6 skills you can learn from home!
During this difficult time we are all experiencing we have to adapt our growth mindset to learning from home. Here are 6 skills you can learn online.
1. A language: with programs like Duolingo, Rosetta Stone and Babbel learning a new language is no longer expensive and does not require that much time or effort. I am currently learning French. What about you? 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇩🇪🇬🇧
2. Computer or web programming. There are so many platforms such as Udemy, Khan Academy and Mimo where you can easily learn thus demanded skill and change career even (if you are committed enough)! 💻
3. Dancing. Have you heard of YouTube? There are literally thousands of individuals who will teach you this for free. 🩰
4. Yoga or other fitness practices that have numerous health benefits given its principle to be the mind, body and spirit connection. 🧘🏻♀️🧘🏾♂️
5. Culinary and baking skills. Don’t you want to go out if this quarantine no longer eating like a college freshman but actually impressing everyone at the family dinner with your amazing cookies? 🍪🥮🍩🧁🍰
5. Writing. Whether for a blog or social media, or a newspaper or to put out your first book, this is one the most important skills that everyone should know. 📝
6. A musical instrument. Sing your crush a song while gracefully playing the guitar, she will be sorry she ever friend zoned you.🙊
Earlier this week I had a chance to do my first podcast appearance… Great experience! As part of the prep for it, I asked myself – what were the key differences I observed as a Product Leader in Singapore/SEA compared to Europe?
(1) Drive to create and hunger to achieve is enormous in the region. I’ve only seen anything similar in the US so far. Europe is… complacent in many ways. Why create something new if what we have is good enough?
(2) Product Management is perceived very differently. Most of the product managers I interviewed early were really project managers – often getting things done that were thought through somewhere else by someone else. Product managers often have a business counterpart – in Europe, it is PM’s job in most cases. Situation changed and evolved over time though!
(3) Excellence in craft is really high, especially among the technical people. Data Scientists, Engineers and others are often really really good in SEA. I’d dare to say significantly better. The flip side of that is they often lack interest in the customer and the business. Which makes the teamwork hard, especially if you try the Spotify model.
(4) Importance of loyalty cannot be underestimated. At work, this often trumps ideas and work done. People you hire are often afraid to say something that falls out of line, even if they know better than you. Same applies to some of the VCs too in their relationships with the founders.
(5) Differences between markets in SEA and Asia in general are much bigger than in Europe or West in general. However, the very average basic customer behaviour is strangely similar, be it in Europe or SEA.
(6) Tech workforce is significantly more diverse in the aspects of nationality and gender. First 8 members of my product team at Carousell were all from 8 different countries! Yet somehow different nationalities form their own bubbles, which makes having a singular strong culture in the company much harder.
(7) People strive for structure: career ladders, processes, tooling standardisation. A need for this manifests much earlier in the startup’s journey. In Europe, freedom is sought after a lot more. Exception here that I observed is Taiwan – levels of creativity there surprised me!
Want to learn more about this dynamic region? Schedule a Zoom call with me!
A professor with phd in economics who spent 20 years studying or a practitioner who never studied economics, has no degree but worked last 20 years as an entrepreneur. What would you choose for your businesses?