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GUIDE role sketch note

We are educating about 1.000 colleagues to become GUIDEs for our current (digital) Transformation project.

2012, when we started the first GUIDE network to implement Enterprise Social Media, it took us quite some effort to build trust for this new role and find about 400 colleagues worldwide. Seems like the reputation is still echoing… this time with an updated concept, we have more than 2.000 nominees already.

Two weeks ago, we started our first of 15 regional GUIDE education camps – 5 days each.

For many it is still a challenge, not to just learn tools, but soft skills, change methods and all about networking, WOL and values based collaboration. (mehr …)

#nextlearning @Continental

Within the last years we developed a holistic approach for #leadingChange #nextLearning and #relevantCommunication – In my current project, I have the opportunity to bring all that to the next level on greater scale (150000 employees, 50 countries)

Here is a SWAY presentation with an overview and first details about our journey. This should also answer some questions on how to deal with todays demands in complexity, constantly changing frame conditions („evergreen“) and driving a diversity respecting adoption:


This post is also part of the blog parade #nextlearning formats in organizations

Twitter for beginners – an introduction

TWITTER ?

27.12.2017 – translation of my post from 2015 translated by Sebastian Kolberg

What is Twitter? What’s that good for? How does that work? …. “But I don’t want to tell you everything about myself… that doesn’t matter anyway… it’s just nonsense… I can’t do anything with it…” > Questions and sentences I come across very often.

I myself have been watching Twitter for over a year before I registered there in February 2009. To my question at that time: „How does it work?“ I got the answer: „You will only understand this when you have written 1000 tweets“ – at that time an unimaginable number – or period of time.

Currently I have written more than 14300 messages, shared more than 1400 pictures and am quite happy about more than 3200 followers.

Twitter Profil Harald Schirmer

Twitter Profil Harald Schirmer

https://twitter.com/haraldschirmer

Twitter will soon be 12 years old – that’s why I would like to give a short overview or an introduction to Twitter in this article: (which often happens verbally – but the topic can’t be explained in a few minutes, making it more efficient and sustainable here in a blog post)

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What is my contribution to a better world?

Careful with such a „soft“ topic in a logic driven world! No, not at all.

In this post I want to share some of my personal background, why I think it is very important to not only spend time to understand latest technology, but also working on our #kindness

Let’s build a future together,
in which we actually want to live in!

I want to contribute to the actions of actionforhappiness.orgmaybe you want to join making our world a bit better by being kind.

Some Background:

Technology is pushing us into a future, which only very little people (mehr …)

Continental goes New Work Style

Currently I am one of the two project leads for our Office 365 – New Work Style. As I promised to „work out loud“ and as a return for the great support from my networks, here is our Team and Project Introduction Video about our implementation and adoption journey.


https://youtu.be/fVxhbuoamYI 
The global Digital Transformation Project (mehr …)

Feedback = Engagement

One power of social media is in the ease of sharing feedback in many forms. We still see many people struggling with a simple „Thank You“ – which (quite some time ago) I gathered my experience and made a personal, practical feedback recommendation guide. The „features“ needed for this are extremely simple to operate and are available on any! social platform.

feedback by harald-schirmer.de

Maybe that is also helpful for you:

So, how to give Feedback in (Enterprise) Social Media?

… by showing appreciation, asking questions also critical feedback is great or saying „Thank You“ or „Well done“ …this is so engaging! Also supporting with your profession or competence to further develop the content is a great feedback. (see also Working Out Loud)

In the „digital world“ (LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, XING, Connect, Yammer, Jive and any other social platform) it works exactly in the same way – and since we work globally together, in a virtual environment you can choose from the following „engagement“ levels: (mehr …)

Jon Ingham’s new Book „The Social Organization“

What an honor! Jon Ingham (British HR Consultant) (LinkedIn / Twitter), Organization Strategist (website) is about to publish a new book, which adds „social and digital“ to our organizational thinking. He gave me the great opportunity to read it upfront and despite having very little time for additional extra projects, this caught my attention very fast.

We see more and more books coming out form all kind of authors – evangelists, regular authors making money, just a few people actually being in the process of re-organization (they are typically quite busy right now 😉 Jon’s book is different. (mehr …)

Ask your great Employees – you hired the best ones!

Organizations are so strange. Everyone wants the high potentials, the best employees on the market. But once they are hired, they are often put into the „leader“ (think, involve, solution) and the „employee“ (work, follow, problem) drawer.

So employees are not being asked or involved in decision making or planning. That might sound black and white, but ask yourself:

 

Who is asked in your organization,
once a decision is needed?
Leaders or Employees

 

I am happy to share with you the results of one of my recent projects at Continental on my future work mission – the Flexibility Engagement Campaign – For people, with people.

 

 

Click below to read the full story with additional videos, results and summary presentation:

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What makes a leader a „digital“ leader?

A big part of the Digital Transformation is the role of our leaders.

leadershipinthedigitalage

At conferences, magazines and the internet we can read every day, that leaders have to change. I have a slightly different perspective on that. It sees whenever something new comes up, we are talking about „change“ as if there is a magic method to get from present to future state.

In my eyes most of the time it would be more valuable to take a closer look, what are the new demands and how to educate ourselves to become familiar and professional about it.

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For a conference, where I was asked to share my personal view on „Digital Leadership“ (as I was recognized with a „Digital Leader award„). (mehr …)

GUIDEs: How I found the most passionate Change Agents

Lately more and more people  asked me about the GUIDE Self Introduction Form, which I developed as an application form (and filter) to find voluntary Change Agents. Here it is – with some background information and how I put it together (and why) It has been a lessons learned review for me as well – so thanks for the trigger.

In 2012 I had the task to drive a huge culture change at Continental – introducing Enterprise Social Networking. To reach all our (back than) 86.000 colleagues with access to a computer, I needed a network of passionate change agents. My goal was to have at least one in every location (in 50 countries) and this „GUIDE“ should not have to take care of more than 200 people, personally. So I had to find about 400 highly engaged, self driven colleagues in all levels, all regions, functions and age – also hierarchy level.

 

guide_self_intro_form

 

How to find 400 passionate change agents (without THEM knowing, they could be) The only fast communication channel, back than has been eMail, so I won over our CFO and CHO to send out a short note to every colleague worldwide:

 

„Are you a motivated, curious, communicative person? Do you want to become part of a global GUIDE network demonstrating a new method of communication and collaboration?“ Apply to be a GUIDE by filling out this short Self Introduction Form

 

During the three year journey, I never mentioned Change Management tools, methods or terms or called anyone „Change Agent“.

Many had doubts that those „voluntary“ colleagues could do the job

I did not ask for grades, positions, functions, education levels. The only request I made has been:

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