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Roland Dürre
Wednesday May 29th, 2019

(Deutsch) Quo vadis – Germania?

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Roland Dürre
Sunday April 28th, 2019

The Holes in Your Trousers

It feels best to be in the nude.

Summer is nice.

Mostly, you do not have to wear too many clothes in summer. In spring, autumn and winter, however, it is important to wear clothes if you live in our regions. Because otherwise you can easily fall ill.
And since we live in luxury, most of the people in this country have far too much hanging in their wardrobes.

I find it hard to throw anything away.

There are several reasons for this… firstly, I am sorry to throw something out that is still intact. You never know if there might not be a chance to wear exactly this one piece, even though I have not worn it in many years. Also, I am economical and do not wish to just destroy things that are ok. Also, some clothes are linked to memories. That is also true for towels, bed-linen and other textiles.

It is evil to run around wearing sloppy clothes.

When I was a child, my mother was quite strict about teaching me that you do not run around wearing sloppy clothes. I often had to throw away a pair of trousers just because one knee had a hole in it. And mended trousers were also sloppy. Besides, they were a symbol of poverty. In those days, you wanted anything, but you did not want to be poor.

The upbringing worked.

Later, I was very careful to never wear clothes with holes. I bought many suits and ties. I always wanted to look chic. Shorts were the exception to the rule and only worn when I was at leisure. Well, in business, they were unimaginable.

That changed. Today, I only wait for warm weather and then I wear shorts. If my short jeans look worn and have a few holes, then this makes me proud. After all, it shows that I no longer throw away clothes. I also like wearing washed-out pullovers and t-shirts.

Someone is still complaining if I run around like this. It reminds me of my childhood, except it is now no longer my mother who gives me the warning. Because she is already dead.

In my case, ranting does not help these days.

I am still happy with it. And even during holidays I take a detour whenever I see at-shirt sales outlet.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Those were the days – we were still paying with Deutsche Mark. Coal is nice.

In former times, people lived frugally in order to save money for their old age. Even as a young child, you had your bank account. Today, it is not so easy to open your bank account.

However, this is not bad news, because in times of zero interest, it makes no sense to save money. You save and save and eventually nothing is left. Because the money you saved lost all its value. Because we have a high inflation rate and zero interest – both thanks to the EZB money politics.

Today, more and more people have to save money.

Not for their old age – but in order to make ends meet. And because, as the end of the month comes, nothing is left on the bank account. Because life has become expensive. Or, to be more precise: the rents have become really expensive, at least in some cities.

Food has become cheap – I think it has never been quite as cheap as now.

I know people who pay 1,200 € each month for their cold flat in Munich – and they often find this quite cheap. Regardless, it is more than half of what they earn after taxes. If you have a flat to live in, all you need is some clothes and food.

Most of us have far too many clothes.

We pile them on top of each other in our wardrobes. But visible signs of having worn them (after all, you want to look presentable) and the fashion (you want to be chic) make us buy more and more all the time. Regardless of the fact that there are many things we really no longer need. That is purest consumerism. And the wardrobes keep getting fuller and fuller.

Let us look at food.

In Germany, it is cheaper than in most other countries. I took a close look at the prices of basic food in discount shops:


Flour, milk and eggs

If you buy milk, you pay 1.05 € if you choose fresh full milk with 3.8 % fat, if you take the H-milk with 3.5% fat, it is even less: 0.70 €. That comes as a surprise to me. Compared to a litre of Diesel fuel (1.30 €) or petrol (1.45 €), it is really cheap, isn’t it? Especially since there is always also a tetra package that comes with it. And if you drive a car, one litre of fuel is quickly gone.

Looking at flour really gives me pause. At Aldi Süd, you get one kilogram of Mühlengold Weizenmehl for 0.39. Now I understand why some people heat their ovens with grain.

If I want to bake a cake, I will also need eggs. There are three different 10-egg-packages: from hens that were kept on the ground, they cost 1.19 €, from hens that were running free, they cost 1.59 €, and from ecological hens, they cost 2.69 €. If I want the eggs boiled or coloured, I get 10 of them for 1.89 €. That sounds really nice, doesn’t it?

I will also need oil.

Here is what I see: the pure vegetable oil made of rapeseed costs 0.99, the same is true for the pure sun flower oil. As you see, oil, too, is less expensive than petrol or Diesel fuel. I wonder if I can pour it into my car. Well, maybe not, because, as we all know, I no longer drive a car, let alone a Diesel engine car.

Coffee must not be missing from my list.

I find “Bio Caffè Crema, ganze Bohne“ for 9.49 € and, even better, “Tizio Caffe, ganze Bohne, sortiert“, an entire kilogram for 7.49 €. Since these prices do not only contain the added value tax, but also the roasting tax, this is really remarkable. According to Wikipedia, in Germany the coffee tax per kilogram for bean coffee is 2.19 Euro. For instant coffee, it is even 4,78 Euro per kilogram.

