What gaming teaches kids (better than any school or parents ever could)

led game controller on table

screen time is dangerous”

I think it is time we put this one to bed.

Here is a list of things that I believe gaming teaches kids:

  • If you are facing new challenges and obstacles, then you’re going the right way.
  • No one blames you if you have to check the map.
  • Always come prepared.
  • Everyone is worth talking to.
  • Even if you don’t get money for something, you always get experience.
  • The places that are hardest to get to always have the best rewards.
  • The best way to become someones friend is to actually talk to them.
  • If you want to be someones friend faster, also give them food.
  • Don’t hold on to too much crap. You’ll fill up your inventory.
  • Don’t be deterred if a challenge was too much for you. go back, level up, increase your skill and try again.
  • You don’t learn anything if you get someone else to do it for you.
  • Don’t feel like you have to plough through the main story. The best content is sometimes in the side quests.
  • If you tried and failed 30 times, you probably missing something. Go back and look around.
  • Never judge someone skills solely on their achievements. You don’t know how they got them.
  • When you succeed after multiple failures you feel so much more accomplished.
  • Take full advantage of character customization.
  • Decisions rarely only affect you. Please choose wisely.
led game controller on table

How and Why I lecture people

I lecture people in university… which is hilarious, given that my own experience of school was a tad….rocky. Hehe.

BNU Business and Law School focus on business and law related teaching, research and professional programmes for students and industry

BNU Business and Law School focus on business and law related teaching, research and professional programmes for students and industry. I have been a guest lecturer for the last 3 years, and I love seeing the students “wake up” from when they first slouch in, slump down and lean back with crossed arms….. to in the end when they are engaged, asking LOADS of questions , smiling and nodding.

I tell them that from now on, they are on their own. They ALONE are responsible for what happens to them. They are IN CHARGE of where they are going from here, and nobody will spoon feed them anything anymore. Gone are the days of “group assignments” and “class tests”.

“From now on….you are flying solo.”

Some of them love it. Some look concerned. Some terrified. But ALL of them think about what I said.

And I LOVE watching the growing realisation of being in charge of your own future.

What awards mean to me

Awards mean nothing if you have to celebrate alone

Allergan Award For Excellence….
(BUT I am most proud of the team I inherited and built, since I was told to I should fire half but instead we grew it into an envied and effective unit, build on individual strengths and cohesive collaboration.)

AMS Award….
(But I am most proud of how the team managed to take our Women’s Health portfolio to market leadership in all the major markets, and how well we worked together with the countries and our customers to lead during challenging times)

Best New Business Award 2015…
(But I am most proud of how we have managed to keep our staff healthy and happy, and how we have managed to serve our customers globally during the pandemic.)

UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2017….
(But I am most proud of how my team has trusted me, in crisis after crisis, to keep us safe, do the right thing, steer us through the unchartered waters and come out as winners on the other side.)

UK CEO of the Year 2021….
(But I am most proud of the comment I got from a customer in the UK, a surgeons whom I have known for a long time who said “your personal trademark is ‘ethical success”. Best compliment ever from a surgeon to someone in industry.)

The Queens Award for Enterprise: INNOVATION 2021….
(but I am most proud of how I, an immigrant, have been able to show my children that no matter where you come from and what background you have, good things come to those who stay focused, work hard and stick to what they are good at.)

My Dream-Me is pretty harsh…

Angela Spang

I have embarked on the daunting journey of writing a book….or three, more accurately. Apparently I have a lot to say (who knew)…

I have always been a fan of objective viewing of self, as we tend to be either overly critical or alternatively not clear on our strengths and how we should manage them in relation to other people (and their potential shortcomings in the same area), but I have to say that I am taking it to a new level now!

The other day I woke up in the middle of a dream, and clearly the book writing challenge has made quite an impact — I am obviously pretty occupied with the idea since I was actually DREAMING about it. This is slightly concerning since I haven’t actually written a SINGLE word yet! I am worried what is to come.

Stick to Twitter

Dream-Me

I woke up offended.

My Dream-Me was telling my real me to “stick to Twitter”. Ouch. I am all for straight communication, but that is HARSH feedback to someone who hasn’t even started writing yet! Clearly Dream-Me is not wasting any time! She isn’t wrong though: I have said for years that I like Twitter — the limitation of characters is a challenge and a blessing — better be succinct and not waffle. I have seen the same tendencies in myself when it comes to writing: I struggle with filling in long blank spaces in applications for funding or similar (maybe that’s why I never applied for anything apart from an epic double failure in a Horizon2020 application a couple of years back where the second attempt was actually scored WORSE than the FIRST one. I gave up after that.).

