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Business Agility Coach | Abundance Thinker | Helping Mid-Market Companies Evolve by Using the Kanban Methodology - As trained Industrial Engineer with close on 25 years' experience as IT Professional and Business Executive in the mid-market IT industry, Mathias Tölken loves to share his experiences and expertise with others.

Mar 29

Ep 40 – Stop Worrying About Everything at the Same Time

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

Covid-19 will have a permanent effect on how we work. In this and the next few episodes we'll help you implement a very effective system to keep track of and prioritise all your to-do's (work and personal).

[To see previous episodes, click here]

By now you probably have established a bit of a routine for when to do what every day.

Great!

But just as you are patting yourself on the back, you realise you now have an even bigger problem:

There is just so much to do and your mind buzzes to keep track of it all.

What you actually need is a simple system that allows you to clear your mind and focus on what is most important at the time.

In this Business Agility Daily video I use a whiteboard, a pen and some coloured sticky notes to show you how you can setup your own Personal Kanban system in just a few minutes.

Try this, it really helps to have a system to manage your workload!

In the video I have referred to the following episodes:

Any questions or other insights? Use the comments section below!

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Mar 26

Ep 39 – How Remote Teams Should Interact and Stay Connected

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

Covid-19 will have a permanent effect on how we work. But first, there is a lot to figure out, which is why we have decided to share what we have seen and learned over the years. Please pay it forward if you find this useful! 

[To see previous episodes, click here]

Most of us have learned how to interact and stay connected with each other in a regular office environment.

To just assume that this will easily translate into the world of remote working, however, is a big mistake as many teams new to it will soon find out.

In this video I share some ideas about the types of interactions you should seek to keep work flowing, maintain team culture and also look after the psychological health of each team member.

What else are you doing to maintain team cohesion and culture? Please let me know in the comments section below!

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Mar 25

Ep 38 – Essential Software Tools for Remote Working

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

Covid-19 will have a permanent effect on how we work. But first, there is a lot to figure out, which is why we have decided to share what we have seen and learned over the years. Please pay it forward if you find this useful! 

[To see previous episodes, click here]

When working remotely, better software tools will not necessarily make you more productive.

The exact opposite is true, however, when you don't have good tools as this will most certainly have a major negative effect on your team's productivity.

The sad reality is that if you are working for a more traditional organisation where remote working was never a priority before, your current tools and applications are most likely not even remotely good enough.

In this Business Agility Daily episode I identify 5 major types of software tools most remote teams would need to function effectively.

Not only that, I also give some examples of tools that are, according to our own experiences, quite safe choices ... which is good to know when you need to move fast!

What are your favourite tools for remote working? Please let me know in the comments section below!

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Mar 24

Ep 37 – Start By Meeting Daily

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

Corona will have a permanent effect on how we work. But first, there is a lot to figure out, which is why we have decided to share what we have seen and learned over the years. Please pay it forward if you find this useful! 

[To see previous episodes, click here]

Chances are good that you are currently worrying about how you will keep your team synchronised and productive while they work from home!

The knee-jerk response by many leaders is to try and translate old-style command and control thinking into the digital world.

This is definitely not the right way to go and I can promise you that things will quickly fall apart if you go down that route...

What you need to do instead, is to schedule and run a fixed daily meeting to check-in with each other, identify challenges and prioritise the work ahead.

In this Business Agility Daily episode I explain why this is so critical and also give a few pointers to get you started right away.

Did you notice the calm that set in after your first few meetings? Please share your experiences in the comments below!

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Mar 24

Ep 36 – Your Colleagues Need You More Than Ever

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

Corona will have a permanent effect on how many of us work. But first, there is a lot to figure out, which is why we have decided to share what we have seen and learned over the years. If you find this useful, please share

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Is everybody at your organisation in panic about the pandemic?

Chances are good that many are. With good reason, as we are fighting an all-out war against an invisible enemy.

To not make matters worse, however, we absolutely need every ounce of leadership we can get to calm the nerves, set direction and encourage everyone to do their part.

In today's Business Agility Daily video I make an urgent appeal to the leader in each one of us to step forward and do what needs to be done!

Have you witnessed inspiring acts of leadership around you? Please do tell in the comments below. It is time to start seeing the silver lining...

