Two out of three

Apparently 2/3 of all Swedes don't know the European Parliament elections are coming up in 2 months – as reported in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

Now, this could be something to be upset about, which I'm quite sure some will be. The more interesting angle would be to explore and understand why these elections don't create more public interest. Could it be that Brussels is too far off? Or that the issues are too complex and distant from ordinary Swedish life? Or that Swedes in general mostly pay lip service to the "European project".

If I turn to myself, I'd say all of the above. I knew the election is coming up. I just don't care much about it. And in all honesty I should also mention I don't care about Swedish general elections either. 

Politics and democracy need to be reinvented. And making people feel guilty or stupid about them not knowing about upcoming European elections is not the way to do it. (This is not what Dagens Nyheter did today. They "just" reported facts neutrally, which I give them credit for.)


Head spinning

I would have loved to post some thoughts I having going in my head around social business. But I can't. My head is blocked by other processes. 

Feels really wierd. I can physically sense that I have stuff in my head that lies in the way of what I'd like to express and explore. Dang. 

I'm quite sure this has to do with the type of work I'm doing a t the moment. I have two projects that are cognitively challenging and all my processing power seems be used in these projects. One is carving out a 1.5 day leadership training process for 100 managers. And one is creating a plan for a makeover of a local governement's development work.

These projects are also forcing me to spend longer stretches of time in front on my Mac, which in itself tends to make my head spin. I prefer doses of an hour or so by the computer and then do other types of work.

Well, I'll just have to ride it through. And perhaps I can share some of the results. Depends a little on what my clients allow me to show the world.


Paralizing sadness

I think a lot about my friend D that died a little more than a week ago. When the sadness hits me I lose virtually all capacity to function for a long while. It is a very egoistic feeling of course. But it seems so unfair. Not to me really, but to his family and closest friends. And that fuels my sadness even more – connecting with their loss.


New Math

Craig Damrauer is a genius. He has a very simple and basic theme going at his website. And that's what makes it genius. He converts social phenomena into math formulas like this one:


So check Craig's site out!

And yes, I consider myself a contrarian at times.


Job interview a la Monty Python

This was heavy irony in the 70's. I'm thinking that this acutally would be a good test of management capability today. How to cope with uncertainty and moving outside one's comfort zone, etc.


Some changes

I've decided to let myself write more freely, hence the break up from my theme "New world of work". It will still be something I write about, and the category is still intact. I'll try to keep categorizing, and my guess is there will be more categories as I move forward. Two new categories will be English and Svenska. I'll be writing in both languages and these categories allow you to filter away one or the other.

I'm not sure this addresses my questions/reflections from the other day but it does provide me with some new motivation, which I guess is fine enough.

That is about it I guess. We'll see where this goes :-)


Time to rethink – again?

I really can't make any sense of my blogging. I don't know if I'm fed up or a little lost or am too busy. Either way my motivation has reached significant lows. I feel irrelevant, out fo tune. Not catching the interest of my readers. 

I've been looking a little extra at the blogs I myself tend to return to. To see if I can understand what they have that I like. Sadly, I can't detect any significant patterns other than that they are very fluent and a little witty writers. So, that leaves me no clues.

I've tried to analyze the flows to my blog and that also leaves no clear patterns. The only thing that has struck me is that there seems to be some correlation between number of visits and the titles of my posts. But, really not much to work on.

I've also tried to figure out if my writing in English is part of the problem. Because it is not my mother language and I might be off mark, or not create a flow in my texts. Also I imagine that my readers largely are Swedish and it would make sense to communicate with them in Swedish. But no hard evidence here either.

So, the more I think about it the more I think my frustration stems from not knowing why I'm blogging and having a theme that I can't always make justice. The new world of work is a fabulous theme to explore. But not always. And perhaps not in a manner that interests more than a few nerdy folks.

One could argue that blogging doesn't have to be about having the huge number of readers. I would agree. But I also think that writing becomes more or less meaningless if you don't have a critical mass readers. The exact numbers for critical mass are probably different for different bloggers. 

I haven't achieved critical mass. How do I know? My reader base is small, varies hugely over time and different posts. That doesn't have to be bad. But what does trouble me is the more or less total lack of reader reactions and comments. That can't be a very good sign. My interpretation of this is that I'm not relevant – either by being too lofty in my ideas or by being plain boring.

Yes. I definitely must rethink.


Going tribal

Spoke to a good friend today who has decided to take his business tribal. He's a writer and speaker and has a long time understood that he has a crowd of followers. Now he has decided to lead his tribe – more or less along the lines that Seth Godin argues in his recent book tribes.
I believe this a very wise choice for my friend. And more of us should follow the same path – including me.