User Grab or a Game Changer? #61


News of the day: Jurgen Appelo's debut novel is finally out now. As promised I did deliver two feedback posts on LinkedIn and Amazon, my review and summary of the pre-read impressions. All four parts and the final summary are here.


On Sunday Germany and several other countries will be voting for the

European elections 6-9 June 2024. "In the European elections, people in the European Union vote for Members to represent them in the European Parliament. The European Union is known as the EU. Elections take place in all 27 EU countries."


  • The Nature of Ambition - 15 Years of Drawing Comics by GRANT SNIDER

  • Re-release - Scrum Master (And Agile Coach): Please Step Up Your Game!

  • Talents are out there, just win them for your company -- How to Build a More Equitable Workplace for LGBTQ+ Employees, According to LinkedIn Survey Data

  • Many people are afraid to leave their comfort zones


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[05-Jun-24] Taking some accountability

Leaving the victim mindset behind ...


Some of you might remember my 05-May-24 post (scroll down a little bit, just one month)? See some sentences from the post below:


The Circle of Control and Influence is an ongoing topic in the moment. During my last workshop on 30-Apr-24 and the bi-yearly Employee Survey that finished last Friday. As I do not believe in the used process and valuable outcome of the survey anymore, I decided to use - the participation is voluntary option - and did not vote this time. Maybe when the overall participation rate is going down dramatically a rethinking process will be generated? I have time to wait ...


The results of the April survey are out now and they are not really good. No surprise due to the circumstances before the survey started, but a lot of people are not thinking about this anymore. Bad results lead to many  questions about the WHY and workshops to improve the situation. Exactly what the employees hate the most, more work ...


As mentioned in the post, I did not participate in the survey this time. I was the only one in the team by the way. Some will say I missed an opportunity to share my opinion, I think I can support the next steps out of a more neutral position now? Taking some accountability ...

The survey results are basically comparing the current with the 6-month ago answers for all questions asked. The result is either better or worse and the facilitating company is sharing the three strengths and weaknesses of each team. 


My idea is to let the team judge for each question, if they can control or influence a possible improvement in the future? Only when a change seems to be possible for the team members, it makes sense to work on the question. "Do not worry about stuff you cannot control or influence anyway, do not waste your time and energy for it".


Now I just need the buy-in of the team and my supervisor for the idea, will possibly happen next week. I keep you posted ...


  • Charted: Declining Birth Rates in the Most Populous Countries (1950-Today)

  • Frank Sonnenberg: The Costs of Poor Communication
  • Your right to repair AI systems | Rumman Chowdhury | TED2024

  • PwC’s 2024 AI Jobs Barometer reveals AI’s impact on jobs, wages, skills, and productivity

  • Dan Rockwell:
    • 6 CORE COACHING SKILLS FOR LEADERS

    • FROM BURN OUT TO BRILLIANCE: STRATEGIES TO RECLAIM YOUR DREAMS

  • Are Your Weaknesses Simply the Flip Side of Your Strengths?

  • 12 Time Wasters, Credits to Véronique Barrot


“At the core, there is one simple, overarching reason why so many people remain unsatisfied in their work and why most organisations fail to draw out the greatest talent, ingenuity, and creativity of their people and never become truly great, enduring organisations. It stems from an incomplete paradigm of who we are — our fundamental view of human nature. The fundamental reality is, human beings are not things needing to be motivated and controlled; they are four-dimensional — body, mind, heart, and spirit.” -- 30 of The Best Stephen Covey Quotes

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[03-Jun-24] Picture Monday once again

Interesting Infographics or Sketchnotes today ...

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Practicing Inclusion and having diverse leadership can have transformative impact on company performance. This post talks about boldly inclusive leadership by Tanmay Vora


  • Video: Can Robots Have a Place in the Therapeutic World?
  • Dan Rockwell: FOCUS: 7 WAYS TO ELIMINATE DISTRACTION
  • Demand for Green Skills Is on the Rise. Here's How to Meet the Moment

  • In both our personal and professional lives, we often find ourselves grappling with challenges and uncertainties. As leaders, it’s crucial to recognize what we can control and what we can't ...

“Do you feel good in your role? If yes, that's the perfect time for you to experiment with something new, to get out of your comfort zone. This willingness to learn is probably the most important thing for leaders of today and tomorrow.” – Pierre Nanterme, taken from 100 Comfort Zone Quotes to Push Your Personal Boundaries

[02-Jun-24] My week 22-2024 highlights

Maybe one more argument to leave the Comfort Zone?


"The Village Venus effect describes the experience of someone living in an isolated village and knowing the most beautiful person there. Because the person is the most attractive person they've ever seen, it's easy to think that no one could be more so. Yet, beyond the village is a whole world of people, many of whom could be more beautiful."


Quick recap of the sports yesterday:


  • The 24h race was just a little bit longer than 8 hours, due to the weather conditions and a lot of fog
  • And Real Madrid did with the Champions League final once again, decision happened in the last 15 minutes


The next 3-month project phase starts Tuesday and the first demo is scheduled for 18-Jun-24. Some time to get a little bit a break and to focus on other topics in the meantime. We plan to restructure our team setup in the middle of the 3-month phase, more than necessary after 30+ month. New opportunities for growth and to make a change. Some team members are very motivated and proactive to adapt to change, others need some external triggers to start their thinking process.


  • Video: This amazing little robot can hop along at 10mph and jump to a height of 4ft | SWNS - Salto: Monopedal Jumping Robot
  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (31-May-24)

  • Transforming Culture Is a Team Effort – Here's How to Build Yours

  • 10 elements of Scrum that will fail without Trust

  • [02-Jun-24] 78 Habits Of Top Leaders


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[01-Jun-24] Back from a short holiday

Had great two days and the weather was better than expected


Back home in time for the start of the ADAC RAVENOL 24H NÜRBURGRING race, what started at 04.00 PM CEST. The race track was not very far away from our hotel and several visitors did meet there today morning with their sports cars. The race track is more than 25 km long and can have/present several different weather conditions during one round. Very difficult to handle and to plan a good strategy.


Still waiting for the final go from Jurgen Appelo when his new book "Glitches of Gods" is coming out in early June. The proofreaders or pre-readers, like me, are supposed to be sharing two short reviews of the book as soon as it is available. I am well prepared with my four articles about the book so far.


Tonight Borussia Dortmund (BVB) is playing in the UEFA Champions League FINAL against Real Madrid at 09.00 PM CEST in London. Dortmund is the underdog and can only win, either gaining more experience or the final and the cup. We will see soon ...


Have a great weekend and enjoy the different sports events happening.


  • Dan Rockwell: THE PERFECT ENDING: 27 WAYS TO END ONE-ON-ONES EFFECTIVELY
  • ‘Good Enough’ Is Better Than Perfect, Lead Through ‘Change Fatigue’ & More – The Leadership That Works Newsletter

  • AI at work is here, now comes the hard part. The rise of the generalist. The accountability ladder.

  • The most powerful tool - silence: We can learn a lot from quiet people

  • 8 Habits of Considerate People

  • Agile is splitting into two camps. Choose wisely.

  • The Ocean Cleanup Video: Interceptor 006 Has Tackled Over 850,000 KG of Trash in Guatemala So Far


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Picture references, above from left to right:

  • Mastering your emotions is the key to success, Charlie Munger quote

  • Many people don’t understand what leadership truly means

  • Adapt to Change

Below:

[29-May-24] Make learning a priority

Find at least one way to get better each day ...


The last 2-day planning phase was a good learning experience for all involved teams. The initial duration of the planning phase had been reduced from three to two days several month ago. Now some teams could be ready in one day already. Expertise and experience is helping them a lot. We just need to avoid that it is getting too boring, to avoid a drop in the motivation of the teams.


The picture today is showing several other ideas to "unleash your potential". Have a look.


I did start my long weekend today at 05:00 PM when the planning phase was over with a very good confidence vote. I will be away for a short holiday, so no BLOG post this Thursday and Friday!!


Some helpful material for you to check out, until Saturday:


  • Dan Rockwell: STRATEGIC SILENCE: HOW TO EMPOWER NOT OVERPOWER
  • Will AI do to expert professions what the Model T did to railroads?

  • How global AI interest is boosting the data management market

  • Generative AI: Weekly Tech Insights: Innovations, Trends, and Industry Updates
  • 10 Courses to learn AI in 2024 for Free (Google AI courses)

  • 16 skills that will pay you forever
  • 13 things invented in India

  • Video: CorPower Ocean - Introducing CorPower C4
  • Video: Gerd Leonhard - The next 10 years: Yes, the Good Future is possible!
  • Here are 25 harsh truths I would tell my 25-year-old self

  • Positive Leadership Zoo - Great leaders drive success


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[28-May-24] Murphy's law ...

10 Versions of Murphy's Law for Universal 'Truths'


Belief: "Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure."


1st day of our 2-day planning phase and several examples for the picture today. I support two groups, one is doing their 2nd planning and the other one their 11th this time.


  • We made some changes in the group with the longer experience and two merged teams where struggling, to prioritize the necessary communication and knowledge exchange over process.
  • One team is currently very small and was quickly finished with their planning work. A good opportunity to enjoy the moment and to prepare for more pressure in the near future.
  • Another team is not using the tool we have to support our process, but they basically copied the main features in Excel.


  • In the other group the team struggling the most with the process and tool approach the last time, was nearly done after one day. They deserved more and did learn fast ...
  • One new team in this planning was struggling most, as the content expert was on holiday last week and ill today. Sh** happens, but they managed on their own. With team spirit and an agile mindset.  


Overall a successful 1st day for both groups, we will finish in time tomorrow. We are agile and work in 2-week iterations, no need for perfectionism during this 2-day planning phase. According to the Pareto principle, 80% is sufficient to be done.


  • Seth Godin: Exceed or maintain?
  • TED Talk: Are we celebrating the wrong leaders? Martin Gutmann | TEDxBerlin, February 2024
  • 30 Hidden Messages In Logos of Notable Brands

  • The Power Of Introverts Cheat Sheet

  • 7 Challenges Smart People Overcome


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  • pwc: From sludge to success
  • Dan Rockwell: DON’T BE A LEADER WITH SO MANY IDEAS
  • McKinsey: A new future of work: The race to deploy AI and raise skills in Europe and beyond
  • DIGITAL STORM weekly #59 - AI wars explode! Microsoft's super-powered PCs vs. Google's AI gone rogue. Who wins?

  • Emotional intelligence is your best path to success, here's how to do it right

Some helpful links related to the book:


  • The Terminator, 1984

  • What Is Benford’s Law? Why This Unexpected Pattern of Numbers Is Everywhere

  • Sneakers, 1992

  • 27 Best Movies About Teamwork and Working Together

  • The 45+ Very Best Movies About Hackers

  • 10 Great Action Movies With All-Star Casts Worth Watching


“There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!” -- BEN KINGSLEY - Cosmo, taken from “Sneakers” quotes (1992)


I will have three busy days starting tomorrow, before I enjoy a long weekend due to the last public holiday before 03-Oct-24 and a free Friday. Final preparation day on Monday and then 2 days planning with two Agile Release Trains (ART) in parallel. One Train has 8 teams the other one 7. Should be going smoothly?


