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Faule Bewegungen

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. February 2016

Gibt es so etwas wie faule Bewegungen überhaupt?

Jeder kennt Stress in seinen unterschiedlichsten Erscheinungsformen. Eine Googlesuche nach dem Wort Stress ergibt ungefähr 543.000.000 Resultate in 0,45 Sekunden. Erschlagen! Im Wahrsten Sinne des Wortes.

Mein Ziel, meine Fähigkeit, mit Stress umzugehen, zu verbessern, bewog mich zum Besuch der ShenDao Praxis von Nicole Mühlemann in Riehen, Basel. Sie wurde mir von einem sehr guten Freund und Kollegen aus der IT Welt empfohlen. Dafür möchte ich mich hier an dieser Stelle auch gleich gebührend bei Max bedanken.

Ich glaube an die Fähigkeit des Körpers, Krankheiten und Beschwerden zu bekämpfen. Es ist immer wieder ein Gewinn, sich mit anderen Menschen zu unterhalten, die diese Selbstheilkraft sehen und noch mehr, einem helfen können, diese Kraft durch Ernährung und Lebensstil zu stärken.

Von Nicole habe ich den Begriff “Faule Bewegungen” zum ersten Mal gehört. Es geht um kleine, feine und langsame, bewußte Bewegungen eines ganz bestimmten Körperteiles oder sogar nur bestimmte Muskeln. An der Einbindung in meinem Alltag arbeite ich noch 🙂

Holen Sie sich Ihre Bewegungsanleitungen!

LINKS

www.praxisshendao.ch

work stress by zenhabits

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Besuch beim “Cirque Noël”

Posted by traudljerlich on 11. January 2016

CIRQUE NOEL 6.Jänner 2016

Jedes Jahr unternehme ich mit meinen Großnichten und Großneffen in den Weihnachtsferien etwas Gemeinsames. Sie kommen dann aus verschiedenen Himmelsrichtungen zum vereinbarten Treffpunkt – diesmal die Landeshauptstadt Graz – mit dem Zug, was allein schon was Besonderes ist. Wir beginnen mit einem Essen beim McDonald’s – ein Vergnügen für die “Kinder” im Alter von 6 bis 15 Jahren – eine Herausforderung für mich.

wir alle

Dieses Jahr habe ich den Cirque Noël unter der Regie von Adrian Schvarzstein ausgewählt, ein “Ein Zirkus-Theater Stück” wie er es selbst nennt.

Eine zauberhafte Geschichte mit so vielen Eindrücken, dass man sie zweimal sehen sollte, um ja nichts verpasst zu haben.

Nina, 14 Jahre alt und unsere Fotografin hat stimmungsvolle Bilder gemacht, die ich hier einfüge. Saskia, 11 Jahre alt und Moritz, 8 Jahre alt haben ihre Eindrücke sogar niedergeschrieben!

… mit Ihren eigenen Worten:

Moritz mit Akrobatin beim Tanz

 

Moritz tanzt auf der Bühne

 

 

 

 

 

“Am 6.1.2016 sind wir mit dem Zug nach Graz gefahren. Als erster sind wir zum McDonald’s gegangen um Mittag zu essen. Es waren drei Erwachsene und zehn Kinder.
Nach dem McDonald’s sind wir zum Zirkus Cirque Noël spaziert. In diesem Zirkus gibt es keine Tiere. Die Zirkuscrew bestand aus Musikern, Schauspielern, Akrobaten und Artisten. Die Vorstellung war spannend und lustig zugleich. Am Ende des Stückes durften einige von uns auf die Bühne.
Es war wie jedes Jahr ein ganz toller Ausflug.”

Saskia, 11 Jahre

“Am Anfang war ein nackerter Mann, der Cello gespielt hat. Wie er gegangen ist haben alle seinen Popo gesehen.
Es war so schön, dass ich auf der Bühne hab helfen dürfen. Ich hab mit Adrian an einem Seil gezogen und künstlicher Plastikschnee ist auf die Bühne gefallen. Dann hab ich noch mit einer Frau getanzt, dafür hat mir Adrian seine Kappe auf den Kopf gesetzt. Saskia und Chloe haben dann auch mitgemacht.
Am Schluss haben wir uns mit allen Künstlern verbeugt.”

Moritz, 8 Jahre

Chloe, Saskia, Moritz beim Verbeugen

 

LINKS

Cirque Noël

 

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Olivenernte 2014

Posted by traudljerlich on 24. November 2014

Gedanken von Karin Todeschini

reife Oliven am BaumSanft strahlt die Sonne heute (17. November) vom Himmel. Nicht aggressiv wie im Sommer, sondern mit der milden, schmeichelnden Wärme, die man so schätzt in dieser Jahreszeit. Mein Körper beginnt sich langsam einzurenken. Die Schultern sind wieder beweglicher, der Nacken lässt schon eine zaghafte Drehung des Kopfes zu, die Finger schmerzen nur mehr so wie sonst üblicherweise auch; der Normalzustand ist fast wieder erreicht.

Der Regen der letzten Woche ist nur mehr in der Erzählung wirklich, das Bächlein, das mir in den Ärmel rinnt während ich so sanft wie möglich die Oliven vom Baum streiche, ist versiegt. Da war am ersten Tag, wie immer, das Gefühl der Ohnmacht angesichts der Anzahl an Bäumen, so viele sind es, wie sollen wir diesen Olivendschungel bewältigen?

