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Monthly Rock
Alan Stivell – Brian Boru Yeah sure, this is not rock but celtic music. I didn’t want to create another topic just for this song.

Monthly Techno/Trance/Dance
LukHash (SH Music) – 8bit no Tamashi Thanks to my friend Hua Wang I found this music, and the site where I’ve downloaded lots of free music :) We used this piece in our kinect game UFO Escape!

Monthly Classical Piece
Frédéric Chopin – Prelude in E Minor, Opus 28 No. 4 How can I have missed so many great pieces from Chopin, you know what will be coming in the future :P

Monthly C64 Remix
Ben Daglish – Trap Title As with many of the other C64 music I have listed I haven’t played this game, but I love the music. I especially like the beginning and the end because how heavy it feels.

Monthly Game Music
World of WarCraft – Tavern

Monthly Anime Song
Naruto – Wind Oh this is one of the best outros I have heard. I don’t expect you to like it, because I honestly didn’t like it at all, until I had heard it for about 5 times, it had then transformed from bad to absolutely amazing :D

Around 2 months ago I thought about how I can develop my team leading skills, if I in the future want to expand my soon-to-be game company. Then it hit me, being a guild leader in an MMORGP (Massive Multi Online Role Playing Game, like World of WarCraft or Guild Wars) requires team leading skills, at least if the guild’s focus lies in completing dungeons/instances. Because of my revelation I created a topic on my Facebook wall for friends to share their thoughts and critique; I got a lot of valuable information, thank you everyone for your time! Below is a summary of all ideas I got, both from me and my friends.

What is required by a guild?

For a guild to grow and flower it needs a strong leader (you) and you, as a guild master, need to be a good example for your fellow guild members. That is, you cannot expect to login, do a raid session, logout and never login until next raid session; you need to collect items for the raids as much, or probably more, than everyone else. You can do this smartly to save time, or the hard way, that depends on your spare time and what elements you find fun.

You need to “Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise” -Dale Carnegie. Give lots of compliments when progress is made, and if you like something someone did, tell him/her that! Respect, you need respect, why? If the guild members don’t respect you, don’t think they will be there for every raid, or that they will listen to what you say. Steer away from anger and irritation. Often you will be tempted to ventilate and teach them a lessons or two. Do that if you want to loose respect. Be humble, why do they have problems? As for the last thing, the guild needs to have a stable player base. If the guild switches members all to often the guild will fail to create that special bond some guilds have.

Pros and Cons with this team leading approach

When you play an MMORPG you don’t meet the people in person, but in a company you see them face to face. While in the company you can see their emotions both through vocal communication and body language; through games you only get vocal emotions through and thus miss all the face and body expressions. This is, in my opinion, a huge loss when training. On the other hand, when you train a skill, a good strategy is to focus on one area and not try to get better at all things simultaneously. (I know I should provide a source here, but I have heard and read this in several books, for piano Heinrich Neuhaus has written the book the art of playing piano.) What you will train yourself in, is leading a guild with members of different age (mostly in their 14-30s), different cultures (if you decide on an international guild), and improve your English speaking skills (if you’re not a native English speaker or a national guild).

Once you have a guild you will have to deal with various conflict; although these are specific to the game and people you can generalize them and deal with similar situations in real life. If you want to become a good team leader fast you need to start learning effectively—you might become a good team leader after years without questioning your actions—but by analyzing every conflict and figuring out solutions (s means more than one!) how to avoid similar conflicts, you will be better prepared next time; after a while you will notice when things are starts to head down the wrong road and can effectively change road before it gets too steep. One thing you will get better at is your verbal communication for sure, and it is never bad to be bad with communicating verbally, since that is essentially what you will do at your company or with your team. Note that you will have to train on your body gesturing when going to lead “real life” situations, but then you will at least be PRO on vocal communication :)

Being a guild leader is time consuming, as mentioned above you need to collect various items for your guild, however, this can be done smartly if you don’t have much time. As an example, I used to play WoW and was quite good at getting money in AH. At the time of the Lich King expansion I could easily get 1000g per day with less than an hour of gameplay. It took around 2 months to get up to that amount, in fact the first week I only got around an average of 50g, and some days I “lost” 300g. But in the end I saved time doing this since I could buy most of the resources for the raid. My lesson is, try to find fast ways to make money, get items, or whatever it is you need and strive to make it as effective as possible. Lets say you only need to spend one hour per day on collecting items you will still need to do instances and raiding for two hours a day, in total 3 hours per day—except maybe Friday and Saturday for more or less obvious reasons (people probably have other things planned on a Friday and Saturday). This means 17 hours (7×1 + 5×2) per week, and that is quite much if you have a job, have a family or girlfriend, and want to have spare time for other things as well.

