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Deliver keynote session as Princess D. Esign Thinking

The Day-After SrumDayEurope2023. Reflecting and feeling very satisfied as a keynote speaker, conveying insights in the comparison of design thinking and agile. Using the story of the Princess and the Prince made it easy and quick to immerse learners in critical thinking about application. You know, it was an interactive, high paced workshop in WWJ-style. Because speaking is too dull for me πŸ˜‹

But being a keynote-speaker also means manoeuvring oneself in the position of learner imho. I learnt about the 4H’s - Heart, Hunger, Honour, Humility. They were chosen to be the fundamental values to create Grab. And that lead to meaningful actions in the operations. "Writing down values is not the same as REALITY." 

But this does: Paying a waiting fee to the driver, if she has to wait for the passenger because the passenger is late. Or the other way around: pay a fee to the passenger, because the driver is late for any reason. Micro-actions matter in operations. And certainly matter to a valued driver, who can make his day (and economic situation) better. Every day. Makes you think, eh? 

If you are interested in ScrumDayEurope, read the post on LinkedIn here

Listening to myself

Why not? I listened to myself again today. Would I remember the words, the messages and the persons I talked about 6 years ago?

A very big YES! 

Not only I remember every bridge and connection between the thoughts, I also feel recharged. Wow! I still stand with every word I said. 

I found the very heart of play.

Extremely grateful for the last 6 years of failing forward and having kept that 'very heart of play', safe. Having opened that for business. Whaahah! I mean, open for others to join, work and learn together.

Play at heart expresses itself in many, many ways. In words, in actions, in thought or in behaviour. I hope I may continu to show how to allow that playful heart to re-enter in life and work. Let's say for an other 6 years. 

Still. Stop dying, start playing. 


pumping brains lady

Kennismaken met je Growth Mindset

Een trainer is ook maar een student. Die af en toe iets nieuws leert. 

Daarom volg ik vanaf september een teken traning bij Dario Paniagua. Zijn slogan: 

'Kappen met die losse iconen. Maak tekeningen, die mensen doen stilstaan. En nadenken."

Dat wilde ik wel. Zo gezegd, zo gedaan. 

Mensen rennen rond als een kip zonder kop (een tekening waard!!). Je moet ze dus iets voorschotelen dat hun aandacht 'hijackt'. Onmiddellijk. 

EΓ©n techniek is: maak je object menselijk. Ik heb hier van hersenen een verleidelijke dame gemaakt. Haar aangekleed in een jurk met ruches. De begeleidende zin was: 

Jouw groei mindset wil met jou kennismaken. 

De gehele post lees je hier op LinkedIn. En nu maar hopen dat mensen inderdaad even stoppen met scrollen, luisteren en zich inschrijven voor deze speciale training 🀭

Balloon WWJ Village

Goodbye. So long.

γ•γ‚ˆγ†γͺら Sayonara. Adieu. 再见 ZaiJian 😒 How to say goodby. Sneaking away is easier. Let go. Drop it. Just 1 second. Why all the efforts to design an ending? That would be a waste of time. But not for Wednesday Web Jam πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ˜‚

Together with the Crew-Founders it has been a real blast to prep all the shows, perform. And deliver knowledge while exchanging experiences. Not only by ourselves. But with so many speakers! ❀️ 

Our villagers came from all over the world. Some stayed up late to watch and participate (Japan) and some got up early (San Francisco). Feeling that somebody is going the extra mile for our work, energy and wits is awesome!

I enjoyed a hilarious, interactive, playful LAST jam. May you get inspiration and ideas how to shut down, close, finish a process 🏁

Rewatch here on Youtube. Have your tissues ready!


Why you should eat ...

A pile of cupnoodles. You can find it in Future Skills Academy in Haarlem, The Netherlands. A safe place, where you can unlearn. Where you can throw off all the knowledge and skills, that do not work for you anymore. Feels good? All that empty space? I hope so. 

Now what? Either learn future skills to prepare for the next future. Or ... eat cupnoodles πŸ₯’🀭 Hihihi!

Let me explain to you. Having items and object that look and feel familiar to you, make you feel comfortable. Remember comfort food? Being somebody with strong roots in China, I sometimes miss Chinese/Asian objects that help me to feel at ease. (Do not worry, many different other objects make me feel at ease 😜) So building an academy in this space, I thought: let's bring something that can fill this gap. 

Let's do cupnoodles! πŸ₯’

And not only cupnoodles and chopsticks .... also the story of the inventor of cupnoodles: Momofuku Ando

As a true inventor he did not give up. But kept looking for better ways to make it as easy as possible to have your noodles. This journey was long, but very fruitful (noodle full) at the end. Ando's last wish was to design and produce instant noodles for astronauts. He did succeed. 

Many remarkable moments add up to lessons in creativity. You can read in the Cupnoodles Museum.

Next time that you c slurp your cupnoodles, I hope you remember Momofuku Ando. And his famous synthesis: Human beings are noodle beings. May he inspire you during your creative journey πŸ₯’



Happy Birthday #3 Wednesday Web Jam!

A Jam also celebrates its birthday. Why not? 🀭 Villagers are coming back to the WWJ Village. Get ready and enjoy the festivity. 

Rewatch this episode. Bring your own cake and drinks!







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100 Sessions simply is ..

a song to listen to.