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Dr.-Ing. Carsten Rose – Effective: Fri, 27 Dec 2019 22:00:00 +0100
Social Business Digest by caro - Week 52/2019
 

Week 52/2019

 

Vergesst die Spezialisierung! Eine Ode an Neo-Generalisten
27.12.2019
Ganz Deutschland redet vom Fachkräftemangel. Aber was ist eigentlich mit den Menschen, die viele Dinge ganz gut können, sich aber in keinem Fachgebiet richtig niederlassen wollen? Neulich war schon wieder so eine Situation: Ich traf nach langer Zeit einen Studienkollegen wieder. Er erzählt, dass er inzwischen bei einer bekannten politischen Stiftung arbeitet - kurz nach unserem Studium hatte er dort angefangen und sich hochgearbeitet. Er fragte mich, was ich seit unserem Uniabschluss denn so getrieben hätte. Ich sagte: "Erzähle ich dir sehr gern. Hast ...
 
Mitbestimmung 4.0: Ist der Betriebsrat vom Aussterben bedroht?
27.12.2019
Die ersten siebeneinhalb Berufsjahre habe ich mich intensiv mit betrieblicher Mitbestimmung befasst - und das gleich aus drei Perspektiven: zunächst als Referent eines Gesamt- und Konzernbetriebsrats, dann als Assistent eines Arbeitsdirektors und schließlich als Leiter Personalpolitik einer Konzerntochter mit rund 2.500 Mitarbeitern. Inzwischen arbeite ich als Kommunikationsberater. Doch das Thema Mitbestimmung lässt mich bis heute nicht los. Dieses Jahr konnte ich mich gleich zweimal mit der Zukunft der betrieblichen Mitbestimmung in Deutschland auseinandersetzen. ...
 
My Prediction for Technology in 2020? Predictions Will Fail
27.12.2019
Welcome to the season of predictions. You know, the time of year when prediction articles appear in droves, "just in time for the holidays." You can identify these articles by their screaming headlines about how experts predict that within a few years' robots will replace humans, cars will fill the skies, and people will be colonizing Mars. The articles usually contain exciting ideas and it's easy to get lost in the anticipation about how these breakthroughs can change our lives. But who goes back years later, to validate these predictions, and to point ...
 
How Timeboxing Works and Why It Will Make You More Productive
27.12.2019
Five years ago I read Daniel Markovitz's argument for migrating to-do lists into calendars. Since then, my productivity has at least doubled. That momentous (at least for me) article describes five problems with the to-do list. First, they overwhelm us with too many choices. Second, we are naturally drawn to simpler tasks which are more easily accomplished. Third, we are rarely drawn to important-but-not-urgent tasks, like setting aside time for learning. Fourth, to-do lists on their own lack the essential context of what time you have available. Fifth, ...
 
Why People Quit Their Jobs
27.12.2019
Imagine that you're looking at your company-issued smartphone and you notice an e-mail from LinkedIn: "These companies are looking for candidates like you!" You aren't necessarily searching for a job, but you're always open to opportunities, so out of curiosity, you click on the link. A few minutes later your boss appears at your desk. "We've noticed that you're spending more time on LinkedIn lately, so I wanted to talk with you about your career and whether you're happy here," she says. Uh-oh. It's an awkward and Big Brother-ish scenario--and it's not ...
 
Why digital teams are moving away from Slack Channels
26.12.2019
Slack is an awesome tool for messaging. But it fails miserably when it comes to sharing knowledge at scale and creating transparency in expertise inside teams. Everyone loves Slack... Our team uses Slack all the time. It's a great way to follow up on projects, ask when it's time for lunch or keep the team morale high with some of the latests gifts the GIF world has to offer. In short, it's an amazing direct messaging tool with a beautiful brand, great UX, tons of integrations, ... I could continue for a while, but you've all heard this before and that's ...
 
Blame your worthless workdays on 'meeting recovery syndrome'
26.12.2019
Even psychologists acknowledge that a workplace too heavy on meetings can sap your brain of the ability to actually get work done. Phyllis Hartman knows what it's like to wade through the depths of office meeting hell. Managers at one of her former human resources jobs arranged so many meetings that attendees would fall asleep at the table or intentionally arrive late. With hours of her day blocked up with unnecessary meetings, she was often forced to make up her work during overtime. "I was actually working more hours than I probably would have needed ...
 
Diversity trumps ability
26.12.2019
High tolerance for ambiguity is a critical skill as we live and work in increasingly complex, networked environments. Navigating through turbulent times requires the ability to deal with ambiguity by seeking and making sense through a diverse network of connections of people and knowledge. The broader and deeper our connections, the better we can deal with ambiguity. The ability to Seek, Sense & Share in order to handle the complexity of the networked age is not a 'nice-to-have' optional approach to professional learning, it is a necessity. A diversity ...
 
