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Ideas for a virtual christmas party

Corona does not allow to meet physically in bigger groups and yes sitting in front of a screen does not sound much like Christmas, fun or and adequate compromise – but not having any celebrating together does not feel like an option either.

One big question of many managers, leaders, employees is: How to establish „informal exchange“ or keep/develop the „corporate culture“ in virtual environment. A Santa or Christmas party is a great way to experiment, test and learn!

virtual Christmas party

Let’s collect options to spend some personally valuable time together, celebrating Christmas in teams, departments or even larger groups.

Let’s also see what we CAN DO in the digital world,
which could not be possible physically.

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WE can change the world!

I have been invited to a Diversity Network for an inspiration Keynote / Excellence talk around Change, New Work Style, Trust, Leadership and Networks. My core statement: We CAN change the world, trust me it’s worth trying. I invite you to read my thoughts with additional comments and background… there has been no better time to start… now.

Inspiration to invent a future worth living in!

The future we want, needs to be invented otherwise we will get one, we don’t want (Joseph Beuys)

This quote is intended to be an inspiration to think about what drives us and me personally. Do I have a picuture of a desirable future for me or my kids? Do I go beyond „arguing about today’s issues“ by having constructive discussions on how things „COULD/Should“ be – and taking actions towards such a possible future. This is not just a task for executive boards or politicians, but for every single person – especially leaders.

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Bridge the digital Gap – Transformation Insights

Harald Schirmer - bridging the digital GAP

TheKeenFolks in collaboration with Marketing Expert Johannes Ceh (OurJobToBeDone) asked 14 thought leaders on how to remake business processes to become more efficient and profitable. It’s all about digital transformation.

I am honored to be part of this inspiring group of transformers in their businesses. Now you can download the summary with tips and thoughts about how to bridge the digital gab, how to transform your organization, based on their experience.

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10 Tipps for better Homeoffice

Being in home office for more than a decade (fully at home – 600 km away from my (no longer existing physical) workplace in headquarters) – here are some tips, to make life better during Corona Isolation

Homeoffice Tips
Homeoffice Tips… maybe beyond the typical things you read elsewhere

e.g. better food when having no/little time to cook:

  • experiment with healthy food (fast food is not a long term solution) – faster, but healthy food recommendations without cantine:
    • smoothies with fresh ingredience, nuts… (if you hate milk, use joghurt or fruit juice)
    • soups can be prepared (bigger amount) – just need to be heated up
    • wraps, sandwiches can be prepared very fast
    • salads in any kind (fruit salad, vegetable salad, fish salad)
    • try also international: couscous, sushi, tortilla, pancace/crepes, egg receipies, pies, sprouts, roots, casseroles

My Top 10 Recommendations for Home Office:

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Motor Efficiency Factors – visualized

More than 2/3 of the energy needed for today’s cars is just wasted, creating heat and polluting our environment – why do I never read about this?

Whenever there is a technology change, peoples arguments go crazy! Remember, when the first iPhones came out – the main argument against them has been „greasy fingerprints“ on the screen.

We seem to forget what the purpose of those things are. It’s like with our old light bulb: 95% heat (waste), 5% light.

From a light bulb I want light,
from a motor, I want speed, not heat!

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Digital Transformation – a closer look

Inspired by a questionnaire of Johannes Ceh here some thoughts about Transformation of organizations in the digital age:

Transforming Systems means fighting a strong immune system:

Triggering the Immune System of an Organization

Transformation starts for me with questioning the Orgnaizations stabilizing factors.

Our organizations developed an immune system to protect themselves form uncertainty, complexity, creativity and „disruptive change“ – to deliver stability, quality, predictability, reliability, to be able to manage the input and control the output.

Continuous improvement is ok and lean efficiency is the goal to create revenue.

Rules, Roles, Processes and Tools are part of this protection system.

So it’s not people doing something wrong, we have just setup frame conditions, which make them protect their functions, sustain their roles and even fight for their place in the big picture.

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Your choice: Evolution or Revolution

How much time do you really invest in learning?

Sometimes it feels like living on a different planet. For some people all the innovation, technology and (digital) options feel very disruptive, the future completely unclear, even frightening. Others can’t wait to get the next update…

If change feels like a revolution – re-think your priorities!

Electric cars, Wearables, Bitcoins, Virtual Reality… what a Buzzword bingo, but hey, there is nothing revolutionary or disruptive:

todays technology is around for quite a long time!

There have been electric cars 20 years before Ford or Daimler invented combustion engines, Virtual Reality came up in the 1970’s. I bought my first PDA (what we call Smartphone today) 1997 – the same year I started Video-conferencing too.

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Was bringt mir ein Soziales Netzwerk (ESN)?

Immer noch keine einfache Antwort auf eine so einfache Frage?

Click here for this article in Englisch Language on LinkedIn

Ich war heute in einer internen Konferenz auf diese simple Frage sprachlos… jetzt auf der „Heimfahrt“ versuche ich ein paar Gedanken dazu zu sammeln – aber vielleicht ist da draußen jemand, der diese Antwort schon hat?

Social Funktionen
Image: by Dmitry (https://stock.adobe.com/de/contributor/200778192/dmitry)

Was bringt mir (Führungskraft) die Nutzung von ESN (Enterprise Social Networks) also Organisations-interne Soziale Netzwerk Plattformen?

Es mag blamabel klingen, für jemanden, der sich seit mehr als 10 Jahren mit diesem Thema intensivst befasst, aber ich konnte und kann es nicht in einem Satz erklären. Könnt Ihr das?

UPDATE: nach der großartigen Resonanz in den Sozialen Netzen habe ich den ersten Schwung "Sätze" an den Ende des Blogposts gestellt - bereits 60!
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The VIDEO – New Work Style Story

Project VIDEO review

Within the last two and a half years, we set the basis for a massive transformation at Continental. We re-designed learning, communication, change and support – as well as methods, tools and most of all the „attitude“ or mindset behind it. We built divers global networks with about 5000 People, created new roles to deal with constant changes coming from the cloud based software as a service setup.

About 25 tools, more than a dozend learning options, our own artificial intelligence social bot, a trust based manifest with our works council and many many other highlights are the results of two years of experimenting with leadership, culture techniques, technology, various forms of networks, decentral – crossfunctional teams and respect for humans at the first place.

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Video Recording Enterprise Connect

Planning for a future of constant change“ – has been the title of our panel at the Enterprise Connect Summit in Orlando, USA 2019. Interesting experience to be invited to this IT focused conference with our adoption experience.

Harald Schirmer at Enterprise Connect 2019 in Orlando
talking about adoption in the digital age

There are great tools out there and digitalization makes big progress in terms of communication and collaboration infrastructure, software, hardware and services. The most heard missing piece is „how do we get people to actually use it, change their behavior… drive adoption?“ I am quite happy, that we have good answers at Continental.

If you like, you can watch the recording of our panel discussion now on YouTube:

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