Process Mining for #Careerlions

Speaking for myself, I have heard a lot over the years about data mining (used for discovering patterns in large data sets). Being a business process manager in an operational environment, I am constantly looking at new and better methods to uncover potential areas of improvements and contribute to decision making. This still makes the use of data analysis crucial, but the current stage of the project is not really demanding analysis to discovering patterns in large data sets yet to study the behavior of the systems or its users. I would say that data mining is a bridge too far. However, this week I came across process mining while catching up on some reading. Process mining basically is that bridge between data mining and business process management. Today, I will share with you what I have learned so far and why this could be interesting for you too.

How To Do a Sunday Supercharge

The past week I have been recovering from a pretty intense flu. It took me five days in bed before I could even leave the house. The week after that work was about all I could handle and I would come home all tired. For the coming week, I intend to pick up everything I have left during my time recovering. Here’s how I do a Sunday Supercharge!

Your #Careerlion Reading List for Career Transitions

As you may have read in our earlier blogs, both Liona and I started on new professional adventures November last year. Speaking for myself, it has been a great adventure so far. However, it is also quite an adjustment. I have and had lots of questions starting in the new position. That is why I have made a reading list for myself to deal with the change itself, in addition to the knowledge I have still to obtain about the new domain. I personally feel that in your professional career it is not always about how much you already know about a certain domain. It is the way you carry yourself in your team and organization and obtain the knowledge that you need. Keeping that in mind, please read on if you are curious to know which books have made the cut.

How To Get Unhooked

Life in 2019 is fused with technology, it’s everywhere and we love it. I can barely remember the days where smartphones didn’t play a large part of our daily habits. Let’s face it, we’re hooked. But did you know that technology companies actually design their products and services for us to get hooked? While I love using all convenient apps on my phone, I would also love to reduce screen time on my phone. I would love to use all that time more productive or more meaningful, like spending quality time, unwind or do some wedding planning. Therefore, I thought if we figure out how we got hooked, we’ll learn how to unhook.

How to get your home-life in check

Maybe it is just me, but somehow getting around to-do’s is much easier when I am at work than at home. The minute I get home, I attend to procrastination and Netflix. While I get around to cooking, the cleaning up part is far from my favourite chores. Hence, it is my boyfriend who ends up doing most of the dishes and tidying up. The general excuse I go for is that I do all the recipe hunting and cooking in return. However, this week I would like to see how we can start to excel at home just like we do at work. After all, why wouldn’t we put as much energy and dedication into our personal tasks as we would for those at work?

Nice girls don’t get the corner office

Nice girls don’t get the corner office, or at least if we have to believe Lois. P. Frankel in her newly revamped book. International Women’s Day might have passed, but at CAREER LIONS HQ we believe it’s all about the other 364 to really make a difference. Therefore, I am sharing my thoughts and learnings from the pink bestseller.

Self-Compassion For #Careerlions

Is it just me or do all #careerlions judge oneself more harshly in terms of personal shortcomings, than you do others? Well, if you tend to be more accepting of other people’s shortcomings than I think we should be forming a “self-compassion” squad. This week I came across a Youtube video about self-compassion, applauding the theories by psychologist Kristin Neff. She basically states that we should all promise to love ourselves, in both sickness and in health. That we should offer ourselves warmth and unconditional acceptance. Isn’t it just weird that we can be so hard on ourselves, while we are generally more than willing to accept others for who they are including their shortcomings? Well, today is about what this self-compassion actually entails and why you need to strive to accept you for who you are.

The Art of Maximizing The Work Not Done

How often are we happy when we are busy and time flies by. After a few minutes of retrospective however, you come to the realization that doing lots of things at the same isn’t actually the most valuable things to deliver value. Productivity is only one measure for your output, but what about effectivity? 

During one of my study sessions for my SAFe certification, I came across the principles of the Agile Manifesto. Here it states that simplicity is essential. What is meant with simplicity is the art of maximizing the work NOT done. Sounds crazy, right! But also, totally true. In the Lean-Agile SAFe principles, this art is translated into three concrete tactics, which we will be discussing with you in this blogpost. Also, we will give examples on how to implement this beyond software development and in your personal life.

How You Can Solve All Your Problems

Not too long ago, I had attended a course for business analysis for work. During this course many useful methods and frameworks were covered. One that stood out for me was the reminder of the problem-solving model. All of us are constantly faced with problems, in both our personal and professional lives. When you are in a crisis, it can be very helpful to take a step back and use an approach to guide you through it. Well, I have just that for you today. I hope this is as helpful for you as it has been for me.

How to practice self love

Lately, I have been exhausted during the weekends since starting a new job last November has been quite challenging. It’s super fun and I enjoy it, but it does come with its toll on my energy. On one of my commutes home, I heard on a podcast (don’t recall which one that was, but will add the link if I remember it later) that the tiredness doesn’t necessarily come from working too hard. Feeling tired comes from not resting well. Resting means a good sleep on one hand, but also about doing the things you love and get energy from. So, in practicing more self-love I decided to do more energizing activities in the weekend. After a month of energizing weekends, I am sharing my personal self-love tips with you today!

5 #Careerlion Reasons to Stop Being Perfectionistic or Embrace That You Are Not

Perfectionism is one of those personal traits that can be both positive and negative. Professionally, perfectionism is often seen as a positive trait. However, when you are too perfectionistic (like with anything that you have “too much” of) can block you from excelling in your job and life in general. This week we will talk about 5 reasons to stop being perfectionistic. If you are not at all a perfectionist, then consider this blog an anthem to you and ammunition for when someone decides to call you out on it.

How I defeated the morning snooze

On my quest to become a morning person one of the most prominent obstacles is snoozing. Becoming a morning person is such a romantic idea where I would ideally find the extra peaceful time in the morning to get things done (for personal projects). Now, back to the first obstacle, that damn snooze button! I think I just might have found what works for me and I would love to share it with you today!