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The pursuit of happiness

February 2018

The search for ever more and how we can liberate ourselves from it

We’re all addicted…
The taboo: Why we always do our best and often lose.

We’re dependent on recognition and confirmation – and in their pursuit we often reach the limits of our strengths. Alcohol and nicotine help to extend these limits somewhat, shopping or running a marathon provides us with the satisfaction that our daily lives lacks. We’re always connected via mobile and Facebook but have less and less time for social contacts as our job and career demand all our energy. Almost all of us are more or less addicted though we often don’t realise it since many of our addictions don’t draw attention to themselves and are socially acceptable; the boundary where moderation in taste leaves off and addiction begins is a grey zone.

Or we just don’t want to know because that understanding would be associated with feelings of guilt and shame. Even experts conservatively estimate that in Germany more than every fourth person is addicted in one or another way. An alarming figure! In addition, a large number of relatives, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and colleagues suffer massively and most of them, like the addicts themselves, ignore the problem, and without realising it act as accomplices.

The Aera of Heroes is Gone

December 2014

Since Joseph Ackermann made the “victory” sign during the Mannesmann trial, it is official in Germany, too: The time of the heroes and of the great gestures is over. Today, hardly any employees are ready to walk that extra mile for the sake of heroism and egomania – and often enough they themselves do not want do anything more with these characteristics. Luckily, especially young people tend towards thinking, testing their skills, wanting to make their own contributions – which is hardly ever possible under the leadership of “heroes”. The hero requires an employee who functions well, who follows his leader (without thinking), who executes the given tasks with diligence and assiduity (and without brains), and overall does not carry any responsibility of his own. Quite a special German issue, by all means – maybe we are experts in this field of history and society.

The post-heroic concept offers a way out of this dead-end road by providing a contemporary attitude that supplies more than merely an opinion. You will receive a practical demonstration of how your career supports you in living “the best version of yourself”, how your personality can develop vigorously, and how a leadership beyond pressure, humiliation and inherent constraints looks like. New options exist, and they are thoroughly successful.

Published in 2005 by Redline-Verlag, Edition ManagerMagazin; available as an e-book at Ciando and Amazon only in German language. Available as a hardcover edition from the author, retail price 16,00 € plus shipping costs (3 € for one copy, 6,90 € for 2-10 copies). Please enquire about the costs for larger quantities.

30 Minuten Risikointelligenz – 30 Minutes Risk Intelligence

December 2014

Risk intelligence provides us with orientation in a complex world – self-determined, without costs, without recipes. How does it work? In the centre of this notion of intelligence stands our contact with ourselves, our readiness for reflection and the acceptance of emotions.

Tacid knowledge and intuition turn out to be important resources, as well as self-regulation and self-organisation. At the end of this process comes the way towards your very personal development of your own risk intelligence. It does not hurt, but it requires to be ready for self-examination..

German language only, GABAL-Verlag 2012, 96 pages, 978-3869364452, paperback 8,90 € or on Kindle 7,99 € (incl. VAT)

Risk Intelligence

December 2014

Direct yourself!

Risk intelligence – what is it, how do we achieve it, and what do the experts tell us? This is the focus of this fundamental treatise. During the course of the book it becomes increasingly obvious that there exist no ready-made recipes for individual solutions. On the contrary: it is clearly all about us understanding more about ourselves, trusting our own emotions and experiences. This new notion of intelligence goes far beyond a mere application of the intellect and requires that we achieve these skills, learn to trust, and continue to expand them.

Your time has come now: Those who want to know more about how to deal with risks, as well as about “Leading Self”, find the answers here. Essential for HR professionals in companies.

247 pages, German and Korean language, available at the author, Ciando and amazon,  Hardcover (20 €) and Ebook (9,99 €) incl. VAT.

Die Diktatur der Dummen – Idiocracy

December 2014

My writing and my life are closely connected. When I have doubts and feel contradictions related to a fundamental topic, when an issue makes its presence increasingly known, then I write myself free. This was also the case with “The Dictatorship of the Stupid” or, maybe, “Idiocracy”: I was concerned about how we continue to be pressurised into orientating towards consumerism, I wanted to know how exactly this process works – and also why we, who are not exactly fools, still manage to fall into the many traps that have been set up all around us. I realised that if we knew more about our needs and therefore more about our perceptions and emotions, there could be an easy way out.

Now we have the world we desire – but what would happen if we had the world we really need?

German language, published in 2014 by Heyne, 273 pages, ISBN 978-3453200548. Retail price 16,99 (including 7% VAT (1,11 €), net price 15,88 ). The e-book and the audio book are also available at book stores.

Edith Lot

November 2014

In an airplane to Tel Aviv, three strangers end up sitting next to each other and strike up a surprisingly deep discussion. They touch issues that are not ordinary conversation topics. The limited gaze, ending at the backrest of the person in front, lifts them out of the normal relationship dynamics and makes the impossible possible: to talk about taboos, to share personal experiences of violence, to follow subtle seismographic vibrations, to sound the depths, to endure and to sustain. On the middle seat is Edith Lot, the narrator, whose fast-paced self-reflections at the beginning of the flight swiftly collapse in view of what she hears, feels and perceives. Shyness, vulnerability and benevolence surface behind the rattle of words. The conversation also inspires the journalist to discuss the questions that have led her to take this trip: issues of the Judeo-Christian culture, feminism, patriarchy and abuse, as well as her own identity. There also emerge questions that lead her to following the trace of Lot’s wife  – who, according to Jewish legend, was also called Edith – , and thus to Sodom and Gomorrah at the Dead Sea.

Novella, available in German as an ebook for 9,99 €, also via Amazon print-on-demand (144 pages) for 12,90 €. Or hand-bound by a bookbinder in blue linen (21,5 x 22,2 cm, gold embossing on the back, with ribbon page marker, single-sided print), ca. 126 pages, single-sided print, price 40 €. All books plus shipping. I am happy to sign!