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Your choice: Evolution or Revolution

How much time to 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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Join me at ESNchat

I love to support modern, digital/virtual discussion formats like this one:

#ESNchat

The ESNchat twitter.com/ESNchat is a weekly chat on Twitter founded by @JeffKRoss. Thursdays 2-3pm ET (20:00 – 21:00 Uhr Germany).

Subject: ESN = Enterprise Social Networks.

Co-hosts & tweets: @jhonig1, @noahsparks @RitaZonius & @rainerbartl

Rainer Bartl invited me this thursday, February 07th to join in for topics around Leadership in the digital age, leading change and Networks.

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Thoughts about Orgs

Some thoughts about various Organizational forms and some attributes – not to be seen as good/bad or old/new but to reference which organization is the best for what goal and which tools, what culture is needed to achieve it, plus a people view.

UPDATE!!! The power of diverse networks: Just 2 days after publishing my „draft“, I received 3 beautiful new versions of my notes – even in German and English from Andrea Hauch (see comments). As she needed it for herself, she asked if she could re-use it, which I of course agreed to. Now we all (at least the ones who appreciate this) can say a big thank to her for this awesome translation and upgrade. You can also download it below and us it „alike“ – not for earning money and with mentioning the authors: harald-schirmer.de and Andrea Hauch (mehr …)

VUCArockers – a positive attitude – how do YOU rock VUCA?

VUCA = Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity … this term is used since some years to describe the challenges of the digital age. In my view this is used today in many negative ways: Creating fear, as an excuse, as a dogma and to separate people in „digital“ and analog sections. Of course there are many challenges in this „new world“ of connectedness, but as we know from any changes in the past – we will find ways to deal with them.

But there are also people, who do not only want to „deal“ with problems, but creating real improvements for people. Not driven by technological possibilities, but human needs, a positive mindset and the aim to make our world a better place.

#VUCArockers

#VUCArockers

I meet so many of such great people, who want to contribute in many different ways. They are intrinsically motivated, passionate, creative, often fear-less and very resilient. As I am a big believer of „words generate reality“ I try to find terms, which either already express what people do (like GUIDEs), try to „reload“ existing terms with new meaning or I create new ones, which make people think, creating doubts (if their understanding is the only one) or at least make people talk about the topic behind. Not in a destructive but engaging, inspiring way, I would love to have a discussion about

„How do we want to design the VUCA world?“

(not suffering from it)

Want to be part of this and „rock“ VUCA together ?

Call for ideas!

How do YOU personally ROCK VUCA?

write a blogpost, Twitter, LinkedIn…. and tag your post with #VUCArockers

Einladung zum Blackboat New Work Bootcamp

Das Blackboat Bootcamp hat mich durch sein sehr interaktives und an konkreten/relevanten Perspektiven orientierte Format sofort angesprochen. #Miteinander ist für mich einer der Schlüssel für die Arbeit mit Menschen und ein Schlüssel, die neue digitale Welt für uns zu öffnen. Ich freue mich als Keynote Speaker zu einer der drei Säulen „People“ meinen Impuls geben zu können. Am zweiten Tag werden wir intensiver mit Masterclass, Deepdive und individueller Beratung. Wir können so viel voneinander lernen – dazu müssen die Rahmenbedingungen, Hebel und natürlich die Menschen verstanden werden.

Event Webseite / 12. & 13. November 2018 / Berlin Mindspace Coworking

Hier ein kleiner Überblick, was Ihr erwarten könnt:

Wer schon mal einen Vorgeschmack bekommen möchte, (mehr …)

Courage for Change – A little Inspiration for Organizational Rebels

This article – originally in German Language on LinkedIn received already more than 9000 views, 400 likes and about 70 valuable comments and more than 1000 re-shares (yes I am a bit proud) Sebastian Kolberg kindly provided the translation here:

  • Why is change so difficult?
  • How can an organization meet the challenges of the digital age?
  • What can I contribute to this?

Not a few ask themselves these questions. Here are some personal thoughts and the hope to encourage you to swim against the current more often!

No, this is not a call to revolution, but a well-intentioned inspiration,

to start with yourself,

no matter if you are a board member, team leader or employee.

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