Roland Dürre
Saturday November 29th, 2014

Now Also Part of IF AGORA: Gebhard Borck

Follow-Up on the Dornbirn PM Camp – #PMCampDOR

For me, Gebhard was the positive sensation on the last PM-Camp and openPM.

His impulse presentation was the best I ever heard on organization and entrepreneurship. He used only the blackboard and some chalk to outline in very simple steps where and how the future enterprises should find their orientation. And to top it all, he even presented it all in an extremely humorous and exciting way.

Above all, he also made it clear how well an enterprise can function if only it takes good and proper care of the basically banal needs of people working in the enterprise.

Yes – and now Gebhard is also part of me and my IF AGORA! Isn’t that just great?

Here is what knowledge he offers (Wissensangebot)! I recommend his current textbook on the subject – which you can also read online: Affenmärchen (Monkey Tales)

The impulse speaker of our second #PMCampDOR day, Dr. Melanie Kaiser, fascinated us just as much. Melanie not only related how poor managers actually get ill due to their wrong decisions. No, she also managed to make it quite clear to us how important intuition and ratio are also for credible communication.

Here is what she offers: Burnout.

And I am sure she will gladly give her PM Camp presentation for you, too!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Tuesday November 25th, 2014

Leadership – Values & Principles

“The Three Truths of Management and What the Internet Says About It”

Last Wednesday, I delievered a presentation with this title and sub-title on the DOAG 2014 – Konferenz + Ausstellung in Nuremberg. Here are my abstract and manuscript. During my session, I used parts of the manuscript and added current ideas.

🙂 There were quite many people listening to my presentation and it was my delight to receive a lot of nice feedback.

Abstract:


In the second half of the 19th century, the beginning of industrialization changes our world. We now need trained labourers. However, they are not available. Consequently, the caste of engineers feels they have to act and they invent the method “Taylorism”. The new disciplines “management” and “organization” are created. As a consequence of the industrial revolution, they get more and more powerful. Humans are trained to obey. It works.

Today, perfecting the art of organization and having all the competence in management is no longer enough. Entrepreneurial culture and values, terms such as self-organisation and self-determination get more and more important. The basic beliefs and collective constructs, the definition of people’s own lives and the socialization of humans change civilization and culture. They invented the term: “Generation Y”. Even the “purpose” of an enterprise is not beyond questioning.

Managers and entrepreneurial leaders, in particular, often do not find it easy to follow this change. How to measure these “soft factors”? How to evaluate the quality of “leadership”? Why don’t you ask yourself about the three most important leadership qualities? In my presentation, I will introduce a potpourri of answers given by the important management protagonists and tell you about the change in management.

Manuscript:

In the second half of the 19th century, the beginning industrialization changes our world at huge speed. All of a sudden, an enormous number of labourers is needed. The available persons all grew up in the country. They are poorly educated, if at all -and not used to working by the clock.

This problem is a challenge to the caste of engineers. They invent the method of “Taylorism”. The disciplines “management” and “organization” are developed and get more and more important as the industrial revolution progresses. It works quite well, because the people are trained for obedience.

Now, the industrial era comes to its end. The art of organization and competence in management are no longer sufficient. A new term develops: “leadership”. According to modern understanding, “good leadership” is essential for the success of an enterprise.

Everybody talks self-organization and self-determination, as well as entrepreneurial culture and entrepreneurial values. One question is the purpose of an enterprise.
The engineers get nervous. After all, how is anybody supposed to measure these “soft factors”? Yet, the development continues. The basic beliefs and the collective constructs, along with everyone’s own definition of life and the socialization of humans in civilization and culture continue to change drastically. All of a sudden, the term “Generation Y” is created.

Many people, not just managers and entrepreneurial leaders, find it hard to keep pace with this change. The consequences are massive and often very detrimental situations in the economy and society. But how do the managers and leaders cope with this change?

None of this is precisely news. As early as the 1980ies, there was a remarkable development at the St. Gallen Hochschule. A new “management model” was created. It makes the HSG famous around the world. The culmination of said model are the eight theses by Hans Ulrich – “Management – Essays Part II from 1981 to 1998 – On Change in Management”:

  • Accept uncertainty and the unpredictability of the future as the normal state of affairs: strategy means thinking about the future and you accept that decisions will always have to be made under uncertainty.
  • Extend your imagination! Oppose “buts” and leave room for ideas. And share knowledge!
  • Always think in the categories “both of them/as well as”, rather than “instead of”: black-and-white is out, colourful is in.
  • Think multi-dimensionally: always keep in mind that human beings basically cannot handle more than three ideas simultaneously. And: always base the decision between these dimensions on an ethically responsible judgement of properties.
  • Use self-organization and self-determination as a formative model for your enterprise: distribute responsibility, demand subsidiarity.
  • Consider management a meaningful and instrumental function! Now isn’t that a new concept of management?
  • Concentrate on what is really important: this is basically a law of work economy.
  • Utilize group dynamics! Just remember all the cultures with their symbols, rites, rituals and heroes.

