Author Archives: mmingenbach

Being on Mission – What an excellent book!

Finally finished ‘Being on Mission’ by Mark McGregor. What a great refresher of Mark’s leadership philosophy and a timely reminder of what truly matters.
Being on Mission is not your typical leadership book. Mark McGregor takes us on the journey of Michael Weber. Michael’s story is a compelling, typical tale of the follies of middle management. There is a bit of Michael in all of us. By taking the reader through Michael’s journey from personal crisis to holistic leadership, Mark McGregor makes his leadership philosophy personable and applicable. Filled with practical leadership gems and coaching tips throughout, the book not only illustrates the 10 Principles of Leadership & Life and the whole person model but provides the opportunity to relive Mark McGregor’s energy-laden, life-changing leadership trainings. Through Michael, Mark reminds his readers that leadership is a choice. Whether senior executive, career starter or sports coach, Being on Mission is the ultimate leadership book for anyone who’s willing to make that choice. This book will change the way you look at leadership and will be a loyal companion to help you stay on mission.

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So we’re moving to Hong Kong

Yup, it’s official. We are moving back to Hong Kong! After a little less than 2 years in Shanghai, we are making a change and return to Hong Kong from April 2013. Having sufficiently enjoyed fine dining at the Bund,  the view from the Vue, and Sunday walks through the French Concession, we are switching the Victoria Harbour for the Huangpu River, Tseung Kwan O for Lujiazui and the famous hiking trails for Century Park. First act of business: signing up for the Splash ‘n Dash Aquathon series on Hong Kong Island. Mother Nature, we are back!

Have you googled yourself lately?

In an attempt to reign in what can be found about me on Google, I decided to revamp my ‘online presence’.

Let’s face it, we are on our way to a completely transparent society. What is being said or posted about me is no longer only in my power. Companies, organizations, friends, everyone is contributing to your ‘online presence’. If you have taken part in a running event, be sure your results can be found online. If you have bowled a grand game at your company’s Christmas party, you can expect someone to tweet about it. Or if you passed out at a recent birthday bash, don’t be surprised if your photo were already circulating on Facebook. A critical part of our lives that is happening online can be influenced by ourselves, whether actively or passively, and I want to make sure I actively influence mine. At least then I know what can be found if someone else googles me.

So just in time for the new year, the Chinese New Year that is, out with the old and in with the new. Hence, mingenbach.de, my decade old website, is undergoing a change. I am trying to integrate all the social networking sites I have signed up for over the years. And I am creating a blog while making more frequent use of the online tools at my disposal. Et voila, the new ‘online me’ is created. While it’ll certainly take some upkeep and active maintenance, the Google search results are already more to my liking.

Have you googled yourself lately? Like what you find?

I’ve got a blog!

It’s 2012 and I’ve got a blog. Yes, everyone else has had one for years. I even heard that the trend is towards secondary and tertiary blogs, if not to microblogs like Twitter, Weibo or Facebook status updates. Well, let me start with one. This is my blog. It is about me, my thoughts and my stuff. If I got something to say, I’ll say it. If I don’t, I won’t.  I’ll use it to update you about noteworthy things and things, well, not so noteworthy.

If you like what I say, come back for more. If you don’t like what I say, read past it or skip a line or two. Or let me know and we’ll sort it out. Oh by the way, the language of this blog is English. If you don’t speak English then you cannot read this and I am sorry. But I’ll toss in a word or two in another language every now and then. So stay tuned, you might catch one.

I’ll also use this blog to tell you about thoughts that come to mind when crossing streets in China. I’ll tell you about situations I encounter when travelling to other countries. And I’ll talk to you about books I read, business ideas I have and people I admire. I’ll make sure there’s something for everyone. But if I haven’t quite struck a chord with you, hey, this is my blog. Love it or leave it.

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