Volker’s blog

Welcome to my personal blog. I have been writing this blog for over 15 years, and love sharing my views of the world. I work as transformational coach (career, life and business coaching), a trusted advisor and business consultant; this includes mindfulness trainings. I also host a podcast on success, wrote a bestselling book and published an online coaching course on how to #BeBetter. Feel free to follow the links on the left-hand side, or reach out to me directly!

Living in a new world – Days at home (31)

One day blends into another. A cracking week in terms of the weather, and whilst I complain it’s too cold for the BBQ, my wife keeps reminding me it’s only April πŸ˜‰

Today just ran away. I am super busy with my online course and discussing things with both the videographer and the social media agency. It’s great to see how a project comes together.

I arranged for a few virtual drinks next week. I had to skip the walk today, so in that sense it is actually great that the wife is home a lot.

What I realise more and more is that I am not a born teacher, e.g. it is a lot of hard work to home-school the children whilst balancing all other activities. I am sure this is only temporary, the question is how long temporary is πŸ™

Stay safe, the week is almost over. The weekend is almost here πŸ™‚

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Thanks for reaching out to me, those who did, as I was writing about my job yesterday. Yes, I enjoy the creating of the online course – I actually just reviewed the final cuts from the week 1 videos. It is so much fun, and I hope it pays off. It makes me interested in the whole online learning space and technology behind it.

But yes, I am glad I was asked to do more work for a company to build deeper relationships driving sales. When a mate asked me why I enjoy it so much, I explained that whilst I have enjoyed my leadership positions, and management positions, it is nice to be the one owning a number, owning a company and being the sole contributor. I wouldn’t call it less responsibility, but being more in charge of what I do, less reliant on others. In my early sales days I was called a ‘pitbull’, I since learned to let go if there is no deal πŸ˜‰ It’s muscle memory sometimes, but with experience comes what the German call ‘FingerspitzengefΓΌhl’ – nothing like a good German word. It translates as instinct but it’s not quite the same. Literally it means ‘feeling in the tips of your finger’. Just knowing I guess.

Also, as you get experienced, you value the longer sales cycles. Yes it is more at stake, but it is also more fun, closing the million pound strategic sales deals rather than the transactional small ones. But I am just saying.

It also makes me think what I want to do moving forward. I guess it depends how various industries recover from the crisis, how deep the recession is, and what’s out there. But the more I discuss this with friends, the more I believe it is back into sales.

Anyway. Aren’t we all in sales all the time? It’s also puzzle time at the Ballueders.
We are quite far along, but I thought I share it with you. A great puzzle to do. It even slows me down, and I truly enjoy it.

Quick update on the boys. They are good, and they are happy. The work isn’t sufficient to fill the whole day, but it keeps them busy a significant amount of time.

Have a good one,
Volker

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Tuesday – what already?

Yes it is. A great day to have conversations with friends and family. And doing some work too πŸ˜‰
Actually, as a matter of fact, I extended a work commitment and started another. Things are looking great! Different to how I envisaged 2020, but I am not the only one.

Looks like the pandemic is easing in Europe. Fingers crossed. We are all in it together!

For now I am busy enough, which is great. And I keep adding calls to my diary, conversations leading to ideas. Who knows where are in the next 3 or 6 months.

Also, my podcast is making progress. A new episode this Thursday, and from the looks of it, all content for season 3 is scheduled to be recorded. Progress on all fronts I’d say.

Bit of an update on my side, sorry. However, the kids are well. No new or noteworthy pictures. Maybe I take some later, it is BBQ weather – given I went vegetarian, I am exploring the variety of sausages, cheeses, burgers and non meat ribs πŸ˜‰ It’s a fun journey and I enjoy it a lot so far.

Stay safe!

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Yes, we are back…to school anyway. And no, it is all remote working.

The workload for the kids seem to go down, mine is undefined, and yes things are still slow. With Germany coming out of the lock-down, if slowly, we are all hoping similar will happen here soon too. We might be able to start planning again from in a couple of weeks’ time. Let’s see. Keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime we continue our daily routine. Exercise, in terms of walks. I am on my path to the 2nd half marathon this month which I want to run (on the treadmill) on my birthday. An 18K warm-up this morning went well, so it’s the rest of ‘The Firm’ on Amazon that I need to finish. Nothing like entertainment during a 2 hour exercise πŸ˜‰

Below is a Rainbow Sheep. We found it on one of our walks over the weekend.

Life seems peaceful, quiet and bearable atm. Like anyone I speak to, we enjoy too much wine and food. As someone said, we all get out joining the AA and WW. Who knows, keeping fit definitely helps to keep both in check for me.

Enjoy your start to the week.
Stay safe.

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Is it Friday yet?

Wowsers, another busy day. And next week I am stacked. Lots of positive developments though, so not complaining.