I discovered the essay early in 2005. It literally struck me like lightning. You have to remember that it was written more than thirty years ago…

Today, everyting is about gaining knowledge quickly in order to shape our common future. Consequently, we need creativity in order to find the right questions for solving our problems (first creative duty). As soon as we have found these, we have to use knowledge in order to generate solutions.

“Taylorisms” and “mechanisms” will no longer work in the social systems of post-modernism. Of necessity, we have to use new communication formats in enterprises and institutions, as well in order to generate additional knowledge from the wisdom of the masses. The motto must be “diversity instead of single-mindedness”.
Today, this happens through the internet.

Here is an example:

Bernd Geropp (he is an entrepreneurial counsellor whose leadership seminars are highly regarded by many persons) is a famous blogger on the topic: management. By now, his medium is the “podcast”, his blog “more leadership, less management” already received a horrendous amount of clicks. He is also doing interviews and at the end of an interview, he likes to ask the question 

“What are your three relevant leadership principles?”

Since the replies impressed him, he invited other bloggers to participate in a blog parade. In other words, he asked them to write an article on “my three most important leadership principles and/or values” and link those articles to his blog. The result was an exciting series of articles on “the concept of leadership and leadership principles”. Let me present some of the answers in a “potpourri”.

I will start with the principles of the blog parade initiator, Bernd Geropp. He says:

Bernd Geropp

Clear goals, the right values, serenity!

Let me continue with a few ladies who also participated in the blog parade:

Barbara Simonsen
Create meaning, handle complexity, provide learning space!

Franziska Köppe (Madiko)

Think systemic, identify, act together! 

Gudrun Happich

Excellent bosses will lead excellent teams, others are permitted to be different, potential will make you successful.
Maria Jaehne

Values, create shared interests, flat hierarchies
Sabine Pfleger

Leadership = motivating people? Leadership ≠ orders and control, leadership = knowledge

And now a few men are permitted to have their say…

Dr. Andreas Zeuch

Self-organization and participation, space for potential, tolerance with mistakes.

Dr. Eberhard Huber

Serenity as the basic concept, the willingness to make decisions, accepting
responsibility
Conny Dethloff
Wisdom, sober-mindedness, courage or brains, gut feeling, heart (after Plato).
Gebhard Borck (Affenmärchen)
Leadership is a temporary state of affairs! Only lead persons who actually wish to be led! Make nomadic leadership possible!

Dr. Heinz Peter Wallner, CMC

Polarity, resonance, structural patterns.
David Kadiri
Unfolding, trust, friendliness
Ivan Blatter
Create clarity, generate optimal surroundings, do not reward busybodies

Dr. Marcus Raitner

Attitude, trust, serenity

Olaf Hinz

Decide what is undecidable, counter uncertainty with serenity, practical prudence.

Dr. Stefan Hagen

Leadership with heart, brains and hand – a sense of belonging, consideration and structure.

I want to leave it at that, although there are many more very nice articles. These fifteen authors have been selected by me from a total of very recommendable 44 relatively randomly. It strikes me that the ladies actually replied a little differently from the men. I find that exciting. But:

Are those all not nice principles?

And you get them for free on the internet – in fact you can even have them as a free e-book. This exchange of ideas happens on a very high level – and I liked it very much, indeed. St. Gallen happened more than thirty years ago. This is where the “scientific” groundwork was laid. However, today, the exchange of experience and the addition of quick knowledge no longer happen primarily at universities. Instead, they happen in practical life and on the internet.

