Dogma

November 29th, 2014

If you want know what dogma really stands for, just read it backwards!

Power

November 28th, 2014

Power develops, when people form alliances.

Knowing someone often beats knowing something. Change is impossible without teamwork, which is impossible without trust. In my experience, people won’t share their craziest. i.e. often best ideas with us, unless they trust us. Makes me wonder, how many fantastic ideas never get to see the light of day.

More power means more responsibility, not more control, with one notable exception: Once people choose to follow us – which is a vote of confidence – we have to control ourselves.

Isn’t it about time that we used our power in an ethically responsible way?

Can there be a more challenging vision?

“The problem is not the problem.
The problem is your attitude about the problem.
Do you understand?“
(Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean)

Be imaginative – part 2

November 27th, 2014

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is
limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world,
stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.“
(Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist)

Be imaginative – part 1

November 27th, 2014

“Everything you can imagine is real.“
(Pablo Picasso, painter)

Be social – part 3

November 26th, 2014

“That is true culture, which helps us to work
for the social betterment of all.“
(Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer)

Be social – part 2

November 26th, 2014

“No society can function as a society, unless it gives the
individual member social status and function.“
(Peter Drucker, management consultant and educator)

Be social – part 1

November 26th, 2014

We must actively support the fact that justice is about the right way to value things and not only about the right way to distribute them, as the political philosopher and professor Michael Sandel rightfully points out.

And we have to realize that a society is doomed without a sense of community and have to look for ways to cultivate a dedication to a common good, again as pointed out by Michael Sandel.

What really matters, as opposed to trivia, i.e. what makes a life worth living. A moral, cultural core, without which a society can’t exist.

Fight for your rights

November 25th, 2014

We must stop being so gullible and have the courage to stand up and fight for our rights, combining protest with boycott.

We must get out of our societal straightjackets, because blind obedience leads to exploitation and authoritarianism. And in the age of transnationalism, authoritarianism is not just a political phenomenon.

Think of rights as muscles. We have to use them, otherwise they’ll become weaker and weaker and ultimately disappear.

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone,
who have the courage to defend it.“
(Pericles, statesman and general)

Take a chance

November 25th, 2014

Change is impossible, if we’re not be prepared to leave our comfort zone, to take risks and to fail on occasion.

Can you imagine Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin insisting on a round trip ticket to the moon and back in 1969? I can’t.

Hermann Hesse was right, when he said that in order “to achieve the possible, the impossible must be attempted again and again“.

And speaking of failure, we must also ask ourselves what we would do, if we knew that we couldn’t fail. Wouldn’t that be boring after a while? Or would it be dangerous?

Think about it.

Don’t question the power of questions – part 2

November 24th, 2014

A while back, I wrote a post about a conversation between a mother and her child that I had overheard:

Mother: It’s time to go home.
Child: Why?
Mother: Because it’s getting late.
Child: Why?
Mother: It’s time to eat.
Child: I’m not hungry.
Mother: You have to eat.
Child: Why?
Mother: To stay healthy and to grow up.
Child: I don’t want to grow up.
Mother: All children grow up.
Child: Why?
Mother (slightly exhausted): Because that is the way it is.
Child: Why?
Mother (still exhausted): That’s enough, let’s go.
Child: I don’t want to go.

Sound familiar? The conversation continued and I must admit to feeling sorry for the mother. But that is the way kids are. They are curious, want to learn, know and understand. They don’t feel stupid asking and are not trying to pick their mother’s answers to pieces either.

Now, why are grown-ups so hesitant to ask that question? Fear? But why?

Asking “why“ not only leads to better decisions, it also questions the status quo, thereby enabling innovation and change for the better. To quote the leadership consultant Warren Bennis: “The manager asks how and when, the leader asks what and why“.

Time to lead!