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Author: Karsten

Company Culture: The Messy Kitchen Fallacy

Many offices have a messy kitchen. And whenever there’s a messy kitchen, there are people complaining about it. In chat rooms, during lunch, at company meetings, on signs in the kitchen… you name it. “Your mom doesn’t work here!” they yell. And while we are bothered with how difficult it seems for others to keep the kitchen clean, we ignore the real reason behind all this: The company culture.

A Lack of Ownership. About Pyramids and Teams

The team has to take ownership! That’s what they all say. And they don’t understand, why the team doesn’t. They take ownership themselves. And they told the team to do the same. Yet, it’s not happening. We probably need a new team, this one is useless…

I personally witnessed a gazillion cases like this. People are concerned that software developers don’t deliver high quality or employees don’t keep the kitchen clean. And everything in between. When you think about it, you can probably come up with similar examples from your reality.

But what to do? The underlying concern regarding other people’s behavior is very reasonable. More often than not we judge behavior without thinking about the motives behind them. We forget to look into the underlying reasons for behavior. That’s what humans tend to do, see the ‘what’ and not the ‘why’.

Cross-Cultural Competence

We live in a globalized world. Interacting with different cultures all the time. And it is becoming more and more important to be able to deal with this. Cross-cultural competence is what HR calls it in employment ads. What they mean is, you should be able to successfully collaborate with others from different cultures. And no, telling them what you want, is certainly not the right way. It’s way more complicated than that… 

Karsten in der Soccer City. Teil 3: Der Weg zurück

Soccer City, das größte Stadion in Afrika und die Nummer 12 in der Welt (laut Wikipedia, Nr. 4 wenn wir American Football Stadien nicht mitzählen). Und bei der vielleicht meist beachteten Paarung Südafrikas war ich mittendrin. Nach vielen aufregenden Momenten auf dem Weg hin und während des Spiels, musste ich ja aber auch noch zurückkommen…

Karsten in der Soccer City. Teil 2: Im Stadion

Soccer City. Das Stadion, dass ich schon bei der WM in Südafrika 2010 immer bewundert habe. Zu Spiel zweier regionalen Rivalen, dem Soweto Derby. Nach meinem abenteuerlichen Weg zum Stadion und dem erfolgreichen Erwerb einer Eintrittskarte wollte ich auch ins Stadion um Spiel und Stimmung zu erleben.

Karsten in der Soccer City. Teil 1: Auf ins Stadion

2010 war meine WM (Berichte in Wort und Bild). Gemeinsam mit meinem mexikanischen Busenkumpel Roberto habe ich nur 2 Spiele verpasst. Insgesamt. Und immer wieder dachte ich dabei, wie geil das Stadion in Soweto, Johannesburg, Südafrika doch ist, das sie Soccer City nennen und wie gern ich da mal rein möchte…

Change Management: Resistance is Fruitful!

Resilience is probably THE buzzword of our time. Everyone is looking for people that are easy to adapt to changing situations. Because those who are not are wasting our time. That’s at least what some managers seem to think. While actually, this train of thought pushes the results of bad change management to the people. 

Don’t be so theoretical!

This goes out to all change agents, all teachers and coaches, everyone that tries to introduce a paradigm shift of some sort. Be it helping a society to understand the value of diversity, or helping a company to understand the need of transformational leadership, or helping a team to organize differently (#agile), or helping your clients (or however you want to call the people you’re dealing with) to do their work in a different way… Whenever a person claims for something to be too academic, you’re doing something wrong! 

Leadership – What it is and how it should be done

I work in a company, where we have team leads, supporting the employees to develop and making sure that this development is aligned to the competitive goals of the company. I’m sure you can relate to this one way or the other. Maybe it’s a line manager or a department director or whatnot. That however is the leadership I want to discuss here. Not the leadership of a CEO towards the whole organization or the leadership of HR managers defining the development structures of an organization.

LeSS Practitioner

At the end of November, pretty much exactly 4 years after my certification to a product owner, I joined a training to become a Certified LeSS Practitioner, held by Mark Bregenzer. He is a colleague of mine at Valtech and the first and only certified LeSS trainer in Germany.

Diversity vs Patriarchy – Let’s catch the next Wave!

Recently, I attended a conference dealing with organizational change. One of the sessions there was about human resources (HR). This is the department of an organization that is supposed to support individuals within the organization. Here people were talking about how to evaluate the skills of employees, how to train them and the role of leadership in all this. At one point during this session a young woman from the audience got up and confronted a high-ranked HR manager from a large German energy provider, also female, with an interesting subject.

The young woman said that she was at the very beginning of her career. She recently read that a study, which shows that the careers of women are often hindered by other women, not so much by men. This sounded counter intuitive to her, as she thought women would support each other.

TacticTab – Aktualisiert für Windows 10

Ich habe meine App “TacticTab” aktualisiert. Eigentlich habe ich sie sogar komplett neu geschrieben. Es ist jetzt eine native App, die auf allen Windows 10 Geräten läuft. Also jetzt auch auf dem Smartphone und demnächst sogar auf der XBox. Dazu gibt es jetzt Multi Touch. Und einen Ball kann man auch einblenden. Wenn man will.

Viel entscheidender ist aber, dass Aufstellungen jetzt gespeichert werden können. Und geladen sogar auch. Und zwar wird alles in Dateien auf der Festplatte gespeichert, mit denen der geneigte User dann alles mögliche machen kann. Etwa per eMail einem Freund schicken. Oder in OneDrive ablegen und dann zuhause auf dem PC anfangen und später mobil weiter machen.

Wie ihr seht war ich also fleißig in der Sommerpause. Aber guckt’s Euch doch einfach mal an. Und wenn’s Euch gefällt habe ich natürlich nichts gegen positive Bewertungen einzuwenden… 😉

Jetzt unter Windows 10