The thing is, emotionally, that might not work quite as well as theory wants you to believe. While I can leave my phone in it's designated charging space out of my reach, that doesn't work so well with my brain - or my heart. Where do you place emotional turmoil?
My One Word for 2018: Awareness
I am not a big fan of new year resolutions. Most of them are forgotten by mid-February, and I know too many people who "commit" to the same fluffy and undefined "goal" every year. If I decide to achieve something, I prefer not to wait for an arbitrary date. I usually start working on a step-by-step plan right away. But I still like the spirit of the new year, so this year I've tried something different, inspired by Gretchen Rubin.
The power of a set agenda
Ask any business guru and productivity coach, and they will confirm you the importance of a meeting agenda to make sure attendees can prepare. Ask any person who regularly attends meetings and they might confess that they look at the agenda the moment they dial in for the meeting or walk through the door. And yet, … Continue reading The power of a set agenda
The art of letting go of control
I am a control freak. There. I've said it. I like to know what happens when, with whose participation, for how long and with which anticipated results. That's why I love having an agenda, and why I expect everybody to be on time and well prepared. That's why I get annoyed if someone shows up … Continue reading The art of letting go of control
The art of being on time to remote meetings
Great ideas on being on time - in real life and virtually.
Ask for advice instead of feedback
I like getting feedback, both written as well as via voice. I blame my mom for this weird trait. She would ask people for advice about what she should / could do all the time. She uses it as a conversation starter, to solve quarrels and misunderstandings, to bond with her new neighbours. Her reasoning … Continue reading Ask for advice instead of feedback
Ecologist to… Happiness Engineer? The evolution of one career in support.
A great post about how discovering your own strength sometimes is quite different to what your strengths are officially.
Growing up, I did well inmath and science — areas I was told repeatedly I was special todo well in. I felt a sense of rarity, and thought, “If I’m good in these, when others struggle, then this is where I should direct my life.”
By the time I arrived in college, it did notoccur to me to studyanything other than science. I loved nature, was heartsick about habitat destruction and the seeming disregard and disrespect humans had for our own habitat, andI wanted to pursue a paththat would apply my science aptitude to helping the environment.
Many times, the first step to helping is understanding. You must know how a system works, what it needs, and how its needs are not beingmet in order to help make the system healthy again. So I pursued a degree in ecology, the study of the interactions among living things and their environment.
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What does a career in support look like?
This increasing distance to customers when advancing in a career is an odd proposition if you accept the premise that the customer ultimately is the one paying for each and every salary in a company. Working directly with the customer should be one of the most important jobs - after all it is the raison d'être of the entire construction.
Our personalized AuPair Contract
Yay! Today we signed the contract with our new AuPair who will be joining us in late August for six month. This time we'll be hosting a German girl in our spare bedroom (see photo). We contacted her via AuPairWorld.com, which means no agency was involved. We had to take care about the contract ourselves. … Continue reading Our personalized AuPair Contract
Improving the efficiencies of meetings
All companies have meetings. From self-employed entrepreneurs to multinational companies, no one can work without more or less frequent meetings: project planning, meetings with suppliers, client meetings, weekly updates of work teams, etc.. And very rarely this practice is questioned. If ever, alternatives are sought in the following cases: Participants live too far away to invite … Continue reading Improving the efficiencies of meetings