You look tired

Someo­ne told me I loo­ked tired today. It hap­pens a lot in Ger­ma­ny. It never used to hap­pen in Ame­ri­ca. This could mean one of two things: I never loo­ked tired in Ame­ri­ca. Ger­mans are more honest than Ame­ri­cans. I think it is the lat­ter. To be honest, I like the hones­ty. I think it is real­ly good for…

Plug and Play People

Last week I was approa­ched by two of our inter­nal employees. They were exci­ted and wan­ted to sha­re with me a suc­cess sto­ry. So we sat down and had a quick chat in the lounge: cof­fee bre­wed, com­pu­ters out, note­pads open. The only pro­blem was, by the end of the mee­ting I still hadn’t taken any notes. And to…

Truffle Pigs

Pho­to by James Frid from Pexels “When I search for new addi­ti­ons to the team, I always look for a “Trüf­fel­schwein”. Someo­ne who sear­ches for, and is good at snif­fing out bugs and fin­ding solu­ti­ons. They fit well to the team becau­se most pro­blems we encoun­ter from our custo­mers are real­ly com­plex. So you have to find…

Me, myself and I

I had to pick a daily blog post to go on our mtc web­site this week and came to a sad rea­li­sa­ti­on. All of my stuff is writ­ten in the first per­son and near­ly all of my posts begin with “I” Look. Even this one.… I don’t mean to. It just hap­pens. I don’t mean to be so self-cen­te­­red. I mean, I do…

Are we modern enough?

A quick goog­le search reveals some pret­ty pro­mi­sing results… 28 Col­la­bo­ra­ti­on tools your team is mis­sing 50 mee­ting tools to ensu­re your team is always con­nec­ted 15 tools to help your team col­la­bo­ra­te bet­ter than ever! So how do we keep up with the ever flo­wing influx of new tools and pro­mi­sed short­cuts? I’m wil­ling…

Rehumanize Ourselves

I was scrol­ling through our web­site the other day and rea­li­zed that the­re is hard­ly a men­ti­on of the humans that work here. Sure, some of us are more pri­va­te than others and many of us don’t want our pic­tures pla­ste­red all over the inter­net. But is the­re a way to make our web­site more human, more…

Innovation at the click of a button.

Scar­ci­ty dri­ves inno­va­ti­on. That is why pri­son­ers are so inno­va­ti­ve. But we at mtc have a lot. And we can come and go as we choo­se. So how do we stay inno­va­ti­ve? One way is through our new­ly crea­ted mtc Inno­va­tions List(s) The lists are a source for ide­as and inno­va­ti­on pro­po­sals from the fiel­ds of ser­vice,…

Create. Destroy. Rebuild.

I saw it on the back of a jacket on my way to lunch today. It see­med qui­te fit­ting to the cur­rent sta­te of the English clas­ses here at mtc. After working long and hard to crea­te a plan that could suc­cess­ful­ly accom­mo­da­te everyone’s English levels and busy work sche­du­les, I destroy­ed it. I intro­du­ced the Fle­xi­ble English Plan.…

The Once Around

I have a weird habit of having to brand ever­y­thing or give ever­y­thing some dumb/creative name. Work­shops can’t sim­ply be cal­led work­shops. They have to be som­e­thing cle­ver like the in.site series or the apt­ly named WHEW! May­be it is my Ame­ri­can blood. Ever­y­thing needs to be mar­keta­ble! I also love giving ever­y­thing ridi­cu­lous­ly nar­row time…

The Streak

I medi­ta­ted this morning in our dojo. Did you know we have a dojo at mtc? It’s real­ly qui­te ama­zing, actual­ly. Just sit­ting the­re, next to your desk. Begging to be used. You could use it to medi­ta­te (high­ly recom­men­ded), you could use it to do yoga (recom­men­ded), you could use it to attempt a Sky­pe English…