Those who love alcohol also need not worry.

The least expensive schnapps is the Doppelweizenkorn Kornmeister. You get a 0.7 for 5.29 and for three litres of Gold Beer KARLSKRONE (as a six-pack, 6x 0,5), you pay 1.79 €. A total of 7.08 € should easily settle you for a soccer evening at home in front of your TV set.

If you do not like beer, I recommend red wine.

The discounter offers a bottle of “Mazedonischer Rotwein“ for 1.49 €. So what more do you need?

If you need snacks to go with the liquor, this is also quite cheap. You get Chips SUN SNACKS, 200 g for 0.79 €. Two packages in your trolley and the entire TV evening with six half-litres of beer, one bottle of schnapps and two packages of chips is still only 8,68 €. If you drink some wine after the match, you have a total of not much more than 10.00 €.

As I see it, the absolute hit when it comes to cheap is: apple-sauce.
You get SWEET VALLEY, 710 g for 0.59 € in the Tetra pack. Who can produce this at such a price?

As you see: if you are prepared to eat cheap, you can really live quite well in Germany. To be sure, I have no idea how these prices are possible. I am afraid there must be some exploitation of labourers, producers or suppliers.


So why do I write about this?

Because I think the proportionality got lost.

Something is wrong and something is rotten in this state. In Munich, I pay a sort of rent for one room that would buy me huge mountains of food and t-shirts and leave me enough to drink myself to death.
What will happen if, as a consequence of the climate crisis and the destruction of the soil, we can no longer produce enough grain?

I mean the wheat that currently is so cheap that we only pay 0.39 Euros for an entire kilogram (neatly packed). If I paid the money that is paid for rent (1.200 €), I would actually get three tons of wheat for it. That is more than 700 kilograms each week, i.e. 100 kilograms each day. What will happen when wheat becomes rare?

What will happen if suddenly things turn around totally? Somehow or other, this seems threatening to me and I worry about a future crisis.
And I think of what I consume. What do I need for living except a place to stay and food?

Well – I want to travel.

A short time ago, when I was sitting in the regional train going home to Neubiberg from Winterhausen, two young ladies sat with us at the table. Naturally, they talked about a few other young ladies who had booked a week in Mallorca for 250 Euro. After all, you could get three days on Malle for 146 €: ”How can anybody be such a big spender?“ – was their opinion. Welcome to Ballermann.

Mobility is very important for people, that is also true for me.

It helps if you understand that you can also be quite mobile without a car. If you combine your bike with public transportation, you are doing even better. However, many people believe they absolutely need a car for their mobile freedom. Consequently, they have to spend whatever remains of the income after they have paid their rent on their cars. And then there is not much left except buying food at the discount shop.

But I now understand: if I have a flat, it is quite easy to live with very little money. I am not sure who gets to pay the price for it.
Most of us have more than enough clothes.

You can spend an extremely long time without buying anything new. I practice this – and it works. I am quite happy with it. No more suits, white shirts and ties. And in summer, always the old shorts. Along with all those many free t-shirts. Great.

I try to buy regional products, for instance at the weekly market or the good Supremo coffee. The prices differ fundamentally from those at the discount shop. For coffee, I pay 2.5 times what I would pay there. I am well off and I can afford to do this. I do it because I want to make sure that others, too, can survive and that ruthless exploitation is reduced. But I am probably not succeeding?

Here is a mental experiment:

What happens if I know someone who does not have enough money and I give him, for instance, 10,000 €? I fear he will immediately buy a car or perhaps fly to “paradise”. So his carbon dioxide footprint will immediately increase drastically. That is not what I want.

Perhaps the best solution would be for me to burn my money. I do not mean at the stock market, because that would again mean that someone else gets it. I mean it in the true sense of the word.

Except that this will also not do any good. Because a one-sided DZB will quickly create new money (we used to say “print”). Because they need to trigger the economy and stop the collapse of nations who suffer under the Euro.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I took the prices from the website Discounter-Preisvergleich of April, 24th. Barbara told me that several products (for instance one litre of fresh milk) are considerably less expensive than I wrote.

Hans Bonfigt
Monday April 15th, 2019

(Deutsch) Postdigital mit Heinz und Karl

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Klaus Hnilica
Thursday April 4th, 2019

(Deutsch) Der Tod des Kochs (Teil1) – Rückblende

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Roland Dürre
Saturday February 2nd, 2019

About To-Do and Not-To-Do Lists …


With my friend Dr. Marcus Raitner during the legendary Dornbirn PM Camp (2013).

