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Sunday Column (452)

If feels like autumn, no? I went back to work. It surely doesn’t feel like summer anymore. The sun seems gone, the warmth, yet the golden summer or Indian Summer hasn’t arrived yet either. A great week to get back to work. Five days of full on fun and then 3 days off for the last bank holiday weekend of the year. Yeah! And not long now and the kids go back to school. They missed me this week as I went back to work rather than continued to be at home. Bless. Yes, one can get used to just sitting around doing nothing I suppose πŸ˜‰ The commute. Did I miss it? A bit. Seriously, I have got hardly any reading done. Now I got my 1-2 hours back where I sit on the train, read, write or listen to podcasts. I am back. For those actitives, I don’t mind the commute. The only challenge is either the length of the journey when you are in a rush to get home or of course delays or cancellations. But my major aim this week was to continue changing my routine. Small things in the morning, staying within the flow, cut

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Thursday Flash (24)

Flash…. Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy And Unhealthy? – The Wall Street Journal publisher a summary of a research paper. I am not surprised about users feeling isolated or that likes/not likes lead to some kind of competition. But competition about whether you are liked? Who is the judge? Another industry related post on IBM Watson AI (Artificial Intelligence) and how it can be used in daily life. Amazing things await us in the (immediate) future. Standards – whether your own or for the company – can determine the way you run your life or your business. The main challenge is that one should not project one’s own standards to everything. It will drive you potty πŸ˜‰

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Sunday Column (413)

Friday. Around 2 pm and I am sitting on a train home. I have a half day and enjoying myself. Kind of. Light Up Hassocks awaits me. The yearly highlight of switching on the Christmas lights. I am doing the school pick up, my parents are coming. By time of posting this will all be past. It is nice to take a half day, get some initial work done, then chilling in the afternoon. Particularly at such a gorgeous day like today. It is almost too bright to work. And it is almost December too. And it got bitterly cold later on. Light up Hassocks was nice, the weekend with my parents was nice, so all good. The routine starts again tomorrow. I summed up my life on Facebook on Friday, I thought I share it here. It sometimes feels that simple: Ok. Left work early to attend light up Hassocks. Parade and lights and fair ground rides. Kids and parents and wife had a fab time. Feeling ripped off paying two months of pocket money on light sabres but hey, it’s for the greater good and the kids. When parents went to bed I finished off work and now

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Sunday Column (320)

This week got me hit a personal goal! I hit 5,000 connections on Linkedin! Yes, that means I am connected to 5,000 individuals, who admittedly I don’t all know. But, similar to Twitter, this is all about reach for me. Being able to connect, network and reach out with updates to that many people makes it fun. Great input whenever you need it. And it works well. Not only can I find useful connections, I also help others to connect. This can be very rewarding at times. Otherwise it as an interesting week. Monday started with a busy, but not manic day. That means, in work terms, it was almost not a lot going on, when you can stay on top of things…or is it just mental any other day. Anyway, of course the week changed quickly. By Friday we were running around like headless chickens again πŸ˜‰ And next week is end of month. I have a day trip to Germany and overall I have a lot going on. But that’s the way I like it. Always nice to have a few days where you can just cope πŸ˜‰ Oh and oh no…you might remember that not only did

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Sunday Column (319)

Mid April, Easter holidays are over, and the kids went back to school. A trip to Germany, seeing Oma and Opa, and a visit by Granny. The boys are spoiled, in a good way, and before we know it, the boys will be off for their summer holidays. They are growing up very quickly.  Germany, on the other hand, for me was another realisation that I moved on. Literally. 14 years in the UK, never looked back, I cannot say I would anticipate to ever go back and/or live in Germany again. Nothing bad about the place, but the things I value are just not there. Luckily, my other German expats confirm my feelings – suppose it would be the same the other way around, when you get used to a way of living, that’s it really. When we were in Germany, I copied my dad’s old Super8 movies onto my hard drive. Sure, the seventies and eighties were crazy, dad’s cheesy film music doesn’t help, but looking at those movies I am wondering how my kids will grow up and remember their childhood? 30 years from now they might write a post, an article or speak to someone about