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

  • Video: The Power of Micro-Goals
  • 5 practices that give Scrum an undeserved bad reputation

  • A Sprint Planning Template

[26-May-24] The week 21-2024 summary

"Glitches of Gods" - Part 4 (Final)


To have all in one place and as reference for you, all my previous posts related to Jurgen Appelo's first playspheres novel.


  1. "Glitches of Gods" - Part 1

  2. "Glitches of Gods" - Part 2

  3. "Glitches of Gods" - Part 3


Jurgen did spend "four bloody years or four thousand hours to come up with a story as complex as it is crazy". I fully agree as I finished pre-reading the book yesterday night.


On page 465 the main character Julien explains the whole story of the book in one paragraph, sounds easier than it is. Like in a computer game there are several stories with different characters on different levels, living in parallel. Complex and crazy.


I know that Jurgen is a friend of gamification, as we did spend a longer period of time with learning and training together during the COVID-19 years. We met regularly for weekly exchanges/meetups and did also cover personal stuff and non-business related details. I am following him on LinkedIn and realized he likes fantasy books and films. Some of them are used as small references in his book. There is a Terminator like scene and getting his programming colleagues and friends together for the final show-down did remember me of either Sneakers or some All-Star movies. Might not work for everybody as both films are from the previous millenium :-)


In summary "Glitches of Gods" is a good start in an out of comfort zone area for Jurgen. Complex and crazy as he describes it in is initial author note. When you like computer games and fantasy topics this could be a book for you? And it will get a 2nd part to continue the story, as the 1st book finished with an open end, there is more to come. I did enjoy the pre-read time under pressure in a small group of volunteers. It was definitely out of my comfort zone from a book content perspective, but a time well spend. You can make up your own mind when the book is available in June 2024.

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[24-May-24] The TRUST workshop today

Stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka by Ali Khataw


Today was the Teambuilding workshop about the TRUST topic. We just had 17 participants, but a lot of fun. I used my team as guinea pigs to test this kind of workshop as addition to my portfolio. When you plan a new topic, you spend a lot of time into a detailed flow planning and to simulate any possible scenarios that might happen. 


But still surprises can happen and you have to handle the situation when it occurs. I was in the home office today and my wife was wondering, why I was laughing several times. The team had to select one of four possible TRUST types and go to a meeting room afterwards, according to the selected number. Sounds easy, but leaves some grey areas. 


Two guys had the same type and did enter the same room that did NOT match their number. The third guy in the room was really surprised, what the other two were talking about. It happens ... Next time I have to be even clearer how to select the right meeting room, a great learning today. 


Next week I have only 3 working days. Thursday is a public holiday and I take a day off Friday, for a long weekend. Well deserved.


  • Video: Frameless | Immersive Art Exhibition | London
  • Video: Hopper - We reinvented the Bike! (english)
  • Our World in Data: Share of electricity production from renewables
  • Ranked: The World’s Largest Lithium Producers in 2023

  • Generative AI: AI's Voice and Vision
  • TED Talk: With AI, anyone can be a coder now (Apr-24)
  • 5 proven models to boost your team's performance


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[23-May-24] Team Building session ...

What happens when you remove trust?


FYI: Just uploaded the latest version of my 7th eBOOK (01-Jan until 21-May-24) in the Downloads section for your FREE usage, have fun.


Tomorrow is the next team building session with my Agile Release Train, this time the topic is about TRUST. As I did not host this session before, will be interesting to see the team dynamicsand if everything works out as planned?


Some Simon Sinek video insights about TRUST:


  • What IS Trust Actually? | Simon Sinek

  • Why Trust is Key to High-Performing Teams

  • How Do You Build Trust with Remote Teams?


AND a short OpenAI statement about building TRUST:


Building trust in remote teams is crucial for their success. Communication and transparency play a significant role in fostering trust among team members who may be working in different locations. Regular virtual meetings, clear expectations, and open dialogue help establish a foundation of trust.


Additionally, demonstrating accountability and dependability through meeting deadlines and delivering on promises strengthens the trust within remote teams. Building personal connections through virtual team-building activities and recognizing individual contributions also contribute to creating a positive team environment based on trust.


Makes sense. I will keep you posted, how the session did go tomorrow.


"You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it." --  W. C. Fields, American - Comedian January 29, 1880 - December 25, 1946, taken from Brainyquote


  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO RUN STRATEGY MEETINGS LIKE A PRO
  • Frank Sonnenberg: 20 Guiding Principles to Share with Your Kids
  • ‘Stretch Your Cultural Comfort Zone’—Jane Hyun & Doug Conant on Cultural Fluency in Leadership


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[21-May-24] "Glitches of Gods" - Part 3

An epic science fantasy book by Jurgen Appelo


In the meantime I am on page 341/565 and did already get two reminders from Jurgen Appelo, to be ready by 31-May-24, relax ...


For your reference and to have all in one place, here the links to my  Part-1 and Part-2


Yesterday I would have been happy to have OREC (here just a joke reference), the virtual personal assistant of the main character in the book. My father in law had switched the TV on-screen menu language to Mongolian and the sound was not working anymore. A manual was not available in the Internet and a hard reset button no possible option. In the end I had to use Google Image search and translate, to find the right page and place in the menu, to get back to German. Like in Putt's law - those who understand what they do not manage ...


By reading the book I was reminded of CATWEAZLE on the one side, as a witch is showing up in the story, coming from a different time line. She is pretty surprised about her new environment, but adjusts quickly and can appreciate some of the better/different/new technology.


On the other side the Groundhog Day, as the main character seems to restart a part of his life over and over again. Still 200+ pages to go for me, looking forward to the next surprises. I will keep you posted. 

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  • My Substack post from yesterday, with some interesting links included
  • Opportunities and Advantages: How Today's Small Businesses Are Recruiting

  • "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
    -Henry Ford

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“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?” Ralph: “That about sums it up for me.” -- from Eight ‘Groundhog Day’ quotes you’ll want to say over and over again

[19-May-24] My week 20-2024 highlights

Jurgen Klopp's last game today ...


Three videos that perfectly summarize his last days with Liverpool:


  • 'I Love You' | Jürgen Klopp's final post-match speech to his players

  • FAREWELL SPEECH: Jurgen Klopp addresses Liverpool fans at Anfield for the final time

  • 'It's difficult to say farewell, but let's remember the good times' | Jürgen Klopp


Today we did visit the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord for a wool market. An interesting contrast, the old factory environment versus the

warm and soft wool, as you can see on the picture.


Celebrating a public holiday tomorrow and looking forward to another 4-day work week.


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  • The transformational power of ethical leadership. Zeitgeist inflection. What is machine learning?

  • Life Expectancy by Region (1950-2050F)

  • 5 of the most forgotten parts from the Scrum Guide

  • How to Prepare Leaders for Culture Transformation: 5 Exercises

  • 70% of business transformations fail (McKinsey): But agility is the key condition for business success

  • Change has become the very air that businesses breathe; and developing a robust ‘change muscle’, embracing change as the core of what we do is key


"I have worked with wool all my life as a designer. There's so much more to it than knitwear - it's an amazingly versatile material and can be used in so many different ways from chic to rustic." -- Donatella Versace, taken from 25 Wool Quotes

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[18-May-24] "Glitches of Gods" - Part 2

An epic science fantasy book by Jurgen Appelo


After my 1st post on Substack on 14-May-24 here the 2nd post about the new book from Jurgen Appelo.


In the meantime I am on page 204/565 and my review so far is a little bit similar to The New Happy picture today. Several bubbles or levels in the story are overlapping, and the pure number of different names used for all the people in the story are difficult to follow for me. Might be my personal issue?


But it is an interesting story with a lot of personal insights and hints from Jurgen. Banana bread is only one example.


  • The Modern Proper: 10 Best Banana Bread Recipes
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  • The kitchn: Our 10 Best Banana Recipes (That Go Way Beyond Banana Bread)


The main character Julien is struggling with a lot of things, his life, his job, his family and the two dimensions/time levels he is acting in so far. A level-3 AI killed his father and now he is developing a level-4 AI together with his team. In an agile way of working, what makes most sense with Jurgen's past accomplishments :-) More to come ...



“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” — Ginni Rometty, taken from 80 Artificial Intelligence Quotes Shaping the Future

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“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”— Stephen Hawking, also taken from 80 Artificial Intelligence Quotes Shaping the Future

[17-May-24] Great analogies ...

Jürgen Klopp's Final Premier League press conference


Juergen is super positive and goes left, when required. Here a comment of a fan under the press conference video from today. Enjoy:


@godfredjnr.9849

A Coach who never received a Financial Magic Wand,
A Coach who never received a team of superstars,
A Coach who was never treated as the favorite.
...
But,
He is a coach for the underdogs,
He is a coach for the impossible,
He is a coach for miracles,
He is a coach for the dreamers.
...
You came to Liverpool with ever longing dreams and hopes of millions of fans in the background. You gave us everything we could possibly dream for. Thank you, boss, for making us dream once again.


What a great summary of Juergen Klopp being nearly 9 years in the Premier League.


And it is also about TRUST, my topic for the next Team Building session on 24-May-24. Due to the last public holiday in May on 30-May-24, we moved the Team Building session forward, to finish the next planning session in two days and before the day off.


  • Dan Rockwell: 4 SECRETS OF TRUST BUILDING
  • 10 Proven Ways to Build Trust With Employees

  • Tanmay Vora: How to Build Trust - The Trust Triangle
  • Gustavo Razzetti: Building Unbreakable Teams: Why Both Trust and Psychological Safety Matter


“Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create.” – STEPHEN M.R. COVEY taken from 52 Quotes about Trust and Leadership


Have a great long weekend.


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  • The Ultimate Confidence Cheat Sheet

  • Generative AI: Breaking AI Boundaries
  • Top-down leadership is no longer useful. Good leaders take part in genuine conversation with their people

  • Mistakes are expected, respected, inspected and corrected.

  • Positive Intelligence is the mental fitness that enables us to thrive in challenging situations


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[15-May-24] The TAO of Charlie Munger

A collection of the best blend of wisdom, life philosophy and wealth of the legendary value investor Charlie Munger (1924 – 2023)


Due to a technical issue on this platform yesterday I could not write, what I planned during the day. Here the content from Substack -

"Glitches of Gods" - Part 1 as alternative to read.


Below #89 from the TAO of Charlie Munger, a great story and perspective:


McDonald’s: (…) the really great educator is McDonald’s…I think a lot of what goes on there is better than at Harvard.


A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and it doesn't matter how strong the strongest links are if they're connected to the weakest. Here, Charlie explains that McDonald's strengthens the weakest links in our culture by hiring people with bad work ethic, giving them training, and teaching them good work ethic, like showing up to work on time and being friendly to customers. It can take credit for having taught literally millions of young Americans a good work ethic over the 60 years since it was founded. And since McDonald's has a presence in 118 countries and employs 1.7 million people around the globe, it can be said that it does this to people all over the world. That's an insane feat that not even Harvard can claim.


