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No Thanksgiving w/o the 3 sisters!

“Early European settlers would certainly never have survived without the gift of the Three Sisters from the Native Americans, the story behind America’s Thanksgiving celebration.” When the Pilgrims reached the shore of America in the winter of 1620, they stepped into[...]

Gras wächst nicht schneller, wenn man daran zieht

“Gras wächst nicht schneller, wenn man daran zieht.” So sagt man in Afrika. Wenn man an Gras zieht um sein Wachstum zu beschleunigen, dann scheint es tatsächlich anfänglich etwas zu wachsen – bevor es kurz darauf abreißt. Gras wächst nur[...]

Good companies are less like dead machines and more like growing gardens

“Company” is derived from the two Latin words ‘com’, meaning ‘together’, and ‘panis’, meaning ‘bread’. The root of the word “company” is the same as that of the word “companion” which means “sharing of bread”. At its core a company[...]

Growing like the tree, that walks

The banyan tree’s branches send down aerial roots that, when they reach the ground, take root in the ground. As they thicken, the roots support the branches which then grow and send down more roots that enable the tree to[...]

To lead others well, learn to lead yourself and to serve others well

The challenge is to understand ourselves well enough to discover where we can use our leadership gifts to serve others. (Ann M. Fudge) Learning to lead yourself well is one of the most important things you’ll ever do as a[...]

Chinesisch essen für gesunde Balance in Veränderungsprozessen

Schon mal versucht mit chinesischen Essstäbchen zu essen? Das ist gar nicht so einfach. Zwei typische Anfängerfehler: entweder man hält die Stäbchen zu verkrampft in der Hand, und versucht sie quasi wie eine einzackige Gabel zu nutzen, oder aber man[...]

no NO, BUT but YES, AND!

getAbstract recommends the time-tested, commonsense system presented by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton in their book “Yes, And” (2015)  to executives, managers, HR officers and anyone who works with other people. The getabstract-rating: 9 (#Applicability: 9 #Innovation: 9 #Style:8) My personal[...]

How to become a top

How to grow your career:  There is more than one “top”, which you can pursue to become. Maybe you will never become the top leader in your organization, but you might become the top technician, or the top moderator in your[...]

Kairos is crucial

Do you enjoy these water lilies? How about these? Two pictures of the same plants photographed on the same day. In the second picture it requires a lot of imagination and knowledge about water lilies to “see” the potential in[...]

Who will tell you if you run around naked?

Who of your staff will tell you if you run around naked? The getabstract summary * of the book 360 Feedback from Edwards and Ewen (1996) starts off with  the story of the naked king who – having been tricked by a traveling[...]