There are some blogs that I enjoy reading and about which I also know that I can recommend every individual article therein. One of them is Führung erfahren, which is by Marcus Raitner.

Today, I read the current article by Marcus:
Von den Stoikern Gelassenheit lernen

In this article, Marcus, among other ideas, does some contemplation on Sylvester-Good-Intentions that later became non-existent. Let me cite:
“I was going to be more considerate with my time, I wanted to become more focused and better at giving the right things priority”.

And, of course (the “of course“ is my perspective), he did not succeed. Not because he was too weak. On the contrary: it is very normal that such rules will not work in life, as Marcus can testify: 
”As that of many others, my calendar is full and the five-hour rule as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet introduced it (invest five hours every week in reflections and learning) seems a thing that simply cannot be achieved”.

Quite apart from the fact (and this is again my personal view) that this five-hours rule is not a good one. If anything, you should plan to work a maximum of five hours organized by others on every workday (!) and to donate the rest of the week to yourself. I write “maximum”, because for me these five hours are already too much.

Here is another citation of Marcus:
“… is somehow or other interesting or important (or at least might be interesting or important) and thus the calendar is always more than full, which is also true for the to-do list. Consequently, focusing is first and foremost the question of knowing yourself.“

I do not believe in to-do lists and not-to-do lists. They do the opposite of what you hope they might do. However, self-realization is certainly an important requirement if you want to change. It is not just about priorities in the existing pattern of life or about doing things another way or breaking with a few patterns. The change has to be a radical one. You need to start a new life.

Here is what I propose: it is a good start for change in your own life if you just remove two things completely from your life. To me, the following candidates are obvious:

  • Driving cars.
  • Let the alarm clock wake you up.

Mind you, I do not mean this as a joke. If you manage to remove these two things from your life, you are well under way towards happiness. I managed both. And since I no longer sit in a car at regular intervals, I feel a lot better.

No longer driving a car means, for instance, that you ride your bike. Consequently, you have exercise, instead of having to sit still behind the wheel and never being able to relax mentally. You win time. And if they have no car, it means for most people that they need to work a lot less. After all, they no longer have to earn the money the car costs.

No longer having an alarm clock, too, changes your life dramatically. You get to sleep earlier, eat less at night and no longer schedule pointless meetings early in the morning. And the body will always get exactly the amount of sleep it actually needs. That makes for an increased health and better performance.

Especially entrepreneurs or managers (well, manager is an anti-word, it used to be the leader or the leadership role) can more easily determine what they want to do when, which is not so easy for the train driver or the general practitioner.

We entrepreneurs and leaders are very lucky in that respect, because we have a lot more flexibility than most people in this world. But we actually have to make good use of it – and we must set an example for the others as the leaders in new work. It is up to us.

The downside is that we have to kiss old habits good-bye. And nobody wants that. But it works! I can guarantee it. Just as I can guarantee by 100 % that, if you smile at the mirror, you will see someone smiling back at you. And that is a nice feeling. So: smile at the mirror, sell your car and lock up your alarm clock!

As it happens, 
Marcus gives us a nice metaphor:
“I am absolutely convinced that elephants can learn to dance.”

With Dr. Stefan Hagen, also during the Dornbirn PM camp of October 2013.

That is probably the only important issue where Marcus and I have different opinions.

The elephant metaphor means that huge concerns can actually become agile. I do not think that such a transformation is possible. And also, I cannot imagine that this might be the famous exception from the rule. Whenever I saw concerns try to transform, they failed in the end. In the best case, small biotopes were created, but they were always taken over by reality.

So I plead to abandon the business circus where strange but terribly well-paid actors of the genre business theatre want to make the elephant they administer (and exploit) dance. Let us start a beautiful work life. Where we, as lazy leaders, will limit ourselves to dedicating our time to people (for instance our employees and customers) and to be there when they need us!

Even if it means that we will then no longer get millions in income and compensation – as currently the stars in the business theatre do. None of them are really needed. 
? Neither the millions, nor the business theatre.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Hans Bonfigt
Saturday January 5th, 2019

(Deutsch) Die kleinen Freuden …

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Roland Dürre
Monday December 31st, 2018

(Deutsch) Und schon wieder geht ein Jahr zu Ende! DANKE!

Another Year is Over! Thank You!

My Dear Friends!

Vivat the New Year!

Here is what I wish you, along with a little wish of mine for 2019!

 

The picture is from Rolo Zollner (http://www.rolozollner.de/). It's under Common Licence

May this piggy bring you all lots of happiness! It has been my Sylvester talisman for many years in IF Blog.

A good start!
Enjoy the new year!
Enjoy the world and honour creation!
Do not shun common sense!
Be free!
Live in lust and joy!
Be autonomous and follow your stars!
Do what you want to do!
Think first of yourself but then also of the others!
And, please, do not become martyrs for a “good cause”!
Do not act right but instead do the right things!
Consequently:
In six words and two sentences:
Enjoy life!
and
Be totally happy!
And I mean every minute of every day and night of your life in the new year 2019!