"If you rise in life, you have to behave in a certain way. You can go to a strip club if you’re a beer-swilling sand shoveler, but if you’re the bishop of Boston, you shouldn’t go." -- Charlie Munger taken from 14 Of Charlie Munger’s Funniest Quotes

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  • Summary of The Tao of Charlie Munger by David Clark

  • Are Self-management and Synchronisation at odds in a Scrum Team?

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  • Frank Sonnenberg: Are You Letting Yourself Down?
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  • Harvard research confirms that women are great leaders:

    Scoring higher than men in most leadership skills.

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  • In the journey towards building high-performing teams, understanding the dynamics of team development is crucial

  • TED Talk: Why the world needs more builders — and less "us vs. them"

[12-May-24] The week 19-2024 summary

Germany finished 12th at the 2024 ESC yesterday


Our 2024 song did get more than 2 times the points we did get for the last 5 participations together. Well done ...

The rest is history and all countries will start from scratch again the next time in Switzerland. The previous year's ranking is no guarantee for the next time in 2025, good to know. Even when Germany had a really bad series between 2019 and 2023!!


I am currently pre-reading Jurgen Appelo's 1st novel Glitches of Gods. I am on page 30 of 565 and need to be finished by 31-May-24. Challenge accepted.


One week with 5 working days next week, before we have 2 more weeks with just 4 days per week in my area of Germany. Busy times until end of May not only due to reading another 535 pages in 18 days. I have to prepare the next Team Building session and our 2-day planning phase on 28/29-May-24.


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  • Seven questions that changed my life. Why you can't fake leadership. Who profits the most from generative AI?

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (10-May-24)

  • The Most Disturbing 5 Mistakes Leaders Make When Promoting People (And How to Prevent Them)


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[10-May-24] Emotional Intelligence

"Handle emotions, connect with people, make good choices, and stay calm when life gets complicated"


Two pictures say more than a lot of words:



Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö tomorrow. The "unpolitical" event is very political this year. Song titles had to be changed, the same for parts of some song texts. Demonstration in front of the event hall and a whistling audience inside. Hopefully it will come to a good end tomorrow and Germany will not be on the last place again. We will see.


Some videos for your weekend:


  • World’s Longest Ever Ski Jump (New Record)

  • Tony Seba just revealed why Elon Musk is no longer interested in EVs

  • BionicBee Makes Robot Bees Swarm


"Rival Kings is our most popular wildlife limited edition and shows the moment when a male king penguin holds off a suitor from his chosen female. This image was awarded Specially Commended in the 2006 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This wonderful image will bring a smile to your face everytime you look at it!" by Andy Rouse another picture from the Planet Ocean exhibition yesterday.


Have a great weekend, weather is promising:


  • Dan Rockwell: MY BATTLE WITH A TRACTOR: TOOLS MAKE THE JOB
  • “Being vulnerable is kind of like opening a door a little bit at a time.” -- Steven Bartlett

  • Generative AI: AI for Good...
  • "Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith" -- Elisabeth Elliot

  • Here are 5 Japanese techniques every leader should know

  • 7 Things Deeply Intuitive People Do Differently

  • Coleman’s Six Leadership Styles


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[09-May-24] Father's Day 2024

Visiting the Planet Ocean exhibition today


Today we used the public holiday, what was also Father's Day in Germany, to visit the Planet Ocean exhibition in Oberhausen:


  • Planet Ocean in the Gasometer Oberhausen
  • Sharpear enope squid on a blackwater dive, Kona, Hawaii by Simone Matucci

  • Here, a boy, the second of nine children in his family, spends the morning picking through the trash on shore looking for recyclable plastic, which sells for 13 pesos (35 US cents) per kilo by George Steinmetz


I made a lot of great pictures today and will use it in the near future with the correct references to keep the owners Copyright in mind.


Another great topic this week was the launch of a German Startup rocket - The HyImpulse small satellite launcher is powered by our innovative hybrid engine running on a paraffin-based fuel.

Paraffin fuels are safer to operate, are more efficient, and have lower environmental impact compared to kerosene propellants. - a great story, looking forward to the future news.


Next is our upcoming introduction of Microsoft Viva Engage at work, as replacement for the current Workplace solution (a Meta Facebook for business usage). In general I do not care about tools, just enablers to do the work. I am not using Facebook in private life, I am not a Microsoft fan, just use it because it is the company standard. The biggest issue with the migration is the short timeframe - Engage is available starting 20-May-24 and Workplace will be shutdown on 31-May-24. An export of existing posts is only possible for your own ones and you cannot migrate complete groups or environments. The best and most common sense approach is to start from scratch and just leave the history behind. Hard for me and my 3,000+ "5-minute-learning-bites" that I did post in the last 3 years.

Fun fact: A colleague from the UK did contact me this week and asked for my migration strategy, because he is a big fan of my posts. I did give him a personal export file of 440MB and the link to my BLOG, a happy customer.


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  • The Why, What and How of Employee Listening

  • The best alternative for a SWOT? Probably a NOISE Analysis

  • Gartner: Top Strategic Technology Trends 2024


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[06-May-24] Quick picture Monday

Helpful pictures and infographics with great content


The selected pictures show a great approach to summarize detailed and complex content in an easy way:


  • Video: SLOW PRODUCTIVITY by Cal Newport | Core Message
  • Video: How Do You Build Trust with Remote Teams?
  • Video: AI Conquers Gravity: Robo-dog, Trained by GPT-4, Stays Balanced on Rolling, Deflating Yoga Ball
  • Scaling is easy if you just let go!

  • Dan Rockwell: THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN A ONE-ON-ONE
  • 13 Habits To Build In 2024

  • Your Growth Is Activated By The Words You Choose

  • AI Frontier by Steve Nouri: The Potential of AI...


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[05-May-24] My week 18-2024 highlights

Another 4-day workweek ahead of me ...


The next public holiday in Germany is on Thursday 09-May-24, Ascension Day. The three days before will be busy and even on Friday is a lot to be done. 


It starts with a brainstorming session tomorrow morning with my Scrum Masters and Product Owners. We are now in the 10th three month period and have enough topics to be discussed and maybe to be adjusted going forward. What is the future scope of our Agile Release Train (ART), which teams will be owning which content, and would it be a good idea to use new team names? Just some of the questions to be discussed and answered in the end.


Directly after this I will be hosting two Sprint-4 Demos, tomorrow another two weeks are over again. Two more weeks to go in Sprint-5 and then we have to prepare the next PI planning on 28/29-May-24 already. Time is running fast.


As 30-May-24 is another public holiday in Germany (Corpus Christi), we plan to do our regular team building session already on 24-May-24. Maybe something around TRUST, I found two helpful articles:


  • How to Supercharge Your Team's Trust Battery (Exercise)

  • 7 ways leaders cripple their organization by destroying trust


The Circle of Control and Influence is an ongoing topic in the moment. During my last workshop on 30-Apr-24 and the bi-yearly Employee Survey that finished last Friday. As I do not believe in the used process and valuable outcome of the survey anymore, I decided to use - the participation is voluntary option - and did not vote this time. Maybe when the overall participation rate is going down dramatically a rethinking process will be generated? I have time to wait ...


On 03-May-24 we had the purpose topic, I found a fitting picture today.


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  • McKinsey & Company: Monthly Highlights, May 2024
  • The surprising truth about emotions in the workplace. AI index: state of AI in 13 charts. Three types of friends

  • 20 sentences that will 10x your productivity

  • If you haven't yet incorporated AI into your smartphone, you're lagging behind by 50 years

  • A Distributed Leadership Team

  • Generative AI and Manga: Taking Advantage of Japan’s Strength in Refinement


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[04-May-24] The Ivory Tower ...

Happy Star Wars Day once again


The picture is a great representation of the Ivory Tower idiom.


"Ever been accused of living in an ivory tower? Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean people believe you’ve moved into a pearly fortress with an excellent view. The phrase ivory tower is an idiom used to describe someone disconnected from the real world, often with a few scholarly or rich overtones."


Good examples are the central leadership organization in large corporations, or the difference in perspective between people living in a city or the country side. Politics are made in parliaments in larger cities for the whole region or country. A decision to protect e.g. wolves or bears is easily made in the city center where you are safe, but might mean something totally different when these wild animals are killing your sheep or cows? A good analogy for large corporations :-)


I had the idea for the topic today in the morning and it was enforced later when I was looking at an interview (see below):


  • Video: Nordwolle-Chef über die Realitäten auf dem Land und die autoritäre deutsche Politik | Marco Scheel (you can auto-generate English subtitles)

  • Nordwolle GmbH


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  • If a potato can become vodka, you can become whatever it is you want to be

  • Purpose is essential. It drives, motivates and gives focus

[03-May-24] You can be anything ...

You do not know, if you can do it before you try ...


When you know your purpose you are clear about your drivers. To take the smallest step in the right direction. Go for it and give it a try.


Due to the latest short notice changes in the department, we are trying out a lot in the moment. Teams without a supervisor and even the department without a head for some month. Why not? All senior people with experience, self-managed and -organized. So far not an issue and we will see how it goes over a longer period of time?


Next is Murphy’s Law in large projects. When you think you have seen all possible issues already, you will be surprised what can still go wrong? We are close to the end of our 3 month project period and learned yesterday about a nearly 2 weeks freeze that was not even known when we planned the last time. So you can complain and escalate the issue, but as the enddate cannot be moved there is no option anyway. Just accept the situation and make the best out of it.


Balance the pros and cons and in our situation the urgently required technical readiness versus the potential business continuity impact. Our credo is to make the decision as easy as possible for the responsible stakeholders. Keep it simple and do not hide it behind unnecessary complexity. Enjoy your weekend.


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  • The New Happy: Keep transforming
  • It's Time to Prepare for the Great Reshuffle 2.0

  • Generative AI: AI at the Helm
  • You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick

  • Before the "May the 4th be with you" flood of content - with the Star Wars Retrospective

  • The only leadership cheat sheet you will ever need...


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[01-May-24] Back to the roots ...

Going back where you came from, to better understand and value the status quo 


The left picture shows the maypole my wife did get today. We are married since 20 years and I give her one every year on May 1st. As our garden is not that large, it had to be a smaller one this year. As a side note: Only in leap years women are giving a maypole to men, but we are skipping this tradition since 20 years.


On the right a pretty old coffee mill that we had to reuse again - going back to the roots of traditional coffee bean grinding - as the grinder in our Espesso machine is broken lately. Normally we put coffee beans and water into the machine, press the start button and get a freshly brewed Espresso. Now we can either buy Espresso coffee powder or use the mill, we decide for the one or the other based on availability.


More "back to the roots" quotes here and additional information about 

Matshona Dhliwayo. Have fun.