Aber dieses Jahr ist alles anders. Ein Teppich verfaulter Oliven bedeckt den Boden, manche Bäume haben nicht eine einzige Olive an den Ästen. Die Blüte war so reichlich – was ist nur geschehen? Wir breiten also die Netze aus, –„pull, pull” lautet der Befehl und so zerren wir an den beiden Enden, legen die Netze ordnungsgemäß an den Baum, „nageln” sie zusammen, packen die Leitern – ganz groß für den Padrone, etwas niedriger für den Gesellen (Kurt in diesem Fall) und ziemlich klein für mich, die ich die weibliche Hauptrolle (diesmal in Abwesenheit anderer Frauen) im Olivendrama spiele. Es regnet. Auf die Leiter, fertig, los … Die Plastikkämme kämmen, die Hände streifendie Oliven von den Ästen, besonders hartnäckige Oliven werden mit dem Stock zu Fall gebracht. Die ganz Schlauen unter ihnen verharren still hinter einem Blatt versteckt. Entdeckt man sie doch und greift zum Stock, wehren sie sich erst und fliegen dann meist in hohem Bogen vom Baum, über das Netz hinaus, in die Freiheit! Und wenn sie trotz alledem unentdeckt bleiben, so findet sie das prüfende Auge des Padrone bei der abschließenden Kontrolle und sie werden zu den anderen in das Netz verbannt.

Oliven zum EinsammelnAb und zu erklingt zaghaft die zarte Olivenmelodie, wenn die geernteten Früchte auf ihrem Weg zum Boden die Leiter streifen… Ein Scherz hie und da, ein Ruf von Baum zu Baum, jeder arbeitet still vor sich hin, wir bedienen die romantische Vorstellung von den fröhlich singenden Erntehelfern nicht. Die Regentropfen, das Blätterrauschen machen taub und hemmen den Enthusiasmus. Die Kirchturmuhr schlägt jede halbe Stunde unerbittlich – schlägt einerseits Hoffnung auf die mittägliche Pause, erinnert andererseits daran, wie wenig Früchte am Boden liegen… schnell, schnell, die Zeit drängt, der Regen wird stärker. Ich klettere in die Krone des Baumes; vor nicht allzu vielen Jahren gelang  mir das noch ohne Zuhilfenahme der Leiter, in diesem Jahr bin ich schon wesentlich demütiger, die Kräfte lassen nach. Ich fühle mich frei da oben, genieße den Ausblick trotz der Nässe, bin mir aber der Gefahr bewusst, die von den schlüpfrigen Ästen ausgeht. Die Vernunft sollte eigentlich siegen, aber hier oben ist alles leicht, sanft wiege ich mich in den Ästen! Nun ist es an der Zeit, die Oliven einzusammeln. Ein kleines Bächlein an Früchten rinnt in die Mitte des Netzes, wo sonst ein rauschender Bach  an bunten Oliven zu einem großen See zusammen läuft. Diesmal rauscht nur der Regen.

Die Prozedur des Netzeauflegens wird wiederholt, wieder wird genagelt und die Ernte beginnt von vorne. Dann ist es schon Mittag, dann früher Nachmittag, wir wollen die Stunden des Tageslichts nützen und arbeiten weiter bis wir die Oliven nicht mehr von den Blättern unterscheiden können. Schluss.

Eine warme Dusche, Claudio macht ein fulminantes Feuer im Kamin, wir sind stolz auf das Tagesergebnis, wenn es im Vergleich zu den Jahren der Vergangenheit auch recht mager ist. Aber morgen ist wieder ein Tag, es wird wieder regnen … Ein Glas Rotwein tröstet schon heute. Und dann gute Nacht. Morgen … same time, same station, um ein Viertel nach sieben treffen wir einander wieder zum Frühstück, immer wieder – bis Kurt am Samstag abreist und nur noch Claudio und ich zwei weitere Tage gegen die Elemente ankämpfen … Donner und Blitz, sintflutartige Regengüsse und der Mut der Verzweiflung sind unsere Begleiter.

Acht Tage Ernte schließen wir am Montag bei strömendem Regen ab. Wir haben weniger als die Hälfte eines „normalen” Jahres geerntet, gearbeitet haben wir um kein bisschen weniger! Freuen wir uns auf nächstes Jahr?

 

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Design technology to help us make better decisions

Posted by juttajerlich on 4. October 2014

I regularily read Dan Ariely`s Blog, I particpated in his MOOC and can only recommend everyone to do so. Why? It really helps you to understand human irrationality and why we repeatedly and predictably make the wrong decisions in many aspects of our lives.

This part of his latest blog articles about the Apple Pay question he answered is particularly interesting for the entire industry of technology and innovation. We need to think about designing technology in a way that helps us make better decisions.

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nonewwayDear Dan,

Apple recently announced Apple Pay, which will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to simply wave their gadgets to pay for purchases. How might this technology change our spending habits? Could Apple Pay and other such hassle-free payment mechanisms (such as Amazon’s “1-click ordering”) lead us to spend more—particularly on stuff we don’t need?

