You are joking, right? How can you consider a global pandemic that causes death, pain, suffering and societal divide a gift? Crazy! Or maybe not. During the first lockdown I had a remarkable encounter. I met somebody who told me seriously that he considers himself “a corona winner”! A what? He sincerely told me that overall he’s better off compared to before. I though, crazy! I tried to analyze back and forth what he said and was still not sure... However after a while I reac
Or maybe supposedly a friend… We all walk through life with a mixed bag of character traits, personality, genetics, skills, competences. All of these are formed very early in our childhood and enable us to thrive in life. Of course there is also a part of this baggage that is unpleasant or complicates life. From my experience at a certain point of time – often when crises hit, conflicts or separations take place, but not always – we all have the need or wish to understand. So
...wow what a relieving feeling! Someone to blame that is responsible for the feelings I have, the problem that occurred or the loss that happened. Great! Or maybe not. As, of course, the most common culprit we blame is us. Then the voice in our heads keeps on spinning and does not stop judging us. We might also be the kind of person that immediately finds faults within others (of course the colleague/wife/boss....) or that blames the circumstances (of course corona...). Imme
But how? One of my main motivations to focus on #selfleadership is the notion of #selfdetermination. It is for me the single most important skill in order to master your life in the present. Even the definition is so appealing - “a process by which a person controls their life” - simple, right!? And maybe not!! I honestly do not believe that it is a skill or competence we are born with, or something that some people are have the privilege over. For me it is like most of the s
Maybe not for the negative feedback of a boss, which turns out to be true and shows some learning potential. Maybe also not for the occasional miss of a train, where you might encounter a new friend. But how about when a pandemic hit, when you get unemployed, when you get sick, when somebody dies? Well, that’s a different ball game. There is always the possibility to put your head into the sand, hibernate, freeze, give up,... However there is also the possibility to act. What
“I believe in the immense internal power of every human being regardless the external challenges.” This is the reason why I am committed to focus on exactly this primary human capacity by accompanying individuals and organizations to truly re-appropriate themselves with this internal force. When I quit the corporate world in 2017 I felt accomplished and satisfied with what I had learned and experienced. I had the feeling that my skills/competence-rucksack was stuffed. With re
thoughts & impulses about change & progress. Inaction – Wu Wei Ni hao friends and happy readers, Recently I got a very good advice…”do not engage in anything and everything will be resolved”. Quite a pitch, right? It reminded me of Chinese wisdom called “Wu Wei” the Chinese concept of “Non-Action”. This was one of my key themes in 2020. Not that I was in Non-Action nor that I am a cultural expert on Taoism, but sometimes it was a blessing just to retreat before considering ac
thoughts & impulses about change & progress. The Power of Now Bom dia my beloved reader, First of all, as you noticed, the August Edition had a little holiday delay… So here we go… Circling ideas in my mind, the downward spiral of thoughts, everything fearful gets amplified and creates a mountain out of a molehill (aus einer Mücke einen Elefanten machen). This pattern I observe within me, by listening and observing coachees and participants in trainings and seminars. I can no
thoughts & impulses about change & progress. Why Today?* Today is the 18th of July. It is Madiba’s birthday. Initially I wanted to send this article and publish thIMPULSE on the 4th of July. The notion of “all men are created equal” resonates a lot with me. Especially the great promise of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. But then I stumble upon a twitter post by Chris Rock: “Happy White People Independence Day. The slaves were not free but I am sure they enjoyed
thoughts & impulses about change & progress ____________________________________________________________________________ Why Today?*
Today is the 5th of June 2020.
It is World Environment day – it’s time for nature.
In 1972 there was the first significant conference on environmental issues (05.06.1972), organized under the auspices of the United Nations.
In December that year the General Assembly adopted a resolution to define June 5th as World Environment Day declari
thoughts & impulses about change & progress. Why Today? It is May Day For some, the celebration of the return of spring and for others a day to celebrate workers’ rights. It is an astronomical holiday: it is one of the year’s four-cross quarter days – midway between equinox and solstice (the specific moment this year is May 4th at 7:49 pm CDT). The earliest May celebrations recorded originate from the Roman Republic. The celebration of the festival of Flora, goddess of Flower
thoughts & impulses about change & progress. Why Today? It is April Fools’ Day!* April Fools’ Day is also called All Fools’ day, “possion d’avril” in France or just plain and simple “Erster April” in Germany. It is generally a day of laughter, light-heartedness and fun. I chose this photo on purpose to honor a man of laughter, light-heartedness and fun – my grandfather (father of my mother). I admired him as a person, a role-model and a grandfather. He had to change, pivot an
... Welcome! I thought about writing for quite some time. I love putting words and thoughts in written – I already sent newsletters from my travelling adventures back in 2004 (Nihao Newsletter series). I love sharing – the idea of me experiencing or learning something, which could be of value to somebody else keeps me up at night. I love connecting with people – staying in contact with people I met along the way (YOU). Here comes the catch: thIMPULSE is not meant to be a per