Team Leader: First year reflection

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The jolly ol’ christmas time brought a lot of something one rarely sees these days: Relaxation. I tried to use this time of year to reflect my doing and undoing of the last several months. The end of the year is perfect because you are drained heavily to family and friend events and get away from your job time. The distance to the rat race is gold, let us talk about how I used the calmer season.

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The skill of failing – lessons learned

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Our society celebrates victories and success. These successes are often celebrated after project milestones. But nobody likes to talk about the stories behind them. The story of careful planning, focusing for goals, fighting against all odds and failing multiple times. I think failing is a very important skill and hugely underestimated as a soft skill. I consider it as the one of the most important skill for research and development.

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Coach yourself or … die trying

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As an employee one hopes to receive direction from my superior. In most cases of my nearly 10 year long working life, that expectation was not reached at all. Reasons are manifold and usually it is due to bad priorisation and that leading in its most basic state is not put into place. At some recent point, I stumbled over the book “Coach Yourself to Success” by Talane Miedaner written originally in 2000 that I found quite helpful to read and reflect about. In this article, I would like to review it and give my opinion about its possible impact into life.

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Wrong stimuli: The German Employment Bureau and what businesses can learn from it

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One of the most renowned measures of the state of a national economy is the unemployment rate. Luckily, living in Germany we have had some luck during the biggest financial crises in 2008/2009 which resulted just in a slight increase of unemployment rate. Nowadays, the unemployment rate is as low as ever: Five percent was announced several days ago. Surely, there were some measures in place at the right time. The most effective measure was the reduced-hour work helping to buffer the layoff of the workers. This is something for another blog entry. Nevertheless, it is interesting to take a peek into the stimulus of the German Employment Bureau (Arbeitsagentur). What is their aim? How do they handle their goal? And why is the way they do it usually wrong? A small discussion about wrong stimuli in fixed processing systems.

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Value your employees by investing

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Being the team or group leader is sometimes a bit narrowing the view concerning the needs of your employees. You will be faced with the budget. The budget is limiting your possibilities for solving the every days work issues. Whether your budget has a volume of 1 million bugs or 1000, you still have to think first about the needs of your team in my opinion.

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Bachelor or Master? What is enough?

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I have studied in Germany and Great-Britain in two of the leading engineering universities. So I know the different systems quite a bit. While the anglo-saxon education system tends to go for Bachelor graduations, then skips masters mostly to aim for PhDs, in Germany the master level is the standard. I want to challenge the master level here to some extend and encourage students to leave university earlier. Also, I would like employers to rethink their expectations to graduates in this article.

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The first job is bad? It’s an oppurtunity!

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Well, there you are. You recently graduated and now the world bows down to the extensive brain power and your well forged skill levels. You know what, forget it. A first job will teach you humbleness. The application process will do and the real world out there will do. You are just a small fish in the huge sea and there will be a bigger fish. In the end, it might happen that the offers you receive are vague and bad. They might be far under your expectations and you, you are disencouraged. So what do you do? Take the bad offer or search for a better opportunity? Let’s discuss this point under your financial and personal developing aspects.

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