The offsite workshop on Tuesday was really successful with 50+ participants. Filling the Team Agreement Canvas with 8 teams and sharing the findings afterwards, did bring a lot of insights and good ideas. The retrospective afterwards - a really new approach for a department that is not working agile at all - did generate a lot of interesting ideas.

Getting from an idea to an actionable item in the end was much more difficult out of two reasons:

  1. The most selected items were far out of the circle of influence of the teams
  2. The remaining power of the participants on day-2 after a tough day-1 and a socializing night was a little bit reduced


In the end we decided to finish without action items, but a good feedback round. A good job done ...


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  • 5 Keys to Emotional Regulation for Leaders, 6 CEO Strategies for Thriving in Chaos, & More

  • Dan Rockwell: 4 WAYS “NO” MOVES YOU FORWARD
  • Preparing for climate risks to key commodities: What businesses should know

  • [01-May-24] 16 Qualities You Need to Be Productive

  • 6 Free Harvard Courses To Future-Proof Your Career in 2024.

  • The Best AI Tools – Paid vs Free!

  • 10 Unmistakable Habits of Utterly Authentic People


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[29-Apr-24] Prioritize and decide ...

Helpful frameworks, keeping it simple ...


Easy to understand and follow sketch notes or infographics are a good starting point to dig deeper into the details, have a look. And with the right headline a lot of articles will fit to the main theme:


  • The Eisenhower Matrix
  • The $100 technique
  • [29-Apr-24] The Skill/Will Matrix

  • Are You Leading or Just Have the Title?

  • Customize Employee Development

  • High performers aren’t born, they're built; here's how to be one:

    Elevating to high performance

  • The Ultimate Cheat sheet for building habits

  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
  • A few Japanese concepts that could impacted your life, and might have a positive impact too?


As AI is one of the trend topics in the moment, some helpful material:


  • Shaping the Future of Learning: The Role of AI in Education 4.0

  • 101 real-world gen AI use cases from the world's leading organizations

  • Demystifying AI: Perception vs. Reality

  • YouTube has more than 2.70 billion monthly active users as of 2024. But most don't know the useful channels. Here are 7 best YouTube Channels on AI


And three videos to close the content for today:


  • How to Bounce Back from Hard Times

  • Simon Sinek Explains the "Friends Exercise"

  • Simon Sinek । 50 Minutes for the NEXT 50 Years of Your LIFE


"A great leader doesn’t only inspire us to have confidence in what THEY can do. A great leader inspires us to have confidence in what WE can do." -- Simon Sinek


"A leader without a title is better than a title without the ability to lead." -- Simon Sinek

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[28-Apr-24] The week 17-2024 summary

A busy 5-day week followed by a busy 4-day week


Just three posts this week, but there was just too much to focus on in parallel, as you could read from the previous articles. By switching to May we will have 4 public holidays in one month in my part of Germany:


  • 01-May-24: May Day
  • 09-May-24: Ascension Day
  • 20-May-24: Whit Monday
  • 30-May-24: Corpus Christi


Several times the opportunity to test a 4-day workweek, or even less, when people are taking a longer weekend with Friday off. Next week I host my offsite workshop in our trainings location in Koenigswinter on Tuesday, Wednesday off and Thursday is the onboarding for a new Intern. We have to stay in close contact with the talents for the future.


The puzzle picture is another reference to the #futureofleadershipsalon supported by two Thomas Edison quotes


Besides the Future of Leadership both quotes fit perfectly well to my experience from yesterday. I did buy a new laptop for my wife with Windows 11 and wanted to install our standard Linux Mint operating system at home besides it. So far I was under the impression that mainly Google and Apple are blocking their competitors out of their area of technology and core competence, but Microsoft is even worth. 


Initially my idea was to run Windows and Linux in parallel on the same laptop with the choice what to use, when you start the system. So I did update the Windows patches to the latest available level, what took a lot of time already. Starting the installation of Linux from a bootable USB stick was nearly impossible in a nice way. Several secuity/protection levels (e.g. BIOS, disc encryption, secure- and fast-boot, etc.) were just working against me. This kind of work is not my daily business, but I am also not a novice in this area, as I have done several installations before. In the end I decided that a peaceful coexistence is not wanted by Microsoft and wiped out Windows completely. More space for Linux on the new laptop. I am not getting this restrictive marketing and sales strategy, but this might be my personal issue?


In the end my wife was happy and I could easily transfer all required data from the old to the new laptop, what is the only thing that counts.


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  • [28-Apr-24] Two steps to start building a high performing team

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  • How relevant are the Agile principles today?

  • The true challenge of “soft” skills in a “hard” skills world

  • TOP 100 Use Cases for Generative AI

  • The magic of turning 50 😁

  • Time to Add AI to Your Portfolio?

  • How Generative AI Will Change The Jobs Of HR Professionals


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What does OpenAI think about the topic? See below in orange:


The future of leadership in the next 5 to 25 years is poised to be dynamic and transformative, shaped by technology, globalization, and changing workforce dynamics. Leaders will need to embrace versatility, adaptability, and innovation to navigate the complexities of the rapidly evolving business landscape. A key focus will be on developing empathetic and inclusive leadership approaches to foster collaboration, creativity, and resilience among diverse teams.

Leadership in the future will revolve around harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and other emerging technologies to drive decision-making and strategy formulation. The emphasis will shift towards authentic and ethical leadership practices that prioritize sustainability, social responsibility, and long-term value creation. As businesses become more interconnected and interdependent, the future leader will need to cultivate a global mindset, cross-cultural competence, and digital fluency to steer organizations towards sustainable growth and prosperity.


So we have the AI opinion in orange, my personal highlights in the text and a Sketch note summary of some experts in the 4 pictures below. Make your choice and just do something, it is urgently required. Maybe start with one day per month and increase it to one day per week quickly, before you make it an everyday activity. Just one idea ...


[26-Apr-24] #futureofleadershipsalon

My personal summary of the event yesterday


With a 24 hour break in between today my summary of impressions and thoughts triggered after the event yesterday. You can get the detailed agenda and list of participating thought provokers and leaders from the

Future of Leadership Salon 2024 homepage. 


In the moment Germany is falling more behind other countries like e.g. USA, China, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. with respect to economy, technology expertise & leadership, and in a lot of other areas as well. It feels more like a general lethargy than a mood of optimism. The right time to reboot and to make a wave. Starting with a small one that should become bigger and bigger. We started with one day per year yesterday (after a several year COVID-19 break for face-2-face salons), but need to make this an every day focus on future leadership as quickly as possible, to drive and make a change going forward. YES this is work, will cost time and money, and requires CHANGE, BUT there is no alternative and we need to get going quickly. Better start earlier than later, WHY not next week Monday?


And you do not need to own a box in an org-chart to start doing something - leadership is not a position but rather a mindset - so be the change you want to see and become a role model for other people, who are still behind in their thinking and personal development process. Below some of the notes I have taken and thoughts/ideas I liked a lot:


  • you can be leading outside of a line management position

  • we had the Earth Day lately (22-Apr-24), let's save mother earth before going to Mars

  • we need 15 Gutenberg moments every day

  • where is AI in your org chart?

  • AI in sports: Wilson's basketball with sensors
  • Book: Factfulness By Hans Rosling
  • be more human centric by using technology

  • LEAD approach: leadership - experience - authority - direction

  • humans are not rational, especially parents

  • 7-stages of AI

  • learn - unlearn - relearn, collective intelligence: humans together with AI, soft skills are hard to learn

  • emotional ability to learn will outsmart AI - if you have a brain you are biased - from homo sapiens to homo sensing

  • leaders as agility alchemists

  • Try this out: write yourself a letter from now to the future or from the future back to today
  • Let's embrace PROTOPIA, a positive outlook into the future


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[24-Apr-24] Master your time part II

A follow up to my 12-Mar-24 post


Another Justin Mecham infographic about time management today. Once again a good summary of several different approaches that can be helpful for you. Just be open for it and give it a try.


Does also fit to the other picture that I have taken yesterday -

Klaus Rinke created Zeitfeld / Time Field when the Duesseldorf Volkpark was being redesigned for the 1987 Landesgartenschau. The installation consists of twenty-four station clocks on tall supports. The field of four by six clocks transports the viewer to a surreal scene. All of the clocks are accurate, as they are connected to the Braunschweig atomic clock. Here, it becomes abundantly clear that time does not stand still – even while viewing art: it is impossible to observe all of the clocks at the same time.


The workshop yesterday did go really well. Some people were missing due to illness and some joined later due to the traffic situation in the morning. The downside of face-to-face meetings, when everybody has to be in the same room. Anyway, due to enough time buffer we could start 30 minutes later and did finish as planned.  


Guessing a colleague's personality type or social style based on past experience and a 4 minute introduction was the 1st challenge. A SWOT analysis to cover the status quo and a Team Agreement Canvas describing the future ways of working did generate good content. Some Canvas examples:


  • Team Agreement Canvas Management 3.0

  • Team Working Agreement Canvas Scrum Inc.

  • Custom Team Agreement Canvas Templates EDIT.org

  • Creating a Team Working Agreement Scrum.org


In the end we did brainstorm roles and responsibilities of the two departments coming together. What is clear already, where are overlaps to be solved and more urgently gaps to be closed?


The webinar today about the one week Silicon Valley visit did cover a lot of different topics. The big technology players versus small startups. Driverless taxis and of course the state of technology around AI. What is already available and what will be available shortly? Good insights.


  • TED Talk: How AI will step off the screen and into the real world
  • TED Talk: What is an AI anyway?
  • Visualizing AI Patents by Country

  • Mapped: The World’s Top 50 Science and Technology Hubs

  • Grant Snider: How to Make Poetry Comics. Six Exercises in Creating
  • Video: Optimize your workdays: MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY by Jocelyn Glei | Core Message
  • Dan Rockwell: 10 PRACTICES FOR THE LEADER AS COACH


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[21-Apr-24] My week 16-2024 highlights

Interesting to see projected changes in 100 years


China’s population boom has officially come to an end, with the country reporting two consecutive years of decreases (down 850,000 in 2022, and 2.1 million in 2023).

India’s population will not age as quickly as its neighbor. Those over the age of 65 will represent less than one-fifth of the population until 2060, and their share of India’s total number of people and will not approach 30% until 2100.


China stays roughly flat and India triples in 100 years, what is related to the aging of the population, also driven by politics as in China for example.


Motivated by the All New Atlas | Boston Dynamics video I did ask OpenAI about the remaining gap between Humanoid robots and US. Looking at the possible movements they are ahead already, but ...


Humanoid robots have come a long way in mimicking human movements and interactions. Despite advancements in technology, they still lack genuine emotions and human-like intuition. The ability to truly understand feelings, think creatively, and adapt to unpredictable situations is what sets humans apart from these robots.


Moreover, humanoid robots struggle with complex social cues, empathy, and moral reasoning. While they can perform various tasks efficiently, the essence of being truly human, with empathy, morality, and ethical decision-making capabilities, is yet to be fully embedded in their programming. As technology advances, the quest to bridge these gaps and make humanoid robots more human-like continues to be a fascinating challenge.


