Here is to the redefined Generosity

When I was just finished with School I did my civil services in Bremen, Germany as Medical Assistant for the Emergency Services. One part of our work was also to expedite death certificates. It was at the beginning quite impacting since we also had to move the bodies in order to make sure it was either a natural death o there was doubt and so a forensic had to do the analysis.
With time I learned to appreciate the different expressions of the people who have deceased. In most cases it was a very peaceful face. There was a few I will never forget since they were quite the opposite of peaceful. One of them died of a disease called Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It is a terrible disease to which there is no cure, still today. The face I recall was the one of a person who wanted to scream for help since he suffocated but of course could not.

The reason why I am doing this intro is, last week a magnificent person who I had the honour to know has passed away and is now resting in piece. His name is Alvaro, he only turned 40 years old and the last 4 years ALS has taken his life steps by step, inch by inch of his body. I have met Alvaro only very few times, however he is probably one of the most generous person I have ever met. There was one thing that probably everybody who had the pleasure to know him would say. He never, ever stopped smiling!

ALS takes your life slowly. In his case it was first the hands, the arms, the legs.. However there was not a single pleasure in life that Alvaro would have missed. We went once for a wonderful lunch. He was not able to move at all but if you would have seen how he enjoyed his meat, his steak tartar and his beer.. you would agree that this was marvellous. There was not a single moment in which he got angry, there was not a single moment in which he got sad. He took what was put onto his shoulders and just carried it along. It would be so natural to get angry, to ask “why me?” to get frustrated.. nothing took his smile.

This is what I call Generosity, this is what I call an example in life for being positive. He thought us all lessons we shall never forget. Seize the Day!!! Alvaro you were a big master. I am very glad to know that you are now having your well deserved rest!

Rest in Peace and take good care of us Alvaro!

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Get your Motor running

I bet you have all heard once the famous song by the band Steppenwolf; “Born to be Wild”. Just in case you might have missed it, here refresh:

It is one of the first songs I might have listed to consciously and somehow it has left a small mark on me. When I was a teenager and looked for my way I did not choose to just follow what my friends where doing or listening to.

The lyrics of Born to be Wild say:

“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way”

Just a little bit more than a month ago I have changed role in my work. I left with a crying and smiling eye my previous team as I have written in my previous post. The mere fact that I have caused such positive emotions in my old team make me strive to new heights. To be precise in my new role I have no team. There is nobody who gets orders from me or who I can rate at year end. However I consider a good number of colleagues “My Team”. People who share a believe and an ambition in order to make something happen. This, at least in my humble opinion is much stronger.

At at recent event we have had where the whole Team was gathered I had the pleasure to host them for dinner. I really got me fired up (Motor running) to see them there. There was this energy. A very strong energy which has been transmitted by the team to me. We are determined to make a change and not just wait for a change to happen (We are heading out on the highway).

Driving innovation has never been easy. There is the large “Land of No”. Innovation means change, however change means to move out of a comfort zone. Not many want to move out of a comfort zone. But history has proven to us that we need to drive change in order to continue to evolve but more importantly to survive.

As a comparison. The Maldives are paradise islands in the Pacific ocean

However their maximum height above sea level is 59cm on average. Thus the Maldives are probably the most threatened territory in the world by global warming. Who would want to move away from such great place?
Nobody, however the circumstances might oblige them.

In our daily business it is not that different. We have our own paradise island at the customers and we feel quite comfortable. We do see that there might be threats coming up but… for the moment I am doing fine. Why look for a new island / new land?

Well, why we might think like that there is other who are working on a solution for the problem. They are taking risks not doing the same over again but trying something new (Looking for adventure).

When you innovate you never really know what you are going to find, but on the way there will be many lessons learned which can be then again very helpful for the next or other project (And whatever comes our way).

In my new Role I am enjoying to be surrounded by this amount of positive energy which we will translate of course into business. Thank you team for sharing my dream and working on making it real bit by bit, step by step and day by day!

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