Benerkenswert May 2023
The May 2023 issue of Benerkenswert
As a scientist, I am studying organizational theory and the psychology of leadership after having studied mathematics.
I also work as an independent coach and consultant to help entrepreneurs and leaders to get unstuck.
The way we think and talk about leadership and entrepreneurship often focuses on the strong, unfaltering, heroic single individual. (Who is both in our imagination and reality too often a man.)
Yet, many of the problems we face today need different qualities, and often we can solve them not alone but only together.
In my research, I study how co-leaders, leader couples, or even rivals influence other people and organizations together – and how these settings challenge many of the myths we have about leadership in the first place.
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” As a mathematician and physicist, I always loved this quote by Einstein. And I know the pain behind this insight.
To change something often starts with changing ourselves.
As a leadership coach and consultant, I am happy to be a trusted partner who brings a new perspective, fresh ideas, and the clarity to make the next step.
I moved to Taiwan two years ago.
It is still an exciting and humbling experience, driving me to learn new things, meet new people, and grow myself.
Much of my play these weeks and months is about this growth, and the adventurous journey that gets me there.
Since moving here, photography has been a welcome practice to relate to the people and places around me in more mindful and playful ways.
I love how my camera stops time for a while, offers a connection to the details around me – and a familiar object to hold on to.
Time in Taiwan
Taiwan is a small and beautiful island in the East Chinese sea and a young democratic country still looking for its identity. As the only democracy with Chinese history, I think that both the East and West can learn much from it.
Taking images and writing about Taiwan is a way for me to meet it on a deeper level and learn about it.
Here, I share my favorite places and stories, as well as personal reflections.
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My thoughts on life, the universe, and everything. One small essay at a time.
„What’s wrong with Germany“ has been a question occupying me for a while now. It is a fuzzy question, with a questionable assumption to start with. Is it “just” personal, or does it hint at a shared anxiety?
This post introduces the “Oh Germany” essay series.
There is a lot happening in the AI-world. Fun stuff, crazy stuff, scary stuff – and I am already a bit tired of the hype, even though it just gets started.
This article is the first in a loose series of playful approaches to make sense of this topic.
The 28th of February 1947 is one of the most important dates in Taiwan’s history, marking the day of an uprising that later lead to the “White Terror” period and leaving marks in any bigger city in Taiwan.
This post summarizes the memory of this event in the city of Chiayi (嘉義市).
The Oslo Freedom Forum, founded 2009 in Oslo, is an event series produced by the Human Rights Foundation once or twice a year. This year, it took place in Taipei, setting up a firework of new ideas and questions.