Roland Dürre
Tuesday November 20th, 2018

(Deutsch) Kommunikation

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Roland Dürre
Friday November 16th, 2018

(Deutsch) Unglaublich aber wahrscheinlich.

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Roland Dürre
Sunday November 4th, 2018

We Replace Many Others.

On this picture, you can still see me at the Uhg Outdoor Public Swimming Pool (no cameras allowed).

🙂 Here is a non-fiction story.
It shows to treat employees and how you save money these days. Since it is slightly embarrassing, I will not give you any names. Except the name of the enterprise that plays the major role in this story. It is the Weva, which is an anagram for the German 
“Wir ersetzen viele andere“ (We Replace Many Others).

Maybe it already tells all you need to know. Just as it says in Wikipedia: Nomen est Omen.

So here is my story …


I try to swim regularly. During the summer months, I visit the public outdoor swimming pool There are times when, in summer, I manage to go there every day. With the seasonal ticket from the Unterhaching Civil Office, I really enjoy the pool.

During the cold months, from Mid-September until May, I visit a public indoor swimming pool that has been more or less privatized. Since it is a private indoor swimming pool, it is obvious that they have to economize wherever they can.

Regardless of the fact that I find the entry fee slightly overpriced, I am totally happy. I can easily overlook the occasional flaw and manage to go swimming several times a week. After all, I am quite glad that there is still an indoor swimming pool somewhere near home that I can reach by bike.

In this indoor swimming pool, they have strict rules. For instance, you are not allowed to shave at the sink. For hygienic reasons. I did it once – without knowing about the rules – and then a lady who was responsible for the cleanliness of the place told me in friendly but no uncertain terms that this is forbidden. Even though I cannot really understand the prohibition, I have stuck by the rules ever since. Because that is what it says in the regulations.

Now this changed. Over several weeks, I have seen that the employees of the public indoor swimming pool who were responsible for cleanliness have now been replaced by a service provider. Now the people who clean in the swimming pool area wear blue polo shirts with the logo “Weva – We Replace Many Others” (in German: Wir ersetzen viele andere). To me, this logo looks like a true threat.

Then I witnessed something. After my early morning swim, I got back my breath in the ante-room and checked my smartphone for what happened in the world during my absence. The ante-room was empty, I was sitting alongside one of the walls and a WEVA employee was vacuum cleaning the ante-room. He was working quite systematically, from left to right and top to bottom. He was not making any noise. Soon, he was finished with half of the place. I was close to revising my opinion about the enterprise that calls itself WEVA: “well, this is good news, at least they use soundless vacuum cleaners”.

My contemplations were interrupted. A lady – she, too, was wearing a blue WEVA shirt – appeared on stage and talked to the vacuum-cleaning colleague in a language I did not understand. However, he did not seem to understand her. Consequently, she started gesticulating.

Since this, too, did not seem to help, she took the electric plug that hung from the vacuum cleaner, pulled it out and applied it to the nearest electricity outlet. With an unmistakeable gesture towards the man, she left the room. Now there was a lot of noise – so this was not a “soundless vacuum cleaner”, after all. The vacuum-cleaning employee continued with his work where he had stopped. And I fled from the ante-room and rode my bike home.

On the whole, I do not get the impression that the place has become cleaner over the last few weeks. Perhaps it even became a little worse. I am not complaining, it is still ok. And I certainly do not want to be finicky, because I am glad that the life-guards always have a watchful eye on critical situations and always look after minor flaws.

However, I believe that now, if I feel I need a shave, there is no reason for me to fear being scolded. I find it hard to believe that the WEVA service persons know the regulations and that they will point out my offense to me in a language I understand.

🙂 This proves how there is no bad thing that does not come with a good thing.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

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)

Roland Dürre
Monday October 29th, 2018

Sugar Coating (Entrepreneur’s Diary #126)

Last week, I learned some new vocabulary – sugar coating.

Following the motto “having a soccer table in your office does not in itself constitute #newwork“.

For me, it is quite clear that, in our social life as well as in our work-life, transparency within the enterprise and the participation of the relevant stakeholders (employees) are very important.


”Sugar coating“ as part of ”culture engineering“?

In my book enterprises are social systems where people work together in different roles for an economic goal – i.e. the goal of offering products and services that they will benefit from to people. Just like the Bavarian Constitution says.

Basically, enterprises are not machines that can be mechanically controlled by “management” that tries to minimize the input and maximize the output. Instead, enterprises are composed of humans.

A Great Team – InterFace Connection GmbH 1986: Celebrating.

That is extremely important. Just like I also consider values such as appreciation, respect and general considerateness when dealing with each other absolutely relevant in an entrepreneurial culture.

#newwork needs just as much communication as it needs civil courage and constructive disobedience. The elite of an enterprise should not be system agents. Instead, they have to be coaches, inspire people and give impulses. And the vast majority of an enterprise also has to try (and be able) to live the values they formulated.

For me, these are the pre-requisites and the basis of #newwork.

Especially in my sector, I discover more and more enterprises that “sugar-coat themselves”. Regardless, they still move at the edges of the German work legislation. And they form their processes and the entire system with an absolute priority on profit. For them, “entrepreneurial health management” is basically just an investment that is supposed to minimize the number of people who call in sick. For them, modern work environments are just a means to save on the rent for office space. And their decor is a sugar coat with great design and life style, both of which are supposed to impress the employees.