—Nikki

The essence of payment is opportunity cost. Every time we face a purchasing decision, we should ask ourselves if getting this one thing is worth giving up the ability to purchase something else, now or in the future.

Different ways of paying make us think differently about those opportunity costs. For example, if we have $20 in cash in our pockets, we will have a hard time not thinking about opportunity cost. If we consider buying a sandwich, we realize that we won’t have money for coffee; if we get a cab, we realize that we won’t have money for dinner. But when we use a credit card or gift certificate, our thinking about opportunity cost will be less natural and prevalent—which means we’re likely to spend more without fully thinking about the consequences.

This is why the general answer to your questions is both yes and no. As you suggest, electronic payment mechanisms can easily lead us to think less about opportunity cost and spend more recklessly. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Electronic payment could be designed in ways that get us to more fully understand our opportunity costs and make more reasonable decisions. Apple Pay and the like could be game-changers, helping us think about our spending much more rigorously than we ever could with cash.

So the questions are: Who is designing these electronic wallets, and for what purpose? Will they be designed to get us to spend more money—or to help us make better decisions? Right now, electronic payments seem to be going down the path of less thinking and more spending—but I hope that at some point, some of the payment companies will change their approach, adopt the perspective of their users and offer electronic payment methods that help us make better financial decisions.

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Why do powerful leaders not do more good?

Posted by juttajerlich on 3. October 2014

Check out this very interesting report from the University of Lausanne:

moreGoodThe most interesting finding for me is

“Honesty does not shield a person from mis-using power.”

Thanks to Dan Ariely’s Blog

SOME STUDIES ON POWER AND CORRUPTION

John Antonakis, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and his colleagues just came out with a new paper on power and corruption (and Testosterone).

Important and fascinating — and for sure worth the 14 min of this video

 

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“Permission Networking”

Posted by juttajerlich on 24. September 2014

For finding inspiration and learning from others I follow a couple of blogs on a regular basis. I found them during several years of following like minded people in social media platforms, newsletters or on their personal blogs.

One of them is James Altucher. He is quite interesting, his writing style is not fully what I prefer but when you stick to it and read his full articles I usually find something that is completing a puzzle I am putting together, confirming an opinion that I thought only I have or is a building block for something I am working on.

Jutta JerlichI want to present this term to you “Permission Networking” he coined.

I am doing a lot of permission networking.  In my network I often come across two people I know who I think should meet each other. The thought might come just like that. Sometimes it is triggered, when a persons asks me a question –  I usually know just the right person for this specific question. This is nothing new for me, even before the Internet. [Yes, I still remember a time without the Internet.] Now with social media platforms and after having worked internationally for many years, this has increased tremendously.

So if there are two people I think should meet each other, I will approach the person and ask for the permission to connect them: “I know XY who I think shares a common interest  with you. This is why … . ” In the majority of cases, I will make the connection.

I fully agree with James reasoning behind this, he says:

“My network is not the list of how many people I know. THE STRENGTH OF MY NETWORK IS HOW WELL EVERYONE I KNOW HELPS EACH OTHER. Most people don’t know this important principle.”

Spread the word so that more people more people know this important principle !

Thanks

 

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Re-awaken

Posted by jjerlich on 22. August 2014

From my dear Friends Marc & Ragni and their newsletter about their trips – this time they really earned the merit badge!

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Up at 4;00am for our Leh-Delhi-London-Oslo return to Norway, the trip starts badly when Jet Airways (JA) announces a 2-hour departure delay, and defers some 5 hours upon our landing in Delhi (after a 75 min hop over the Himalayas), to reschedule our subsequent British Airways (BA) flights.

Once in Delhi, we’re placed in the temporary care of a nice but clue-less “loader”, powerless victims of a stunning ballet of group incompetence: a gaggle of JA employees pointing fingers at disappearing colleagues, shuttling us back and forth with our luggage within a cavernous air terminal architected to impress rather than accomodate. Accustomed as we are by Western organization and service we wonder out loud if we’ll ever want to return to India …

The next BA flight is scheduled to depart in 16 hours, at 2:20am the next day. Not only doesn’t JA fulfill its responsibility to re-rout us on “the next available flight”— which our trusted travel agent documented that they must (They shrug it off as “a mistake”) but they can’t even assure us that we’re booked on the next BA flight, which we’re told is fully booked… The matter must be decided by BA which, by the way, won’t be available until 3 hours before departure or 13 hours hence… So for 13 hours without a boarding pass to access a more comfortable environment (“La sécurité oblige”), and no guarantee as to the end of our misery, we must wait in the general entry hall of the monumental, cavernous, noisy Indira Gandhi Airport, with our cumbersome luggage in tow …

Fortunately we do board the next BA flight and sink into sleep for most of the flight above Parkistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, the Northern Coast of Turkey, Romania, etc… Arriving late in London we run to catch our connecting flight to Oslo… which our luggage misses… Every Frenchman knows that the endearing English practice of the understatement is in fact a sign of a time-proven art of deceit: They lead you to believe that you’re transferring within a single terminal, Terminal 5, when in fact you’re moving through a vast complex of buildings separated by a 2-station automated train line of at least half a mile long. My ancestral rant against the Brits is tempered when an empathetic English gentlewoman kindly lets me ahead of the security line in order to let me gain a few minutes.