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Sunday Column (163)

Let me start with the family this week. Easter was fantastic and with the slow uptake after Easter I got a chance to be home for bath time one night and with fantastic weather we had a great picnic this weekend. Just yesterday Colin was very sweet. He has some kind of virus infection and isn’t in the best form. However, I jumped in the bath with Rohan and he was waiting for me to get out. So he asked if I need a towel. I said in German that I need a “bath towel”, e.g. Badetuch, rather than the “hand towel” he was pointing at. His answer was “I know daddy”. This is great. We also got some new noise books from Usborne and he couldn’t stop laughing at the farting monster πŸ™‚ You can have conversations with him now. He tells you about things he has done or he has seen. Things that happened or what he likes. Rohan on the other hand is difficult. Wiggly when being changed, unresponsive when being fed. I cannot wait until they are both over 3 years old but wouldn’t want to miss the current stage in the world. I never thought

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Sunday Column (117)

Another week which felt like it was over on Thursday. Not sure why that was, but – you might have guessed – being another busy week, I also spend a lot of time thinking. This week, not like most other weeks, I was home early most nights. I went in early a few times for client breakfasts and sorting out a new bank account, but other than that I managed to have a balanced life. That is of course if you ignore time on the HTC and time spend having a glass of wine working on presentations on the couch ;-( On Thursday I met a good friend. I have only known him for just over a year but we somewhat “clicked”, meaning we really get along well. He just got a new job, a good job. So well done mate. Then I opened a new bank account with Metro Bank. They are the no frill bank which has no fees but superb customer service. We shall see πŸ™‚ However, I needed a simple additional current account which doesn’t charge any fees and which allows me to put some money out of sight. So for now, exactly what I was

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Facebook was my idea!

Last weekend I watched the movie “The Social Network” which revealed the story behind Facebook. And, there is something I always wanted to mention: FACEBOOK WAS MY IDEA! I graduated from German high school back in 1996, 5 years before Google started off. So if I am not mistaken about 8 years before Facebook was born. I know the twins actually had the idea and then got money from Zuckerberg because he stole their idea and modified it. All a nice story but… In 1996 my friend Michael and I decided that after graduation we needed to come up with a website for everyone to stay in touch. The old Excel lists wouldn’t work for long, as no one sends their new data around, do they? But if they had an online profile to change it themselves they might. And, if things worked out we could extend it to other graduation years. As we all smoked Lucky Strike those days, we called the site “Lucky Abi 1996”. I googled it just now but I believe it has been taken down a few years ago πŸ™ So me having the idea, supported by another friend called Marius, my friend Michael programmed

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Sorry, am testing…

Hello, I not only installed a twitter tool now that a) updates my twitter feed whenever I publish a blog post but also b) posts a blog post at the end of the week with a summary of my tweets. Also I installed an RSS feed for Facebook, reading and publishing any blog post on Facebook. Sorry, I had to test that a lot tonight, but fingers crossed it should all now work πŸ™‚ Cheers Volker

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Iceland – Rimc Conference 2011

Coming back from Iceland, I am thanking Kristjan Mar Hauksson for an amazing RIMC11 conference, I wanted to sum up the key things I took away from the conference. I skipped to link everyone and everything but if you go to www.rimc.is you find most links. If not, please let me know or the guys from Nordic eMarketing. The venue was set in a shopping mall (how convenient) and the sessions where in a cinema. So it was a great surrounding for the sessions with very comfy seats which took its toll in the “after lunch” sessions. For 2012 I would hope for some pop corn and maybe some ice cream in the breaks? Maybe we can sponsor that? After a keynote from Ingvar Hjalmarsson who proclaimed the first RIMC Internet Personality of the Year award, Rick Kelley started off the conference. Being from Facebook, which now takes over the world with 600m users. Rick gave a good overview on how social media really works. It is all about the product finding the right user, and products evolving depending on the likes and shares of their target audience. Nothing new for us but I think marketers still think about this

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