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2016: what’s to BE




Yes, I do have a number of new year’s resolution.

colored_custom_year_text_11844Here is a list of topics I would like to write about:

  • Building a Happy Workplace
  • Forget HR: Why “HR” is detrimental to organizational health and business growth (and what we need to do instead)
  • The forgotten dimension of innovation
  • Who ought to be the real business enabler in an organization
  • 1+1+1 = x.  Measuring organizational performance
  • Shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world
  • Innovation: it’s all about people
  • Leadership in the Creative Economy
  • HIP Camp 2016 – Driving Performance, Inspiring Innovation
  • What we can learn from Social Businesses
  • Myopia of traditional economic theory

Conferences I will speak at or plan to attend are the following:

  • KAS meets WEF, Davos, Switzerland (Jan 20-24, 2016)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Forum, Ludwigsburg, Germany (April 5-6, 2016)
  • Global Scrum Gathering, Orlando, Florida, USA (April 18-20, 2016)
  • PMI Global Congress EMEA, Barcelona, Spain (May 9-11, 2016)
  • PMI Global Congress North America, San Diego, CA, USA (Oct 2016)
  • Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna, Austria (Nov 2016)
  • HIP Camp 2016 – Driving Performance, Inspiring Innovation (location and date tbd)

It’s not all about work.

This is why I am looking forward to

  • Family time
  • Mindfulness. Being and motivate to be
  • Music: picking up my saxophone and clarinet again
  • Sports: skiing and snowboarding, taekwondo (3rd Dan?), running, hiking
  • the great outdoors

In other words, there are a lot of people, activities and things to look forward to in 2016.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

 

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Do It With Passion and Succeed


I believe that one of the key factors for happiness at work, and this includes projects, is PASSION. Passion comes from feeling like you are a part of something that you believe in, something bigger than yourself.

Passion in a groupThis meaning by itself is still fluffy if you expect a formal definition of the term.  Alas, I am not sure whether or not it is a) possible or b) desirable to offer a formal definition.  Passion is, just as ‘happiness’, very personal and subjective in its meaning and its implications. Hence, I like to stay it with the attempt of the offered description of passion, i.e., passion comes from feeling like you are a part of something that you believe in, something bigger than yourself.

Careful! Passion is contagious and the gate to being and expressing yourself

And yet as ‘passion’ is subjective as it may be it is not limited in its scope.  Passion can be contagious.  Look at a group of people who are passionate about their activities, may it be music, sports or work.  When you observe them not only can you see the smiles in their face, you can literately feel and sense their passion, their excitement and energy.  These people share something in common, something that moves them, something that excites them.  And they love every minute of it.  What would you do as an observer or bystander?

I can speak for myself: most likely, watching a passionate group of people would make me smile for I like it when I see people who are happy. And I may even admire them for having found their passion and expressing it.   It is cool and it is worthwhile striving for.  It may remind me of my own passion.  Or it may remind me that I yet have to identify my passion in a specific area and express it.  Fact is that expressing your own passion releases energy and it comes back to you multifold in a very positive way.  It is a ‘flow’ state where time seizes to exist and you enter a state of ‘being’.

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Achieving a flow state is a wonderful experience.  It is fun, exhilarating, exciting, stress-relieving, enjoyful, dramatic and pure.  It is multi-dimensional in the sense that it can come from your work or project, from your own personal self or from and with your team, or – even better for a project or work setting – from all of these levels, i.e, individual, group and project levels.  This is what happens in WOW projects.  WOW projects are projects that add value, projects that matter, projects that make a difference, projects that leave a legacy.  And those are projects that bring happiness into our daily work life.  Both on the individual and team level.

Passion is a key ingredient to this WOW experience.  So, go out, find your passion and do it with passion.

Learn more

Learn more about how to find your passion and use it in your projects at work.  For example, have a look at my seminar “Finding the Spirit of WOW Projects“.

I will be giving a keynote address on ‘Leadership, Happiness and Project Success’ at this year’s PMI Netherlands Summit on Thursday 12 June 2014.

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Day 1 of ‘Chairlift to Innovation’ on Mindful Leadership


Today, 27 January 2014, was the first day of my workshop “Chairlift to Innovation“.  I met with one other individual, who happens to work in the consulting world just like me.

