partnership over transaction

two person shaking hands partnership
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Om just recently waxed over the hyper-transactional society that technology has created. As we outlined previously, we’re advocate of partnership over transaction. We shadow this resentment, especially because technology is to blame. What is a partnership in the business sense? What makes it different from a transaction?

Head on over to LinkedIn and read my article in German. Relive with us, what defines great partnerships – with vivid examples. Have you heard of the Arena of Value Creation? If not… it may be well worth your time!

I am happy to share my template for the Arena of Value Creation with you individually – just write me an InMail and I’ll revert shortly!

weekend inspiration

Big week behind us. We gained many insights into Storytelling, the IT-Sector and more. Here’s what struck us most inspiring:

Unexpected. Surprising. Well done: 


What a lovely weekend – It almost felt like summer! I finally caught up on a lot of reading and here are a couple inspiring and insightful reads – especially on operational excellence:

  1. An interesting read on “Dunbar’s number” and the number of friendships you can enter. What stuck me the most: It takes about 200 hours of investment in the space of a few months to move a stranger into being a good friend.
  2. I am definitely putting this book on my reading list: “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”
  3. Some tricks just cannot be taught. Street magicians amaze me because they are the ultimate sales people: everybody tries to avoid getting caught into their vortex. My principle in dealing with magicians (or clowns for that matter) is: If they manage to stop me, I owe them the tip. 

This is excellence: Filippo Ganna still winning the Time Trials in Milano, concluding this year’s Giro d’Italia, after having to change the bike because he had a flat tire!* CAMBIO BICI!!!

*) what does this say about operational excellence? Somebody failed somewhere because Filippo had a flat tire…but the comeback is stronger than the setback!

being inspired

A dose of inspiration for the coming week:

  1.  Revisiting Eating the Big Fish. For reasons. A great book that stands the test of time. 
  2. I enjoyed reading this: Agile Mindset is not a question of profession, but of attitude and mindset – an example from the music industry (In German)
  3. I enjoy my occasional Tin Tin (or as we call it in Germany: Tim und Struppi). Did you know that he was a recognized Style Icon?

Lastly, this put a smile on my face:

What inspired us this week

Tuesday Night… before rushing to sleep, here are a few things that inspired us over the past days:

  1. The Gastro Obscura Instagram Account. Next to music, food art is something that frequently inspires and amazes me! This account is a gem!
  2. It turns out that NightShift on your phone and Blue Light blocking glasses don’t actually do the trick in improving your sleep. Bummer (I fell for the marketing, too!)! More on the topic of sleep here: This episode of the Rich Roll Podcast with Neuroscientist Matthew Walker on Sleep. Working in our “industry” frequently means that we are deprived of sleep because we want to “go that extra mile” or “be a bit more prepared”. Quoting from the shownotes: All told, this is an utterly fascinating masterclass on why you must rethink your relationship with sleep and the profound short and long-term impacts sleep has on every facet of our lives from learning to mood, productivity, energy, hormone regulation, longevity, and even susceptibility to cancer and other diseases
  3. As we are suckers for writing with fountain pens, we whole-heartedly agree with Om: Why handwriting beats typing.  

what a week

hard to put into words what inspired me this week