Delete all emails during your vacation – the new reality at car manufacturer Daimler Benz

Do you know the overwhelming moment, when you check your emails after a vacation? I mean a real vacation, without checking emails in the meantime?

If you work for German car manufacturer Daimler Benz, you are going to be much more relaxed in the future.

After a 2 year trial period, all employees can now activate the “Mail on Holiday” feature when they leave.

What it does:

1) It sends out an “out of office message”
2) It mentiones the person (i.e. a colleague) one should contact in urgent cases
3) It tells the recipient that the email he sent to you has been deleted just now.

Impressive!

Impression from my recent talk at Seartec & Officebox in Cape Town

SeartecRecently I was invited to speak in front of a group of fantastic people working at Seartec (the representatives of SHARP) and Officebox.

We spoke about comfort zones, our own mindsets and the mindsets of customers, and how to improve collaboration with a new way of communication.

officebox logoThank you all for inviting me and the follow up discussions we had right after my talk.

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We started by taking a Selfie which became important during the talk

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How to make IT governance work – Our Article on ComputerWeekly

How to make IT governance work - by Axel Rittershaus for ComputerWeeklyGovernance is undoubtedly an important subject for any organisation, but what does it really involve? If you were to ask 10 experts you would end up with 11 explanations. It is therefore important to distil the topic down to its key elements.

Read more about IT governance and why a set of rules & systems are not sufficient to make it work.

http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/How-to-make-IT-governance-work

 

 

Leadership Development Program for IT Executives of large corporations and their IT departments

“Learning by doing” can be a very powerful way of learning.

Leadership in IT departments does not have the luxury of time for such an approach. IT leaders of today need to be capable of a multitude of skills, from IT knowledge to influencing board members, from finding the right people to keeping existing legacy systems running.

Our unique signature program “IMPACTFUL LEADERSHIP FOR IT EXECUTIVES” for IT departments fills the gap of current leadership development approaches.

It’s 100% tailor made for the needs of IT departments, based on 15 years of experience in the IT industry with an outstanding track record regarding its positive impact on the leader and his people.

Read more about it in our brochure “Impactful Leadership Program for IT executives” and get in touch with us.

We adapt our program to your individual requirements, and we give you a Money-Back-Guarantee!

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Talk: “Are you the right leader” for Grindstone Accelerator

GrindstoneAcceleratorGrindstone Accelerator (by Knife Capital) is a structured incubation initiative to assist high-growth SA Technology SMEs to become sustainable and fundable.

Many topics are important to start, grow and estabilsh a sustainable technology company. One of them is leadership – especially the leadership role of the founder(s).

Axel Rittershaus got invited to speak at the Grindstone Accelerator Meeting on May 14th 2014 in Cape Town.

His talk is titled “Are you the right leader?” and he will talk about leadership, dogs, challenging questions and the importance of asking “Why?”.

Warning for CIOs in India – and around the globe…

The gap between IT and business functions is a real threat for IT departments and their businesses.

And due to the massive demand of mobile and customer oriented services IT departments either find a way to improve their collaboration – or they will foster the growth of more and more shadow IT systems.

Forrester analyst Manish Bahl published an alarming report.

He says 62% of Indian CMOs are going to increase their tech budget in 2014.

Their priorities are

1) addressing the rising expectations of customers

2) acquiring and retaining customers

This is nothing new – but the pace of rising customer expectations is on a new level.

To tackle this, CMOs rely on technology. And they either get it from their IT department, or they go and buy it on their own. Since they have to keep and acquire customers NOW! They can’t wait.

This puts emphasis on the need of IT departments (and IT leaders in particular) to focus on taking all necessary steps to improve the collaboration of IT and business. Otherwise they will be facing an avalanche of shadow IT systems in 1-2 years.

Yes, the CMOs might still need to buy solutions in the cloud, which IT would rather source differently but doesn’t have the capacity to do so. If IT is the partner for the CMO to choose at least the best possible solution and IT is aware of this new system, they are much better off than if they are not involved at all.

Read more in Manish’s blogpost…