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April 21, 2020

Money > Productivity & Profitability > Scarcity

The generations before my baby boomer one kept some spares even for most of the materials not used daily. The shops and the distributors, supplying them, had their own intermediary stocks. Factories, usually family owned, made production plans taking into account a demand increase, as they were afraid of not being able to deliver the […]

April 7, 2020

My oblivion of 40 days

– January 27: The first COVID-19 case in Germany was confirmed near Munich. – January 28: I flew to Munich. – January 29: I went to a pharmacy to buy some toothpaste. When I entered the shop a big basket full of hand sanitizers greeted me. I bought one having learned the evening before that […]

December 26, 2019

Why I decided to find someone like Agnetha Fältskog for my compositions

You remember her as the blond female singer of ABBA, who stopped performing as a band in 1985. Thereafter Agnetha Fältskog produced two solo CDs and later started to live out of sight. In 2011 a composer Peter Nordahl with his co-producer Jörgen Elofsson planned to bring her back from her retreat. It took them […]

November 7, 2019

People worth a treasure

Nowadays, while I work as a strategy consultant for a new international venture, I search for people who together with us will implement the business models we have developed. The people I talk to are executives who worked at the top management levels in large corporate companies and have recently left their positions. Most of […]

September 18, 2019

Why I can’t stand the word “energy”

“Energy is …” That’s how the ad starts… at least the one that haunts me regularly on that video platform. Before I start looking at a certain video clip my earphone shouts out those words. As soon as I hear the “E” of “Energy” I skip the ad. I don’t have the desire to continue […]

July 31, 2019

Giving a discount without giving one

“I must get this project even if I have to give a discount!” my management consultant friend said. She had sold her retail business and started recently to assist other business owners. She wanted to have me as her mentor. Taking our ages into account we’d agreed on the term “exchanging experiences”.☺ “In contrast to […]

July 3, 2019

At 50 you are just starting! (even if you are an opera singer)

It feels unreal but quite a time ago I crossed the 50 mark. To my friends approaching 50 years of age: you are just starting! ☺ “Independent Waters” blogs are for entrepreneurs of all ages. Though in recent months I’ve been contacted by more middle aged readers than young entrepreneurs asking about issues awaiting them […]

June 5, 2019

1 bullet & 17 piano concertos

The Viennese pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in1914 after a bullet hit him at the Russian front. Rising above a handicap that would end most performers’ dreams of concert life, he carved out a place for himself in musical history by commissioning some of the 20th century’s most striking piano music. All for […]

May 8, 2019

To Do List for Success

In the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article “Stop Reading Lists of Things Successful People Do,” Emre Soyer and Robin M. Hogarth argue that such lists “may be not only useless but also potentially harmful.” As an entrepreneur, it’s always interesting to benchmark what some “successful” people have done. But as the article states, such evidence […]

April 10, 2019

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. Even if you’ve not seen the film for sure you heard its music, composed by Ennio Morricone. If you are an entrepreneur, you will most probably […]

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