If you want #newwork to have any effect, then you cannot make it part of a strategically planned, human resource controlled ”enterprise culture engineering“. Instead, it must be lived by the employees –with intrinsic motivation.

This is what I have been preaching for decades, both because it is my personal experience and because of what I see in many enterprises.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
For more articles of my entrepreneurial diary, see: Drehscheibe!

Roland Dürre
Sunday October 28th, 2018

1969 – 2019: Fifty Years of Computer Science.

It is now autumn of 2018 – which means that, before long, we will have 2019. 2019 minus fifty is 1969. In the autumn of 1969, I had my first intense contact with “computer science”. I started studying at TUM as a mathematics student, minoring in computer science. At the time, TUM was still Technische Hochschule München (THM). In fact, I found that name even nicer that TUM, but that is neither here nor there.

This means that, next year, I will have a very special personal jubilee – fifty years of computer science in my life. In the light of this, it is probably justified that I consider myself an IT pioneer of the third generation. In my view, the first generation was represented by people like Konrad Zuse, whom I was lucky enough to meet in 1985 during the InterFace bike tour to Hünfeld (where Konrad Zuse lived at the time).

The second generation is represented by people like my teacher Friedrich L. Bauer, who, among other things, gave the first lecture in computer science at THM (now TUM) in 1969. I was there.

I think that fifty years of contact with IT are definitely something special. There are so many stories I need to tell.

However, the current digitalization hype is something I am fed up with. For me, digitalization started happening when they came up with a method to write down what you said. And what we today call digitalization is basically nothing but normal progress.

And I intend to tell many stories from those fifty years in 2019. I will relate anecdotes that are quite useful when it comes to understanding how things were done in those days. Without internet and wikipedia. And I will also talk about the influence our entrepreneurial cultures had on society. And how we ourselves were influenced and changed.

It will be a potpourri of individual contemporary stories that go well with each other and that describe many different aspects of change. Since there are many exciting stories, I will make two presentations out of them. Part one will be the first twenty-five years from 1969 until 1994. Part two will relate the time from 1995 with the change of the millennium until today. However, I will not only speak about yesterday and today. There will also be some tomorrow. I really look forward to it and I will see to it that both the audience and the speaker will enjoy the presentations.

Well, I already told some of the stories in the IF blog, didn’t I? For instance when I wrote about Tools Making Tools …  (Werkzeuge machen Werkzeuge …) in 2017 or when I wrote about My First Project (Mein erstes Projekt) in 2015 or My Best Slide… (Meine schönste Folie …)  of 1981 (written down in 2008) – but these are all only examples. Of course, my presentations will not be quite as lengthy as my IF blog articles.

And the occasional missing story will also become an IF blog article. And, of course, I will also tell you in the blog where and when the presentations will be given.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Klaus Hnilica
Friday October 26th, 2018

(Deutsch) Anzug oder Dirndl?

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Roland Dürre
Thursday October 18th, 2018

Childhood Memories – Waste, Potable Water

Perhaps, as you grow older, you start thinking a little more about how life was when you were small?

Eating a snack with my sister in the backyard of our flat at Rosenaustrasse 18 in Augsburg (behind the central station).

I was one of two children of a middle-class family. My father was a tenured officer at the German Railway and my mother was a teacher who, due to having children, no longer worked in her job. To this day, I still enjoy meeting my sister who is five years younger than I.

I forgot most of the things that happened during my childhood, but a few memories remained with me through my entire life. And they are still quite vivid.

One of these memories is about washing your hands. And about our relationship with water.

Our parents took cleanliness very seriously. Which meant that we had to wash our hands as often as possible. Here is how we did it: turn on the tub, wet your hands, use some soap, rub vigorously, use more soap, rub vigorously… as long as necessary, and then, finally, turn off the tub.

On weekends, we often went to Thannhausen (in Swabia) and met our grandparents on mother’s side, as well as the families of my mother’s sisters. We spent much time in the open. And I often returned to the grandparents‘ flat looking quite dirty. So, again, I had to wash my hands.

Which I did. Once, my grandfather saw me wash my hands. He scolded me because – as was normal for me from at home – I never turned the tub off during the entire procedure. He explained to me that water is a valuable commodity in our lives and that you should never waste it.

I immediately agreed with him and I believe that this short episode had a huge impact on my life. And if I see today how, in the public swimming pool, some grown-up men activate the shower and then chat with someone in the ante-room, I do not find this so great.

Thinking of Thannhausen, Augsburg and those times, I remember many other things that were not so great.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday October 17th, 2018

Arcis Vocalisten Will Sing the Mozart Requiem

I always enjoy advertising the Arcis-Vocalisten Concerts!

This time, it is the famous Reqiuem by Mozart!

Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I consider it the inner beauty of the universe itself (Albert Einstein)
In Mozart’s mysterious legacy, his last composition, the masterpiece “Requiem”, his steadfast faith is just as ever-present as his constant preoccupation with death. The Requiem is probably Mozart’s most humane work – a kaleidoscope filled with emotions: hopeless and hopeful at the same time.

RMD
(Translated by EG)