Chairlift to Innovation - PosterWe decided to pick the topic of “Ethical Capitalism” as the overall topic of our workshop.  After the first run and chairlift ride we qualified it to “Mindful Leadership”.  We find that most companies these days limit their scope to the short-term gain and neglect the long run perspective.  While this may work and actually could be quite profitable, it is not the idea we have in mind when we are talking about mindful leadership.  Instead, it is important to take the long-term perspective into account when making short-term decisions.  Long-term aspects include customer and employee satisfaction and happiness, customer retention, business sustainability to name a few examples.

Both of us want to help organizations and companies to understand the value and need to take long-term perspectives into account when making decisions today.  This is not a contradiction.  It complements day to day business.  – For this purpose we will join forces building the Institute for Project and Business Transformation (name changed to “Human Business Academy for Today’s Economy” in December 2016). I will let you know shortly what concretely we have in mind.

Day 2 of Chairlift to Innovation is on Tuesday 28 January 2014

PhotoIf you happen to be in the Davos-Klosters region and want to test the new workshop format and have fun at the same time, let’s meet at the top of the Gotschnabahn in Klosters at 10 AM.  The meeting place is by the exit of the gondola building right before you exit to the slopes.

Skeptical? Just give it a try.  Or have you ever been in a workshop location directly in the mountains?!  Have a look at the picture on the left:  this could be your workshop space.

Last but not least, if you are interested in more impressions of the workshop, check out my Facebook page.

 

 

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Chairlift to Innovation: Building WOW Projects While Having Fun (Jan 27-29, 2014 in Davos-Klosters)


Interested in going beyond debating the hot topics of this year’s World Economic Forum? Why not share your ideas and turn them into concrete projects – and have fun at the same time!?

Then join the free Chairlift to Innovation and learn how to grow your ideas into projects for success. Let’s meet on the slopes and chairlifts of the magnificient resort of Davos-Klosters and share our ideas and turn them into concrete project proposals – and have fun at the same time. After all, what better location could there be where you can integrate good ideas, physical exercise and natural beauty!?

http://www.igluski.com/images/davos_i5245603.jpg?height=240&width=440DATES:

Monday January 27 – Wednesday January 29, 2014

COSTS:

None – except willingness to share ideas and desire to grow them into concrete projects

MEETING LOCATIONS:

  • Monday January 27, 2014, 10 AM, top of Gotschnabahn in Klosters (Parsenn).  PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE ON FACEBOOK
  • Tuesday January 28, 2014 & Wednesday January 29, 2014, 10 AM, top of Gotschnabahn in Klosters (Parsenn)
  • In case of a demand to meet in Davos at the base of the Jakobshorn instead, please call  or send me an email.  My local number is  +41 76 798 53 21; my email is tj@thomasjuli.com.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

  • 1 day = 1 idea or problem to work on.
  • 1 lift ride = 1 question / lift ride to discuss.
  • 1 day = 1 or more concrete project proposals.

We start our workshop with a brief introduction where I will the explain the steps of growing a WOW project. Now for the practical part: for each chairlift ride we pick one, and only one, simple question, discuss it on the lift, then ski or snowboard, meet at the base of a given lift, pick the next question and move on.  This way we will be able to combine „work“ and fun at the same time.  During lunch break we check our interim results.  By 4 PM we should have a concrete project proposal.
How good of a  skier / snowboarder do you have to be?  Intermediate and better skiing or riding skills are recommended.

HOW TO FIND THE PARTY AT THE MEETING LOCATION?

At the meeting location, I will post the following sign:

Chairlift to Innovation - Poster

How can you find me? – I will be wearing a black jacket and green ski pants.

REGISTRATION

Just show up at the meeting place.  However, in order to facilitate planning it would be great if you could send an email to info@thomasjuli.com and express your interest in joining.

Can you bring friends?

Yes. We will form groups of 3-5 people.

Questions?

Call me or send an email.  My local number is  +41 76 798 53 21; my email is tj@thomasjuli.com.

 

For more information, visit http://motivate2b.com/chairlift-to-innovation/ or http://motivate2b.com/institute/

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Help build workshop on “Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”


Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a new interactive workshop called “Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”.  The good news is that a first draft is done.  🙂

Please help build an interactive workshop for you and your projects

The realistic news is that a draft is just a draft is just a draft.  This is why I want to reach out to you and ask you for your help refining this workshop for you and your projects. For this purpose please take a few minutes and read the syllabus of the workshop below and post your comments at the end of the page or contact me directly.