I had a busy week last week with only 3 posts and the next week will be similar. But it is not a matter of quantity anyway, quality counts for me and hopefully for you as well? System Demo on Monday, workshop on Tuesday, webinar Wednesday, The Future of Leadership Salon on Thursday and Friday still to be defined. I will see ...


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (19-Apr-24)

  • The curiosity matrix. 10 ways to get started in AI. Leadership is a kind of love.

  • Wisdom Made Easy: My Best Visual of 2024

  • Animated Chart: The World’s Top 15 Carbon Emitters (1850-2022)

  • How relevant is Agile today? An assessment of the current relevancy of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development

  • Why Are We So Afraid of Women? (At Work and Beyond)
    It’s time to create a women-friendly workplace instead of one designed for and by men

  • The best leaders don't create followers. They create more leaders.

  • Ten visuals on the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship, illustrated by Roberto Ferraro

  • How Generative AI Will Change The Jobs Of Journalists

  • Your job isn’t just a job! Your job can put a smile on people’s faces! Your job can transform lives! Your job is your life PURPOSE and someone’s HOPE!


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[19-Apr-24] Being in the right setting ...

"You can't pretend to be honey if you're a sausage"


I have taken the quote from a podcast I heard this week. Fits perfectly to the Albert Einstein quote. Today I was invited for a short podcast session during the Future of Leadership Salon 2024 next week Thursday. Three questions and three short answers, will be fun and I am looking forward to it. Always great to leave your comfort zone now and then.


Before the Salon I am hosting a 1-day team building workshop on Tuesday and listen to the FUTURE CANDY SILICON VALLEY INSIGHTS HOUR webinar on Wednesday. In the workshop we will be trying a new personal introduction approach, do a Swot analysis, fill a Team agreement canvas and clarify roles and areas of responsibility between the involved teams. A packed agenda for 7.5 hours.


Have a great weekend, even when the weather in Germany will be more winter than spring-time. Cold and rain, even snow when you are high enough.


  • Video: @Barbie | The Dream Gap Project
  • Video: Boston Dynamics NEW Humanoid Robot SHOCKS The ENTIRE Industry! (Atlas 2.0)
  • Video: How artificial rain works


And some interesting graphics and articles:


  • [19-Apr-24] Top strategies for balanced leadership you need to know

  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in the Workplace

  • The New Happy: From reaction to response
  • A Sneak Preview: How Gen Alpha Will Disrupt the Workplace

  • Dan Rockwell: POUR ENERGY INTO ENERGY
  • The art of leading in the AI age

  • How to hire the best people

  • Companies that prioritize culture experience a 33% increase in revenue

  • There are 5 types of skill sets depending on the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills

  • Introverts & Extroverts Join Forces

  • Generative AI: Frontiers of Innovation
  • Perfect to become a better leader in 2024 (top free Ivy League Leadership courses)

 

[16-Apr-24] Just Do It ...

Agile Roles versus Line Management


Every time managers are deciding to change their line management positions, you end up with the same question. Should the position be filled with another manager or does it make more sense, to take a different more agile approach going forward?


Especially for a team of Scrum Masters, who are assigned to different project teams and are doing a lot of activities that are in scope of line management, is this an interesting challenge. 


Trusting in their capabilities/education/experience and assuming they are self-organized and self-managed did help to come to a solution without direct line management. Sometimes you just have to do it and find out during the journey, if some adjustments are necessary? The Scrum Masters are happy in the moment and we will see, how it works out. Required Mentors, Coaches or Role Models for the younger or less experienced members of the team are in the same organization. Sometimes older, or with more experience or seniority in this agile role.


  • Always good to learn from role models

  • The Power of Teams

  • TED Talk: Lessons from my father, Alexey Navalny
  • The New Happy: It becomes great
  • Artificial Intelligence Index Report 2024, just 502 pages

  • Dan Rockwell: FROM BOSS TO LEADER: HOW PERSPECTIVE TAKING ENERGIZES PEOPLE
  • Coaching & AI | Part 3 of 4: AI is your CoPilot & Companion

  • PWC: A bold new case for circular business models
  • How to Stay Grounded Amid Uncertainty, According to 4 Talent Leaders

  • Global Plastic Action Partnership

  • 90% of top performers at work have high emotional intelligence

  • Hands-Off Is NOT a Helpful Leadership Style

  • Stephen Covey's "Circles of Influence" has long guided people in prioritizing their focus

  • The AI Future of Marketing

 

[14-Apr-24] The week 15-2024 summary

Robot versus workout?


My father in law is normally cutting the grass, but he is not feeling well in the moment. As we had great weather yesterday I decided to take his job for now and the grass was already really long and needed a first cut in 2024. We are still pretty traditional and not using a mowing robot. You 1st have to connect a cable for electric power and move the mower back and forth. When the grass collecting basket is full you have to empty it. The longer the grass the more you have to empty the basket.

 

So, warm weather and a lot of physical workout for me, much better than an AI driven robot, deciding what and when to do it. When I was done my father in law did give me a thumbs up for the work, something that will never happen to a robot!!

 

Next week is the week between two Sprint demos, so time for the teams to make progress with their work and for me to focus on other tasks. Preparing the two upcoming workshops end of Apr-24, the last day of one Intern and the 1st day of a new one starting 02-May-24. Besides that a project review with the Senior Management team directly tomorrow. We have to get rid of some rumors about the current status quo and progress, and need to replace this with real facts and figures. Have a great and successful week:


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (12-Apr-24)

  • The New Happy: You can do both
  • Systems-based productivity. AI helps workers be efficient if they don't "fall asleep at the wheel". Is hybrid work the best of both worlds?

  • Something You Might be Neglecting… 3 Tips for Better Wellbeing

  • Video: How to Work on Yourself | 3 Key Strategies for Personal Empowerment
  • Kevin Box: Productivity models I know at 50 that I wish I knew at 30
  • The world needs Agility, but the world doesn't know. We need sustainable change

  • How to Build a Culture of Ownership (Exercise)

  • What Every CEO Needs To Know About The New AI Act

  • Unlock this Japanese secret to non-stop improvement: The Kaizen Model.

  • The Ultimate Productivity Cheat Sheet

 

  • Dan Rockwell: 7 QUESTIONS TO DECLUTTER YOUR DAY
  • 80% of employees do not feel fully connected to their company culture

  • How To Get Tons Done Even When You're Not In The Mood

[12-Apr-24] Not everything what is ...

... technically possible could make sense!!


We have the IKIGAI topic today, pictures from left to right:


  • What career would you choose if money were not an obstacle?

  • IKIGAI - The reason for being
  • Roger Spitz (M.Sc., FCA, APF) is an international bestselling author, a celebrated futurist, and the president of Techistential (Climate & Foresight Strategy)


A great example video for the headline today, already 9+ years old, but really great. Not everything makes sense in all situations. See - French Toilet Paper Commercial With Tablet & Emma HD


I had another discussions with a Gen-Z guy yesterday, an Intern leaving next week. Besides some adminstration tasks we did discuss, what to keep in mind when you apply for a permanent position in Germany, and you are coming from a foreign country.


Good German is still a prerequisite for small- and mid-size companies. In large companies less or no German will work, especially with the "war for talents". In the end even HR departments have to change, if they like it or not. What should be in a CV and is a reference/introduction letter still required?


Optimize your resume to get more interviews. Jobscan helps you optimize your resume for any job, highlighting the key experience and skills recruiters need to see. A good way to come to a perfect match between your CV and the job posting. Give it a try.


An introduction letter is either requested by the company in the job posting or your own decision. When you decide to send an introduction letter, you should spend sufficient time to deliver something valuable with high quality. Do not waste your time and the time of the readers of the document, please. 

 

[11-Apr-24] Decision Making ...

3 pictures for the same idea today


Edward de Bono's 6 thinking hats from left to right:


  • The most important skill we bring to work – and life in general – is our capacity to think flexibly

  • Leaders - problem solving should not be complicated

  • Each of us makes, on average, 35,000 choices a day


and some more ...


  • India elections 2024

  • New LinkedIn Product Innovations to Help You Reach and Attract the Right Talent

  • The path to generative AI value: Setting the flywheel in motion

  • Dan Rockwell: IMAGINATION – NOT LOGIC – DRIVES LEADERSHIP

 

  • 12 Crucial Strategies for Promoting Team Collaboration

  • The 6 Most Common Leadership Styles and How to Use Them

  • Mapped: Average Wages Across Europe

  • Dan Rockwell: GOOD STUPID OR BAD STUPID YOU CHOOSE
  • Dan Rockwell: THE 10 SIMPLEST WAYS TO TURN CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
  • Frank Sonnenberg: 23 Ways to Disappoint People
  • 7 Things Fabulous Listeners Do Differently

  • 11 Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

[10-Apr-24] No coincidences ...

Sometimes the time is just right


Yesterday I did first get a PWC newsletter about - Organizational psychologist and best-selling author Robert Sutton discusses companies’ obstacles and catalysts for getting things done.


Later then Tanmay Vora's latest post - Mindset of Leaders who are Friction Fixers. What slows organizations down? Learn about the new book from Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao about Forces that create friction and what leaders can do about it.


Same guy (Bob Sutton), same topic (Friction Fixers) and same day. No coincidences, the time just was right ...


Today we had a department presentation for the other departments in our area. Nearly 220 people, what was a huge success. All teams had 10 minutes each for a short introduction about their mission statement and main tasks. Besides that a picture for every team member. In the end we did a short quiz as result checking, to verify if everybody was listening carefully. The winner did get a coffee chat with our department head. A prize we decided on demand during the quiz.


One of the explanations in the morning was about what is a Release  Train Engineer - The Release Train Engineer (RTE) is a servant leader and ART coach who facilitates ART events and processes, and supports teams in delivering value. They communicate with stakeholders, escalate impediments, help manage risk, and drive relentless improvement.


In the afternoon one of our discover trainees, who was also part of the NextGenLab until end of Mar-24, wanted to know how I became an RTE? The short version: Nobody else wanted the job and I took the one time opportunity. Now I lead two trains with 15 teams in total.


And the longer version: I started to work in 1989 ... 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.


My advice to the guy was to start with a personality test, get more clarity about short-, medium- and long-term goals and a target role. You are young and have time to test different roles. Keep learning and be open for change. More to come ...

 

[07-Apr-24] My week 14-2024 highlights

Holiday is over, back to work tomorrow ...


Being at home is always an opportunity to repair or improve things around the house. As the modern chimney sweepers are in the meantime also environmental protection and sustainability advisors, I had some tasks to be done to improve the level of our house for the next review in autumn 2024. Easy to do, but takes time.


The summer temperature day yesterday was our family ice cream opening day. Good for us and the ice cream shop a well, so early in the year.


Just watching the last James Bond film No Time to Die with Daniel Craig, the first time on free TV today. As he died (spoiler alarm) in the last film, a new James Bond is required for the next film. But the discussion is still ongoing - British yes/no, male/female, person of color  yes/no and many more characteristics - what could be the accepted / expected 2024+ version of James Bond? A good question, but as the distance between films is 3 - 6 years, we still have time until 2027 latest.


