Power 1

Power develops, when people form alliances. One brick doesn’t make a wall, but many bricks do.

Knowing someone often beats knowing something. In this context, it is important to remember that ultimately, it doesn’t matter who you know, but whom you can trust. 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. Well, ideas are dynamite in more ways than one.

The fact that people hang around doesn’t necessarily mean that they trust us. They might just be waiting for a better, trustworthy alternative.

Building trust is difficult and rebuilding trust is even more difficult. And there is no app for it either, it has to be done personally.

“You cannot unify everyone’s thoughts, but you can
unify everyone through a common goal.”
(Jack Ma, entrepreneur)

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what
makes a team work, a company work, a civilization work.”
(Vince Lombardi, football coach)

I’m not a native speaker, as I mentioned in an earlier post, but isn’t it rather egocentric to capitalize the pronoun “I” and not the “we”?

One day has one thousand four hundred and forty minutes. That is quite a lot.

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

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

“If being human means anything at all,
it means being ethically accountable.”
(Gary Hamel, management expert)

Can there be a more challenging vision?

“Dream no small dreams for they have no
power to move the hearts of men.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer and statesman)

Marshal McLuhan once said that every society honors its live conformists and dead troublemakers.

Isn’t it about time that we honor our live troublemakers, the rebels, revolutionaries, insurgents, mutineers, dissenters, non-conformists, mavericks, creators and innovators? The heretics?

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

“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 effective, rather than efficient!

Use your own understanding!

Liberate yourself!


Stop infantilization!

Stop incapacitation!

Humanize increasingly technological processes!

Accept personal responsibility!

Open doors and minds!

Encourage dissent!

Develop and spread knowledge!

Empower the individual human being!

Initiate change!

May the wisdom of “Human Mountain” irrigate “Silicon Valley”.

Comments are closed.