There are hybrid (virtual and physical) activities in and around the “network” – for many, they are often still unknown. For instance, I would recommend openPM as an open and independent platform for project managers, leaders and entrepreneurs.
openPM is linked with PM-Camp (pm-camp.org), the “face2face” movement in project management. PM-Camp is a “grass-root-movement” which developed as a self-organized cooperation with open PM and organizes wonderful barcamps for project managers, leaders and entrepreneurs. It is a meeting point for experienced and young people, women and men, young and old persons who share their experience and knowledge. The movement grows rapidly and already has yearly events held in many towns of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

I took a stroll through our enterprise and asked our leaders about their leadership principles. And some of the answers were, again, truly innovative! For instance, an answer I liked was:

Paul Schuster

Promote individuality, connect people to a network, isolate the important issues in team-work.

I was surprised to see how few replies actually said the same. And how well almost all of them supplemented each other, regardless of the differences. However, the diversity of ideas also shows that such a thing as exactly three truths on “leadership” does not exist!
Incidentally, I also found some references in literature. In his book 
“Nicht mit uns” – Das Leben von Leonie und Walter Frankenstein (Not with Us – The Lives of Leonie and Walter Frankenstein), Walter Frankenstein gives three reasons for himself and his wife and two small children surviving the Holocaust during the last war days:

Walter Frankenstein

Fearless, boldness and good friends

Indeed, this might definitely also qualify as a leader principle for a successful manager.
I was also invited to attend Bernd Beropps blog parade. That is when I asked myself what my own three “leadership principles” are.

🙂 After only a short time for consideration, it was quite clear to me – I am an ALO man – my principles are:

Roland Dürre
Agile, lean, open!

In a nutshell: 
Managers, too, are only human!

Successful managers are a little better when it comes to judging what is good or bad for the enterprise. Consequently, their decisions are more often the right decisions for the enterprise than not.

I believe that basically all persons who work more constructively than others and whose destructive element is rather an undefined quantity are good managers – both in business and in private areas.

This is especially true when we are also talking persons who not just strive towards (often seemingly) some advantage, but who instead trust that a good decision can also create a significant “collateral benefit”. And if these persons also have a good measure of humanity mixed with an abhorrence of enmity, then everything is just fine.

It might also be a good idea for change in management if enmity could be transformed into humanity!

RMD

About my presentation:
There is a free e-book with the aforementioned blog parade “Sustainable Leadership” by von Bernd Geropp. It was edited by Gudrun Happich. She created the e-book by collecting the blog parade and other sources, separating it following “best practice principle” values and then commenting on it. (www.mehr-fuehren.de/nachhaltige-fuehrung-e-book/)

Roland Dürre
Sunday November 23rd, 2014

The End of Collaboration

Today, I am writing a fictional story which in fact could have happened.

220px-Jekyll-mansfieldThe story is about two important and famous protagonists working in the same field. They both work on the same topic. It is an innovative idea with which you can earn money. Let us call the two persons Mr. Je and Mr. Hy.

Both of them write about their ideas in their blogs and develop new ideas in the sense of “sharing knowledge” and “improving wisdom by sharing it”, both by themselves and together.

Mr. Je finds some ideas in one of Mr. Hy’s posts exciting. Consequently, a dialogue between the two gets under way. The dialogue is happening in Mr. Hy’s blog in the form of comments on this post.

The result is a significant extra insight, including a valuable basis for a business model. In fact, the constructive, critical and supplementary comments by Mr. Je are to a huge extent responsible for the making said model seem realistic.
Mr. Hy utilizes the thus gained insight for his business, thereby successfully promoting his business model. However, he never tells Mr. Je any of this.

Instead, he removes the dialogue between himself and Mr. Je from his blog.

Mr. Je has no problem with the fact that Mr. Hy benefited from the shared dialogue for his business. This is quite ok. After all, it is why “sharing knowledge” and “open collaboration” have been invented. However, he would have found it nice to hear from Mry. Hy and perhaps receive a cooperation offer.

As a matter of facts, he is really annoyed about the removal of the dialogue!

Of course, the story is totally fictional. Any similarities between actual events or living or even dead persons – if they can be found – are totally coincidental

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I took the picture from Wikipedia:
en:Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924; London, England) – http://www.photography-museum.com/jekyll.html / Originally from en.wikipedia;

Roland Dürre
Wednesday November 19th, 2014

Dr. Schreber and My Mother’s Corset

Schreber_(1883)_b_372Dr. Moritz Schreber??
(* October, 15th, 1808 in Leipzig;
† November, 10th, 1861 ibidem)

The famous and infamous German educator?

The parent counsellor?

The author of the notorious educations guidebook “Kallipädie” (1858)?

The designer of practical (torture) instruments for improving the posture of the youngest in your family?

Who knows the person who gave the “Schreber Gardens” their name?


