Hinterfragen statt glauben

Hören Sie alle Episoden auf Apple Podcasts oder Stitcher … Hinterfragen statt glauben. „Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn“, das Buch und der Podcast über den Spagat zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit in unseren Unternehmen, über die stetig weiter werdende Lücke zwischen Reden und Realität. Vom oberflächlichen Umgang mit Daten Heute geht es um…

AI is different

AI is different. Artificial Intelligence is the fuzz all around the shop these days. Rightly so. If there has ever been disruption in the making, then AI is it. Yet, if it comes to management, there is still the notion that this is “just another tool”. Another tool like the…

Data is overrated

Data is overrated. “Data is the new oil”, the catch phrase goes. But even more important than collecting and cleansing data, is finding ways of putting them to use. Without the invention of the combustion engine, synthetic fibre, plastic, … oil would be hardly as valuable as it is to…

Clone Wars

Clone wars. In “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness), I tend to struggle with many things around how we manage Human Resources in our big organisations. The notion that humans should not be reduced to being mere resources like — say — a waggon load of steel is hardly new…

The non-bias problem

The non-bias problem. In “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness), I passionately argue that diversity is much more than gender diversity and that building true excellence does not stem from a blend of people that is on average above average but from a team of divers talents, each of them…

Empowerment humbug

Empowerment humbug. In “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness), I also touch upon the concept of “empowerment”. I argue that — at least in workplace management — there is reason to being wary about “empowerment”. All too frequent, it is patronising in disguise. Humbug. Fake empowerment More often than not,…

Seeking the entrepreneur

Seeking the entrepreneur. One of the key propositions of “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness) is that almost as a law of nature, size drives mediocrity. You can reasonably argue that all the initiatives your average corporate giant undertakes are made to fight this correlation: “Customer Focus — Season 7”,…

Mission impossible

Mission impossible. Another piece inspired by “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness). One, I suffered from dozens of times myself. One, everybody in our project driven business world can tell a thing or two about. Hear the epic poem of Beowulf and Grendel! These are our modern times’ monsters: large-scale…

Winners take all

Winners take all. As indicated already yesterday, I don’t want to write about my book today. Instead I am writing about another one: “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas. “Anyone following the debate about the role of philanthrocapitalists, corporate foundations or tech billionaires in solving the…