Part of what I am busy with is my online coaching course which goes live in May. Below a screen grab from my recording. It’s such a fun journey, and amazing learning.

BeBetter

My original plan was to spend more time with the family this week. Far from it, unfortunately, but we make up for it at the weekend. Whilst I have more time due to less commute, it’s also more time I get more stuff done. And I like to be busy πŸ™‚

And next week, we are back to school. Hurray, at least home schooling.

Now, a glass of wine…or maybe not quite yet πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful weekend,
Volker

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An incredible diverse and busy day.

To be honest, I should have only written from next week, when the kids are back to school. But here is a wee update from me:

I launched a solo podcast today, check it out: Podcast – Solo Episode

Also, let me share something else I am getting more and more involved in:Hoxby. It’s a remote working organisation I am part of, doing jobs, working and helping. It’s great to see what they have done since the start of the Corona virus crisis, as they help other companies to understand how to work remotely. That’s what Hoxby does by default. Isn’t that great!

That’s all for today, roll on Friday…..

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Another day. Wowsers was I busy yesterday. The boys are still off school, so they enjoy the downtime and the slack of playing lots of computer games. That’s ok too. And today – so far so good. Got some stuff done, including finishing an online course on Project Management. Hurray.

What am I busy with?

I am launching an online course for personal development based on my first productivity book I published in 2013, and re-published in 2017. It’s called #BeBetter and aligns your values to your purpose and success in life. I hope to be able to help hundreds of people to become better in what they do, improving their productivity and life along the way. So watch this space!

Then, I am still contracting until end of next week. With few days left, I am at least trying to get on top of things, do a proper hand-over and make sure the work I have done so far, can be carried on after I leave. So if you know of anyone needing a safe pair of hands, please let me know. I’d love to take on another contract, but also consider a full-time position in the industry, or a new industry. Why not, let’s get more experience and some change.

Anyway, let’s talk lock-down. We have been lucky and secured a delivery slot most weeks. We got plenty of food, plan another BBQ later, and enjoy long country walks. We watch Lord of the Rings, enjoy a game of Trivial Pursuit and wine deliveries get to us too. I get some reading done, and even managed journalling a lot over the weekend. Life is good, given the circumstances of course.

What are we afraid of?

Probably what everyone is afraid of:
– When does it end?
– Can we get it again?
– Will we get immunity?
– Will we see our loved ones again soon?
– Will we live in lock-down until this time next year?

… It’s uncertainty. It’s not fear, but maybe fear of a change in society, riots, unrest etc. But let’s hope it doesn’t come to it, and the virus will mutate and not attack humans anymore. Yet, will there be another virus coming soon?

Anyway, maybe enough for the day πŸ˜‰

What does the new normal look like? That’s another question we are trying to answer.

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Hey, welcome back.

The boys are still off school, and we can certainly say we have had a relaxing Easter. A couple of BBQs, a nice walk, some ‘body work’ on the beetle and yes, just some time to switch off, a fire, a movie, lots of nice wine, and a run. Wow.

Walks seem to be a daily occurrence now, so even the boys love them.

You almost think what’s not to like, but for me there is so much to live for. Yes, I’d love more freedom of movement and more opportunity to find an income source, but in the meantime we make do with what we have. There is plenty of food, we are healthy and that’s all that matters. Being thankful daily for what we have.

Below some impressions. I wanted to write more today, but it has been a busier start back than anticipated.

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It’s Thursday. From tomorrow I will take a break until Tuesday. A proper Easter break.
This week has had ups and downs.
But overall, I got a lot of things done too.

For me, it is all about keeping sane, going for the daily walk, enjoying the weather and not to worry.
We get through this.

Today I had a very encouraging call with a friend and recorded another podcast with someone from the industry. Things will continue, move and we all get through this. We are all in the same boat. You must believe.

I have plans, and the kids are coping well; it really helps them that my wife is off work this week (although this might change).

Given all circumstances, we are happy and content. If we are allowed to say that.

Happy Easter.

Enjoy your weekend, a break, some down time, and quality time with the family.

Do what matters.

And please stay at home, and stay safe!

Volker

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Today I started off with some work for my contract.
It actually has been a busy day so far.

Not only did I attend a few calls, I also delivered week 2 of a mindfulness course for a legal company. It is great to get positive feedback and being able to make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity.

Whilst still in full swing today, catching up on numerous things, I wanted to share the webinar on mindfulness I gave for Hoxby the other day. I am so glad to share the love with anyone who is keen on understanding more about mindfulness.

My wife raised close to Β£1,000 for cutting off her hair, and I am very proud of a) for her serving the NHS and medical sector and b) for her bravery to cut her hair. I am the opposite and want to use the isolation to grow mine. We shall see. Hopefully it is over soon.

That’s it again for today, it feels like a diary, and I miss my office mates. But the boys are happy, mummy is off this week, so great to spend some time with her.