All is well that ends well: son Patrice, and grand-daughters Gabrielle and Caitlin welcome us at Oslo-Gardemoen. They arrived from Oregon 3 days earlier and were pampered by friends Åse & Knut Arneberg near Ragni’s hometown of Moss.

We re-awaken to the cleanliness and order of the Norwegian landscape.

If only we could pay for it at rupee-prices …

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The universal language

Posted by TabeaSano on 12. June 2014

ReisenThe key of sharing and collaborating on ideas is of course communication. And for communication not to lead to misunderstandings the same set of rules and values is important, which in a simple way can be just the language. As I am writing this blog entry in English it is obvious that I did so, because it will be understood by a wide range of people. It is not my first language and after years of using English and even being able to have serious conversations using it, I still feel that there are certain things I will never be able to express as I wanted to. The other way around, I feel more comfortable talking e.g. about Design Thinking in English, because I learned and worked with it solely in English.

I had the opportunity to spend some time in South America this year. This was something new and challenging to me. I’ve been to Asia quite a lot, but South America has an totally different, interesting cultural context and I had fun exploring it. One of the things I noticed quite soon was that although a lot of people spoke English, a lot of people did not. This is the same in a lot of Asian countries, but in contrast to Asia, it is not perceived as a lack, if you do not speak English. It was even the other way around that I felt I did not make enough effort to communicate in Spanish! I had plenty of situations when even amongst travellers the common language was not English but Spanish and I had a hard time keeping up, because my Spanish is beginner’s level at best.

It was kind of an eye opener to me. Until now I somehow expected everyone everywhere to speak English. It might have been a bit arrogant of me to expect that, because besides English there are other languages such as Spanish and Chinese that is spoken by a large number of people. I do not want to imply that we should all switch to a different language, but just looking at the development, we might have to think about other languages than English. Who knows what will happen in a few years if you look at the development of the Spanish speaking population in the United States, which is constantly growing. Or the great amount of Chinese speaking population on earth. This is an appeal for being open minded to other languages than English and making an effort learning Portuguese, German, French, Japanese, you name it. Do not automatically expect others to speak English, but agree on a language that is most comfortable for all.

P.S.: I had the most fun conversation with a Belgian guy, who did not speak English, but Spanish and French. I speak neither Spanish nor French, but English and still, we somehow talked about all kinds of things. We agreed on a mix of Spanish with English and a few words of French and voilà, we were having a great time talking

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Stärker als man denkt

Posted by juttajerlich on 9. February 2014

Wenn ich in Wien arbeite, gehe ich morgens bei der Paper Town vorbei und freue mich jedes Mal schon darauf, wenn die Kartonmöbel dann auch für den Mann und die Frau auf der Strasse zu haben sind.

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Laut Philipp Blume vom Paper Town ist das zur Zeit nämlich nicht so, da die Kosntruktionen sehr aufwendig sind und ein Verkauf über Vertriebswege direkt an Endkunden sehr kostspielig und zeitintensiv im Aufbau ist.

Damit hat er Recht. Darum sind die Kunden heute Bühnengestalter oder Eventausstatter, Leute mit großen Vorhaben, die in Projektform abgewickelt werden und auch Entwicklungskosten tragen können.

Trotzdem wäre ich eine der ersten, die sich ein Kartonregal kaufen würden. Ich denke, dass es viele Menschen mit ähnlichen Gedanken gäbe, wenn Sie davon wüssten.

Der Label “Ich weiß etwas, was du nicht weißt” sollte also in der heutigen Zeit als eindeutiger Aufruf zum Weitersagen, Sharen,  Bloggen und wie man es sonst noch so nennen könnte, verstanden werden. Denn wenn wir uns zusammentun, dann können wir die Einkaufsgemeinschaft Kartonregal gründen und schon ist es gelungen. Ich bekomme mein Kartonregal.

Die Technologien von heute erlauben uns, Communities zu bauen, die uns dann die Möglichkeit eröffnen, gemeinsam etwas zu erreichen, was alleine nicht möglich ist.

Just do it !

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Wishing you lots of Christmas for 2014

Posted by juttajerlich on 30. December 2013

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, a religious event and a widely celebrated cultural holiday.  When you ask people the question “How do you celebrate Christmas?” or “What does Christmas mean to you?”, you will get quite diverse answers.

Everybody has a different way of celebrating. In some places Santa Claus comes through the chimney and delivers gifts to children on the 25th of December. Where the population is predominantly roman catholic, the birth of Jesus as the “Christkind” is celebrated on the 24th of December with a family gathering and attending church service.  In other countries Christmas is a festivity with a more commercially motivated.

         Christmas tree 2013

The essence of any festival for me is the coming together, meeting family and friends, cooking and eating together. This is what my family does at Christmas. It was not always like that. It developed into this format. The special dish this year was Carp in salt crust and it was delicious. But it was not about the dish. It was about the time spent together and the thoughts exchanged while decorating the tree, preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards.

This is my feeling of Christmas. I enjoy all festivals of all religions that bring people together, open their minds for each other and lead them back to what connects them: common roots, same goals, shared views on life, friendship and love.

I hope that this kind of feeling was part of your Christmas holidays and I wish you lots more feelings like this for the New Year 2014

I wish you lots of Christmas occasions throughout the year.