The Global Senior Population picture fits well to the notice we did get shortly before the Easter holidays. More people have to be released in the coming two years in my company. The early retirement program will be picked up again and even the guidelines might be adjusted, to find more volunteers? This approach makes a lot of sense to renew/refresh the thinking process, ways of working and handling history on the one side, but you are losing a lot of experience, expertise and skill sets on the other side that might still be useful? We will see ...


With the upcoming retirement of the Baby Boomer generation, the

exodus of knowledge has already been started. I have 5.5 more years to go.


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (05-Apr-24)

  • McKinsey & Company: Monthly Highlights, April 2024
  • Video: Knowledge VS Experience
  • Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger Leaves the Audience SPEECHLESS | One of the Best Motivational Speeches Ever
  • Video: Xiaomi Automobile Super Factory, Producing One SU7 Every 76 Seconds

 

  • Nine Critical Energy Minerals for Investors

  • Women At The Heart Of Change

  • The F-Word: 3 Tips to Achieve Greater Focus

  • Culture Integration: The Secret to Successful M&As

  • Overlooked leadership traits - Part 3: Patience

  • Will All Content Soon Be Fake?

  • The Best Generative AI Tools Transforming Education

  • What are the vital behaviours “coach like” leaders consistently demonstrate?

  • About Servant Leadership: See my interaction with ChatGPT

For references: See picture and quote

[05-Apr-24] Getting ready for the weekend

With 25 degrees celsius on Saturday ... 


After the hottest March ever the April seems to go into the same direction temperature wise. We will start tomorrow.


Just in case your temperature or weather is not as good as our forecast, some nice videos below:


  • 5 Mindset Shifts to Change Your Life

  • The Power of Scrum

  • How Taipei 101 Resists Earthquakes: The Role of Its Giant Steel Sphere

  • FLY HARD | Illumination Mini-Movie (HD)

  • BOOM


I hope you like my picture creation? A creativity picture from Pixabay with a quote from Pablo Picasso in a Chilanka text font.


"Stuck in patterns" is a great analogy to the bank visit I had with my wife yesterday for a financial advisory discussion. The whole giving advice process in banks is so much restricted and guided by law that you have minimal to no flexibility, when you follow the official recommendations. You can always take a different route on customer request, but on your own risk. No risk no fun.


The tool used during the consultation was not at all intuitive and user friendly from my perspective and all official information had to be printed out. No paperless office and just conditionally sustainable.


Have a great weekend.


  • [05-Apr-24] Top AI Tools

  • Generative AI: AI Innovations
  • [05-Apr-24] Which type of employee are you?

  • The Wheel of Wellness Can Help You Create a Balanced Life

  • 6 Key Traits to Creating a Winning Team

  • Did you know that 72% of the world's innovators attribute their success to a 'Think Different' mindset?

  • Imagine if everyone in your company had their own Personal Productivity Improvement Plan...your business productivity would likely soar!!

 

[03-Apr-24] You got the power

Are you also part of the quiet people community?


I am, a lot of the strengths do also fit to me. e.g. Effective Listening, focused worker and calm under pressure. 


Today I did get an email with a positive feedback about a post from 17-Jun-23 covering Japanese Methods and Frameworks. Besides some general statements I got an interesting Infographics offered that covers 6 Productivity-Boosting Japanese Techniques. See all details below:


  • Wordpress: [03-Apr-24] 6 Productivity-Boosting Japanese Techniques
  • Substack: 6 Productivity-Boosting Japanese Techniques


I like the Shoshin idea a lot, exactly why I selected this picture from the Infographics. "Derived from Zen Buddhism, Shoshin refers to the “beginner’s mind.” It embodies the idea of approaching life with a fresh, open, and receptive mindset, free from preconceptions and assumptions."


  • Ever heard of “T-shaped” employees? Meet their innovative successor: the “V-shaped” employee.

  • Frank Sonnenberg: Beware: Bad News Travels Fast
  • Dan Rockwell: CULTURE BUILDING IN THE REAL WORLD


"Just because you don’t say much doesn’t mean people don’t notice you. It’s actually the quiet ones who often draw the most attention. There’s this constant whirlwind of motion and sound all around, and then there’s the quiet one, the eye of the storm." ― Amy Efaw, taken from 91 Quiet People Quotes (That Introverts Can Relate To)

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[02-Apr-24] Picture Tuesday

Some helpful articles and pictures today


  • How to Unlock Human Potential in the Age of AI Disruption

  • Here’s 14 things that can be invisible to men in the workplace

  • How To Galvanize ANY Conversation

  • Here is a reflection on an Oldie but Goldie: The Tuckman Model

  • AI 5.0 Leadership: 2 Simple Steps to Take Charge


  •  

[01-Apr-24] The week 13-2024 summary

Happy April Fools Day ...


I fully agree with the statement from Eve Simon, but there were some nice ideas today. I will see her again on 25-Apr-24 for the Future of Leadership Salon 2024 in Duesseldorf. 


Examples for some cool pranks (maybe or maybe not):


  • My pen friend from Scotland did visit London over the weekend and shared that he will go to New York on short notice today. A great idea and all his friends did congratulate him, a little bit too early, but great fun
  • The unFIX Company and Jurgen Appelo are now offering their unFIX model in grey-scale, as customers do not like the colorful pictures. Might be right or you just print colors with a grey-scale setting
  • To avoid searching for the TV remote control Vodafone is offering today the necessary technology integrated in house slippers, cool stuff


In one of my upcoming workshops in April I will be using a SWOT analysis to clarify the differences between 3 teams coming together, to build a new department going forward. "A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning technique that puts your business in perspective using the following lenses: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Using a SWOT analysis helps you identify ways your business can improve and maximize opportunities, while simultaneously determining negative factors that might hinder your chances of success."


An easy and simple to use tool or framework that even works for individuals. After noting down the details for the 4 focus areas you just have to decide, what is next? Strengthen your strength or improve your weakness, this is your call and might be seen differently by a lot of people? I am more a generalist kind of guy who has some broad knowledge that does not really go too deep in a lot of areas. Works well for my current agile role and avoids a lot of technical discussion with the experts. From your point of view this could be seen in a totally other way? There are 4 fundamental behavior types for example.


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (29-Mar-24)

  • Sketchplanations: Painkillers and vitamins
  • Justin Mecham: No One Will Remember, Everyone Will Remember
  • [01-Apr-24] 4 Questions to Jumpstart Culture Change …

  • Dan Rockwell: WHAT WILL YOUR FUTURE SELF THANK YOU FOR
  • Overlooked leadership traits - Empowering employees

  • The 10 Worst Culture Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

  • McKinsey & Company: Top Ten Newsletter │ First Quarter 2024
  • 10 Unmistakable Habits of Irresistible People


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[30-Mar-24] Getting ready for Easter

Family meeting tomorrow, there might be no summary?


PENGUIN LEADERSHIP CARTOONS by Lee Sampson - Fun and thought-provoking leadership cartoons featuring penguins for a cheerful, daily dose of self-reflection.


Enjoy the Easter time when you are celebrating it. If not have a great relaxing and quiet period.


  • Why Most Leadership Training Is Not Effective for Product Companies – Sequel

  • You're only as good as your worst day. The rise and fall of giants? The scare them away letter: a recruitment tool.

  • It Was All in My Head: 3 Visuals to Reframe Your Relationship with Stress

  • 10 simple rules to transform your life forever. Ikigai isn't just a concept

  • This is why I disagree with anyone trying to convince people that testing and experimentation with your (public) self is not good.

  • 24 Ted Talks To Change Your Life In 2024. Which one are you getting started with today?

  • 7 Powerful Ways To Mold Children Into Leaders


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[28-Mar-24] The Tuckman Model

Does the Team Development Lifecycle also work for Individuals?


With the latest reorganization in the company some colleagues did decide to take the early retirement program. You have to be 10+ years in the company and 58 years old or older.


In the last two weeks 2 colleagues had their last working day and we also had a discussion about what they are planning to do when they are off work? Taking the decision some month ago and now having the last day makes a difference,  it becomes reality.


A little bit like the Tuckman Model:


  • You start to learn about the new situation - Forming
  • You potentially feel a resistance to change your daily routine and have to push some old boundaries - Storming
  • Old routines are replaced by new routines and another way of living - Norming
  • You get used to the new changed environment and make use of new opportunities - Performing
  • Opportunities become reality, you achieve new things and learn a lot. Your change process is concluded - Adjourning


Seems to work pretty well for Teams and Individuals?


An alternative could be - The Kubler-Ross Change Curve "model has been accepted worldwide to explain the change process. As the basic human emotions experienced during personal loss, change, death, or a dramatic experience remain the same, this model can be applied effectively in such situations."


My holiday starts tomorrow, will be a relaxing time.


  • Japanese Life Concepts: Two Cheat Sheets provided by Igor Buinevici

  • Top 10 Soft Skills Among AI Talent

  • "You don’t inspire people by revealing your super powers; you inspire people by helping them reveal their own super powers."

  • Is routine a good or a bad thing? I'm too easy-going not to be a fan of routine. - A new penguin cartoon by Lee Sampson


  •  
  • AI 5.0 Leadership: Your 2024 Opportunity

  • Dan Rockwell: 3 WAYS TO BECOME A LEADER PEOPLE LOVE TO FOLLOW
  • Get Ahead of the AI Curve with These 250 (Free!) AI Courses

  • Frank Sonnenberg: The 13 Key Ingredients of a Strong Work Ethic
  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO LEAD ONE-ON-ONES THAT CHANGE LIVES
  • Gary Straughan: A SERIES of videos on everything I know about Agile Boards / Kanban Boards / Scrum Boards

  • We need a mindset shift to create truly valuable organizations

  • unFIX: Checklist for Workshop Organizers

[27-Mar-24] Circular images

A wide variety of topics, always on one page ...


Last day in the office tomorrow before my holiday until 05-Apr-24. We start the day and the Easter time with a team breakfast. Everybody adds something to the table, will be fun and tasty.


The German railway and the Union did finally agree a new contract for the next 24 month. Even the reduction of the weekly working time to 35 hours is possible now, on a voluntary basis. No strikes anymore, finally. 

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[25-Mar-24] Quick Monday video post

About Self-Improvement and Motivation ...


Videos:

  • 20 Powerful Concepts for Self-Improvement

  • THE MOTIVATION MANIFESTO by Brendon Burchard

  • FoL Salon 2024 - Einladung (15 minutes in German about the coming - 25-Apr-24 - and past Future of Leadership Salons)


The short restructuring of my website is finished, now all activities go much faster. Hopefully it will stay like this for some time?


  • The New Happy: Notice the patterns
  • Dan Rockwell: PLEASE PEOPLE AND OVERCOME PEOPLE-PLEASING
  • Navigating the Corporate Landscape in the age of AI: SOARing Beyond BANI and VUCA in the Era of Perma-Crisis

  • When we share our light with others, it brightens both their world and ours.