After all, after Schreber died in 1864, the Leipzig school director Ernst Innozenz Hauschild established a club and honoured him by naming the club after him.

I first heard about Dr. Schreber in the cabaret. Jörg Hube, whom I very much adore and love, squeezedt himself into constructions made after the drawings by Dr. Schreber in his cabaret “Herzkasperl’s Biograffl”,

And he demonstrated us in a rather cynical way how cruel you can be when educating children – which, at the time, was probably normal. And that parents actually forced children into instruments of torture in order to achieve a virtuous posture.

Here is a Wikipedia citation on Dr. Schreber:

„Geradhalter“ für korrekte Sitzhaltung

”Upright-Posture-Machine” for correct sitting


In the programmatic preface of the educational guidelines “Kallipadie (1858)”, he wrote:

Even if nature dealt you extremely poor cards, you can make up for it to a surprising extent by well-calculated education; the most obvious and most outstanding examples are the ever better results by educational institutions after treating the deaf-mute, the blind, the imbecile, the cretins, morally delinquent children, etc. However, even the most fortunate natural endowment will degenerate if there is no the educational development.

In those days, the term health also included the idea of a “healthy removal of the sexual drive”, which was why Schreiber, among other things, also experimented with mechanical devices to prevent masturbation. Moreover, he recommended using an axe and saw-movements, in hard cases cold sit-baths in the evening, cold-water clysters and rubbing cold water over your private parts.

In order to form healthy bodies, Schreiber also constructed numerous gadgets: orthopaedic chin ribbons as a prophylactic measure against wrong chewing habits, shoulder strips which kept the children on their backs in bed and “upright-posture-machines” for sitting upright.

His own children, too, were made victims of his terrible educational methods.

Here is another Wikipedia citation.

Orthopädisches Kinnband zur Vermeidung eines Fehlbisses

Orthopaedic chin ribbon against wrong chewing habits.

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Schreber’s wife Pauline (1815–1907) was the daughter of the medical practitioner Wilhelm Andreas Haase and her uncle was Karl Friedrich Christian Wenck. They had three daughters and two sons.

The oldest son Daniel Gustav (1839–1877) committed suicide. The second son, Daniel Paul Schreber, was a judge in Saxony and served for a short time as Senate President at the Dresden County Court. His autobiographical descriptions of a serious psychological illness were interpreted as specialties of a neurologically sick person (1903) based on psycho-analysis by Sigmund Freud.

Reading about this reminded me of my mother’s corset. We are talking hardly more than 50 years ago. It was also a terrible device. It was supposed to emphasize the female figure and also was a kind of “Body” made of elastic material with flexible, fishbone-like metal rods sewn into it. It was open in the back and then needed to be closed with a series of small hooks.

And whenever, on a Sunday, you went places or visited family, the corset was worn underneath your skirt suit. And getting dressed was a truly monstrous process. After all, naturally, as the years went by, my mother did not get any slimmer, did she? Which made the corset ever more tight and brutal.

Predictably, the mood became bad and we children were subjected to it. And the parents were surprised if mother started feeling sick or suffered from back pains. Well, what nice times we lived in.

This is how Dr. Schreber’s curse survived the world of children to end up in the lives of women.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I took the image and both drawings from the very interesting Wikipedia article on Dr. Moritz Schreiber I cited.

As of now, you can download the video of our last IF Forum presentation in the series ”Galileo Galilei – A Visit of the Present” by Thomas de Padova with the title “The Secret of the World”  on my YouTube-Channel RolandDuerre.

Now those who could not be present during the interesting presentation about Galileo Galilei and his contemporary Johannes Kepler, too, can watch it:

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Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday November 13th, 2014

Leaf Blowers

Blick aus meinem Schlafzimmer von Neubiberg rüber nach Ottobrunn. Wer findet den Laubbläser?

The view is from my bedroom in Neubiberg looking towards Ottobrunn. – Who can find the leaf blower?


This is again the time of the year when they are operational.

All over the place.

As soon as I look out of my bedroom window over the little park in the morning, I discover the first of them.

Using the cyclists’ path on my way to the Phönix (that is the Ottobrunn public swimming pool), I come across the next couple. And this is how it continues all day long.

There are two kinds of leaf blowers. The private ones where people absolutely had to have a lawn mower and a leaf blower in their garden shed – on top of their luxury villa, their different cars, motor bikes and scooters. All of these gadgets have a combustion motor to make them really noisy. And then once in a while, you have to do some blowing. After all, this is what everybody does, isn’t it? Actually, those crazies are not the persons I address with this article.

