Cookie wise and success foolish

Cookie wise, success foolish.Recently I met — completely unrelated — a number of people who told me “My (new) boss is obsessed with numbers”. “Well”, I thought, “very good!”. Being obsessed with numbers is not the worst thing for a boss (besides being obsessed with people). After all, it’s business…

THAT Project

THAT project.This is another confession and another apology. I cast that stone many times. Not openly. No, much more subtle. Well trained in the refined behaviours of (corporate) politics. It’s hardly an excuse that almost everybody does it. Almost regardless of rank and title. That deteriorating project I am talking…

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…

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…

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…