  •  

[24-Mar-24] My week 12-2024 highlights

List of International Days and Weeks


Short page restructuring in progress, please be patient. In order to speed up the page handling, I will now create one page per year. The Blog 2.0 page will show the current year, all previous years are in the menu bar under More or in the Downloads section with all available eBOOKs. I just uploaded the latest 2024 update until 23-Mar-24 yesterday there.


The latest Gustavo Razzetti post - How to Build a Culture of Mastery - fits perfectly to the 2-day offsite event on last Thursday/Friday. Different team members with different career pathes, levels of experience and expertise, education, attitudes, skill sets and talents together in one meeting. Like Shu Ha Ri - The Process of Mastery, follow the rules, make the rules and finally break the rules. All can learn something from each other, even the master could get a new perspective from a beginner.


Just a 4-day work week next week, due to Good Friday. The week after I have one week holiday. Looking forward to it.


  • The 8 New Idea Books to Start Spring

  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (22-Mar-24)

  • Managing Gen Z: How to Get the Most Out of Your Team

  • Free AI Courses from Google

  • The Future Of Generative AI: 6 Predictions Everyone Should Know About

  • Difficult conversations can be challenging. Here's how to navigate them better


"I don't think it's a Western thing to really talk about intrinsic motivation and the drive for autonomy, mastery and purpose. You have to not be struggling for survival. For people who don't know where their next meal is coming, notions of finding inner motivation are comical." -- Daniel H. Pink, American - Author Born: 1964

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[23-Mar-24] Special Days ...

Earth Hour and World Down Syndrome Day 


The video is great and has a perfect story line - Assume that I can so Maybe I will - could be a helpful slogan for everybody. Start with a positive assumption in general and find out on the way, if it was a valid one or not? Have a great weekend.


  • Video: Nvidia Reveals Project GROOT and Disney Robots at GTC Conference
  • Disrupt your own narrative. Facilitation toolbox. The future according to Matthew Ball.

  • The GROWTH Coaching Model
  • Overcome These Fears to Unlock Your Company’s AI Potential

  • Many Gen Z Workers Say They Get Better Career Advice from ChatGPT Than from Their Manager

  • Frank Sonnenberg: The New Math Adds Up to More
  • Need to Boost Your Company’s AI Skills? Hold an AI Learning Day

  • 7 Tips For Implementing Generative AI In Your Organization

  • 8 Powerful Habits of Profoundly Influential People

  • These are the 21 Laws of Magnificent Execution

  • Scrum isn't about adding meetings; it's about adding value.

  • Future of Leadership Salon 2024 on 25-Apr-24 in Duesseldorf


[22-Mar-24] About commitment ...

Making 2024 Happiness Levels visible


Commitment: "a promise to do something or to behave in a particular way; a promise to support someone or something; the fact of committing yourself"


Back from the 2-day workshop today. A lot of sensitive and personal topics will not be shared so I will stay more general. What happens in the training center stays there.


Two quiet, in general introverted men, met at the train station in Cologne to go to the training location in Koenigswinter. During the journey they did come into an intense discussion and did miss to exit at the right train station. Thanks to yearlong experience and staying calm, we managed to go back and reached the training location in time. The story was a great opening joke and running gag during the 2 days.


We did collect the talents and needs of the two Scum Master teams in Germany and India. Another topic was to see The 4 Responses to Fear in different situations. Sharing a life changing moment was the most emotional topic, but very much appreciated and helpful to better understand the team mates.


Today we had to finish earlier to avoid the Easter Holiday traffic jams, and the India team with a 4.5 hour time zone difference wanted to go into their long weekend. They will be celebrating the Holi festival next Monday. 


My train to go back home had only one waggon instead of two, what caused some space issues for people with suitcases, because the train passed the Cologne airport and main station for the holiday traveler.


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  • TacticAI: an AI assistant for football tactics

  • Is your environment stifling or stimulating? Time for a safety check

[20-Mar-24] About motivators ...

UN’s International Day of Happiness today


Finland is #1 in the country ranking, Germany did go down to #24. We might need to have less "German angst" and more motivators to be happy. For all details see the 2024 report


Looking at the picture we should be looking for more recognition, inspiration and autonomy, why not?


I had a great idea yesterday to motivate people in my Agile Release Train (ART). We normally have 5 two week sprints and the 6th sprint for exploration, knowledge sharing, brainstorming and training. During sprint 6 we have 5 full days for the none project activities. Why not turning it around and give dedicated team members the time to have 10 weeks for exploration tasks and let them explain their findings during the 5 days in the 6th sprint as usual?


Sounds crazy, but would be a great way to motivate people. Being selected for the small/special team is the recognition/appreciation, they get the autonomy to select their tasks and are inspired to present something new to their team members at the end.


So far we are sending out certificates with a personal note about the special accomplishments, what is very much appreciated by the recipients . Why not trying something new, what might be even more beneficial for the team?


I am away for the 2-day offsite event starting tomorrow, so no BLOG post on Thursday. Have a great time and be happy.

[18-Mar-24] Another anniversary ...

Three years ago my BLOG did path the 500k reader milestone for the 1st time on 18-Mar-21


Today in 2024 the counter is close to 1,500k readers, a huge achievement. Once again thanks a lot to the one-time, some time, several time and everytime readers, your support and interest is very much appreciated.


The concept proposals for the two April workshops have been approved today with some minor adjustments. Will be easy to implement, so I am ready to go. Now I am looking forward to the offsite event on Thursday and Friday, will be great just to be a participant like all the others in the audience.


  • If you don't master motivation, anything and everything can be a struggle

  • Dan Rockwell: 4 WAYS SADNESS LEADS TO GLADNESS
  • 8 Stupid Workplace Rules That Drive Everyone Crazy

  • Did you know that in 6 years (2030) the goal is to solve all the 17 UN sustainability goals?

  • Remember...job skills and expertise is only a fraction of what it takes to be a talented employee!


"When a young person, even a gifted one, grows up without proximate living examples of what she may aspire to become–whether lawyer, scientist, artist, or leader in any realm–her goal remains abstract. Such models as appear in books or on the news, however inspiring or revered, are ultimately too remote to be real, let alone influential. But a role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; his or her very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, ‘Yes, someone like me can do this." — Sonia Sotormayor taken from Top ​​70 Role Model Quotes

[17-Mar-24] The week 11-2024 summary

A little bit more about learning ideas ...


"The upward spiral is Stephen R. Covey's simple model of personal growth and change, which repeats the three steps: Learn, Commit, and Do."


When you read, write, think and talk about the learning topic, what I did last week, you will find even more material that fits. I am preparing two new workshops for April, with the option for a 3rd one, and will be just participating in a 2-day offsite event next Thursday and Friday. This is going to be fun and a learning experience:


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  • How to Neutralize Proximity Bias and Create a Fairer Hybrid Workplace

  • 6 Free Courses from Harvard

  • Overlooked Leadership Traits - Part 1: Empathy

  • Wisdom from a 1999 Classic Movie

  • How to make better friends at work. Could you benefit from belonging to a peer-to-peer network? How to take the leap of faith.

  • Jurgen Appelo: Common Stages of Writing Fiction
  • 100+ Inspirational Quotes to Get You Through the Work Week


One of the workshops I will be hosting is for a team of 11 people for a whole day, the other one for only 3 hours, but with 50+ participants. The setting and logistics is driving the approach and content. The good thing is that I have a portfolio of topics and approaches in the meantime that I can select from. And when this is not sufficient I can copy and transfer a setting that did work in the past into a new environment. Reuse before creating something new from scratch, a good learning from the past.


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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau, taken from 100+ Inspirational Quotes to Get You Through the Work Week (Motivational quotes for Monday)

[16-Mar-24] Learn something new ...

Just step out of your comfort zone and it feels better


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  • How the four-day week benefits women at work

[15-Mar-24] Are you engaged?

Only 14% are engaged, according to the Gallup Engagement Index Germany 2023


A really dramatic number, nearly 26 million Germans aged 18 or older are not engaged in, what they are doing ~40 hours per week and, what they do for a living? On the other side a great potential for companies looking to fill their shortage of skilled workers and gap for new talents.


A focus area for the HR community in you company, but 86% might be disengaged as well, a vicious circle or catch-22. The faster you can fix this, the better for you and your company's future. As the majority of us is working for money and not for fun or personal fulfilment, your resistance to change level is mainly driven by the monthly fixed costs that have to be paid.


No guarantee that it will be better in a new company, it will just be different. Depending on your age, it might make a lot of sense to switch companies, or just to best manage the remaining time when you are close to retirement. This is your choice and decision in the end that nobody else can and should take for you.


It was a little bit different for our CEO today. He is possibly not only working for money anymore and did take the decision to step down from his position, as he did not agree with the organizational change coming 01-Apr-24. He has my full support and appreciation, I did not get the change either. Anyway, one guy is leaving and the organization is getting in motion to replace the free positions. Opportunities for a career change.


  • How to Deal with People Who Undermine Your Confidence

  • Why Gen Z Is the Most AI-Ready Cohort — and What That Means for You

  • Reinventing? Ask yourself five questions

  • unFIXed: We Have No Time (for Sustainment)
  • Breaking Down the $3 Trillion African Economy by Country

  • Population Growth by Region (1900-2050F)

  • Dan Rockwell: HOW TO SEE LIKE A LEADER
  • Dan Rockwell: 5 WAYS TO PRACTICE VULNERABILITY FOR LEADERS
  • Meet 43 Women Torchbearers Of India’s Startup Investment Space

  • TED-Ed: How do personality tests work?
  • Women have made major advances in politics — but the world is still far from equal

  • Productivity: creative versus reactive leadership

  • Boomers, Not Zoomers, Are the Most Purpose-Driven Generation

  • Simon Sinek Video: The Leadership Lesson Our Schools Need
  • Video: Introducing Devin, the first AI software engineer
  • Are we over-mentoring and under-coaching?

  • The New Happy: If you knew
  • Tanmay Vora: How to Turn Conflict Into a Constructive Negotiation - good fit to the strike topic
  • It doesn’t matter how hard you work if you don’t address what is really holding you back

  • The essence of true leadership is not about controlling others

[12-Mar-24] Master your time better ...

As long as you can really control it


The German railway was on strike again today. The Union did not get a new offer by last Sunday 06.00 PM as expected and requested. So the strike started today morning at 02.00 AM for 24 hours.


The future green and sustainable transport system will become part of the critical infrastructure and the right to strike should be discussed again. Some more control of the general negotiation process and the proposal to come to an agreement faster should come from the Ministry of Transportation, is the latest discussion in the media.


Due to the strike, I had to take the bus today. Other people did take the car, what caused more delay for the bus. Additional 45 minutes where I could not master my time today ... Hopefully tomorrow morning all is back to normal, we will see? Other countries are much ahead in this topic.