Today, I want to write about the professional leaf blowers. They are driven to their places of service by the community car and then they have to blow all day long, wearing protective gear both for their ears and mouth. Some of them wear their motor on their backs like a backpack, others have to carry the entire device on their shoulder holster and some very exceptional employees have a four-wheel vehicle for doing the “blow-job”.

These leaf blowers are a particular annoyance to me. How I pity the people having to work those machines! On wet days like this morning, you can more or less put up with it. However, on a beautiful dry workday with a little sun, they are absolute hell for me as a biker. Because they blow so much dust into the air – and quite a few particles will inevitably end up in the eyes of the biker.

Yet this is not the place for me to write about what a foolish idea leaf blowers are. Basically, all they achieve is that companies like Stiehl and others become rich. Other than that, all they do is produce noise and smell. Of course, they also need fuel – which often smells bad when the person who did the re-filling was a little jittery.

Now I am sitting in the train, which is a leaf-blower free zone (you cannot use the mobile phone, either) and going to the EnjoyWorkCamp. I have to think of all those people dressed up in their leaf blower costumes. Four hours of noise, in between a sandwich break, then lunch and another four hours of noise. All by yourself, no human contact. Moving the leaves from one corner to the next – and then having to see how the wind again blows it somewhere else.

Now I wonder what answer they would give if I asked them after a day’s work: “What kind of day have you had?” – And I am afraid the reply would not be pleasant.

Incidentally, it could easily be organized differently. We could send people – always in twos – with a rolling container, some shovels, brooms and rakes out to do the job. While they are doing their work, they could have conversations with each other. And they could proudly observe how many containers they managed to fill and remove every day.

And perhaps you could even give them an extra sack for plastic and other rubbish (cigarette boxes, all sorts of paper, Coffee2GO containers, aluminium cans,…) which nowadays are a disgrace to all our roads, squares and streets. Along with a device for picking up all the rubbish. The additional advantage for these persons would be that they could also be proud to leave a track of cleanliness behind them.

If I asked these persons “What kind of day have you had?”, then chances are that perhaps the replies would be a little more enjoyable than those of the leaf blowers. Aren’t there enough people sitting at home and having no job – either living on Hartz4 or social welfare. My idea might be a little more expensive, but it would certainly make a lot more sense. Besides, it is never a bad idea to suggest that someone should get active in the great outdoors.

Please refrain from saying that this was only true in former times!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

Apropos fresh air. History teaches us another lesson, too. Whenever I arrive at my goal by bike in the best of moods on a rainy or snowy day, or generally when the weather is bad, people are surprised and ask me how anybody can ride a bike with this kind of weather. My usual reply is that there is no such thing as wrong weather, the only problem is wrong clothes.

In the future, I will point out that there are people who have to work outside at all weathers: for instance leaf blowers, both female and male.

Carl and Gerlinde (XXXVII)

Oh my God – why did it have to happen after this heavenly steak with champignons and broccoli of all times? Even the Riesling had been exactly the right temperature. Which was not a matter of course with Gerlinde. But today: perfection – the temperature! And then this…

Well, it all had started going wrong as soon as Carl had returned from the office: totally unexpectedly, Gerlinde sulked and pursed her very red small mouth after the fleeting welcoming kiss, remaining in front of him and not uttering a single word. The demanding stare she gave him during this mute gesture was actually a little embarrassing. Eventually, Carl ended this grotesque prologue, pretending he needed the restroom!

However, he was well aware of the fact that the culmination of the drama still lay ahead…
Mind you, this was on a day when the company, too had been catastrophe city! To be sure, the ever-enthusiastic sector leader Dr. Osterkorn had initially shown the seventeen Power Point slides with their display of permanently decreasing orders in all sectors of the TRIGA underwear sector without comment, but then he had continued by without any warning projecting in the most brutal way the full dimension of the ’Russian Underwear Catastrophe’ on the screen like lightning had suddenly struck!

After all, since Putin had decreed an import, production and sales ban for all lace underwear in the entire Eurasian Economic Zone earlier this year, there had been practically no more orders from the two Russian underwear wholesalers ’ARMED’ and ’Suwen’! The entire business exchange with Russia had broken down from one day to the next. And all this just because Papa Putin believed he had to take care of both the Ukraine and the health of his compatriots! After all, those non-perspiration-absorbing lace panties and satanic high-heels gave his already terribly vodka-stricken people such unexpected suffering: basically, the fascist scourges of humanity ’inflammation of the bladder’ and ’foot deformity’ were even threatening to decimate the number of Russian females …

Carl hesitated!