And here is my wish. Unlike my ”Christmas Greetings 2018“, it is not only for the “old white men“, but for all the people! I would wish that, in 2019, we all act a little more rationally than in 2018 and in the years before, perhaps as I suggest in my DontBuy Article!

Because it is simply a no-go that we destroy the planet with canine madness and kill each other in wars.


But above all
MANY THANKS
To all of you!

RMD
P.S.
The picture is a true click-pig. It is the first thing you get on google. Zillions of people have seen it. It was arranged by my friend Rolo Zollner. He created it for IF Blog and it is listed under Common Licence, which means you can use it if you cite the source and author.

Arrangement and picture by Rolo Zollner.

Roland Dürre
Thursday November 1st, 2018

My Sources of Inspiration …

I like to see myself as a source of inspiration for other people and as someone who creates impulses. However, I do not like to give advice – especially not if nobody asked for advice. Because ad-vices are also vices. Especially if nobody asked for them. That is at least how I feel about it. Just as I also believe that it is a good thing for everybody if he or she can follow his or her own way in life, instead of having to follow what others defined as the way.

But I also assume that, when looking for solutions, we first have to ask the right questions – before then answering them. More often than not, there is no limit to how stupid a question can be. I like asking stupid questions. Just like I also like to inspire people.

View from three hundred metres above on Raiatea and its neighbouring island – one of many highlights of my travels. A good place for contemplation and inspiration …

But then, there are more people who inspire me and give me impulses. It happens if you meet people. If a place is very beautiful, I can even be my own

Currently, I am quite busy studying social systems such as enterprises, which means I am studying Niels Pflaeging. You can also find him on Twitter and FB. I have met him in person and to me he looks like someone who, occasionally, will formulate things directly and who also likes arguments, along with ending up as the winner of an argument.

However, I feel very close to him and consequently I will now write down a few of his recent theories. I found them more or less at random in twitter and facebook.

So here is the stage for Niels:


Let me repeat it, because this is really important: 
The so-called #MaturityDegreeModels  are abominable, misanthropic dirt that hinders the development.

They stand in contrast to all upright learning and development theories. 
They have inherent assignments of guilt. 
They are truly criminal.

Introducing one´s own opinion with expressions such as „Science tells us that…“ does not make one look smart. People see through you.


Lean should never be imposed. #Agile should never be imposed. #Beta should never be imposed. #SelfOrganization should never be imposed. #OrgDevelopment should never be imposed. @OpenSpaceBeta takes an clear stance in favor of #invitation. http://www.OpenSpaceBeta.com  #InviteOrImpose


These days, many firms stage a #NewWork and #Transformation theater.
This will not cause more #achievement and a more humane organisation. On the contrary: it will erode integrity and trust.
How about transformation without (!) making a lot of fuss instead?


Remember:
Holacracy and self-organization 
are as related as a shoe and a banana.


How about we stop wanting to “lead employees“ and instead start „letting teams lead the enterprise“?


You can distance yourself from the #AgileIndustrialComplex. Do not mention the intent, the method, the patterns. Anyone can. And should.


„A good #leader…“ – that does not exist! #Leaders do not exist. Only #leadership exists: It is a social phenomenon that happens in the space between people! Let´s stop the quackery.


It is all about #irritating people – not about #convincing people!


You don’t need to #develop your #people. They can do that on their own. In fact, they #must do it on their own.


Management level. What a dirty piece of vocabulary.


True leadership means working on the system.


Command-and-control organization does not produce any winners. It only produces losers. Even at the top.


So far Niels Pflaeging.

Much of what he says is how I feel about life in my family, in my enterprise and in all other social systems.

There should be a prohibition on all wheel models, competence matrices/models, development processes, teaching programmes, development centres and leadership programs. In all of these models, one individual person puts himself above others. Or, and that is just as bad (or even worse), a system is put above individual persons.

Well, if you have rules, that means someone has written some orders. Processes are processes. First, you have the “I-know-better”, then comes the morals and then the assignment of guilt. We really should stop doing things that make us and others look smaller and that hinder our development.

However, Jens is far from the only source of inspiration for me. There are many others. It starts with my family and continues far out, including you all. Currently, due to the Bavarian elections and the political discussion, often comes to mind. I might even write an article about him similar to this one. Again, speaking for all of you. Until such a time, however, you may wish to follow him on twitter ().

But I have so many more sources of inspiration – and I would like to write about all of them. Well, all I can say is I wish you all love and all that is well and good. And I thank you all very much, indeed.

RMD
(Translated by EG)