Thanks for the thought exchange, support and collaboration to

my family and friends
my colleagues, advisers, mentors and companions
my former students in Japan
my current Creativity Engineering students

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Body language and its effect

Posted by TabeaSano on 8. December 2013

Communication happens on so many levels. Words, Eyes, Body, Mail, behavior online by simply clicking “like” on Facebook. It happens every day from waking up until going to sleep when saying good night. But in my opinion communication is underrated. People say they are bad at expressing themselves, they quickly switch to informal language and shorten everything they say with hashtags. We talk differently than 20 years ago and the World Wide Web is a big part of it. But communication is crucial to understand each other. Learning a new language gives you a key to the culture, because it reflects a big part of the culture itself. For example, in Japanese the word “I” is used less than in English or German, which I think reflects the importance of the groups rather than the individual.

One thing you don’t get taught when learning a new language is the body language. You have the stereotypical cold Scandinavian and on the other hand the kiss on the cheek giving South European. But besides cultural differences, body language in your own country is very important. It also has a huge effect on yourself, which Amy Cuddy reflects on in this talk on TED:

I found this video very inspiring and added it to my list about communication. For more info also have a look at these people:

Paul Ekman – One of the leading scientists on microexpressions and body language. He states that the basic expressions are universal and has a lot of interesting insights on how we e.g. mask a lie!
Stefan Verra – This man startles you all over again when analysing you and your body language. He has a lot of knowledge about what you tell others when standing, sitting or behaving in a certain way.

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My Austrian experience

Posted by uthamkumard on 23. October 2013

OFF TO A NEW PLACE

I traveled to Vienna, Austria in July, 2012 with a heavy heart and with a purpose that seemed more important to me than continuing my job in my home land.
I was sent to coordinate a project that my company executed for an Austrian company. My company had booked my accommodation and I was living in a hotel close to the new office.

The day I arrived in Vienna, it was a dull day with grey clouds and rain. It seemed that they were representative of my life at that point in time and it will remain this grey for the rest of my time in Vienna. The hotel staff hardly spoke any English and apparently, I did not know a single word of German. But, they spoke to me in English with a unique accent and since I have had experience of interacting with people from different nations before, I could manage to understand their part of conversation. But, when it came to my turn to speak in English, the hotel staff would look at me disgusted as if I have just lost my way from the planet Mars and accidentally landed in front of their hotel and requesting them for directions to my planet again. My English is actually not that bad and the very purpose why my company sent me as a coordinator is that I had good communications skills.  The hotel staff was often rude except for one employee, who was the only relief for me in that place. The fact that the receptionist offered me cold water when I complained about the hot weather in July must tell you something about their hospitality. I at least deserved a fan for the 90 Euros I paid daily for the entire month. More about my stay, later.

The first day I entered the office in Vienna, I was greeted well by the manager and was waiting for the engineer with whom I would have to work daily for the project. He arrived at about 9

When, I arrived there were no colleagues whom I recognize in the new office. I did not have any friends that I knew in Vienna at that time. I was all on my own.

to be continued …

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Honig aus dem Jahr 1985

Posted by juttajerlich on 31. December 2012

Mein Großvater war begeisterter Imker. Als Kinder spielten Bienen also immer schon eine Rolle in unserem Leben. Tief in meiner Erinnerung steckt ein Erlebnis, das dazu führte, dass ich einige Tage nichts sehen konnte. Wie es dazu kam: Schon als kleines Mädchen war ich neugierig und interessiert an allem, was Tiere angeht. Auch an so kleinen Tieren, wie den Bienen. Darum wollte ich den Opa zum Besuch der am Waldrand aufgestellten Bienenstöcke begleiten. Dort wurde ich von Bienen genau zwischen den Augen gestochen und die Augenlider sind im Nu zugeschwollen gewesen. Das Abschwellen hat einige Zeit in Anspruch genommen.

Trotzdem hat dies nicht dazu geführt, dass ich diese negative Erfahrung irgendwie mit dem Honig verbunden habe. Damals wie heute noch esse ich gern Honig. Mein Opa ist im Februar 1986 gestorben, die Bienen und seine Imkerei wurden noch einige Zeit von meinem Onkel weiterbetreut. Am liebsten aßen wir alle den dunklen Waldhonig auf einem Butterbrot. Heute findet man so dunklen Waldhonig fast nicht mehr.

Mein Opa hatte Honig aus dem Jahr 1985 und vielleicht auch schon aus den Jahren davor in großen Milchkannen aufbewahrt. Natürlich ist der Honig im Laufe der Jahre auskristallisiert und hart geworden. Jetzt konnten wir den Honig mit Hilfe der Imkerin Mag. Beate Thonhauser aus Mürzzuschlag ganz langsam über mehr als eine Woche hinweg “auftauen”. Heute geniessen wir einen ganz speziellen Honig aus dem Jahr 1985 oder sogar davor. Eine ganz besondere Sache …

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Stark am Berg und Langfristiges Denken

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. November 2012

Starkl_klWas hat denn das miteinander zu tun, denken Sie sich sicher gerade. In meiner Gedankenwelt ist der Zusammenhang ganz eindeutig. Wenn man auf die Berge geht, muss man langfristig denken und für alle Eventualitäten gerüstet sein. Auch wenn das Wetter noch so schön ist, schlechtes Wetter darf auch kein Problem sein. Man muss immer für alles bereit sein. Das bedeutet Sicherheit und man kann die Schönheit der Berge beruhigt genießen.