Should he really start complaining about all this shit from the company in front of Gerlinde and thus spoil her mood? After the very strange stiffness when she welcomed him home, she was now actually again very lively, parading in front of him and teasing him with delicious snacks. And most likely she was also wearing one of her entrancing lace panties, such as Putin did not like at all – well, he was pretty sure…
No, he was definitely not going to spoil her mood!

He was far too tired and washed-out!

In fact, the most attractive idea at that moment would have teen to not utter another word and not have to share anything with Gerlinde – not even this delicious Riesling – and spoon up this superb meal while listening to Country Music… However, the red lace panties were unstoppable: Carl had only just given the tender steak its due between his teeth, added his saliva, moved it into his stomach and extinguished its fire with three glasses of Riesling, when Gerlinde assaulted him with the question: Are you Happy?

Carl toasted her, trying to appease her and ignore the question! In fact, he – regardless of actually now being absolutely incapable of swallowing another bite – even went so far as to ask her if, maybe, she still had a ’Little Something’ to surprise him with by way of dessert.

”Of course”, Gerlinde impishly said, “I would like to know if you are happy, Carl”?.

“Does that mean my dessert is something to bite into? Meaning the question ’Am I Happy’?“ Carl was now intrigued.

”Yes!“

”Whatever makes you ask such a thing?“, Carl irritably said.
”Well, you know, I just would like to know? In fact, Hannelore is not happy!“
”But then, this is hardly a surprise with this eccentric cow“! Carl enthused.
”Why are you so aggressive all of a sudden“?

”Because I suddenly get the impression that, again, someone wants to plant disharmony somewhere! It would not be the first time, would it?“ was his acid reply.

”Carl, you must not be so supersensitive! Can I not even ask a simple question?“

”Ok, Gerlind. Fine. Ask as much and as long as you like to about ’happiness’! But please do not expect me to literally drown in ’happiness ’ while you go on about it! To be perfectly honest, I would find it a pity in view of the wonderful steak inside me. In fact, I actually do not know what this ’happiness ’you are inquiring about is supposed to be, or not to be?”, Carl was now annoyed.

”Maybe you could be a little less theatrical?“

”Of course! Yet I truly have no idea what you mean with ’Are you Happy’?”, Carl said indignantly while in vain seeking consolation with his now room-temperature Riesling.
”How should I know? But then, in adverts, all people are always happy, too, aren’t they!“

”Do you mean this heavenly ’purgative happiness’ of the no-longer-quite-young blond woman whose intestines are de-knotted ’giving her happiness’ in each one of her advert appearances?”, Carl provocatively asked.

“Yes, that is one of them!“

”Or do you mean the beaming grandmother who, thanks to Voltaren, suddenly re-discovers her grandchildren, because now she is able to go down on her knees?”, Carl continued.
”Her, too…!“

”Well, I am sure you are aware”, Carl went on, “that in all these examples, it is always women who become spontaneously happy – never men?“

”Carl, as always, you tend to simplify! In fact, there is actually ’happiness ’ beyond adverts which also very much concerns men?“

”I am all ears …?“ Carl pointedly.

”For instance the often thematised happiness of love?“

”Hm“ grumbled he.

”Or, to put it bluntly: are you now happy with me – or are you not?“

”Oh my God – Gerlinde, now what is this about? I assumed this topic was one we really had dealt with once and for all?”, Carl lamented.

”Then why don’t you just say ’Gerlinde, I am happy with you’!“

”Certainly! Don’t you know this by now”, Carl was getting bored.

”In that case, you actually know the meaning of ’happiness ’?“

”I probably have a vague idea, Gerlinde! And I am sure it has a lot to do with security and contentedness, if you like the sound of those words”, now Carl’s words sounded almost ceremonial.

”Does that mean that you are at least content with what I have to offer?“

”Yes – if that is how you want to call it! But then, I am content with everything around me, my dear Gerlinde”, Carl added sentimentally, “among other things also how nicely you keep everything clean, also with this half-empty bottle of Riesling which will soon be empty, and, of course, also when we will afterwards go to bed… “

”Are you saying it in that order – cleanliness, Rieling, bed – randomly, or is that something you chose very deliberately?“

”To be perfectly honest: I rather like this order”, Carl was now surprisingly self-confident, “somehow or other, it is just correct and also important for me if I am supposed to feel something like ’happiness ’!”

