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. …

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…

I never read much. Neither as a child nor as an adult. But I have devoured some books again and again. As a child, it was mainly three stories:

  1. The Neverending Story
  2. Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
  3. The Night of Wishes: Or the Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion

They’re all…

There is something ambivalent about power. A depth and darkness that relates to history. In the past centuries and millennia, there have been many powerful men and women. Emperors and kings, presidents, artists, sportsmen, freedom fighters, gangster bosses, businessmen and many more. Some used their power for good and some…

After the last blog about the not quite so perfect family weekend, I remembered a similar experience last summer. It was a planned family weekend too and it was also about what happens when plans remain plans and everything turns out differently.

HAPPY CHILDREN, HAPPY PARENTS

We had it all planned in detail. We…

Where does confidence come from? To be or at least to act like your are confident is crucial to nearly everyone’s personal success in career and other areas of life. No one who looks like to be unconfident is going to get or stay in any important leadership position in…

MINISERIES ABOUT NEGATIVE FEELINGS — PART 5: EPILOGUE

Last week I wrote about fear, guilt and shame and my opinion about these feelings, namely that apart from their function as whistleblowers, they are largely useless and lead to suffering and isolation instead of healing and connection. The question now is how to control emotions. Many will think that…

MINISERIES ABOUT NEGATIVE FEELINGS — PART 4: SHAME

Shame, embarrassment or exposure are often the results of an injured personal privacy. What interests me more in this context, however, is that shame is felt when one’s own actions are interpreted as indecent or unsuccessful against the background of social norms. In other words, if you don’t live up…

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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