The art of communication

“Communication is rather an art than a science” as Thich Nhat Hanh, a buddhism monk and author once pointed out. Fully true in my opinion. Same like in art, communication comes in multiple styles, types and fashions. Whether you prefer the one over the other is something highly subjective. It depends on your personality and … Read more

#makeithappen – what management is about?

One of the most important skills to be developed during anyone’s carreer is the ability to make things happen. When explaining at university what I believe is the basis for good management, I usually start talking about DRIVE and BARBECUEs. THE BARBECUE! We all know this, we have all seen this. Imagine, you hanging out … Read more

No goals, no success

If you don’t know where you are going, no route will take you there. (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, 1865) Without defining what to be achieved, efforts can’t be coordinated and success becomes impossible, both for individuals and for organisations. As one of the most influential managers of Silicon Valley and the 1997 Time Magazine’s … Read more

Covid19, Working from home & UPS

Effective work follows principles which are even more important when working remotely. Since almost 3 months I’m working from home now. Although it felt strange at the beginning I really got used to it by now. As additional handicap this new homeoffice experience came along with being at home while also everyone else was at … Read more

The magic of knowing who is doing what

Knowing who is doing what is a prerequisite to implement change. Organisations will always try to evolve their business by enhancing, improving or widening their line of products, services, channels, by redesigning their processes or by starting complete new lines of business or partnerships. The way to implement those changes is to execute projects. Projects … Read more

No structure no success

You can’t manage the zebra without structure. Without a good structure work can’t get done, communication fails and organisations get ineffective. The importance of structure can’t be overemphasised. If you run a project, if you manage an organisation or if you simply want to communicate in a way that your audience gets your point, don’t … Read more

Organisational debt

Organisational debt is lack of structure evolving around individuals Organisational debt is one of the hardest things to straighten out of an organisation. It’s very similar and as hard to cure then its sibling “technical debt”. Technical debit Technical debt is a phrase originally coined by software developer Ward Cunningham. Looking to Wikipedia we get … Read more

You can’t manage time!

You can’t manage time – only priorities can be managed. Think back on the last time that someone told you: “If I only had more time!”. Well, bad luck. You will never get more time. It’s simply impossible. Each day counts 24hours and if time’s up a new day starts. The interesting thing is that … Read more

Do you know the success triangle?

Predicting project success from the very beginning. Why do some teams continuously achieve much more than other teams? Of course they are real teams with mutual trust between everybody and they are composed by a bunch of high performers. If you have such a team, fantastic, just be grateful and move on. But such stellar … Read more