Nugget #1 may seem a little unusual at first glance. On Monday evening, when I go to my weekly basketball training, I listen to the show Mensch Otto. Thorsten Otto interviews extraordinary people within an hour. This week Ali Mahlodji was his guest. I follow Ali on Twitter for a while and his portal Watchado was already topic of an earlier post. In the interview Ali tells how he came to Austria as a refugee, how he came to Watchado and how his “career” went. What Ali has to say is not only relevant for students who don’t know what to do later. It is also about theories such as “The classic manager is a phase-out model”. Ali calls on us to experiment and try things out. We cannot rely only on the knowledge of the past. We are driven by curiosity. Often, during her many years at school and at work, the curiosity just went a little buried. But listen to his stories for yourselves. The 42 min are in my opinion well invested.
Ali Mahlodji, entrepreneur, integration and youth ambassador (42 min, audio, German)
For Nugget #2 a big thank you goes to Thomas Michl, who publishes interesting articles about productivity, agility and leadership in his #LINKSDERWOCHE. I put one of the links in my treasure this week. Claudia Kauscheder writes about the adventure Home Office, which fits perfectly to one of my central themes “Remote work”. The article is about the inner deflectors and what you can do about them. It always happens to me that my thoughts wander during a task. Claudia presents three recipes on how to avoid the distractions: Freewriting, Change Location and Done-List. Above all, freewriting could become a real power tool for me. And as Thomas Michl has already pointed out, the recipes do not only work in the home office.
How to cheat your inner deflector (5 min, text, German)
I actually have Nugget #3 in my backlog for quite some time. At the end of last year I wrote three articles about #NewPay. When an article on #NewPay appeared in the last issue of Markt & Technik (one of my trade journals), I was determined to take up the topic here again. It’s about transparent salaries at buffer, a company that operates a marketing platform. The salaries of all employees have been transparent for some time now and can even be viewed by everyone. It’s not as revolutionary as you first think, because in some Scandinavian countries you can see the salary publicly. It will probably not be published on the Internet and is not compatible with the GDPR. In addition, buffer has further developed its formula to determine the content. Factors such as role, experience and cost of living are factored into it. The formula is now available in version 3.0. On one hand, I think it’s good that the company is playing with open cards. On the other hand, I also have my doubts whether the complex world can simply be translated into a formula. What if suddenly a handful of employees move from a low-cost area to a high-cost area? Do they get the money even when the company can’t afford it? However, the article is thought-provoking. What do you think?
The Next Evolution of Transparent Salaries (7 min, text, English)
Have fun with this treasure. Today I am at the intrinsify.me corporate conference in Hamburg. I will certainly report on my learnings in a future article.