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By Michael Lapp | English version of the memecon Blog

What constitutes a platform

New business models become reality, due to the saturation of the economy with computers and networks. Uber, AirBnB, Alibaba, Youtube and many more …

The adequate quantity – the phantom of planning

Imagine somebody is planning a trip from Hannover to Madrid and is trying to fill his VW Golf with 100 liters gasoline. Without a petrol canister …

The forest – the ideal metaphor for system complexity

The small grove in the city park can be easily surrounded. The woodland that stretches from Scandinavia to the farthest corner of Siberia, is a huge …

Mistaken I-message

In our deepest inner self, we are all experienced communicators, because we interact with others every day. Already before we are born, we are in …

Negotiation is mutual enrichment

A negotiation is the interest-driven tug-of-war to attain an agreement. This may be purchasing hardware, agreeing a service or other reconciled …

Is there a right moment?

Digitization virtualizes business processes and overcomes physical limitations. How long will it take, until we are no longer ordering a spare part …

The tree – the ideal metaphor for life cycles

Everything follows the path from the cradle to the grave. This applies to life cycles of products, styles, corporations, technologies, cultures and …

The dead end of external reviews

The quality of products and services is in the created deliverables and in the eyes of the consumers, not in the external evaluations. And fewer and …

Agile players – people with special qualities

The roles within the scope of agility are Product owner, Scrum master and Development team. The team is not further described, but it often consists …

Writing for the sake of writing

After four years of regular writing this post is the two hundredth in English. On this occasion I think verbally about writing. The momentum has not …

The wind – the ideal metaphor for influencing factors

In sports, personals efforts determine the performance. The athletes exercise for years to release the trained strengths at the right moment. At …

What is wanted

The modern workplace is moving. Globalization, information society and digitalization are transforming the working environment powerfully as at the …

Every task an adventure

After years of organizational development, lifelong learning has come to business reality with the Generation Y. Born between 1980 and 2000, they …

The key – the ideal metaphor for a solution

A key without a lock is as useful as a lock without a key. In any case, these two objects serve to prevent entry of unauthorized persons. The key …

The best example remains the practical example

What is said, when the listeners do not understand, what they are hearing? “<i>As a producer of traditional food made from ground grains, H2O, storing</i> …

The sight reveals the observer

In our everyday communication are three positions for making propositions. Each of these positions is important. The statements from the different …

Fractal madness

The world in which we live has only the categorization that we apply to it. For this purpose, outlines are developed from all angles, which organize …

Today’s system-relevant addictions

Shortly after the crash of the Wall Street in New York (1929) Bertolt Brecht found the right words in the Three penny Opera: “What is robbing a bank …

Deciding with system

Today’s decisions are characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – VUCA for short. The underlying influences are constantly …

From nothing simply nothing comes

Common sense tells us that anything adapts to what already is there. Spheres, not cubes, come out of a sphere. In closed systems, it is unlikely that …

Simply overwhelming

The biggest hurdles in designing the future are the constraints that slow us down because we are not aware of them. What works is not determined by …

Charging words with meaning

In times of populism, words are charged with meaning. The meaning of a word actually arises in the mind of the readers or listeners, who link a …

The River – the ideal metaphor for the business process

A water flow that evolves from the well to a creek, to a powerful stream has characteristics, which also constitute a business procedure. In its bed …

Clearer through scaled quantum leap

Changes happen in any form and magnitude. If the look at the world changes from a flat disc to a sphere, from creationism to evolution, or from …

Agility does not tolerate a bonsai style

Bonsai is the art of influencing the growth of trees in such a way that the trees have a beautiful growth habit through artistic designing, but kept …

Seeing is believing

For good reason have religions the tendency of demonizing pictures. The faith is threatened by information. Figurative representations have the …

If we regulated, what we regulate

In retrospect, it was always difficult to recognize the valid set of rules in large enterprises. In the best case there was a list of officialized …

Transition is the overlay of all modifications

Heraclitus already recognized that everything is changing incessantly – everything flows. Thus you cannot step twice into the same river. That is …

Form follows the life cycle

The way from the idea to the finished text, with all its illustrations and formatting, follows in many cases a similar procedure – mental …