If you have your own company, and can afford it, you can see it as a team leader course you’re taking; using one hour of your work time to fix everything for the raids, then two hours of your spare time to actually raid and have fun with your guild.

What are you thoughts and critique? I have most likely missed a lot of points what is required by a guild, but then again this post is not about: what is required to lead a guild.

Monthly Rock
Ebba Grön – Die Mauer A Swedish song that is older than me, I would call this a classic.

Monthly Techno/Trance/Dance
Ewan Dobson – Time 2 (Guitar) Probably more instrumental than techno/trans/dance, but I can’t create a new category for every genre that exists. The piece contains awesome echo effects and makes it come alive more—I don’t know if the echo effects are only made by the guitar or both guitar and samling/mastering (I don’t know the correct terms).

Monthly Classical Piece
J. Strauss Jr – The Blue Danube I think everyone has heard this piece. I think it appears in a comedy movie when they fly among the clouds in the sky… Maybe it was a Monty Python sketch…

Monthly C64 Remix
Monty on the Run and Commando High Score Medley (’97 XG Mix) A calm mix of calm original C64 music.

Monthly Game Music
Zelda: Twilight Princess – Midna’s Desperate Hour Although I don’t like the game, feels a bit dull, I still love some of the music in the game, this one especially; although this piece contributes to the dullness in-game :P

Monthly Anime Song
Fullmetal Alchemist – Ready Steady Go At first I didn’t like this song, but as usual I started liking it after a few episodes since I always watch the intro of the anime. If you know Swedish you can discern “Bajsa” which means poop, that makes the song even better xD

This post take for granted that you already know how to prioritize your tasks. If you don’t know how to do this, I would recommend that you read Eat That Frog!, a great book that helped and still helps me overcoming procrastination and prioritizing tasks.

I created a new easy way for me to see all my tasks, categorized, sorted by priority, and by date (do today, this week, this month, or somewhere in a galaxy far far away). Before I used my mobile phone together with Google calendar, thus I had the tasks available at all times. What I found, however, was that I did not keep the deadline on these tasks, as more time passed I rarely looked on the list. This was clearly a problem, but I always thought the fault was on me not the technique (not my style), so I tried again, and again, and again… It always worked for a week or two, but the list would fall into oblivion.

In November, last year, I began reading lots of blogs about efficient work, and I bought the book at that Frog!. Often these would mention a prioritized task list that should be visible, preferably physical, I can’t remember exactly what was said; but a physical task seems more real than a virtual task. The reason behind this is that you physically remove the task, and you see that the tasks actually disappear. A couple of days later I had my own concept how I wanted my list to be, soon my two wardrobe doors were filled with post-its.

I got the idea with using post-its from Scrum (agile project development tool), I like the ability to easily move the tasks. As mentioned, prioritizing a task is important, I made three levels: high (red), medium (orange), and low (green); within each of these I also had an unlimited amount of prioritizing (placing a task above or below another). To split the tasks into time slots I first created two columns: one for the day, and another one for all the other tasks. That did not work as intended, fortunately I had just read a chapter in Eat that Frog! on how to split tasks into time slots: one column for this day, this week, this month, and the future. Since I didn’t want to create several of these (one for every category) I use different colors on the post-its for different categories, i.e. I now have, blue = projects, orange = school, green = personal development, white = family, pink = society (blogging), and yellow = minor tasks (e.g. water plants, remind a person about…, and so forth)—I have now around 6000 post-its (I had to buy packs with different colors to get get some colors). The final functionality I wanted was to list everything I had done so I could actually see that I made progress, for this I created a trash can where I put all the tasks.

I always go from top to bottom in my tasks in a category, e.g. while doing school work I only do school tasks and go from top to bottom. At the end of every day, just before I go to sleep, I move tasks from the week list to today, if it’s Sunday, I move items from the month list to the week list, and so forth.

Take what you want from this idea of picturing all you tasks, and prioritizing them. Create something that works for you. I have used this for almost 3 months and it still feels great whenever you remove a task from the list, and especially when one column is empty :)

The post-its to the right of the trash can are re-occurring tasks, such as water plants, shave, and cleaning; I keep them instead of trashing them since it saves paper and post-its.

I updated the toggle-work-mode program for a week ago, and now the blog post. You can find it here:

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