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July 22, 2014

Business or Pleasure?

Someone emailed to me, “I’m sorry to see you had to work on Saturday night.” I don’t understand why because the “work” was only a couple of emails that I sent. And I was happy to do that on a Saturday night, just like I was perfectly happy to spend the entire Tuesday morning shopping for a mountain bike.



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Published on July 22, 2014 08:05 • 15 views

July 18, 2014

Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy

Sometimes, event organizers ask me to fill out a form asking me for my company name, address, bank account number, bank name, tax number, and much more. They tell me they need this information in order to make their payment to me later. But I think this is a bit silly.



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Published on July 18, 2014 06:19 • 6 views

July 17, 2014

Cleaning toilets

I often promote work-life fusion, quitting jobs that are not fulfilling, and seeking work that is a calling instead of just a career. But, I hear some people think, can this be true for everyone? Is there a great job, somewhere, for every person in the world?


What about cleaning toilets?


How can this work be fulfilling to anyone?


Well, that depends…



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Published on July 17, 2014 07:56 • 3 views

July 14, 2014

Work-Life Fusion

Sometimes people ask me, “What do you mean with work-life fusion? How is that different from work-life balance?”


Well…


Work-life balance means using Twitter for your work-life and Facebook for your private life. Instead, I have friends, family, and business contacts everywhere! My 13th happy anniverselfie on Facebook was liked by 86 people, half of them were friends and family, and the other half were business contacts. I call that work-life fusion.



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Published on July 14, 2014 06:44 • 4 views

July 10, 2014

open-registration

I’m very happy to say that the Management 3.0 Workout sessions so far have been well received, and they’re getting better every time! I’m almost ready for the summer break, but registration has opened for the remaining workshops this year. Please remember, I will personally visit each city only once!

It was a very joyful and insightful workshop



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July 9, 2014

mouths

writer: “I believe that A is true.”


reader: That’s stupid. Everyone knows that A’ is true.”

writer: “I wasn’t referring to A’. I was talking about A.”


reader: There’s nothing wrong with A’.”



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Published on July 09, 2014 07:58 • 5 views

July 7, 2014

50% Wrong

When extremists on both sides claim that you’re 50% wrong, you can feel confident that you’re probably right where you should be.


Vegetables are healthy, but I’ve never heard someone suggest that eating only vegetables is a wise approach to long-term health



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Published on July 07, 2014 06:06 • 2 views

July 4, 2014

Celebration Grid

At the Spark the Change conference in London, someone tweeted, “This one slide was worth the ticket price!” which was then retweeted more than 30 times. I got similar great comments from people in my workshops. And yes, I agree. My celebration grid might be the best model I ever created. It is based on the work by Donald Reinertsen, but I tried to visualize what he said in many more words.



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Published on July 04, 2014 04:58 • 7 views

July 1, 2014

Three Ways to Run

I’ve learned that there are three approaches to running (your business).


The first is to create goals for yourself, maybe with a training (change) program. You start running and try to run 5 km. When the pain doesn’t kill you, you could set yourself a target for next time: 6 km. And if you survive that ordeal then maybe next time you can run 7 km. This goes on and on until either you run a marathon, or you never run again because of the shin splints, wrecked knees, and the terrible pain in your back.



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Published on July 01, 2014 09:37 • 3 views

June 26, 2014

ALE 2014

Did you know ALE is the only event where I pay so that I can attend?

I hope to see you in August in Kraków.



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Published on June 26, 2014 07:57 • 4 views