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In this blog there are some thoughts, which might appear to be complete. Some are in progress and might be finished. And some might remain incomplete forever.

Delegation

I am known for preferring to learn from art than from business. A good story to learn from is Tom Sawyer’s Strafarbeit, where he had to paint the fence. The story is not only a good lesson in converting a punishment into a successful enterprise, which ends up w/ everyone being happier than before, but […]

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2018

When I was younger I used to learn from the rants of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Probably because I was a rebel. And as I am still a rebel and I am getting close to my 50s, I feel obliged to begin ranting, for the sake of the younger generation. Innovation […]

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Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

There is so much to be learned from the story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Starting from the fact that at that time there was not only no special effects industry and George Lucas had to created it all by himself and from scratch (what later became Industrial Light and Magic), but it wasn’t even […]

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Deadlines

Deadlines are a boring topic. Most people think they know everything about deadlines. And still keep missing them. And worse: fail building crews, which can keep deadlines. On 21 July 1966 Kenneth Williams wrote in his Diaries — “It proves that one can do anything if the need is urgent and there is a deadline…” I’ve always found […]

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Complexity

carrying a branch you vs bird (survival) bakery vs automotive (10 pages for the same)

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Want to learn to manage people? Learn from conductors.

When it comes to managing, people tend to learn from managers. That’s wrong. If one wants to learn to manage people in a context of creativity, one should learn from conductors. A conductor has the same challenges a manager has — selecting, motivating, leading and inspiring. But, while a manager tends to be measured by […]

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Sharing the Success

Over the years I have been coaching a number of information technology startups emerging from hackathons. A common trait of such startups is the crew volatility. People join for the hackathon and crew members frequently leave after that, forcing the startup to look for co-founders. This article demonstrates a simple model of sharing the success, […]

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The Shortest Project Management Advice

Every project has stress. Pull the stress in the beginning. Then you’ll have a relaxed project end. How? The simplest way is to think of ways to deliver the project within 75%, 50% or 25% of the given time. Even if this sounds unrealistic or even mad. Do it. At least as a thought experiment (Wikipedia, […]

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Fair Intellect Seal

Is a Fair Intellect seal coming anytime soon? We have a seal that something is organic, vegan, not tested on animals or fair traded. How about a seal that we have educated humans and trained them to achieve their full potential, instead of just asking Watson, because it’s cheaper, faster and easier? Here’s your basic […]

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Studying in Germany / Accommodation

Talent Scouting among high school students inevitably leads to questions related to the choice of university. And when the university is in Germany and the student comes from outside Germany, the question of accommodation pops up. Here are a few tips of my own — While it is possible (though rather more expensive) to rent […]

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