In an interview with Martin Wittig, former CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Gotz Werner sheds light on his vision and mission in business: “Entrepreneurs need to see the forest for the trees. If a company’s sole raison d’etre is making society better, it must have an interest in how society develops. Social involvement is one of the most important roles of an entrepreneur, particularly when you get older. All entrepreneurs should aim to create scope for people within the business to become active outside of it.”
How exactly does Gotz Werner run his company? More detail in the book THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS
Abtprimas Dr. Notker Wolf
Some time ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Abbot Notker Wolf in Rome. He is the highest-ranking of 25,000 Benedictine monks and nuns world-wide. What was especially curious and inspiring for me was the question of how it can be possible to run a global organization the size of Porsche, maintain it for over 1,500 years, and still have growth on a global scale? To put this in perspective – The majority of Fortune 500 companies from the early 20th century no longer exist. Another thing I was curious about was – how does the Abbot, who is elected by all abbots worldwide, manage to oversee this huge organization? After all, abbeys are economically self-sufficient and run as self-contained entities. So, how is it possible for a leader to “lead” when he cannot demand anything, but only act as an ambassador and make appeals or offer inspiration? How does he make a difference through stimulating consciousness? – for solidarity, for community, for all forms of growth, when he has no rights to intervene? And is that the downside?
Just exactly how the Abbot is a leader in everyday life, you can read about in THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS
A few years ago I had the opportunity to lead an intense conversation with the “Huberbuam”. They belong to the most versatile, ambitious and successful extreme alpine athletes of today’s climbing scene, and were featured in a documentary film called „To the Limit“. In our discussion, I was especially interested in finding out how their “interior compass” was built, and how it led them to achieve such heights. Literally. The encounter left me with goose bumps! The longer and deeper that our conversation grew, they revealed a higher dimension of sense, which clarified their way of being and doing. I would like to share the essence of that conversation with you:
“If I were to only take on projects that I know from the beginning are almost 100% achievable, it would be completely boring – then it would be like taking an easy, well-known path” Alexander Huber
“My life path leads me over the mountains, it is there that I find my purpose, reach my inner peak. Like the point of all religions, in essence, making my way towards the very summit, to come closer to God, or to reach the next dimension” Thomas Huber
When you’d like to find out more about the Huberbuam inner compass, you can read it in THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS
“Since some time now, he amazes professionals, incites wonder in everyday people, and enthusiasm among investors when he tweets and speaks about his projects.” The German newspaper “Die Zeit” once referred to him as “Musk the genius”. It was meant as a sarcastic remark, but maybe he really is one. And yet, at first glance he seems somewhat shy, insecure, and apprehensive if not downright modest when he speaks to his audience about his visions. Similar to Sir Richard Branson, British multi-millionaire and owner of the Virgin empire (Virgin Records, Virgin Store, Virgin Atlantic – Express & Blue Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Challenger II, Virgin SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Racing, Virgin Oceanic, Virgin Trains, Virgin Fuel …), he loves to put old paradigms to the test. But unlike his peers, he prefers to shy away from media attention for his David & Goliath-like undertaking. He maintains a simple, understated appearance. And what really sets him apart him from the rest: He devotes the whole of his knowledge and abilities to foresight in solving core issues of our planet in the 21st century.
When you’d like to know more about Elon Musk, you can read about him in THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS
Viennese Philologist Christian Felber had since long been sensitive to the issue of humanity, so on October 6, 2010, he started the movement for the Economy for the Common Good (ECG). Here’s a bit of what he has to share: “For me, The ECG provides a sensible and meaningful alternative. Not as the one, true solution, but as an open and collaborative model that can be fed inspiration by other models and different approaches. A model that is above all, based on humanity, solidarity, and building of trust. These values are like guiding stars for a meaningful coexistence in private, social, and economic life. A system of democracy lies in the heart of the common good because it provides a voice for all citizens, equality amongst people, and expression of humanity.”
Further details on his approach can be found in THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS
Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist, has dedicated her life to change. Even now, at the age of 79, she still travels around the world 300 days a year, and just for this one reason: because she has real hope! She intends to spark a beacon of light for youth all over the world. I had the opportunity to see her live at the Tollwood Festival in Munich in 2012, and these words she spoke really touched me:
„Never give up, there is always a way forward. If we lose hope than there is no hope. If our young people lose hope, than there is even less hope. If we allow our young people to be born into this world and deprive them of hope than something is wrong with us. We need to move ahead, we need to link this clever brain with our human heart with love and compassion to become the kind of people that we can become. (…) We all can become to make this a better world. So that our great grand children can know some of the beauty that we were lucky enough to experience. Can hear some of the beautiful music, can meet some of the young children who with their shining eyes have all the hope you can ask for, for a better world in the future.“ “
You can read more about Change Leader consciousness in THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS
Gerald Hüther, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Göttigen, illustrates a close comparison between how our society and economy work, and how salmon behave.
Just exactly where is our society is moving towards today? Have we already gone through all the usual programs? What’s next? We just keep moving on blindly, using the same old paradigms and the same mind-set as before. As Einstein said: “ We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” And if we just go on blindly, continuing to live as we did before, then we run like the salmon do – upstream. Even the most rigid of man will fail. They will experience a burn-out because they can no longer follow their own, or any other sense in life. Instead blindly reliant on fitting into an archaic paradigm that just doesn’t suit them anymore. Can we find gratitude when we start to realize what nonsense it all is? And maybe conceive of new avenues we can pursue for the well-being of all?
For more inspiration, read about it in the book THE NEXT WAVE in BUSINESS