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This article is conceptually largely stolen — or rather inspired. Some time ago I studied fractal geometry for reasons not relevant or interesting here, and I came across Nassim Nicholas Taleb via Benoit Mandelbrot, who can be called the founder of this mathematical theory. In Taleb’s bestseller “The Black Swan” he describes at an early stage (in the first or second chapter) the “triplet of opacity”.

Taleb uses this theoretical construct to express his scepticism about the uniqueness of the origin of historical events. He says that history is „opaque” to the human mind because we see only the events and results and not the origin or mechanism behind them. …


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Internal business politics usually serves to create frictional surfaces or compensate for the absence of self-confidence and security for those who were without a position or simply not relevant in their youth. That it also testifies to a lack of communicative and social elegance is all the worse. Meanwhile I would almost like to say that corporate politics has its origin in democratic boredom. Because state and society are the place of politics and not the company. Careerists are tiring and obstructive to the success of a corporate entity and should therefore not play a role here.

And yet they are everywhere, especially in management positions, where leaders with an emphatic basic understanding and a heart should be sitting at the right spot. And I ask you not to misunderstand me to the extent that eccentric visionaries who act far from the norm are confused with self-loving managers who mask their own insecurity; be it through political games, suppression of employees and their creativity or simply perfectionism. For me, the latter, too, is increasingly a sign of insecurity than a real added value for the company (at least in most industries). …


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A few weeks ago I met an old friend again, whom I had not seen for a long time. She told me that she was totally dissatisfied with her job and that she was leaving her current company. She was angry because she repeatedly failed to convince the management to execute her ideas. In addition, she complained that colleagues had stolen the best ideas from her and succeeded at her expense. She felt hurt and not perceived as a feeling human being because no one understands her “ideas” and no one recognizes her “abilities”.

THE OTHERS ARE TO BLAME

The report dragged and dragged and slowly her attitude got on my nerves. What struck me most when I was listening were two…

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Ulf Brommelmeier

On my blog www.currentstateofmind.net I write about leadership, coaching and family, especially to add value to the debate about how our leaders should be.

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