Week 101

Igor continues the line of thought about change, unpredictability and the attempt to deal with those situations.

For the first time since we launched Third Wave, I wasn’t involved in daily business for more than two weeks. Going on vacation after the changes of the last few months seemed at first to be bad timing, but also very necessary. Being exhausted helped plenty – I had very little trouble disconnecting. This works the other way around as well. After ten days, I couldn’t keep myself from checking mails regularly. In the future, I might iterate a bit and just go on two shorter vacations instead of a long one.

Floating around a new territory, as we do these days, is and can be challenging. It is also a nice way to change the pace, adjust the focus and just do things differently. Being so close to our second birthday, it is actually quite fun to see that none of the excitement of actually running a company faded away. We learned many things – I’m falling in love with looking at finance sheets and data. But, if our work taught us anything, it’s that we don’t know what we’re going to face next. Acknowledging this is hard and most people struggle with that. If we choose our vision with wisdom, gravitas and the ambition to make things just a little bit better every day, it will still be very unexpected and hard, but it will also be manageable and gratifying.

Looking for new office space

With that, we can also announce that we are looking for new office space. We had a great run with our friends from Gidsy and the Makers Loft is an amazing space, but it’s time for a change in that regard as well. We are not completely sure what we are looking for, but if something for us comes to mind, please reach out and let us know.

Travel plans

While Johannes is on his well deserved vacation in Portugal, I will be mostly spending my time here in Berlin on picking up where I left off before my vacation. While it’s almost bothersome, it’s really quite good to see that nothing actually stops working when one is not around the office. With that knowledge, I will leave on Sunday for Amsterdam where I will be attending the PICNIC conference. If you are around, let me know and let’s catch up.

Author: Igor

Igor likes to connect the dots. As a strategic consultant in an increasingly complex world, he favours broad knowledge over specialisation. In the last five years, he helped shape strategic decisions at large corporations like Deutsche Postbank AG and Deutsche Telekom AG as well as at startups like Amen and refund.me. In his work he is focusing always on finding the appropriate solutions as well as the people who will be executing upon his advice. Beside the consulting work, Igor speaks at international conferences on variety of topics (SXSW, PICNIC, re:publica, etc.).

2 thoughts on “Week 101”

  1. Calling a 2 week break a ‘long vacation’ makes you a workaholic…

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