Engineering a culture of psychological safety
26.12.2019
When I worked for Google as a Site Reliability Engineer, I was lucky enough to travel around the world with a group called "Team Development". Our mission was to design and deliver team-building courses to teams who wanted to work better together. Our findings were later published as Project Aristotle. The biggest finding was that the number-one indicator of a successful team wasn't tenure, team leaders, seniority or salary levels, but team psychological safety. Evaluate psychological safety with these 5 questions Think of a team you work with closely. ...
 
The Future of Work: Sea Change Ahead in Productivity, Collaboration and More
26.12.2019
Workplace productivity took a dramatic leap forward when email and internet services first appeared on the enterprise scene over 20 years ago. Now, the pervasive use of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and the internet of things (IoT), coupled with collaborative digital tools and increasingly tech-savvy business leaders, signals we are ascending to the next major step change in productivity and innovation. In 2020 and beyond, five trends will lead the way people and technology work differently to accelerate growth and foster change ...
 
Kann man Sinn machen? Ähnlich wie einen Kuchen?
25.12.2019
Der Philosoph und Theologe Clemens Sedmak über erfolglose Sinn-Rezepte und sinnvolle Erfolgsrezepte. So vielfältig Arbeit sein kann, so komplex ist die Frage nach ihrem Sinn. Natürlich kann jede Institution ihren Mitarbeitern zum Beispiel über das Wertesystem einen entsprechenden Rahmen und eine sinnstiftende "Unternehmung" bieten. Aber kann man Sinn "machen"? Ähnlich wie ein Bäcker einen Kuchen macht? Und falls ja, welche "sinnvollen" Erfolgsrezepte gibt es dafür? Wie sieht der Philosoph und Theologe Clemens Sedmak die Sinnfrage im Zusammenhang mit ...
 
A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well
25.12.2019
While some companies squeeze staff to make more money, a growing number are testing the theory that they can have both profits and happy workers. Call centers are not, typically, very happy places--especially around the holidays. Workers have quotas to make, and often sit in bleak cubicles, headsets on, plowing through calls from stressed shoppers, as they count down the minutes until lunch. But the employees in this call center in Vermont are rosy-cheeked and--can it be?--smiling. They field calls about misplaced packages and gluten-free dough, while ...
 
High Emotional Intelligence Is Essential in Today's Workplace
25.12.2019
7 qualities to look for to identify people with high emotional intelligence. "If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far." At least that's what Daniel Goleman, PhD, well-known writer and researcher on leadership who wrote the bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, says. Goleman has dedicated ...
 
Mass Incompetency In Business: The Way We Promote People Is Dead Wrong
25.12.2019
In 1969, Laurence J. Peter described an interesting organizational phenomenon. The phenomenon came to be known as "The Peter Principle". According to Peter himself the principle goes like this: "In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence". While the book Peter wrote in 1969 was a satire rather than solid evidence, a recent study published in Harvard Business Review showed that, sadly, in today's workplaces the Peter Principle is very much alive. The Peter Principle Let's first explain the Peter Principle in more detail. ...
 
Stop Doing Low-Value Work
25.12.2019
In the past, time management experts would recommend that you divide up your work into A tasks, B tasks, and C tasks. The concept was to do the A tasks first, then the B tasks, then the C tasks, when you can get to them. If priorities changed, you just changed the order of your As, Bs, and Cs. Doing all aspects of a job seemed possible then, if you just followed some basic time management rules. That kind of thinking ended during the recession of 2007-2009. Between January 2008 and February 2010, 8.8 million jobs were lost. Although the jobs went away, ...
 
Vom Kunstraub zur Kollaboration
24.12.2019
Kaum zu glauben, aber wahr: Manche Mitarbeiter in Ihrem Unternehmen haben einiges mit Kunsträubern gemeinsam, wenn es um Kollaboration geht. Folgen Sie mir auf einen fiktiven Beutezug - ganz ähnlich dem in Wirklichkeit passierten Kunstraub in Dresden - um das zu verstehen: Sie haben es endlich geschafft - Sie halten den funkelnden Grünen Diamanten aus dem Grünen Gewölbe in Dresden in ihren Händen. Nach kurzer Zeit haben Sie einen Käufer gefunden und die Übergabe ist fixiert: Sie sollen den Diamanten in einem Feld in der Nähe von Dresden deponieren, der ...
 
