Grow Your Network

To create your reliable personal networkidentifying the right people and creating a proper list is already some work to do. If you do it properly your list can grow by one person every one or two weeks. Let’s assume you met many people. Your people list is filled with entries. What now? How to grow your network?

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Identify People You Enjoy Being With

This is Step number 1 to create your personal network. It is to identify people you enjoy being with.

I will not describe how you connect yourself to everybody to meet. Because I think the only way to build a long-term reliable network is to create it with people you like.

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3 Steps To Create Your First Personal Network

People tell me often that I have a big network. People ask me how I keep this network alive. They ask me how I keep up and grow all these connections. Below I describe my way. I describe 3 simple steps to create your first personal network.

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3 Advices From Steve Jobs

Some time ago I found a great video on You Tube with 3 great inspiring advices from Steve Jobs. The video shows Steve Jobs holding a speech at Stanford University, in front of a graduate class. It is only 15 minutes long.

It gave me some very interesting thoughts. I noted them down for me and would like to share them with you.

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The Monkeys On Your Back

If you are in your first leadership role you will be confronted with the situation that your team needs information and decision from you. That’s normal life of a leader.

But, these things will cost you a lot of time.

These things will get so many that you are not able to do the things you actually need to do as a leader.

This post describes how you can manage.

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10 Tips From Successful Leaders To Newcomers

Today I’m gonna present you the 10 tips from successful leaders to newcomers.

I am a Mentor for dual students (special education program in Germany). Recently, I interviewed a couple of Senior Managers. Every one of them leads big departments. They all started from where you are today, as a newcomer.

I asked them: „What is your No. 1 advice to my mentees for personal and professional success?”

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3 easy rules for smart and effective presentations

Do you know this kind of presentations:

Where you really cannot read anything because it’s so much text and way too small?

Where you fall asleep or lose concentration because it’s so boring or wired?

Where you feel like the presenter is reading a book out loud?

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Successful milestone meetings

One main reason why Milestone meetings (and other decision meetings) take longer than planned or even fail is from my experience that they become working meetings to explain the Steering Committee / Decision makers the complete project.

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Prepare decision proposals – How to prepare fast decision making

Imagine the situation, which I have had quite often today and in the past, you sit in a meeting and need a decision about a topic from the people around the table.
But they are stuck in an endless detailed discussion. All you wanted to do is to put together three slides on a specific topic. But at the beamer you are still at the first slide and it is still empty. Only the first three words of your first sentence are visible with the pointer blinking… Continue reading “Prepare decision proposals – How to prepare fast decision making”

Pilot & Publish – How to launch complex operations successfully

Some time ago I had to introduce a complex new solution to allot of people. This new solution changed their way of working in many ways. When it comes to this kind of changes it’s never easy because people need to change behavior. Continue reading “Pilot & Publish – How to launch complex operations successfully”

From paper to reality

During a strategy discussion of our department we were all placing our wishes for nice interesting projects and for more resources. The discussion drifted away a bit in the direction of everybody-gets-what-wants, until my boss said: “Guys, I see the points in your requests, most of them also fit into the strategy, but: to make it happen from paper to reality, we need budget. That what’s it all about.” Continue reading “From paper to reality”

Make yourself replaceable

When I worked for a automotive supplier, I participated in an “Welcome New Employees Event”. There were different speeches, one held from the Head of HR. During his speech he was asked what he would recommend in order to go up in the companies hierarchy. He said: “Make yourself replaceable.” Continue reading “Make yourself replaceable”