just words…?

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Being concise is a challenge, most professionals aim to write a half A4 page to describe themselves. In a FORTUNE magazine Melinda Gates is described as having great listening skills, “she acknowledges, she nods, she listens”. At RizeClub we believe that being able to describe yourself in a 20 concrete words, as well as listing 5 words that describe your ambition, your ideal next job is a true art. These 20+5 words will be much more impactful than 2 pages filled with positive yet general descriptions. Please respond to this post to add words that we have missed…

interests – robots, data, social media, retail, sustainability, relations, mobility, fashion, family, literature, globalization, food, high tech, drones, energy, people, mindfulness, travel, dance, jet-set, bottom pyramid,  automotive, culture, digital, internet,…

experience –  sales, engineering, talent development,  innovation, marketing, operations, logistics, purchasing, entrepreneur, HR, strategy, change management. supply chain, coach, consultant,…

context – start-up, upscaling, multinational, turn-around, B2B, B2C,…

skills – patience, focus, develop others, listening, presenting, communicating, analytics, optimism, forge partnerships, build relationships, asking questions, details, creative, connecting, dream big, courage, risk, learn, firing, hiring, ambition, fast, action, change, team building, continuous improvement, loyalty, decide, modesty, problem solving, energetic, coach, learning, pragmatic, 80-20, perfectionist,..

locations – USA, ASIA, EUROPE, Germany, Brazil, Shanghai, Tokyo, Barcelona… (add if relevant)

hobbies – kitesurfing, cooking, reading, travel,…

Click here for the 20 words that describe some of our RizeClub members.




boost innovation, introduce a Chief Incentives Officer

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Physicist and biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall argues in Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries that the secret to creativity as actually organizational structure versus anything else. To Bahcall, the goal is to create a structure where you get people motivated and incented to go for “loonshots,” crazy ideas that ultimately turn into big innovations.

Companies need to separate the “artists” who do primarily creative work from the “soldiers” who focus on operations and execution. 

 “The Innovation Equation,” which offers four parameters companies can use to tilt the balance in favor of innovation and away from politics. The parameters are:

  • Equity Fraction: the fraction of compensation tied to project outcomes vs. tied to rank
  • Fitness Ratio: the ratio of two measures–how well employee skills are matched to their projects, and how much politics matters to promotion decisions
  • Management Span: the number of direct reports that executives of the company have
  • Salary Growth: the increase in salary with promotion

Loonshots also advocates for a new executive position: The Chief Incentives Officer. 

click here for the full Inc. article


The Mueller and Oppenheimer Study – taking notes

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Students who took notes with the laptops slightly out-performed the students who wrote their notes longhand (with pen and paper) when it came to recalling specific facts. But when it came to conceptual understanding, the students who took notes by hand performed much better.

At the end of the day, it seems as though what’s most important is that however you take your notes, you phrase them in your own words, and take the time to really engage with and assess your understanding of the concepts as you’re writing them down, rather than simply transcribing everything you’re learning verbatim.

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David Goggins – Can’t hurt me

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Mark ScheipnerMark Scheipner recommend “Can’t Hurt Me” a book by David Goggins. “It is a motivational book, from that aspect I would give it a 10-10. My tip would be to listen to it when you are going for a big challenge in life, be it career wise or a physical challenge. Guess I never put more km on the road than in these 2 days. It teaches you that you will always have something in the tank, even if you don’t thinks so. It’s all about the right mindset.”


Gerard Salvador, David is super inspiring, watch this video:



FORBES – AI powered super leaders

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Super managers will be those who can leverage AI to distill complex ideas, identify hidden patterns and plot strategies to gain a competitive edge. But tech won’t magically unleash their full potential. In the end, skill, grit and talent will determine which managers thrive in this evolving ecosystem.

Consider that business managers currently spend 54% of an average work day on administrative chores such as scheduling, budgets and reports, according to an Accenture survey in the Harvard Business Review. They spend just 10% on strategic planning and even less, 7%, engaging one-on-one with their direct reports.

Powered by AI managers will have more time to perform more valuable work. At the same time, they will be expected to move faster, fueled by data-driven insights for strategic decision making, and lead more effectively with the aid of AI-powered tools that can streamline productivity.

As AI automates more routine tasks, managers and employees will increasingly rely on “soft skills” such as emotional intelligence, creativity and critical problem solving. As a result, managers will need to hone their skills assessment expertise, identifying individual team members’ strengths and weaknesses. 

Diagnostic AI software may help them monitor workers’ job performance and engagement, but the human element needed to deploy that data artfully will be empathy.

More data helps us make better decisions. If you’re a good manager, you would generally be in a better position to make better decisions with more data

click here for the full Forbes article



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The THINKTEAM concluded that these will be two biggest changes related to food: the amount of meat we eat, and the way we produce food.

Photo_Laura.pngThe In-Vitro Meat Cookbook by Koert van Mensvoort is what I would call playing with the concept of ‘the future of food’. How would you feel about growing a piece of steak on your arm or leg in an in-vitro capsule? It would really embody the phrase of giving your loved ones ‘a piece of yourself’. Laura Nieboer


The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

45 Lab grown meat recipes you can not cook yet

Hello meat lovers, hello vegetarians. We need to talk about the future of
meat. With the world’s population expected to reach nine billion people by
2050, it becomes impossible to produce and consume meat like we do today.

In vitro meat, grown from cells in a laboratory, could provide a sustainable and animal-friendly alternative. Yet, before we can decide if we are willing to eat in vitro, we must explore the new food culture it will bring us.

This has to be one of the most out of the box food thoughts; Joost d’Hooghe joost.jpg

There’s now a robot you can eat

Researchers from the Swiss federal polytechnic school in Lausanne presented a robot at last week’s International Conference on
Intelligent Robots and Systems in Canada that is made entirely of edible materials. Read the full post at

Why cities fighting climate change should take a look at food policy

Altering eating habits can make a big difference when it comes to carbon emissions.

As cities devise and deploy new strategies to fight climate changerenewable powerelectric vehicles, resilient design—a new approach gaining credence in environmental circles may seem a bit low-tech and low reward: changing food policy. How can city governments not only change eating habits, but do so in a way that makes a dent in emissions, compared to energy usage or efficiency? Read the full article at