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Mar 22

Ep 35 – Why You Have to Maintain a Routine

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

Corona will have a permanent effect on how many of us work. But first, there is a lot to figure out, which is why we have decided to share what we have seen and learned over the years. If you find this useful, please share

[To see previous episodes, click here]

Working from home is really tough when you are not used to it.

But that is when you are alone, now add a spouse and perhaps one or two kids, a situation many of us suddenly find ourselves in, and things can quickly turn into chaos.

Fortunately experts and digital nomads agree that there is a remarkably simple solution to this and all it requires from us is to maintain our routine.

What this really means and how this advice applies during the Corona pandemic, you can find out in our newest Business Agility Daily video.

Anything else you want to add? By sharing your insights and experiences in the comments below you'll help create a valuable resource we all can benefit from.

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Mar 19

Ep 34 – What to Consider When Setting Up for Remote Working

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

How we work will never be the same again. There is so much to learn and figure out in this brave new world, which is what we want to help you with [for previous episodes, click here].

Have you been told to go home and start working from there?

For millions of people, this is exactly what happened when many western countries decided to dramatically restrict social contact this week.

But how exactly do you get started?

In this Business Agility Daily episode I share practical tips and insights we at Xuviate learned over many years.

Anything else you want to add about this topic? By sharing your thoughts in the comments below you'll help create a valuable resource we all can benefit from.

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Mar 18

Ep 33 – Why You Need Your Peers

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

This is episode 6 of 10 in our new miniseries where we take you from the why, to the what and eventually to the how of kick-starting your business agility journey with KanbanClick here to find the other episodes.

What happened in the middle of March will forever be etched into the minds of many Westerners.

This is when suddenly the world stopped working the way we used to know it.

Nevertheless, within all of this mayhem, we were surprised that we could still run our usual peer-coaching Mastermind sessions, as if nothing had happened.

Sure, the topics were different, but nobody panicked, we still exchanged experiences and practical tips, we encouraged each other and, most importantly, we realised just how much of an opportunity this is for change agents who want to help their organisations become more agile.

In this Business Agility Daily I share the Xuviate story of how we first discovered the Mastermind concept and why everybody keeps coming back for more. Even during this fateful time!

Have you already found your online watering hole? If you have, please pay it forward and share details in the comments below.

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Mar 17

Ep 32 – Why You Really Need a Kanban Kick-Start

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

This is episode 5 of 10 in our new miniseries where we take you from the why, to the what and eventually to the how of kick-starting your business agility journey with KanbanClick here to find the other episodes.

More and more business leaders realise that Kanban is a wonderful tool to make their teams more productive.

With the Corona-induced pressure to figure out how to work remotely, they wanted Kanban implemented yesterday!

Wanting something and actually getting it, however, are worlds apart as these same leaders soon discover that they are so busy and lack critical insights that their initiative will probably never get off the ground.

What now?

A proven way to significantly accelerate Kanban adoption is to focus a team's energy and resources and to conduct a proper kick-start initiative.

In this Business Agility Daily I highlight all the options you have for getting your Kanban initiative off the ground, fast!

What do you think? Is this the right time to kick-start your Kanban initiative or are you of the opinion that things have to settle first? Tell us in the comments below.

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Mar 16

Ep 31 – Why You Should Start with Kanban at the Team Level

By Mathias Tölken | Business Agility Daily

This is episode 4 of 10 in our new miniseries where we take you from the why, to the what and eventually to the how of kick-starting your business agility journey with KanbanClick here to find the other episodes.

If Kanban is so powerful, you may ask, why don't more organisations drive its adoption from the top down?

I could give the tongue and cheek answer that David and Theodora told us so in their Kanban Maturity Model... but this would not be the truth as the model is merely a reflection of what they saw happening in the real world!

Instead, in this Business Agility Daily episode I present a very simple driver for why we believe it is best to start a serious Kanban implementation at the team level.

Can you guess what it is before watching the video?

Apart from answering this question, I also manage to show two different visualisations of the KMM, Klaus Leopold's influential Flight Levels model and a number of increasingly sophisticated Kanbanize boards. 

And if this was not enough excitement for you, I also had a really embarrassing slip of the tongue ... hope you don't notice 😉

Would love to hear what you think in the comments below!

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