I can ensure that I will listen to every one of you and, of course, keep you in the loop.

LHS Venn DiagrammLeadership, Happiness and Project Success:
Igniting the spirit of success within you, your team and your community

Workshop Summary:

Project success is such an exciting, exhilarating and rewarding experience. Alas, most projects these days still fail.  This workshop presents two crucial ingredients for project success:  empowering leadership and happiness.  It explains and explores why and how leadership can help you grow successful projects by actively accounting for happiness on the individual, group, project and organizational levels.  You will learn how to find a clear focus of what you really want to achieve, create a strategy through principle centered leadership, resolve project issues and align your priorities for project success.

This is a highly interactive workshop.  This means that throughout the workshop you will have the chance to apply all covered principles in individual and group exercises, thus strengthening your new understandings.

Target Audience:

Individuals who are sincerely interested in finding new and transforming ways to project success. These can be individuals, project managers, project team members, line managers, line organizations, companies or social groups.

Group Size:      5 – 20 people (more can be arranged)

Duration:          2-3 days (shorter or longer duration can be arranged)

Location:           There should be sufficient space for the group, i.e., one large room and ideally several smaller rooms for breakouts. Offsite:  The best workshop experience can be achieved in an offsite location that allows the integration of outdoor activities into the program.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda

The workshop agenda can be customized to meet the special needs and interests of participants.  A sample agenda for a full workshop over 2-3 days may look as follows:

I. Find a clear focus of what you really want to achieve

  1. Introduction: The project and you
  2. Project management approaches for project success
  3. The MVP for project success: Motivation, Vision, Project(s)
  4. Develop a first MVP for the issue(s) at hand [breakout exercise]
  5. The happiness advantage
  6. Build a three-dimensional MVP [breakout exercises]
    1. 1st dimension:  What’s your personal MVP?
    2. 2nd dimension:  What is the MVP of your team?
    3. 3rd dimension:  Develop a compelling project MVP
  7. Review

II. Create a strategy through principle centered leadership

  1. Critical factors for project success
  2. The 5 project leadership principles
  3. Set up your project for success [breakout exercise]
  4. Build a prototype [breakout exercise]
  5. Continuous learning and performance
  6. Team and community building
  7. Review

III. Resolve conflicts and align your priorities

  1. Resolve any and all inner issues, fears and obstacles
  2. Align your priorities
  3. Practice holistic leadership
  4. Review: Align and prioritize your project(s) [optional breakout exercise]
  5. The meaning of empowering leadership, happiness and project success
  6. Next steps
  7. Closing

 

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Free Webinar “The Illusion and Promise of Self-Organizing Teams” – March 6, 2013


On Wednesday March 6 I gave a free webinar on “The Illusion and Promise of Self-Organizing Teams” on on Wednesday March 6th, 2013 at 12:00pm (US Eastern Time, Coordinated Universal Time -5 hours).

NOTE:  If you happen to be one of the 989 individuals who attended the webinar and still have queastions, please leave comment below or send an email to tj@thomasjuli.com.  I will respond to all questions in due time.  Thank you!

For topic details, please visit PMI’s website. Click here for Details!

Content:

Teams and teamwork are the heart and soul of every project. This is especially true for agile teams. It is not the individual performance or accomplishment that counts but that of the team. Just like in team sports the team succeeds and fails together. Interestingly Agilists propose self-organizing teams. But what does “self-organizing” mean? If teams are self-organizing why do so many teams and projects fail?

This lecture sheds light on self-organizing teams. It explains what distinguishes them from manager-led and self-governing teams. It then outlines the ingredients that self-organizing teams need in order to develop and prosper.

Self-organizing teams have an immense potential for achieving powerful results on a project. However, there is no guarantee that self-organizing teams will form and be able to sustain themselves. This is particularly the case in non-agile organizations. Under those circumstances it is important to know common pitfalls of self-organizing teams and learn to overcome them. The lecture will discuss difficulties in developing and nurturing self-organizing teams. And it will show what it takes to master these challenges. This is not an easy task. The returns, however, are multifold and worth the investment. Self-organizing teams can thus become a cornerstone of project success.

A corresponding whitepaper of this presentation is available, too.  Please click here.

 

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