Realise when you are not the best person for the job

One of my strengths as a leader is to put the right person in the right place. I match make well between people and roles, and sometimes I see futures for people that they may have not realised themselves. This strength is useful here….I have absolutely no plans to become a writer. Just because I have STORIES to tell doesn’t make me a writer…those are different things. People who believe that authors should only write their own stories or you aren’t a real author if you don’t do the actual writing yourself haven’t thought long enough about it, imho.

After all, Authors have editors, illustrators, designers….and they use computers 😉

I will have a writing partner

She will take the jumbled words, the blurry memories, the ugly and unsaid, the beauty and the magic…and she will use her skill and talent to turn my secrets and my scars into something that we can all learn from. I will have to trust her; I know it will require me to be brave. I will tell her things I have never told anyone, and I am already scared.

Maybe that is why my Dream-Me is saying stick to Twitter. She is not wrong.

Will you read my books?

I don’t do guilt.

I find the idea of feeling guilty utterly useless. That does not, however, mean that I don’t sometimes fall into the trap of feeling guilty. But, I try very, very hard to a) identify it and b) get out of it as quickly as I can.

Guilt is not productive.

When I went to work after my first daughter was born, I set a rule for myself to not fall into the trap of feeling guilty:

I decided that when I was at work, I needed to be okay with being there, do my best and not waste any of the time I was there on feeling guilty — that certainly would not make anything better. I also frequently reminded myself that I had made the choice to go to work; therefor I should make the most of that decision and commit to it.

Similarly, I banned myself from thinking about work when I was home. I was SO FOCUSED on what I was doing, no matter where I was, no matter which role I was in at the moment. It required enormous amounts of discipline, and of course it didn’t always work; it was a new experience for me to feel inadequate about something I was doing, but if anything, that pushed me even harder to try to manage my thoughts and feelings about being a working parent.

Impact of guilt

Guilt is an incredibly powerful emotion. There is a wide range of things to feel guilty about – from feeling guilty about eating the last piece of chocolate to feeling guilty about someone you hurt.

The feeling of guilt is unique from feeling sad or upset – guilt often combines feelings of shame, anxiety, frustration, and humiliation.

These emotions can well up inside and build over time, most especially if we never admit to ourselves that we made a choice and we are unhappy about it. Guilt can majorly affect our sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Regardless of where the guilt comes from, the stress of the guilt itself can have a serious effect on some people. While mostly psychological, some physical effects can include insomnia, a loss of appetite, and an overall dreary feeling. Guilt happens to share a lot of symptoms with depression; and depression can develop within someone with severe guilt issues.

As you can imagine, having just started a new job, I had very little time for any of that, so I KNEW had to find a way to manage my emotions.

“Yeah yeah but HOW!?”

1. Make a list of WHEN you feel guilty. And then WHY.

If you feel guilty because you’re “not doing enough” for your kids, partner, or family, list all the things that you regularly do for them. Then, keep the list in your purse or wallet to pull out when guilt rears its head. Break the guilt thought (use CBT!)

2. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Just ASK!

Ask the people you think you’re neglecting whether they actually feel neglected. Consider whether they have a tendency to expect too much and not take enough responsibility for themselves (e.g., teenagers who expect you to pick up after them). Ask an outsider.

3. P.R.I.O.R.I.T.I.S.E

Prioritise. Be ruthless. What are the things someone else can do? For me, it is cleaning the house. Not just because someone else CAN do it…but also because it is cheaper than couples therapy, and as much as I love my partner, I have NEVER met two people who wake up and realise that it is cleaning time at the same moment….thus cleaning will inevitably cause friction in a household!

4. Realize it’s okay to take care of your own needs.

Big or small things is less important, but you have to make sure you also look after yourself. Plan it, execute it, and acknowledge it. The simple act of reading a few pages in your new book every night can works wonders — if recognised and appreciated as an act of self care.

10 Things To DO for Entrepreneurs while in LockDown

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mr Benji Dhillon, Cosmetic Surgeon and successful clinic owner in Beaconsfield, England. It was the first time I had done an Insta Live interview, and it was both simple and fun.