Aber es gibt noch einen zweiten Aspekt zu diesem Zusammenhang und den finde ich besonders klug und gleichzeitig mutig. Langfristiges Denken beweist der Eigentümer Hans-Peter Starkl vom Bergsport Geschäft Starkl in der Toni-Schruf-Gasse 12 in Mürzzuschlag. Selbst Bergexperte, Schifahrer und Wanderer gibt es keine besseren Empfehlungen zu Schuhen, Kleidung, Gerätschaft und was es sonst noch so gibt. Denn er hat alles selbst ausprobiert und teilt die negativen wie positiven Erfahrungen mit Ihnen. Die Zeit, Sie zu beraten, nimmt er sich immer, auch wenn das Geschäft voll ist und viele Leute noch warten.

Besonders bemerkenswert ist für mich sein Prinzip, dass jeder Kunde Schuhe auch zuhause ausprobieren darf bis man den Schuh gefunden hat, der wie für einen gemacht ist.

Herrn Starkls Worte “Was habe ich von einem Kunden, der einmal ein paar Schuhe bei mir kauft, aber dann nicht mehr wieder kommt, weil er nicht zufrieden ist” sind einfach unüberbietbar klug. Das sagen auch seine Mitarbeiter. Und das ist für mich langfristiges Denken.

Mutig habe ich es genannt, weil der Erfolg mit so einer Strategie nicht über Nacht kommt, sondern eben auch seine Zeit braucht. Doch nachhaltig aufgebaut bedeutet auch stabil weiterführbar. Finde ich gut.

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Gelungene Impulse – gewachsene Ideen

Posted by jjerlich on 23. August 2012

1. Immer wieder werden Ideen durch Taten umgesetzte, als erster Pilot mal ausprobiert.
Mit viel Enthusiamus und Freude.
2. wird der Ball aufgegriffen …  Zeit …. Zeit …. und manchmal
3. ist der Samen dann aufgegangen.

 

“Eine Idee verbreitet sich so schnell wie sich die Idee in den Gedanken von anderen einnistet und zum Teil dieser anderen Personen wird. Je mehr Personen diese Idee in ihren Gedanken einbauen, desto schneller die Verbreitung.
Gedankenanstoss der Woche

 

Impulsanstoss Aufgegangener Samen
Kultur am Teller 28.11.2009
Kulturen Kennenlernen ohne Sprachbarrieren

 

Veranstaltungsserie: Kulinarium am Bärenkogel
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The righteous Mind – Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Posted by jjerlich on 2. August 2012

by Jonathan Haidt, Pantheon Books, New York, 2012, Kindle Edition

BOOK REVIEW Thanks to John Ames and Marc Pasturel´s highlights

Haidt is a psychologist studying the nature and evolution of morals, especially as they apply to politics. He is a political Progressive, but eminently careful to be as objective as possible in his research and his conclusions. His generalizations are supported by numerous experimental test projects and statistical analysis, which are fascinating in themselves.

The book makes two main points. First, our initial reaction to situations or expressions of ideas is formed by deeply held moral foundations. Haidt expresses this as “Intuitions come first, Strategic reasoning second”. Many people, much of the time, of course never reach the second step. He uses a metaphor of the mind consisting of an elephant and a rider, with the elephant being the unconscious moral foundations, and the rider being the intellect or reason. The rider can nudge the elephant slightly one way or the other, but the initial course is chosen by the elephant. In fact, the rider often acts as a “press secretary” for the elephant, spinning a rationale for actions driven by our moral foundation without our conscious thought.

These moral foundations have developed over millennia of evolution, some of it strictly individual, like caring for young, and some related to group life, like sensing helpfulness. (Of course the DNA is carried by individuals, but its development may be driven by individual characteristics that facilitate the success of groups, usually small ones.)
As these moral foundations develop, they create what he calls Moral Capital – this is an interlocking set of values, virtues, norms, and institutions that comport with evolved psychological mechanisms and enable a community to regulate selfishness and promote cooperation. For example, it would include the trust that enables a free market.
Development of moral capital “solves one of the hardest problems humans face: fostering cooperation without kinship.” Elements of this problem are bullying, or exploitive leadership, and free riders, those who consume the wealth of the group without contributing to it.

So, what are these moral foundations?

The answer to this constitutes Haidt’s second main point, which he calls Moral Foundations Theory, and which consists of a set of six dimensions or variables expressing different kinds of human interaction, and which can be measured in individuals. They are:
Care/Harm – This foundation originates in the human need for extended care for vulnerable children. It makes us sensitive to suffering in others.

Fairness/Cheating – This sensitivity fosters cooperation and reciprocal altruism in small groups without individuals being exploited or allowing tolerance for free riders. It makes us sensitive to indications of good or bad partners for collaboration. It contains the principle of proportionality, as in “the punishment should fit the crime”, and reward should reflect input to production. In this regard, Haidt observes that while conservatives may never use Karma in a sentence, they believe in it, while progressives, at least the New Age sub-species, often use it, but don’t really believe in it.

