Alpha males are not what you think – Leaders are caring

I had one of those nights in which I surfed the web to find myself at a TED talk. This one was about chimpanzees and their leading structure. I have never heared of the speaker, Frans de Waal, beforehand but just the topic intrigued me. So, let us see how monkey alpha males work.

 

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Use this pandemic times to train yourself!

Sometimes mother nature shows us our biggest weaknesses by putting a mirror in front of us. Local authorities missing emergency plans for epidemics. But you should not fail in this crisis and here is a small post about how you should use your time ahead.

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Institutions, grades and interview picks

I have written recently a book about studying in Germany. And I would like to put up one advice I give young adults for picking an university to team leaders as well: Do not take the credibility of a university as your main measure of picking. In the following article, I would like to share my thoughts about CV backgrounds, grades, skills and mindset.

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The circle of influence

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.

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The philosophy on backup planing – robustness against economical downturns

for students for graduates for beginners for professionals not for executives

 

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.

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Do stuff. Fail. Learn. Repeat. Build up competences.

for students for graduates for beginners for professionals not for executives

 

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.

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German study book released

Hello,

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.  

Project managers do not need a MBA

for students for graduates for beginners for professionals not for executives

 

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.

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EU ruled: Employers are forced tracking working time

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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?

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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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