”And do you think your order could cope with a slight variation?“

”What variation do you mean …?“ Carl hesitantly asked.

”What I mean is the slight variation: – cleanliness, bed, and then Riesling! If you chose that order, I could actually also find a little happiness once in a while!“

”A-h-a“, Carl moaned. This was the moment when he started regretting that the meeting about the poor TRIGA ordering situation was no longer under way…

KH
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday November 12th, 2014

Soon to Take Place: Dornbirn PM Camp!

This year, the InterFace AG is again sponsoring the Dornbirn PM-Camp. It takes place between November, 20th and 22nd.

Being a sponsor, I was permitted to answer three questions on the #PMcampDOR website. I was also asked to say why InterFace AG does the sponsoring. Here is what I wrote:

Hier mit Dr. Marcus Raitner (links).

Yours truly at the PM-Camp with Dr. Marcus Raitner (left).

InterFace AG – why we support the PM Camp!

PM Camp is less boring than your common conference and gives you many insights. It is a free event, not controlled by ulterior interests. The “participants/partners” generate their own conference. Knowledge and experiences are shared at eye-level. PM Camp is a network for humans!

The more often a PM Camp takes place, the more intense it usually gets.
We want PM Camp to be something everybody can afford. The costs must not be a barrier, because we want PM Camp to be accessible to all – young and old, female and male, poor and rich. That is why InterFace AG also supports some of the PM Camps financially. We want to help people to develop courage and joy and we want to give them a nice setting for a beautiful party.
It makes us happy to see participants going back home from the Camp with a lot of newly gained knowledge, experience and adventures. If that happens, our investment was worth it.

Three questions and my answers on PM:

What is wrong with project management today?

  • Project management is often considered deterministic “engineers work”, instead of value-based leadership.
  • Project management is seen as a “taylorist” affair for experts.
  • The use of tools is overrated.
  • Hierarchical thinking patterns hardly allow an “organization as a network”.

What are the future challenges?

  • Both in projects and enterprises, resilience will beat efficiency.
  • People must learn to deal with uncertainty, because the future cannot be planned.
  • We must think in terms of results, not in terms of goals.
  • A project team must be seen as a biological being, not as a determined machine.

From your point of view, how can the PM possibly contribute?

  • Bring the right kinds of people together.
  • Provide a living supplement to the world of learning abstract knowledge by heart.
  • Establish lasting networks between human beings.
  • Train project managers for “Industry 4.0”.

About Me:

Hier mit Dr. Stefan Hagen (rechts).

On the PM Camp with Dr. Stefan Hagen (right).

Roland Dürre (duerre.de, if-blog.de) is a third generation IT pioneer. In the autumn of 1969, he started studying mathematics and computer science at TUM. He graduated with the diploma (univ.).

After “years of apprenticeship” at (6 years) and Sofllab (3 years), he founded the InterFace AG in 1984. He remained head of the company for more than 30 years. With the end of this year, he will stop being managing director of the IT enterprise. He will then be a member of the board of governors. Starting in 2015, he will work on important social topics.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

The pictures have been taken at the 2012 Dornbirn PM Camp. In the first picture, you can see me with Dr. Marcus Raitner, on the second with Dr. Stefan Hagen. They are both very important PM Camp protagonists. In fact, PM Camp would not exist without them.

I have been friends with the Chess Grand Master Gerald Hertneck for many years. Gerald is considerably younger than I. In the late 1970ies, I had quite a few quickies with the then still very young Gerald and his friend Robert Zysk. We were all members of the SK Obermenzing. My chess friends and I were already “grown up” at the time and we had plenty of fun with the young and humorous guys.

Later, when he was already a very successful chess player, Gerald, along with some others, initiated the Munich Chess Foundation (Münchner Schachstiftung).

Since the chess world championship is now under way, he sent us an email:

Dear chess friends,

GeraldHertneckthe count down for the biggest chess event of the year has started! On Saturday, November, 8th, the World Champion duel between the current holder of the title Magnus Carlsen and his Indian challenger Vishy Anand will begin! Here is the official page of the tournament (http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/).

A year ago in Chennai, Carlsen won clearly and without being beaten with 6,5:3,5. To be sure, Magnus Carlsen is still the world’s number 1 and therefore the favourite for the duel. However, during his last two tournaments, the Chess Olympics in Tromsö and the GM Tournament in St. Louis, Carlsen had to be content with coming in second. In March, Vishy Anand surprised many experts, winning the candidates’ tournament easily – and in September, he won the Grand Slam Finals in Bilbao.

