MilestonesASSOCIATIONS AND EVENTS
The background to the milestones and poems are the annual philosophical discussions with the artist couple Maria and Gunnar Claudius.
During these conversations, which have taken place every September since 2004, the watercolours were created which we shared every year with our clients and friends for Christmas.
Always at this time in the afternoon we came together. At the big table we talked about the world, recapitulated the past year and ventured a small glimpse into the time to come.
To say goodbye we took a walk through the beautiful garden.
2004 – 2007
2004: Magical Steps
When reason and intuition
are in balance,
then are our steps wise
and our actions have power.
Foundation Stepwise Management.
2005: Rungu Talk
The Rungu goes around the circle
tells stories and all can speak.
Since 02/2004 I have travelled to Kenya almost monthly and advised the Equity Bank. James Mwangi and I became close friends, the strategy of Equity Bank was developed and is still relevant today. The dialogue format for this was the Rungu-Talk (my discovery for the process of strategic alignment, Power of Alignment) but also the World Café (see 2008).
2006: One World
A tree between heaven and earth
surrounded by the colours
from the four corners of the Earth.
The unity of the world –
the only world we have.
Still a lot of work in Kenya with Equity Bank, in Germany with Microsoft, Bosch-Siemens, Agilent, work in Switzerland and the Netherlands (Akzo Nobel), start of cooperation with Ashok Shah (APA Insurance). In 2006 I also met Mike Eldon. We conducted our first Leaders Circle (modeled after Deidesheimer Kreises) at Muthaiga Country Club.
2007: Helping Hands
Hands which greet each other,
touch each other, say thank you.
Hands that help and pitch in.
The abstract wage –
long life and ducats.
Three consulting assignments (strategy consulting) in Gujerat at the SEWA Bank (Microfincance). After the final world cafe with the women of the bank and the CEO we danced GABA. Accompanying the merger of the BAYER company health insurance fund and the BASF company health insurance fund, Microsoft, first year of the Deidesheim Unternehmerwerkstatt, the pilot project for all future professional learning networks/ think tanks.
2008 – 2012
2008: World Café
They come together
sit under a tree
and drink a cup of tea.
Talk and tell stories
and – find solutions.
Strategy development and implementation (initiated via World Cafés) at Pronova Betriebskrankenkasse and FORD Betriebskrankenkasse (World Cafés with more than 300 participants), Microsoft Management Center Innsbruck (mci). Start of work in Tanzania (Rural Livelihood Development Company).
Confidence in the wisdom
of small steps,
rewards the spirit
with delicious fruits.
I feel that my competence has been well received in the market. The business is running.
2010: Human Spirit
Leaving the jungle of ignorance
What counts is crossing the bridge.
On the other side-
the spirit awaits.
Strategy development with National Cohesion and Integration Commisin (NCIC) in the run-up to the referendum, 5 World Cafés with grassroot journalists to sensitize and strengthen them for their responsibility during the referendum. Start of work in KOSOVO (still in reconstruction mode), strategy work & World Café with FRAPORT, start of cooperation with GIZ, implementation of the Leadership Excellence Program at Management School St. Gallen (mssg.ch), continuation of strategy work with APA.
2011: Female Power
On the blue cloth
the attributes of story telling unite:
Rungu and Ostrich feather.
The power of women
aims for practical solutions.
Cooperation with the Nairobi Women’s Hospital and the Gender Violence Recovery Center on behalf of GIZ, one week major event in Bangkok, strategy work in KOSOVO and FRAPORT, strategy work with the Microinsurance Network (for GIZ).
From the soil of the earth
fire catches flame
tempered by water
rises into the air
– up into infinity.
2013 – 2019
2013: Stepwise 10
With wise steps along the way
towards evolution and change.
Old rituals newly verified.
Strategies worked on together
In addition to the existing clients, the OSCE/ ODIHR, the Human Rights Department in Warsaw with strategy development (hence the flags). In addition to the ongoing Africa assignments in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, there is a sequence of consultancy assignments in Cambodia in the health sector lasting several years.
All living creatures hail from the same source
and the earth is their matrix.
This binds him to the task
of carrying concern for his world.
For at the end, we are all equal
and we return
from where we came: into infinity.
Start of strategy work in Wildlife Management (10 missions), strategy work in Bangladesh in the field of renewable energies, strategy work with regional organisations in Africa, further implementation of the Leadership Excellence Seminar at Management School St.Gallen (mssg.ch) My year begins and ends (as always) with a 1-week ZEN-SESSIN between years at the Lassalle Haus in Switzerland (www.lassalle-haus.org).
2015: The Power of Alignment
At first it is a vision,
which one approaches step by step.
The power of alignment of all towards this goal
allows it to become reality.
“The Power of Alignment” has proven to be the overarching title for most of my interventions: It is always about proceeding step-by-step – the poem above describes it well. Missions in KOSOVO (Enhancing Youth Employability), Namibia, Cambodia, Malawi, Tanzania. Start of cooperation with the Chief Economist in Rwanda and the Rural Electrification Authority in Kenya on behalf of GIZ.
Taking steps towards recognition
demands much courage.
Passing through the gate
and sensing glory.
A dove shows the way.
“To say what is remains the most revolutionary act” (Rosa Luxemburg).
Stepwise Management demands courage in leadership and leadership culture. Courage is the quality that distinguishes true leaders.
Leadership means acting independently, being open to new realities and using them as opportunities to achieve outstanding results. Courage is linked to the willingness to take responsibility for one’s own performance and that of employees.
Among others, support of professional learning networks in East and West Africa, organisational development/change projects in Cairo.
Purpose brings people to consensus.
The coming together of their energy
unfurls awareness –
new ideas blossom.
From these resonance develops
into infinity, the spirit.
Consulting assignments mainly in the field of organizational development/ strategic alignment in the energy sector (Arab League and Kenya). Further assignments in Senegal, South Africa, Togo. Supervision/coaching of professional learning networks in Africa.
The wheel of time’s spiral determines
now is the moment
for new challenges.
Success comes step by step.
In the south…
Growth and flourishing.
Foundation of Stepwise Organisational Alignment Ltd. in Kenya, consulting assignments in Egypt and Sudan. Hence the pyramid Giza and Meroe. Strategy process for a global chemical company based in Texas, first assignment in Hargeysa (Somaliland), South Africa, coaching and consulting of a professional network of security and risk managers
2019: Global Message
Only love to Earth will save mankind.
The Earth is a conscious being
which unconditionally gives of its bounties.
Only man disregards this love and forgets
that he needs the earth as much as the air to breathe.
Three consulting assignments in Ukraine near Tchernobyl, Tunisia, Uganda, Nigeria, 100 consulting days in Kenya.