Embrace the new guy!

newguyA new colleague recently joined our team. Just yesterday, he presented his ideas on a sales topic. It took me some time to get into this one slide he showed. My first thought was “i don’t fully get it, explain it to me better” followed by “why is this so strange!?”.

Being in a rush, I noticed my impatience. Until I figured out what was happening: Martin didn’t take the beaten path we use to go in our team, he didn’t use the vocabulary we were used to in our team, he didn’t use the common layout to show his ideas.

No, he did it his own way. What was feeling strange in the first seconds, made me smile directly after. He approached the topic from a different angle, structured it differently and brought in new perspectives.

We discussed quite a while and I really enjoyed it. I learned.

So when you come across something new, try to be open. Don’t judge it too quickly. You might miss a great opportunity. Take the chance to discover unknown facettes of something you already think you know quite well.

Starting a themed week

An attempt to reach my goals more efficiently

My themed week (version 1)

Switching context slows me down. Inability to find a meeting with 3+ colleagues within 2 upcoming days tires me. Now it’s time to make an attempt to change that: I’m picking up the idea of a “themed week”.

That means I put my most prominent recurring activities into a weekly framework. Every day will be dedicated to a specific topic and activities centered around that. What does that look like for me?

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Future Mobility Camp Stuttgart 2015

The 5th event of the future mobility camp series took place this Friday. A welcome occasion for networking with the regional experts from industry partners, universities and public projects. Needless to say that it was a great chance to meet my former car2go and moovel colleagues as well.

After being hosted in Berlin and Dresden, the Future Mobility Camp was the first time in Stuttgart. Head of the initiative and organizer Martin Randelhoff kicked off with a fish-bowl setup. Stephan Rammler (Transportation Design & Social Sciences at Institute of Transportation Design Braunschweig) joined him, initiating a vivid session on future mobility aspects and influences.

The opening was followed by sessions from and with audience – 15 talks or presentations in 4 tracks. I would have loved a little more level of detail or the continued momentum from the introduction talk in there. Nevertheless, great networking and something I’m looking forward to visit next time in Dresden or Berlin.

You find a sketch note of that first part attached to this post.

Check out the web site for the next dates: Future Mobility Camp!