As I see it, the psychological advantages is with the long-standing world champion Anand, since this time around he enters as the challenger who has little to lose, while in the worst case Carlsen will have to give up the title of world champion – which would also minimize his market value.

I also think Anand will be better prepared for the fight in terms of opening theories. He will have learned from being beaten last year. In particular, he will try to play more dynamically, rather than letting himself be pushed into Carlsen’s favourite domain. What I mean are slightly better final matches which, with lots of patience and enormous stamina, Carlsen can win.

In short: as I see it, chances in this exciting match are totally even, even if the difference in terms of ELO numbers seems to be a clear statement: 2792 for Anand versus 2863 ELO for Carlsen. Statistically, this equals an expectation of winning of 60 per cent versus 40 per cent. But especially in a match with 12 individual games, psychology and dynamics play quite a significant role!

Now there is the question how to best follow all the individual games of the world championship. For the first time ever, the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, along with the Munich Chess Academy, decided to offer an online report this year. If you click here: Link (http://www.sueddeutsche.de/thema/Schach-WM), you will get a 10-minute video with Chess grand master Stefan Kindermann after every game. He will discuss the highlights of each game and give an insightful illustration. It would make us happy if you took the time to follow the report.

Gerald Hertneck

Here is some information and contact data on the Munich Chess Foundation:
With the innovative training concept: ”Schach nach Königsplan“, the Munich Chess Foundation teaches children and adolescents precious competences for their future development.

Besides the ability to concentrate and the development of efficient cognitive structures, motivation and trust in their own competence are the key concepts of the promotion program.

The positive consequences of chess training on the mathematical competence, reading and orthography, as well as the emotional and social development of students have been clearly documented in numerous scientific studies.

I also witnessed the process myself. When, around the age of 12, I started playing chess in the chess club, my “school grades” suddenly improved considerably. And I also firmly believe that, through my entire professional career, there is a lot I have to thank chess for.

The thing I admire most about the foundation is that many children who had already been considered lost for society due to their under-privileged situation in life were brought back to social life and turned into a success.

Contact:

Münchener Schachstiftung

Zweibrückenstraße 8
80331 München
fon (0 89) 95 89 43 30 
fax (0 89) 95 89 43 32 
info@mucschach.de
www.mucschach.de

My friend Dr. Marcus Raitner (in fact, I probably should write our friend, because there are already quite many of us) is, among other things, also the author of a very special blog on topics along leadership and society: Experiencing Leadership (Führung erfahren) with the sub-title Shaping Cooperation at Eye-Level. This is a blog I warmly recommend.

The current article in Marcus’ blog: (No) A Real Life Surrounded by Wrongness? Is important for me, which is why I wrote a comment on it.

Dear Marcus, the Adorno citation “There is no real life surrounded by wrongness” made a huge impression on me, too, when I read it a few years ago. And, just like you also wrote, all comparison between our current situation in society and the echo of terror at the time by which Adorno was motivated to write this sentence is absolutely out of the question.

Incidentally, I saw the film “WORK HARD PLAY HARD” by Carmen Losmann a few days ago. I also had the opportunity to talk with her at quite some length. The film is truly worth watching and I already wrote an IF Blog article about my experience.

If you make a mental connection between the impressions of the film and the current world-wide and German news (strange social developments in the USA, as well as other countries and Germany, global supervision by NSA and others, wars between maniacs – with weapons provided by us, tax manipulations at a huge range, behaviour of the financial industry, massive influence of lobbies on legislation, control of governments by business, numerous violations of law in huge dimensions, the power of the secret services outside all parliamentary control even in developed “democratic” countries, the general dominance of the powerful, the way the “world society” treats global threats such as climate change, but also singular ones such as Ebola), you might well start thinking:

“nip things in the bud”. And if you then continue by mentally combining this with your own life’s experience, it might actually give you pause from time to time.

This is how I see you as a caller in the wilderness; yet thankfully, you are not a lonely caller, because you are far from the only one. And since we multiply quite quickly, I can easily imagine that those who are powerful today will soon again hear the call currently so often in our ears because of our jubilee: “we are the people”.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

Adorno’s sentence inspired me to write a new definition of freedom.

A person is free if he can live a true life even if surrounded by wrongness.
As you all know, I collect definitions of freedom!