Have you ever felt like you are fighting a war that you cannot win? Did you ever feel unable to move things in the right direction? For most people, this will lead to a massive downturn of their working morale. To help you understand that there are things you cannot influence nor control, I would like you to introduce to the circle of influence.Continue reading “The circle of influence”
There are a lot of discussions right now about an upcoming recession. Stock markets go down from all time highs and world economy climate is falling. Since Lead and Led is about leading in general let us talk about self-commutation as a competence for foresighting protection. But first, let us understand fear in an abstract manner to cope with the upcoming text more rationally.Continue reading “The philosophy on backup planing – robustness against economical downturns”
It is very difficult to show when you achieve competences. For example: I visited a basic and an advanced seminar on simulation software for optics. Do I feel competent? No. I am lacking practice. And here is a simple key of achieving competence: Learning by doing. It is simple yet effective. Let us check how to achieve greatness by achieving compenteces.Continue reading “Do stuff. Fail. Learn. Repeat. Build up competences.”
some months ago, I have announced the German study book project. I am happy to announce that it is finished and released as a soft cover on Amazon. It is called “Der Studium Leitfaden: Ein Ratgeber für angehende Studenten” (The studies guideline: An adviser for prospective students) and shall help students to get some benefit out of 11 years experience at the university.
To ensure a vivid discussion with the youth and to get good communication feedback, I installed a webpage here for interaction. The next step would be the ebook version and later an audiobook. However, I still need some equipment to make it happen.
I had recently a talk with a coworker. Apparently, his wish has been to go from an engineering position to a project management position. As wise as he is, he decided to learn the necessary skills beforehand. I congratulated him on his decission but I could not agree to pursue a MBA. It is not the right way and I will tell you now what I have told him: Project managers do not need a MBA.Continue reading “Project managers do not need a MBA”
We work to earn money, so we change time for money. In most small and medium companies it is not common tracking working time. I have seen many times what happens when people work and do not track their times. They accumulate a non-neglectable amount of overtime and this is never paid back by holidays or moneywiese. So, we can see here a benefit. But what disadvantages might occur?Continue reading “EU ruled: Employers are forced tracking working time”
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.
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.Continue reading “The first job is bad? It’s an oppurtunity!”