  • This is the world’s best-prepared city for the future of urban transportation (Helsinki)

  • Urban Mobility Readiness Index 2023 REPORT

  • The Urban Mobility Scorecard Tool: Benchmarking the Transition to Sustainable Urban Mobility


Besides that the next 3-month project phase started today, with some final clean-up activities and small hints to improve the overall data quality going forward. I did even provide a small Quality dashboard, to see the tasks that are still to be done and to control the progress over time. First I will recommend adjustments, then I will check the progress regularly. I can be really a pain in the neck, when it is necessary.


  • Dan Rockwell: 5 UNEXPECTED QUESTIONS BEFORE REMOTE TEAMS MEET IN PERSON
  • From function to discipline: The rise of boundaryless HR

  • 60 Questions to Help You Hire for Consciousness

  • 10 Ways Ridiculously Successful People Think Differently

  • 3 Powerful visualizations of data when working agile

[10-Mar-24] My week 10-2024 highlights

Superpowers similar to organizations, why not?


Be open for problems/mistakes and understand/learn how to handle it. One argument why we do a Confidence vote after the PI planning and openly note down risks on team and release train (ART) level. General awareness helps to proactively take action and always be prepared.


  • Video: If You Have An Idea - Stan Lee Inspirational Speech
  • The State of Organizations 2023: Ten shifts transforming organizations

  • The male blueprint: What it is — and how it stops women from reaching the C-suite


Our official next 3 month project phase starts on Tuesday, two weeks to have a little bit a relaxing time as the Sprint-1 demo will be two weeks later. Still time to close and cleanup the previous phase and to well prepare the new one.


The next 3 days I plan to be in the office after one week working from home. Hopefully no new strike of the public transport and German railway. But you never know ... Anyway, have a great and successful week.


  • Sketchplanations: Impossible staircase
  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (08-Mar-24)

  • Meeting Culture: REDO Your Way to Better Collaboration

  • Beyond Agile - 7 lessons from the Agile era

  • AI Top Careers
  • [10-Mar-24] Think outside the Box

  • One must-read for this week: "The restorative power of small habits"

  • The bridge between 'gonna' and achievement is built with action.


"For years, kids have been asking me what's the greatest superpower. I always say luck. If you're lucky, everything works. I've been lucky." -- Stan Lee, taken from 100 Stan Lee Quotes About Courage, Optimism and Success

[08-Mar-24] Bias in action ...

Men and women are judged differently when being considered for leadership roles


Another year gone and we have International Women's Day again. Celebrating one day out of 366 days in 2024, why are we doing this? It should become normal to treat ~50% of the world population like the other 50%. It is already noted down in the constitutions of several countries, but paper is patient and we have to just do it and make it real. More reality every day and not only once per year ...


  • The Global Gender Parity Sprint

  • Change isn't a straight line - it's a twisting, turning journey

  • Do you have the courage of your convictions?

  • Dan Rockwell: 4 RESPONSES TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT OTHERS
  • Dan Rockwell: 7 WAYS TO ENABLE BOLDNESS
  • STEM Gender Gaps Significant Among Gen Z

  • The Path to Gender Parity in Leadership



SO much is still going wrong in politics, business and private life, you cannot just balance this with flowers on 08-Mar-24, sorry.


The Team Building session on Thursday did go really well, great that they can appreciate 90 minutes off business time really a lot and have some fun. "We could not focus on the task too much, we had to get to know each other" was the best comment. Thanks to the random breakout room assignment functionality, it always brings great groups together.


Besides that two workshop hostings planned after Easter in the 2nd half of Apr-24. And in two weeks I will just be a participant in an offsite workshop, all Scrum Masters and Release Train Engineers will be coming together, we are now in one team after the latest reorganization. Looking forward to it.


  • Anthropic PBC: Introducing the next generation of Claude

  • Imagine That It Takes Only Weeks to Pivot Strategy

  • Without trust, organizations fail

  • 20 benefits of knowing personality types as a leader

  • Agile Is Not Dying; It's Dissolving

  • Organizations with high performing teams report a 67% increase in efficiency and a 58% boost in employee satisfaction


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -- Michael Jordan taken from 35 Inspirational Quotes On Obstacles

[06-Mar-24] "The Dirt" In Your Life

Lesson: You're never too big for the dirt.


From the book summary - Legacy: What the All Blacks can teach us
about the business of life By James Kerr


"The idea that champions do extra shines through in every chapter of
this book. Whether it is showing humility by staying back to sweep the floors, establishing a culture of leading by example or practising that little bit more than the other team, champions push themselves in every area.


The lessons of the All Blacks can inspire almost every classroom, team
or workplace. The idea of working together with a shared goal and
purpose, expecting excellence and going the extra mile in all areas can
be applied to any situation for results which will leave a lasting Legacy."


Sounds like Japanese teams and fans in e.g. soccer - Japan celebrates World Cup win by cleaning their changing rooms and leaving origamis for Qatar hosts.


I finished the two planning activities successfully today, good job done after 2 days and a pretty high confidence in the results of the participants in the end. Finally the team building session tomorrow morning and then back to the daily business.


  • 2024 Talent Reports: Insights and Actions for the Age of AI

  • Frank Sonnenberg: Unlocking the True Meaning of Success
  • Dan Rockwell: PERMA – 5 ELEMENTS TO THRIVE
  • 8 Powerful Ways To Get People To Take You More Seriously

  • Actively trying to control what you have no control over is a losing proposition

  • Scrum Masters - Are you in "facilitating" the Daily Scrum?

  • Being a "master of Scrum" is much more than just about understanding Scrum.

[05-Mar-24] Agile Disappointments?

What are the Root Causes ...


When you want to compare Amazing Ideas with Poor Execution, you can either read the latest article from Jim Highsmith (Co-author Agile Manifesto, Agile Pioneer, Writer, Storyteller, Agile Leadership Journey Guide, Thoughtworks Alumni)



or ask OpenAI for an opinion, see below:


One of the reasons for Agile disappointments lies in poor communication within teams, leading to misunderstandings and a lack of alignment. Inadequate stakeholder engagement can also hinder the success of Agile projects, causing delays and roadblocks to progress.


Issues like unrealistic expectations, lack of support from leadership, and resistance to change are common culprits for Agile disappointments. Insufficient training and a failure to embrace the core Agile principles can further exacerbate the challenges teams face when implementing Agile methodologies. Identifying and addressing these key issues can help organizations navigate and overcome Agile disappointments successfully.


I read several overlaps, only the wording is a little bit different, but Agile Mindset is a topic for both. Judge yourself.


Today was the 1st day of our PI Planning, this time with two Agile Release Trains (ART) in parallel. One ART had the 10th planning anniversary today, the other one is a Novice, doing it for the 1st time. You can see the growing experience over time on the one side, but also commonalities that are independent from the amount of times you did the planning on the other side. It will not become a routine, what is good for alertness. 2nd day tomorrow.


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  • Ever notice how people say “sorry” all the time… for things that don't need an apology?

[03-Mar-24] The week 09-2024 summary

Visitor statistic from 03-Mar-23 until today 


The picture shows the top locations of my BLOG website's visitor analytics. USA is in the lead, even when it is split in several States, followed by Europe and Asia.


I will be working from home the whole next week, due to the 2 + 1 day project planning phase starting Tuesday. The week after I might be at home as well, because the negotiations between the Unions and the German railway, as well as the public transport providers did not come to a positive end so far. This means strike again. When the German railway or the public transport is on strike, I still have options to reach the office. When both are on strike the only alternative is to use the car, but this is normally with my wife and not a smart solution anyway, when all people want to go to the city with their car on the same day.


The Unions and the Employer are in agreement about the general salary increase in the meantime, the only blocking point is still the reduction of the weekly working hours mainly for shift workers by keeping the current same salary. The Unions want to make the jobs more attractive in a time of shortage of skilled workers and babyboomers being close to retirement. The Employers just want to save money medium- and long-term.


As a customer I can understand both sides, but when we really want to go into the direction of "green" transport with railway and public transport systems, we need an agreement quickly. As long as not all trains are driverless, we require more drivers to handle the increasing demand.


  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (01-Mar-24)

  • Sketchplanations: The Fundamental Attribution Error
  • Video: How to Think Like a High Achiever
  • Don't follow without question!

  • RIP Powerpoint? No more wasted time on design work and tutorials

[02-Mar-24] A relaxing Saturday today

Sharing is caring, also with other people's work 


  • Video: Marcus Aurelius' Trick To Accepting Everything Life Throws At You
  • Why it's okay to feel sad. Humanising leadership to transform organisations. The promise and challenges of crypto + AI applications.

  • McKinsey & Company: Monthly Highlights, March 2024
  • "If you fail at agile, you will fail at AI." Part 1 and 2

  • The ideal team player" picture

[01-Mar-24] About frameworks ...

You have to make the necessary mindset changes


I missed to write a post yesterday on 29-Feb-24, so I have to wait another 4 years for the next opportunity. All fine, as I have busy times in the moment, next week is PI Planning again. But this time for two Agile Release Trains (ART) in parallel, as we have the same cadence.


On the one side a challenge to organize a minimum number of ceremonies in the same working day with a time difference of 4.5 hours to India, but on the other side the possibility to reduce the administration effort to a minimum. Germany has to start early in the morning and India to stay late in the evening. As it is just for 2 days in a 3-month cycle, should be acceptable?


When I mentioned this situation to my 1st ART members a lot of help was offered, just in case it becomes too much for me during the planning days. Very much appreciated.


Frameworks like SAFe are just a collection of meaningful guidelines and a portfolio of good practices that have proven their worth. The interpretation and final implementation is up to you. Just this week I had a 1st brainstorming session with the Product Owners and Scrum Masters about our current team setup and if there is a need for change? To come to an even better balance between team stability over a longer period of time and flexibility to adjust to short-notice adjustments. There will be more sessions necessary to come to a good step forward.


Why am I using the Comic Agile picture today? Because I will be using a Chris Stone RETRO template related to these Comics next Monday in our ART-wide retrospective. Will be a combination of value add teamwork in breakout sessions and fun, a good finish for the current PI. Looking forward to it.


  • Tracking global data on electric vehicles

  • The FOUR Circles of Influence
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  • How Iveco Group Aligned Culture With Strategy

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  • Future-Proof Your Mindset, Get Your Leadership Groove Back, & More

  • "Change is not a process, it's a behaviour."

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  • 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.


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  • 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? 


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  • 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.


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  • 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

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[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.


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  • 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.


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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. 


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  • '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.


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  • 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.


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  • The Must-Read Articles for Talent Professionals This Week (09-Feb-24)

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  • 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?   


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“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.


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  • 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.


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[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.


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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.


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[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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[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.


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    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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[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.


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

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[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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[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.

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    -- Brian Tracy

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[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


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[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.


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  • 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.


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[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
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  • 10 Powerful Ways to Beat Stress

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[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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[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:


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"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


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[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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[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"


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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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  • McKinsey & Company: What matters most? Eight CEO priorities for 2024
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  • Dan Rockwell: SENTENCE STARTERS FOR YOUR JOURNALING JOURNEY
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  • James Clear: Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
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[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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