How would you describe hard work

Career Questions: Hard and Honest Work

The answers should help young people to find the right path for them on the career ladder. There are many ways up. A panorama of diverse life experiences and insights opens up, especially when one does not leave the individual questionnaire on its own, but rather compares the answers of all respondents with one another, when one finds similarities or deviations. They make it clear that there is no "the" way up, but that there is a step-by-step approach between the ways.

Why do you think you are where you are today?

Basically, others have to judge that. An important factor was certainly the trust of individual special personalities.

What event in your life has influenced your professional career as well?

Several serious accidents that taught me to abstract and relativize. Geographically, most of the topics that appear so important and controversial to us in everyday life are of minor importance anyway.

What role did chance and luck play in your career?

In my opinion, career and professional development are always very much a function of happiness. However, by consistently hard, honest, and good work, one can increase the likelihood that happiness will strike one. It was no different for me than for others.

Do you have role models?

Ferdinand Piëch, Marcus Aurelius, Jimmy Connors.

Which character traits helped you professionally?

Sporting fighting spirit, willpower, assertiveness, persuasiveness, willingness to work.

Which were more of a hindrance?

Unreserved honesty and flawless clarity even in difficult questions and situations. However, I would like to and will least of all do without these two properties.

How would you describe your work style?

Analysis, logical deduction, conviction, enthusiasm, implementation. Everything must be logically deducible, nothing must follow political opportunity or subjective opinion. "Top team" and "Top team" are by no means mutually exclusive.

What is your ideal work rhythm?

Every day is different, the only thing that stays the same is the high pace. I would rather work until two o'clock in the morning than get up at five in the morning.

What has been your greatest professional success so far?

The successful restructuring of Seat, the strategic realignment of Sartorius, the rapid turnaround of EnBW.

Your biggest faux pas?

In a few isolated cases, to have trusted or even trusted the wrong people.

What do you pay particular attention to in your outward appearance?

The interplay of shirt, tie and cufflinks. And not to forget that the world is not only gray, but rather full of colors.

When do you describe a person as having integrity?

If he follows the Aurelian principle at all times in his speech and life that everyone is only worth as much as the goal of his striving.

What behavior discredits an employee?

Dishonesty, disloyalty, corruption, lack of sense of duty and responsibility.

What do you think of when you hear the word "leadership"?

To always treat every manager and every employee as one would have wanted to be treated in the corresponding situation. Incidentally, this in no way excludes clarity and clarity. However, it all depends on the tone and tact. It helped me that I was given personnel responsibility very early on in an international environment. That's why I could still remember very well how I had felt myself as a student or just starting out in my career and how I wanted to be treated.

Which book in recent years has impressed you the most?

On the one hand, I was very impressed by Jürgen Hogrefe's biography "Gerhard Schröder - A Portrait", especially since he is now one of my successful top managers. On the other hand, Hans-Werner Sinns told me "Can Germany still be saved?" presented numerous aspects and problems of our current economic development with unusual clarity and convincing logic.

What would be the alternative to your current job?

Book author in the rice terraces of Bali - on topics such as future-oriented economic policy, sustainability-oriented energy policy, overcoming contradictions in management or corruption in business and society.

Which sentence of a philosopher or writer do you feel connected to?

The realization of my college co-alumnus Oscar Wilde that the average gives the world its existence and the extraordinary its value.

How do you relax?

During sports, on the beach on a desert island, in the football stadium or in the cinema. (Unfortunately, everything is far too rare.)

What will the working world of tomorrow look like?

More and more flexible, more and more demanding, more and more heterogeneous. Hopefully not in such a way that human communication and personal dialogue are completely replaced by bits and bytes.

When was the last time you went to the cinema? If so, which film?

I saw "Troy" and "The Day after Tomorrow" among others this summer.