Loyalty/Betrayal – The early success of larger tribes over small groups led to a sensitivity to the quality of team players and an aversion to “others”, especially traitors. We see it in loyalty to family, sports teams and nations. Unquestioned loyalty leads to Manichaeism (third century Persian prophet) that considers everyone either all good or all evil.

Authority/Subversion – a sensitivity to signs of status, and behavior that is appropriate to one’s status. This is an early trait based on dominance hierarchy, like in chimps and very early man. It is still present, but balanced by.

Liberty/Oppression – a response to the challenge of living in small groups with individuals who would, if given the chance, dominate and bully the others. It is triggered by signs of attempted domination.

Sanctity/Subversion (or pollution) – believed to be based on very early practices around safe eating. This foundation invests classes of objects with intrinsic value or revulsion. In our culture, eating a dog or a dead human seems wrong. This is a refutation of the utilitarian view of values.

Haidt demonstrates, with several laboratory experiments, that these six foundations seem present in a rudimentary form in human brains at birth, and are then refined by life experiences and cultural training. Thus their actual expression as stated morals can vary among cultures.

Progressives emphasize the Care/harm, Liberty/Oppression, and Fairness/Cheating foundations, but they define them differently from conservatives, who regard all six more or less equally. This asymmetry and the different meanings lead to difficulty in communication between these groups. The conservative vs. liberal (progressive) approach to the environment and global warming provide rich examples of several of these moral foundations. (It’s the end of the world – It’s a fraud)
Haidt offers no profound remedies for this problem, only the diagnosis. One of his few concrete suggestions is for congressional representatives to resume the earlier practice of moving their families to Washington during their tenure in office. This no doubt fostered greater collegiality due to easier and more frequent social interaction, but can also be seen as leading to conservatives seeking social approval of the usually dominant Democratic Party and its once monolithic media sycophants.

As another example of Haidt’s progressive bias, he states that it is “profoundly important for the health of a society that governments can and should restrain corporate super organisms”. He leaves open the meaning of “restrain”, and on what basis to do so.

Without detracting from the value of Haidt’s analysis of human reactions to situational stimuli, it bears pointing out that man at his best is rational, not simply reactive. A successful life of an individual or a nation must be based on careful long-term thought and not impulsive reaction to immediate stimulus, which is what is measured in university psychology laboratories. His analysis will be of immense value to advertising executives and political consultants, but to someone planning a career or conducting statecraft only as a reminder of what pitfalls to avoid.

These objections are but quibbles tangential to the main thrust of the book. Every serious student of political (and social) behavior can profit from reading it.

Post-Script: Only because Haidt gave it the prominence of the opening paragraphs, I must encourage readers to overlook his choice of an innocuous platitude quoted from a person hardly to be admired to introduce his exploration of the question, “Can we all get along?” This unfortunate choice doesn’t foreshadow the quality of the subsequent analysis.

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To be in the spotlight for a cause

Posted by jjerlich on 12. March 2012

CONVERSATIONS THAT BUILD VIEWS

Toby Weymiller I respect this actor who lost over 90% of his annual income to fight against giant nuclear power machine!
Actor in the spotlight of Japan’s antinuke movement | The Japan Times Online
Jutta Jerlich As I learned In Japan people who fight and want things to improve, pay a very high price – mostly loosing all their income and consequently life. That is why very few people dare to even think about change.
Toby Weymiller OR ….that fear is there and; consequently, it’s hard to gather momentum with any movement against something large and powerful like this industry. Sadly, I believe the public are fairly easy to "control" here, but many countries are like this. America, to some extent,
is like this, as well.
Tsuguo Fujita 自分の考えをしっかり持って発言できるのはすばらしいと思います。
Toby Weymiller I agree, Fujita-san. To be able to speak your beliefs freely is wonderful.
Jutta Jerlich I ‘d be happy to help build momentum for change in Japan

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Why is communication the key?

Posted by juttajerlich on 9. March 2012

Socialnetworkor THE FORCE OF CONNECTION

Everyone has different thinking styles, experiences and perspectives based on their individual background, upbringing and education. The only way to get a 360 degree view of issues in an organization is to consider the opinion and ideas of others. This is especially true when it comes to seeing opportunities and threats as well as when dealing with complex issues.

To be able to share opinions and ideas a person needs to communicate. He or she also has to take into account that the messages sent out need to be received and understood in the intended way.

Communication is a two-way street, which is what is often forgotten. There are so many ways that things can go wrong in a communication that it is actually surprising when people really understand each other. This is usually the case when a relationship was built over a long period of time and is based on trust and respect for each other.

When do we like to share our opinions and ideas?
With who do we like to share our opinions and ideas?

With people we feel connected. With people we trust.
When we feel that our opinions and ideas are valued and respected.

This is not surprising and I am sure that you know what I am talking about and can tell me an example out of your personal life confirming this.

So why is it so hard to accept that this is how the climate and work environment in our companies should be? Simple fact, maybe too simple, to make it important on the decision makers agenda. Luckily more and more companies leaders do make it a top priority on their agenda.

Scientific research showed that employees who feel more engaged and connected are 22% more productive. Form an organizational point of view this means that feeling connected fosters relationships and opens up the knowledge flow.

