Category: Motivation | Leadership

Posts related to motivation and leadership.

Time – Bank Holiday Weekend :-)

I have been quiet the last couple of days. Mainly because I have started to think about a lot of things. Some are directly related to my work and life that for obvious reasons I would not like to share here 😉 Nothing to worry about of course. However, there are some other thoughts on life that I am more than happy to share, it is my conversation with Marcelo, my Buddhist friend and ex monk on our Buddhist and Management Blog. Maybe you have some input on our thoughts. Also, as a frequent flyer I am concerned with the safety of flights after the Madrid accident. Unfortunately those things happen and one should probably not think about it. But, it also naggs on me for some reason. So, I am taking this bank holiday weekend off from all obligations and will be back as normal next week. Have a good one, Volker

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are you off your head?

Allen, author from “Getting things done” ( see earlier post) mentions in his book that things clutter your mind, your “RAM” so to speak. E.g. if you start thinking about things and the thoughts clutter your mind, you cannot focus on the task you are aiming to do. Therefore, he suggests to get it out off your head. I said that a few years ago (when I was in primary school): every night when I could not sleep and all sort of thoughts kept me awake, I got a pen and paper and placed it next to my bed. I wrote on it all kind of things that went through my head. If I woke up at 4 am and had a thought, that is where it went. I decluttered my brain, my RAM. And, it helps to do that in your daily work life. You write your ACTIONS down, not your thoughts. Your actions have to form some kind of to-do list that you then can transform into “products” or “results”. Or, have 2 lists, one for Actions and one for random thoughts – depends on the industry. I keep you posted. Have a lovely day, sunny here in

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Getting Things done

I notice that more and more people contact me about what I write here. So I would encourage you all to leave a comment too and of course, please link to my site. Getting Things done is the title of a new book I started reading this week. I have read many management books and many time management books. cb consulting offers time management seminars also. So there are really two reasons for me reading this book. a) David Allen suggests that the old time management techniques like A/B/C prioritising and planning methods are a little out of date. Therefore for me offering trainings I like to offer the most valid way of an effective time management training. b) as part of my “new life” I need to find a way to deal with hundreds of emails, unexpected work loads, processing information and Getting Things Done! So ultimately it offers me hands-on support in my daily job. Whilst job is defined as any kind of work you carry out, e.g. DIY, gardening etc. (definition by Allen). I try to keep you up to speed whilst I read this book. Most interesting in the beginning is the theory of the pebble

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New Life

Hello All, Facebook – after publishing my new status “starting a new life, everyday now” I got a few requests about what I am up to? No, I am not getting a divorce or change my job. Everything is fine and I am more than happy with both! However….there is always a BUT. Really, the last 4 weeks with us moving into the new place, the job being more than busy and me having little time to un-wind, lead me to have a good think over the weekend. Never have I been so worn out, tired and exhausted for such a long time. So, I will change my life, a bit everyday. Planning in some “me time”, “exercise”, “knowledge”, “fun”, “friends”, “family” etc. – just to consciously making life more live-able. Making sure I enjoy what I am doing and have the work life balance or life-life balance. No rocket science really but I think that I haven’t really had time lately to focus on the nice things in life. And if I had the time I did not use it. So all I do is a re-cap and a more conscious living. Thanks, Volker

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WOW – new gym machine

Wow, I went to the gym this morning. Maybe not the best idea after a Saturday night out, but I found a new toy: This machine works you like a stepper, cross trainer and climber at the same time. I could only spent 10 minutes on it, it was too exhaustive. Wow, I need to go back asap. Have a good Sunday, I will be in agony. Yours Volker

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Personal Development Essay – Island Theory

If you follow the link you find my essay on Personal Development – Island Theory. I wrote about it in my blog before. 6th of March about Islands 22nd of March about Islands 27th of March, the story of the Prince and the Magician Please leave comments and feedback, I am looking forward to a great discussion. Volker Ballueder

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congratulations Boris

Congratulations to Boris Johnson who won the mayoral elections in London. Needless to say that I support him. Sorry, Ken, you have done a great job but 8 years are enough and it is time for a change. Not sure but my Turkish friend said that Boris’ grandparents are from Turkey. It shows once again how multicultural London is. Boris, lots of luck. I liked your winner’s speech! Let’s get things moving in London and get the city where it belongs – to one of the top cities to live in. I have not always supported London that much but I spoke to a South-African yesterday and she said that you get this dip in London when you do not like the city. Usually happens after a year and a half. That seems to be the breaking point. From there you either leave it or love it. Clearly I love it. Roll on 2012 and let us show the world what a great host we can be for the Olympic Games. Free Tibet, too.

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Winston Churchill

“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” I read that in a book this morning, Winston Churchill wrote it during WW2 – not sure if as a German it might be inappropriate to use it for motivation, but I really like it.

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