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…

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…