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Latest Podcast

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In episode number 7 of “Play Cube FM – Reality Check on New Work”, we talk about topics that create space for more efficient work. I talk to Lena Wittneben, systemic coach, process facilitator and “edutainer”, about the “flexibilization of working time – how we can be focused and productive, while mentally refreshed and without self-optimization mania”.

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Lena Wittneben is a systemic coach and process facilitator (certified training), “edutainer”, memory trainer (Bundesverband für Gedächtnistraining e.V.), freelance author (including GQ Business, Spiegel ONLINE Job & Karriere,, moderator, marketing consultant and media specialist.

In the podcast, Lena Wittneben gives insights into edutainment, networking and what that has to do with being flirty. She talks to me about the attitude of employees, excessive demands, what the right set screws are and when agile tools should be used sensibly. She describes how important it is to investigate the causes of negative attitudes, that self-optimization should not get out of hand and how sustainable work affects one’s own balance. You can find out which learning methods are particularly helpful to her in her work as a coach and facilitator and what the basics of true appreciation are in this episode.


Previous Podcast Episodes

Episode 6

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In episode number 6 of “Play Cube FM – A Reality Check on New Work,” we talk about topics that will become increasingly important in tourism in the future. I talk to Prof. Dr. Simon Werther, Professor of Leadership at Munich University of Applied Sciences, about “Scientific Perspectives on New Work – What Research for Work 4.0 in Tourism Can Look Like.

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Simon Werther is Professor of Leadership at Munich University of Applied Sciences and author of the books 2020 “Feedback in Times of Agility – Digital Instruments and Analog Methods, Haufe” and 2021 “Coworking as a Revolution in the World of Work – from Corporate Coworking to Workation, Springer”. In his chair, he deals with how to bring New Work from practice together with science.

In the podcast, Simon shares insights from his research. He talks to me about psychological empowerment, specifically autonomy and competence. He talks about the systematic and analytical approach to topics such as the internal perspective in the company regarding different working time models in the tourism industry. You can find out what his interdisciplinary perspectives on New Work are and why it should not be dealt with in a watering can approach in this episode.

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Episode 5

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Episode number 5 of “Play Cube FM – New Work in a Reality Check” is all about practical experience. I talk to Sven-Olaf Peek, co-founder of crowdmedia, about “Transformation to self-management – how does a collectively managed company work?”.

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Sven-Olaf Peeck and Svenja Teichmann are the two founders and managing directors of crowdmedia, a not-so-typical agency for online, content and social media marketing. A few years ago, the two decided to stop being the bosses and to encourage their employees to lead themselves.

In the podcast, Sven draws from his experiences. He talks to me about roles, dynamic hierarchies and internal resignation. He talks about the challenges, successes and insights that come with running a company and getting there. Find out what he thinks of buzzwords or what thoughts he shares on the topic of self-evaluation in this episode.

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Episode 4

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In episode 4 of “Play Cube FM”, I take a look at “Transformation with Theory U” with Annette Kinne and Jan-Hendrik Brune from u-move GmbH. Annette and Jan-Hendrik use it to support companies in their change process. Now we exchange our experiences in the area of Work 4.0.

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Annette and Jan-Hendrik found their way to Theory U in different ways. What they have in common is their enthusiasm for this approach, which I only got to know through the two of them. They are convinced that companies can only benefit from the model. With the u-move GmbH that they founded, they support organizations in their transformation.

In the podcast, they explain the individual elements of Theory U. They explain which strategies they have developed from it for their work with organizations, what they place particular emphasis on, and how they continue to develop through Learnings. In our conversation, they ask themselves: What do intuition and cognition, analysis and feeling mean? What value do these concepts have in our society and what value should they have? And how can an organization draw from them when the inner process of the individual members is illuminated; when they become aware of their (emotional) decision paths and draw conclusions for their future actions?

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Episode 3

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The third podcast episode of “Play Cube FM – New Work in Reality Check” is exciting and yet comes across as quite unagitated. Not least thanks to Friederike Euwens from AllesRoger, who is visiting Jochen. In “Collective Leadership – Shaping Work 4.0 Together,” the two of them provide you with concrete scientific approaches that they present in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.

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With Friederike Euwens from AllesRoger, Jochen interviews a woman who has studied New Work and makes her profound knowledge coherent and tangible for us. She is precise and at the same time approachable. She lives Agile Working and doesn’t want to ascribe herself to any specific position. She prefers to look at a company and adapts her steps and roles to each situation individually.

With Jochen she talks about the tragedy of the Alemnde, the 8 design principles of collective leadership, pasture, fishing, democracy and community. What can we achieve if we act with the common good in mind? When the goal is not the enrichment of individuals, but the good of the group? How can we achieve such a goal and what do we actually get out of it? The conversation meanders and yet always remains concrete, offering you inspiration and facts in equal measure.

Episode 2

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In episode two of Play Cube FM – New Work in Reality Check, Jochen looks at issues surrounding corporate culture as a success factor. Lena Mardon and Anna Volquardsen from DEARWORK, both experts in the field, met with him for a discussion.

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According to Anna and Lena, corporate culture is a set of values and rituals shared by the group. Every company should deal intensively with these values and rituals, define them together, record them and recall them again and again. Truly internalizing the core values is a transformation process that is essential for successful, forward-looking companies. Ultimately, employees can develop freely. They act in a self-determined manner, experience constructive feedback, and recognize personal strengths and weaknesses. They are more self-confident, more satisfied, more creative; everyone benefits from this.
At DEARWORK, communication specialists Anna and Lena deal with this issue on a daily basis. They have many interesting approaches, which they share with you in this episode.

Episode 1

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Episode one of “Play Cube FM – New Work in Reality Check” is all about the “learning journey”. For this, we invited Christian Binninger. He is the co-founder of Wecreation and a specialist in learning journeys and business transformation.

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The learning journey is about learning with ease and joy. This shapes our self-development, team development and thus also corporate development. As is so often the case with New Work, when we focus on employee satisfaction, we not only create sustainable organizations, we also create culture change.

What participants learn and how they learn it is a crux of the learning journey. Because the Wecreation team ties learning to emotions. Christian and his colleagues are convinced that we internalize things much better and, above all, more sustainably this way. An exciting approach that we take up in the podcast.

Jochen Swoboda


Jochen’s heart beats for a modern corporate culture, especially as a professional hotelier in an industry that is still quite traditional: In the eight Seminaris Hotels throughout Germany, he initiated and implemented a transformation toward a new world of work and developed and implemented a unique New Work concept. The topics of change, transformation and agile leadership are his key area of expertise: He is fascinated by the question of how to support people in finding their own happiness. And how they can get the best out of themselves in the process – and precisely because of it. At Seminaris, he finds answers to these questions every day – and looks for more…


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