Sven Sommerlatte

 Welcome to otium

by Sven Sommerlatte

OTIUM is a Latin word that means using leisure time for Reflection and Introspection.

Use this time to learn more about Personal Development, improve your Career Strategy or become a better Leader.

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What leadership for self-organized teams?

With the development of self-organization, hierarchical leadership roles will be reduced. Leadership will not disappear, but it will significantly change: It will become part of the team activities. Defining who takes leadership responsibility within the team and how that leadership is exercised will be part of the team’s self-determination. This video outlines how teams will self-organize leadership. Could this be a next step in YOUR leadership development journey?

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Cultural diagnostic for better problem solutions

Many of the issues we encounter in our organizations have deeper cultural root causes. Just fixing the visible part of the problem is not enough. We know this, but we rarely include a cultural diagnostic into our problem-solving approach. Instead, we end up addressing only the structural aspects of the issue. Consequently, the problem usually comes back quite soon. You will find here a simple and practical tool to assess cultural root causes as part of your problem solving. In addition, I have outline 4 concrete examples to illustrate how the approach works.

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Set up your Personal Career Advisory Board now!

It is important to actively drive our career development. But that should not be done alone. You should get the support from people who know you, who know your function and who know your industry. This article outlines how to set up a personal career advisory board and how to run it efficiently.

Your personal board will help you review your career strategy and it will be there to answer questions on how to best steer your professional development. The board will provide advice on important career decisions and you will be able to draw on the board member’s experience and expertise. Such a career advisory board can become a major success factor for your professional development. Don’t wait to set it up!

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COMPANY CULTURE. How to optimize internal competition

The level of internal competition is an important aspect of company culture. Some companies have an exacerbated level of internal competition. Other organizations are overly consensus oriented. These two extremes are not optimal, because employees cannot cooperate efficiently. We should therefore aim to move to health internal rivalry. This video outlines how to achieve this.

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Self-awareness – Be narcissistic and love your weaknesses

Constantly deepening our self-awareness is critical to grow as a person and as a leader. But to achieve this there are many barriers we need to overcome. We have been told not to be self-centred and to combat our weaknesses, which leads to a certain denial of who we are. Instead, we need to learn to be vulnerable and to observe ourselves with a lot more clemency and… narcissism!

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ART-WORK BALANCE. What art can bring to leadership

Interview with Prof. Dr. Tom Sommerlatte.  For Tom, being a painter and leading a corporation hang together. That balance between ART and WORK is essential for him as a leader. He has brought artistic freedom and creativity into the workplace. According to Tom, the artistic spirit helps improve problem solving. To take people along Tom had to encourage his teams to break out of their routines. Artists have the courage to start from a white page. They want to accomplish something new. They are fully engaged. Tom believes that this is what Art can bring to Leadership!

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Career Strategy: The Diamond principle

A career has typically two distinct phases: In the first phase you broaden your experience base. You will reach a turning point as soon as you have gained the necessary experience to reach your aspired career target. This is where the second phase starts and where you need to take a focused approach in view of your career ambition. In this video I outline two important aspects related to these two phase: communication and time management. Getting this right will help you optimize your career development.

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Why we need to reduce the power of leaders

Companies are changing their organization structures to become more agile and to allow teams to be self-organized. That requires very different leadership. Most leaders are aware of this but find it difficult to adjust their leadership style. Why? This video shows that we need to reduce the power of leaders in order to allow leaders to change their behavior and be fit for the future.

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