Four weeks ago I asked you in a post to share stories, send interesting blogs and posts you have come across and love reading and to name people you would like to know more of.
Two days after that post my second baby was born and since then I have taken a little leave from the blog while watching my inbox grow :-) Thank you to those who sent me thoughts and ideas, there are so many interesting stories and so many people I will be connecting with and write about! And thank you for all of your well wishing messages for our family, it is a busy and happy time.
Here is my first “guest post”: I met Daniel, a communications guru among other things, nearly two years ago during a company event and thanks to social media I got to know him a lot more since then!
Who: Daniel Martin Eckhart
Jobs: Head of Community Management at Swiss Re, screenwriter and author
About him: “As Head of Community Management at Swiss Re they call me collaboration platform and social media guru and I'm spending my days doing my best to motivate and empower colleagues around the globe. How? By blogging, by sharing and by teaching the whys and the hows of collaboration and open knowledge sharing. I see it every day - the value, the sheer power of just how much we can do for ourselves as individuals, for our teams and for the company as a whole when we openly and smartly share our knowledge.”
Bio: His work as a screenwriter has been Grimme-Prize nominated. He is the author of the novels The Champ and Barnaby Smith.
Date of Birth: 9 December 1962, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Was a Swiss Guard in the Vatican, protecting Pope John Paul II.
Worked for the United Nations in Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq.
Narrowly avoided being kidnapped by Iran's Revolutionary Guards ... his friends didn't.
Why I love reading his work: He is a Maestro of one of the greatest arts: sharing powerful knowledge. His writing is fresh, direct and honest.
Where to find him: www.theworldaccordingtod.com
His last two posts:
On knowledge sharing and virtual collaboration:
"(…) 18 reasons to show why virtual collaboration and engagement in your company makes sense for you, your team, your project, your leadership and your location. The list applies to anyone, across the board, across the locations, across the hierarchies. While a hierarchical leader's engagement may reach more people, it isn't about numbers. Virtual collaboration and engagement is about each and every individual taking ownership, being a leader within one's own realm of influence and sharing one's knowledge in the best interests of the company." Read more here.
On happiness: “Do more of what makes you happy”
“We can't flick a switch and change everything on a dime. But we CAN do more of what makes us happy, in little ways, in big ways, here and there, more and more. And the more we do the things that fulfill us, the happier we'll be, the more motivated we'll be to give our best for our community/company” Read more here.