All in Workplace

How to be calm in a busy world

We are living in a busy world. Or at least it seems to be. Everything needs to happen right now and therefore we seem to be running. While it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to be busy from time to time, it is important to slow down. I am having a bit of a challenging time lately, feeling overwhelmed a (more than) significant amount of time. Therefore, I have been exploring more consciously how I could slow down a bit and catch up. Today I will be talking you through the stuff that is working for me.

Why We All Need Psychological Safety

Let me start by saying that I am still very much obsessed with audiobooks. This means that it has turned into a habit now and I am well on my way to exceed my goal of books to read/listen to this year. Something that has been on my mind was psychological safety in the workplace. What it means for me and for teams in general. Then I started listening to Dare to Lead  by Brene Brown this week and coincidently this topic was also discussed in detail. This week I will share with you what psychological safety in the workplace and why all #careerlions should strive to achieve this for themselves and their colleagues.

How to Make More #Careerlion Time?

As you probably read in my previous blog, I am now obsessed with audiobooks. One of the books that I recently finished is Make Time: How to Focus on What Matter Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. I think it was a great read with some thought breaking tips for all of us #careerlions trying to do as much as possible in all different areas of our lives. Today, I will share with you my thoughts on the book and some of the key lessons I learned from the book.

5 #Careerlion Reasons to Love Audiobooks

Yes, I am fully aware that I am late to the party, but I love audiobooks. The last few months I noticed that I was reading a lot less than before. Especially with my new job, most of my reading time has been more job relate. Then again reading Lonely Planet's also took up quite some time. With my reading challenge of 20 books and having fully finished only 2 new books, I needed to make changes quickly. When people started recommending me audiobooks more and more, I decided to do some research and start off with Audible. Having finished nearly 3 additional books in a month time, I am happy to say that I am hooked. Today, I will share with you all my reasons to love audiobooks. Hopefully, this will get those of you that are not convinced in the game. Making your #careerlion lives that much more efficient and productive.  

10 #Careerlion Reasons to Use OneNote

I am not sure I ever thought this day would come, but I am hocked to OneNote. I have known about its existence for a long time and have frequently used it for our common team meeting notes over the years too. However, I never really got to the point to use it myself on a structural basis until now. Part of the reason is that I only recently discovered certain features that have turned this into a real game changer for me. Assuming that some of you also aren’t regular users yet and may not even know about some of the hidden gems, today’s blog is dedicated to OneNote.

Confessions of a former control freak

Ever since I was a teen I liked to be on top of things. Finals coming up? I will have a study schedule to get me through the exam period. During my time at university it even got worse when I took on a lot of responsibilities at the same time. All of a sudden, I always had somewhere to be and something important to do as I was a full-time student and working a 20 hour plus job too.

After a grueling time (when it also had to be combined with taking care of a recovering mom) I was just sick of the need of being on top of everything all the time. I was tired of my own control freak tendencies. It took so much effort with not always the expected result. It has even been scientifically proven that always trying to be in control only limitedly results in achieving goals. A few years older and wiser I know this is what we call a bad business case. As I am sure I am not the only one dealing with this, I thought it would be nice to share some exercises to tame that inner control freak.

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.

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.