Have you ever learned by accident that someone really didn’t like your presentation, or meeting, or workshop that you held? And you wondered why they didn’t tell you? Maybe you even got a bit mad that they didn’t tell you, because you explicitly asked for feedback? If you start looking for a reason, there are two processes that might not have worked: Providing the feedback and receiving it.
I cannot count the times I saw those motivational posts on LinkedIn or Facebook which are all about awareness and being kind to yourself. Drink enough, get enough sleep, plan your day ahead and don’t miss the breaks! An exhausted body is toxic. I know! And I do! And I bet most of you also have good habits. But if you are managing one or more teams, it’s not always your fault if something does not work according to your plan. So how can you find the balance between not losing yourself, but still staying open towards all the last-minute requests that come in during the day?
We have all been there: the online meeting is already quite intense, and there’s this one colleague who scores the hat trick of annoying habits. Or maybe there’s no colleague who is like this… maybe it’s you and you don’t even know! Read on to check if you might be annoying your colleagues without even knowing…
It’s so much fun to use a rainy Saturday to start learning SQL or knitting or how to bake a sourdough bread (okay, that last one will take you more time than one Saturday). But – and it’s a big but – the struggle starts after the first step.
Nonviolent communication (NVC) as developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s is an approach to human interaction based on the assumption that everybody is capable of empathy and compassion, and that conflict only arises when your own needs are not met. NVC is bigger than your workplace – for some, it’s more like a world view, and there are also parenting strategies based on NVC. It basically can be applied to any system or organization, because it’s so universal – that’s the beauty of it!
Mini Series on the history of machine translation! Find out what it means when someone says that something sounds like Google Translate, how Google Sings Songs and what neural machine translation is in part 2 of the series.
Mini Series on the history of machine translation! Find out how machine translation started and how statistical engines work in part 1 of the series.
Since I started working as a machine translation specialist, one of the most complex and interesting questions that impacted my daily work was this one: How can machine translation achieve human quality? This article is not a technical description of the numerous options you have to measure human quality, like BLEU score or other evaluation methods. No, in this post, I want to discuss a much more complicated question: What is human quality? Spoiler Alert: Human quality should be called Schrödinger’s quality instead, because it always has different states that are only distinguishable once they are in the past. I will present three reasons for this behavior.
If your company worked fine during the pandemic-induces lockdown, you now have a very strong counter-argument for your My team cannot work remotely speech. Additionally, just forcing everybody back to the office of course would be possible, but is a misuse of your power which at least some of your team members will not forgive easily. It’s up to you whether you think that you want to go down that route…
In this blog post, you will find my learning resources and my comment on how they helped me develop. Other resources, recommendations are very much welcome!