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…

The perils of the super-collaboration paradigm

The current fad in the way of working together is “super-collaboration”. Everything and everyone is expected to connect to everything and everybody else. Excessive mail-distribution lists have been the early beginnings (well, that was another age). Today it’s collaboration platforms, (misunderstood) “chapters”, open plan office setups and — most of…

Money-Back

Blame on you, customer! Not long ago, we had a broken tap. I don’t want to go into detail, it was broken. The plumber within myself decided to substitute the tap himself. The digital convert within decided to order it on the web. Ordering spare taps is not like —…

Supremeizing

At the recent Allianz Consulting Alumni meeting, two amazing young men (15+) from amazing tubeconnect (“The Gen Z agency”) presented their work. The introductory question they were given was “If I were manufacturing sneakers, how would I address my target group Gen Z?”. Supremely off-whited Well, my own answer came as…

No-Nonsense Consulting

They are good. I have been working a lot with consultants and in consulting. There are a few common denominators, I learnt. First one: They are good! Well, most of them. As always there are some exceptions but in this case, they are rather few. Consultancies succeed in attracting, training…