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…

How to reward the clown

How to reward the clown. Actually, I didn’t want to write about my book “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness) again today. But then I came across this article on SPIEGEL Online (“Erfolgreiche Teamarbeit – Diesen Typ braucht jede Gruppe”)  and I ended up regretting that I hadn’t found this gem…

Matrix overloaded

Matrix overloaded. This topic cuts close to the heart of my book “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness). I am a strong believer in takers of responsibility. Only those who take responsibility stand a chance of achieving something. Consequentially, the design of organisations needs to foster taking responsibility. Yet with…

Dust to Dust

Dust to dust. The people consulting me on writing my book “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness) tended to urge me towards providing THE ANSWER. “It’s easy to see what’s going wrong but that’s of no avail. We have to look forward, not back!” is a very common notion in…

The big levelers

The big levelers. Another (English) teaser for my book “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” (Mediocrity and Madness). This is a bit of a sensitive one. It is about consulting and consultants. Like most of the  book, that chapter tends to be more on the provocative side. At the same time I am…

Mediocrity and Mania

Mediocrity and Mania. “Mittelmaß und Wahnsinn” has a few weaknesses (it has some strengths, too). One is that it is available in German only (for now). In order to mitigate that a bit, I’ll write a series of posts that provide some impressions. Let’s begin with the title. For the…

Parallel Worlds

We are living in a multiverse. Not (only) in the sense that word has to a physicist but in a very practical sense, too. (By the way, if you are interested in multiverse physics, I strongly recommend Max Tegmark’s book “Our Mathematical Universe“) Ever so often, I discover one of…

Too simple

Probably ever since mankind learnt to express ideas, simplification has been a key concept. “Mammoths are good” (food) and “sabre-tooth tigers are bad” (predators). Simplification is a way to survive in a complex environment (“Don’t play with the matches!”). Yet even then, mammoths could be dangerous and sabre-tooth tigers might…