Dr Benji Dhillon

We spoke about my current work to source PPE for healthcare workers, the work I have been doing to help build ventilators in the UK, as well as some practical things that entrepreneurs and business owners CAN do during this difficult time for companies.

During the Live Streaming, there were many requests for me to repeat the list, so instead of going back, we agreed that I would write them down and share them, which we did.

Here they are for you as well, should you wish to spend some time using this period to get some of that stuff done that we never ever seem to get around to!

If you have other suggestions, please share in the comments — I am almost done with the list (Including the last one, believe it or not!) so need some ideas!

  1. Rearrange Dropbox/SharePoint/computer folders
  2. Cleaning up Customer lists
  3. Preparing new launch plans
  4. Write Blog posts for the rest of the year
  5. Clean up Social Media history
  6. …..

Here is the whole list from 1 to 10 of practical things you can do from the sofa in your house to make sure your business comes back better and stronger when this whole things blows over: LockDown TO DO for Busy Entrepreneurs

Stay Safe,  

Summarize me and JUNE: Attempt 1

I have tried to summarize me in a few words for the Goldman Sachs 10k I am just about to embark on. How do you think I did?

Here is what I wrote:

Making healthcare better for the women and girls you love.

Multi award-winning innovator and serial entrepreneur. (thats from LinkedIn, true but braggy sounding on here.)

I don’t like Brexit

I am Swedish, living in the UK since 12 years, still struggling to not translate and try to explain swedish expressions (eg “There is no danger on the roof”) during business conversations.

Useless education

Trained ballerina, rocks parallel parking but can’t cook. Once burnt boiling eggs.

It’s complicated

Like talking strategy, change and people. Enthusiastic introvert who has to do the hakka before networking. Residential will take all my energy, but I am really looking forward to learning from everyone on the programme.

JUNE Medical

June was a code name from the beginning, but it got stuck so I kept it. We focus on surgical women’s health, anything that is in the operating theatre and give women the opportunity to get back on their feet faster, back to the life they want to live. We distribute medical devices for some of the largest companies in healthcare, as well as making our own solutions when we don’t find good products (Galaxy II is such a project).
I have been supporting The Fistula Foundation with surgical equipment for many years, and my GalaxyII project is an important cornerstone in that goal.
I am on the programme to ensure I make the best choices and optimise where and how we can contribute to improving healthcare for women and girls.

Netiquette

Participate. In the online environment, it’s not enough just to turn up. If you don’t join in no one will know that you are there!

Share questions and tips. Questions you post to the discussion forums will help others, and taking part in discussions will help you to learn. It is often the case that where a participant encounters a problem, it is the experience of the other participants that is most valuable in developing a solution.

Think before you click. Before you post your comments, check through what you have written. It’s always helpful to check if you have written what you meant to write and to think about how the people reading your words will react.

Remember that we can’t see the grin on your face. Help us ‘see’ you by explaining your ideas fully. You could also use an emoticon, such as 😉 to let the reader know that your comment is meant to be ironic or funny.

Remember there is a person who will be reading your message. Because visual clues are often lacking in online communication, electronic messages can easily seem harsher than they are intended to be. If you disagree with what someone has said, please bear this in mind as you express that disagreement.

Keep your messages short and to the point. When composing your  messages, aim to express your thoughts concisely. Obviously you will want to explain your point, but if you write a very long message it has the same effect as someone ‘holding forth’ or ‘rambling’ in a face-to-face discussion. Lengthy postings do not hold people’s attention and are less likely to get a response.

Use paragraphs to break up your text. Even relatively short messages can be difficult to read online unless they are broken up.

Any derogatory or inappropriate comments are unacceptable. 

Content from GS10k with thanks

brexit crap

I’ve had enough. This craziness has been going on for too long, and nobody seem to have a clear idea of where we are heading. Nothing decided, so nothing to plan for. Like running a company (or four, in my case) isn’t difficult enough AS IT IS.

So I made a statement, and on twitter my followers increased with 500 people in 24 hours, absolutely crazy. I have made it my business to share real, actual, true and current examples from my daily working life on what brexit already means for us.

I want to provide a balanced voice and hope that I can help people see what we are facing, and that leaving the union has a huge impact on little and big things. It is an enormous threat, and now, we all need to raise our concerns for a future that looks bleaker and bleaker every day.

 

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