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18. Oct, 2019

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One of the sayings in my working environment and fully supported by my personal experience as well. In the moment you stop seeing your opponent as enemy only, you open a can of opportunities to learn, copy and transfer or steal with pride. You might not like to hear it, but you are definitely not the only smart person on this planet.

See also an article from Simon Sinek about this topic:

Some more stuff to learn from:

I have a dream comes before I have a team -- Jurgen Appelo, from the book Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, and  


17. Oct, 2019

Any idea where I have taken this picture?

As already mentioned, I am on holiday for two weeks, to take a break and relax. This means as well that I am writing less posts in my BLOG, as you possibly realized already. But nothing to worry about there will still be enough content to share - and sometimes less is more.

We learned in the last post from the #TEDxKoenigsallee, the right combination of fun, fear and focus will lead to peak performance of our brain. If one or two of the three ingrediants are missing, the performance is less. I can confirm this from my Sauna visit today. The fun factor was pretty high, but there was no fear, as I was applying the Sauna Etiquette from the country I am in the moment, and not enough focus to come to any result. Just sitting around thinking nothing, what is impossible as my wife would say. Anyway no peak performance required during holiday - taking a break here as well.

Never heard about Sauna Etiquette, here we go with some insights:

Besides Sauna, today I started to read the new book from Jurgen Appelo finally - Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, will keep you posted about my findings.


14. Oct, 2019

As promised a more detailed summary of the TEDx event from yesterday. Just the key messages I did capture for me personally. If you are interested in more details, check the URL I share for every speaker.

Main theme was #OutsideTheBubble, how to best leave or extend your comfort zone. The organization team did it by not exactly following the distributed agenda on the left 😉.

It started with Leander Govinda Greitemann, a Live Philosopher, Speaker and Trainer, 

  • Our Brain: Filter bubble machine, computer between our ears
  • 40% of what we do every day is based on automated patterns
  • He was talking about Neuroplasticity, Default Mode Network DMN and Direct Experience Network DEN
  • You should use the space between stimulus and your standard response for new stuff, to get Outside your Bubble

Next was Christopher Patrick Peterka, a Futurist & Entrepreneur with his 2019 vision about borders between countries, 

Rozita Shojaei gave a very personal insight about her bubbles and the bubbles other people are building around her, Followed by Wilrieke Sophia and her talk about Intimacy, After the break the 2nd part started off with a Taiko Performance,  

Followed by Friederike Fabritius a Neuroscientist, 

  • 2/3 of the working people are stressed or bored at the job
  • The Brain is a lazy couch potato and needs Fun, Fear and Focus to reach peak performance
  • Dopamin - real brain booster, released by fun
    • Have fun at work
    • Fun his highly individual
  • Fear: Slightly overchallenged, wake up call for the brain
    • Sensation seaker
    • Get the little kick you need
  • Focus: Highlight, spotlight
    • Nobody is texting while walking over broken glass
    • With the right level of fun and fear, focus will follow naturally 

Next Dr. Christoph Guertler, Head of Catalysis & Technology Incubation,, who is in the final round of the Deutsche Zukunftspreis with his team, see

Followed by Dr. Ljiljana Fruk from the University of Cambridge,

  • Embracing the science of small things to fight a very agressive cancer
  • Cross functional teams are required to design new drugs with more focused results using nanotechnology
  • Making nano carriers out of the right material, using tracking devices controlled by mobile phones

The day was closed with a talk from Dr. Ben Hartwig: The Science Trainer, 

  • He moved his bubble from science to improvisation theater
  • We are feeling stressed, when an expectation is not met
  • The concept of resilience is the power to bounce back - you can either be a soft ball or a tin can
  • You can change your story by somebody believing in you - "You can sing, it does not sound good yet, but you can practice"
  • There are no mistakes, there are different choices and opportunities
  • Relaxation is fundamental for improvisation theater, give yourself permission to relax
  • Never break under pressure, always be ready to play - between active and passive is PLAY
  • Try to answer YES AND more often --> it takes ideas and builds on them

In summary a really great afternoon and program, looking forward to next year 2020  #TEDxKoenigsallee


13. Oct, 2019

The new finding ECOSIA and passing another milestone was great this week. Today the highlight to finish it - #TEDxKoenigsallee, #OutsideTheBubble.

More details in the next post, a small teaser right now 

The next two weeks I will be off work enjoying holiday, the first one since April, it was about time 🙃. Some links below, just in case you have some spare time:


12. Oct, 2019

ECOSIA, a German startup from Berlin, is basically a search engine that is planting trees instead of paying a dividend to share holders, see On average you need around 45 searches to plant a new tree!

Is this serious? I think so, but you can check their monthly financial reports at and read this article with some insights for example - An Unbiased Review of Ecosia

I did switch my standard search engine and startup page (in Google Chrome and Firefox) to ECOSIA today, just an easy change and small step, but when everybody is doing it, could make a big difference 😎. Check it out and give it a try.  

Alternative is always to donate some money directly to plant trees at

A colleague of mine came up with the ECOSIA idea this week, when Vodafone Germany started Mission Green as part of our new Purpose Lead strategy -- “Vodafone’s purpose is to connect for a better future and is supported by our commitment to improve one billion lives through an inclusive digital society while halving our environmental impact by 2025.” See more Energy innovation details at 

And tomorrow at 01.00 PM the admission starts for TEDxKoenigsallee 2019 - Outside the Bubble in the famous Tonhalle Duesseldorf ( Will keep you posted and summarize.

We worry about appearing awkward in a presentation. But up to a point, most people seem to feel more comfortable with less-than-perfect speaking abilities. It makes the speaker more human - and more vulnerable, meaning he is less likely to attack our decisions or beliefs. --John P. Kotter, American - Educator Born: February 25, 1947,