Mut macht unbeliebt
24.12.2019
Ängste überwinden, Risiken eingehen, Rückgrat zeigen: Mut kann vieles bedeuten. Wir haben 25 ganz unterschiedliche Persönlichkeiten gefragt, darunter Manager, Berater, Sportler, Künstler und Politiker. In dieser Folge: Bettina Volkens, Vorstandsmitglied Personal und Recht der Deutschen Lufthansa AG. Mut hat mich geprägt und nach vorn gebracht. Ich wäre ohne Mut nicht da, wo ich jetzt bin. Mit Mut, Leidenschaft und Begeisterung kann man Dinge verändern, ohne immer zu wissen, was daraus wird. Im beruflichen Umfeld spielt das eine große Rolle. Ich treffe ...
 
2020 Will Be Epic
24.12.2019
This is not my last article this year as this is not our last Monday together and next week if you're around, there will be a list of some of the articles you may have missed this year if you're a new subscriber among other things. Equally, be warned that this one is looooong and contains generalisations and traces of extreme optimism so read it while wearing your best Xmas jumper or at least with eggnog in hand. - Happy Family, Fun, and Food Time y'all! Next year will be epic from an employee perspective. It may not become the kind of epic that meets ...
 
How to Stay Focused When You're Working from Home
24.12.2019
No commute. No drive-by meetings. No dress code. Remote working can seem like a dream -- until personal obligations get in the way. These distractions are easy to ignore in an office, but at home it can be difficult to draw the line between personal and professional time. Consider when you're working on a project and get a call from a friend. You know you need to finish your work, but you feel rude for not talking when you technically could. Or think about when you're planning your daily to-do list, but also need to decide when you'll squeeze in your ...
 
The Power of Leaders Who Focus on Solving Problems
24.12.2019
In front of a packed room of MIT students and alumni, Vivienne Ming is holding forth in a style all her own. "Embrace cyborgs," she calls out, as she clicks to a slide that raises eyebrows even in this tech-smitten crowd. "Really. Fifteen to 25 years from now, cognitive neuroprosthetics will fundamentally change the definition of what it means to be human." She's referring to the work that interests her most these days, as cofounder of machine learning company Socos and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. ("So -- ...
 
Das Internet wird vielfach als Sündenbock missbraucht
23.12.2019
Ist das Internet kaputt? Nein, sagt der Webvordenker Tim O'Reilly. Er glaubt immer noch an das Gute im Netz. Ein Gespräch über Geparden, Elefanten und Donald Trump. Er gilt als "Orakel des Silicon Valley": Tim O'Reilly hat Begriffe wie "Open Source" oder "Web 2.0" populär gemacht. Als Gründer und CEO des Computerbuchverlags O'Reilly Media hat er mehrere Bücher verfasst - unter anderem über Windows, Twitter und Unix. In seinem jüngsten Werk "WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us" beschäftigt er sich mit der Zukunft und ...
 
The great 'How to' takeover
23.12.2019
There is a period in child development when children start asking the question 'why?'. They usually seem unsatisfied with one answer only and keep asking, 'but, why?'. Education is supposed to take those 'whys' and amplify them, use that early explosion of curiosity in the mind, make sure that it's welcomed and nurtured, and guarantee that this curiosity stays for ever, beyond the initial big bang. Bad education, however, misses this opportunity completely and, instead of pushing for a permanent 'why?', rushes to offer a great quantity of ready-made ...
 
Critical Thinking self-test. A 10-point health check for your organization, and yourself
23.12.2019
If any of these are a good picture of your organization, you need to put 'critical thinking' into the water supply. Or a more practical alternative, do nothing, it's not serious (and very uncritical). Test yourself, your organization. Do any of these apply? Doing, lots, too fast without thinking. High adrenaline, no solid outcomes. Doing, fast or slow, but sloppy, and sloppier. Having strong 'logical archetypes' dominating airtime. Translation: the organization has pervasive ways of thinking and 'logic' that act as sacred cows, nobody dares to touch. ...
 
What PwC Learned from Its Policy of Flexible Work for Everyone
23.12.2019
Every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time, I join a video conference call with leadership colleagues from across the country. I'm on the West Coast, so these meetings are always early for me. When I started joining them more than 10 years ago, I was up early to ensure that I looked polished and ready to conquer the day before I got on the video conference. These days, I find myself forgoing dressing up or putting on makeup before dialing in. I no longer think twice about being on video from the comfort of my living room and in my morning sweatshirt. And, ...
 
Why the Most Productive People Don't Always Make the Best Managers
23.12.2019
When a company needs a supervisor for a team, senior leaders often anoint the team's most productive performer. Some of these stars succeed in their new role as manager; many others do not. And when they fail, they tend to leave the organization, costing the company double: Not only has the team lost its new manager, but it's also lost the best individual contributor. And the failure can be personally costly for the new manager, causing them to doubt their skills, smarts, and future career path. Everyone loses. Why, then, do some fail while others succeed? ...