Interview with our dual student Maximilian

Interview with our dual student Maximilian

The first month in the new job is over, how are you doing?

  • Great! The job is challenging and demanding, and it’s really fun.Despite Corona I can work on site under the Corona protection measures. This is really a big advantage, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to do tasks like SharePoint. This also makes it easier for me to get into the topics because my colleagues take me everywhere and into the topics. 

What was your highlight?

  • That’s hard to say, I think the trip and the event in Berlin. I got to see something different and got out of town. There I was able to observe how a digital event works, to operate cameras directly, to support the set-up and dismantling and to act as an interface between the moderator and the control room for the first time. In the evening, we had pizza to recover from the stressful day. 

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

  • During a live event, a fire alarm was turned on, which was a completely new situation for the whole team. A colleague had burned potatoes in the microwave and the event had to be paused. That was a bit of a shock at that moment. Another challenge was that I had to create a SharePoint page for an event, and I had never done that before. At that moment I thought, how am I going to do this? I don’t know how to program. In the end, however, it was much easier than I thought and didn’t have that much to do with programming. My questions were also clarified by my colleagues within a very short time. 

What expectations did you have, and did they work out?

  • My expectation was to experience a lot of new things and to gain insight into the various areas very quickly. I was absolutely surprised how quickly I was involved and integrated into the team. I also thought that many digital events would mean a lot of stress, but the work is fun every day and for me it doesn’t feel like work at all.

How do you like Sidekick?

  • What I find impressive is that the core team at Sidekick is in close contact, even though each member has other projects. Overall, the company and the interaction are very family-like. I was already impressed by the first coffee round. I was able to have very relaxed and open conversations right away.

What are you looking forward to in the next few months?

  • First of all, I’m looking forward to the start of university, but I think it’s a pity that it can only take place online for the time being. Very excited to see how it works and who my fellow students are. I am also looking forward to getting to know the theoretical background in addition to the practice. Next month will also be the first event organized under my responsibility. I am looking forward to it, if it worked out successfully and I passed the acid test. In general, I can say that I am happy to work with the team, because the spirit is just great. 

Your overall conclusion?

  • The impression is absolutely positive and the very good impression from the job interview has definitely been confirmed. I am curious to see how the projects and Sidekick will develop as a company.
Getting things done

Getting things done

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them”

David Allen

According to David Allen’s understanding, our mind gets distracted by too many things we are trying to remember. For this reason, Allen developed the “Getting things done” method. The method is a self-management method to help prioritize various tasks in everyday life or work.

A total of 5 steps should help us to structure ourselves better and to clear our minds for creating new ideas.

  1. Gather all the ideas and actions (e.g., emails, ideas, or tasks) that are on your mind in one place to get an overview.
  2. Process all the information you wrote down by asking yourself the question, “Is it actionable?” If it is actionable, the next question is, is it actionable in less than two minutes? If yes, simply perform the action. If no, put the item on an action list and revisit it at a later time.If the case arises that the action is not actionable, you have two options to choose from. Number one: Discard the action. Number two: Keep it for reference in case you need this information at a later time. This process is repeated for each piece of information collected.
  3. Organize all actionable items by three criteria: project, time, and context. Of course, these items can be categorized according to all three aspects. Therefore, you can decide for yourself how to organize the items best. Always ask yourself: What is the next step for this item and write it down.
  4. Review your items weekly to make sure they are still actionable or in the right place. Are there items that are stuck in your head that need to be captured and worked through? Also check monthly to see if you’ve met your short-term goals or what you still need to do to get there. Schedule meetings with yourself to make sure you are following through with the review process.
  5. Carry out the individual tasks and actions.

By consistently following these 5 steps, you will benefit from a more stress-free and efficient life, according to David Allen. In addition, you create more free space in your brain for thoughts and ideas.

Book: Six Thinking Hats

Book: Six Thinking Hats

“Thinking is the ultimate human resource.”

Edward de Bono

Why should one read this book?

In short: To achieve project goals, as a team, with overarching support. This includes putting oneself in the “other hats”. What does Controlling think about our project? And why does marketing seem to have a problem with us? This is not a one-way street. The book gives practical tips on how to create mutual understanding in the workshop and how to workl together in the end.

Who should read this book?

Anyone who has different “stakeholders” on the job, wants to make the team kick-off more interesting, or is reaching limits in their current job.

Why is it part of our book list?

Because our Sidekicks can only create real sustainable added value if their work leads to overarching success. Changes in perspective help to briefly examine current tasks and goals on a daily basis and keep the “ship” on course.

#stakeholdermanagement #communication #perspective #selfdevelopment #sidekicknetwork

Growth Hacking – Does it also work for services?

Growth Hacking – Does it also work for services?

Originally, the growth hacking method is applied to digital products. In most cases, the experiments are carried out on a website or along other marketing tools. In the case of a service, this is not always possible, as personal customer contact in particular is indispensable. Nevertheless, growth hacks can also take place analogously. However, the reaction time is longer and the analysis more complex.
Hence, growth hacking can also be applied to services. However, the company must find ways and practices for conducting the experiments and collecting the associated data.

Have you already tried growth hacking?

#growthhacking #digital #analog #product #service #sidekicknetwork

Home Office – essential rituals

Home Office – essential rituals

Meanwhile, numerous employees have been in the #homeoffice for a year.

That said, how do you manage to maintain a work routine?

  1. Start everyday at the same time!
    This allows your body to remember when it has to switch to productive mode.
  2. Find a balance!
    Try to create a balance at home, such as yoga or painting. This way you can recharge your energy.
  3. Take small breaks every now and then where you stand up and move around for a bit.
    Even if it’s just the walk to the coffee machine, it gets your circulation going again and helps you focus on your next task.
  4. Set up a workspace for yourself if possible.
    If you do not have the possibility to use a separate room or table for work, tidy up your work items at the end of the day: Ideally, you should stow them in a bag. This way you can also physically switch off from work.
  5. Stay in contact with your colleagues!
    Set up a time during the week where you can talk about anything, be it personal or professional. Or arrange a virtual workout together.

What kind of rituals do you have in the home office?

#sport #break #ritual #routine #worklifebalance #sidekicknetwork