-> Greater knowledge flow is essential for leaders to be better informed to be able to make optimal decisions.
-> Greater knowledge flow fuels the creation of ideas that stimulates innovation.

Of course, the fact is that people need to be good at what they do.

This leads us to a (very simple) formula:
Task Excellence + Relationship Excellence = Sustainable Superior Performance

Now what do you mean with Relationship Excellence?

Relationships are about connecting with people, sharing and communication on the basis of respect. A basic human need. The need to belong.

What does this mean translated into the world of an organization?
How do we feel connected within a company?

I believe that it can best be described through these 3 elements:

VISION – VALUE – VOICE

VISION exists when everyone is motivated by the mission, united by shared values and proud for what the company stands for.

VALUE exists when everyone understands the needs of people, appreciates their unique contributions and helps them achieve their potential.

VOICE is when everyone in an organization seeks the ideas of others, shares ideas honestly and safeguards relational connections.

I believe that one of the fastest and most powerful levers to work with and use those three elements is to install an ongoing Learning and Development process, it could also be an innovation management process – personal learning, learning with and from others is in the center.

It equips a task force with the best abilities to deal with the pace of change, its direction and often unpredictability. As never before organizations depend on the capability and capacity of its employees to be agile and responsive to trends in the market.

Looking forward to your feedback – connect – contact – lets work together …

LINKS

Improving employee engagement is not simply about improving productivity

IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Implications of Employee Engagement on Critical Business Outcomes – An Empirical Evidence

Employees Want a Lot More From Their Managers

CREDITS

The social network by Shukou Tsuchiya

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Sharing my V I S I O N ?

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. February 2012

Many centuries ago great architects were also engineers, philosophers and writers. So interdisciplinarity is not a new concept. Today new technologies and ICT tools open up a broad field of ways of how to innovate and make life better for all. We depend on creative and innovative people to sustain and develop our economy to fulfill the needs of our society.

The Course CREATIVITY ENGINEERING offers participants a chance to learn about their creative potential, understand about the implementation of ideas in a market environment and check how things work out when trying to make an idea become reality in a multidisciplinary team from different cultural backgrounds.

It is my vision to make Creativity Engineering a step forward and make it an event that takes place with partners in different locations on the globe. I am looking for people sharing this vision in universities and companies. Contact me if who want to be part of making sure that we learn how we can use our knowledge and creative potential in the work environment in todays offices in better ways.

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Vor vielen Jahrhunderten waren große Architekten auch Ingenieure, Philosophen und Schriftsteller. Interdisziplinarität ist kein neues Konzept. Heute eröffnen uns neue Technologien ungeahnte Wege mit Innovationen das Leben für alle zu verbessern. Wir brauchen kreative und innovative Leute zue Erhaltung und Entwicklung unserer Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.

Der Kurs CREATIVITY ENGINEERING bietet Teilnehmern die Möglichkeit, ihr eigenes kreatives Potential besser kennen zu lernen, Erfolgsfaktoren bei der Umsetzung im Markt verstehen zu können und ausprobieren zu können, welche Probleme und Erfolge bei der Verwirklichung so einer Idee in einem interdiszipliären Team mit Mitglieder aus verschiedenen Kulturen entstehen können.

Ich habe die Vision einen Schritt weiter zu gehen und aus Creativity Engineering einen Event zu machen, der mit localen Partner an verschiedenen Orten rund um den Globus stattfindet. Liegt es Ihnen am Herzen, dass wir unser Wissen und kreatives Potential in der heutigen Realiatät der Arbeitswelt schlauer einsetzen lernen. Ich suche Leute an Universitäten und in Firmen, die diese Vision teilen. Kontaktieren Sie mich …

Lets start the dialog and connect with me

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Die Macht der Sprache [von Bas Böttcher] vorgetragen von Fumie Ozaki

Posted by jjerlich on 12. December 2011

vorgetragen beim Rezitationswettbewerb an der Nanzan Universität Nagoya am 10.12.2011 von Fumie Ozaki

DIE MACHT DER SPRACHE 言葉の力

Und lerne ich eine Sprache neu kennen, そして、私は一つの言葉を新しく知ると
dann lehrt mich die Sprache, mich neu zu kennen. 言葉は私に新しい私を知ることを教えた。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und glaube ich, ich beherrsche meine Sprache, 私が言葉を完全に操ったと思っていても、
beherrscht wohlmöglich meine Sprache mich. ひょっとすると言葉が私を操っているのかもしれない。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und denke ich, ich spiele mit meiner Sprache, そして考えるに、私は私の言葉でもてあそべば、
dann spielt noch viel mehr meine Sprache mit mir! 私の言葉はさらに私でもてあそぶ
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und erweitert der Mensch die sprachlichen Möglichkeiten, そして、人間が言葉の可能性を拡張すれば、
dann erweitert die Sprache die menschlichen Möglichkeiten. 言葉は人間の可能性を拡張するのだ。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und wenn ich meine Sprache verrotten lasse, そして、もし私が私の言葉をだめにしてしまえば、
dann lässt am Ende meine Sprache mich verrotten. 最後には私の言葉が私をだめにしてしまう。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und liebe ich meine Sprache, そして、私が私の言葉を愛せば、
dann liebt ganz sicherlich die Sprache mich. 確実に言葉も私を愛するのだ。

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