Week 41

For our quarterly strategy meetings, we usually close down shop and go away for two days to work in a different environment. It helps not to be the caught up in daily routine to think and talk about fundamentals.

Striving. If there is one word to describe our week, it would be ‘striving’.

For our quarterly strategy meetings, we usually close down shop and go away for two days to work in a different environment. It helps not to be caught up in daily routine to think and talk about fundamentals. This time, there was just no time slot for this kind of luxury and so we sat down on Tuesday in Peter’s apartment and worked on how to approach the next three month. After observing a few things, we made ourselves a plan that puts a lot more pressure onto us. That’s okay. It’s how things are supposed to be right now. Or to put it in our good friend’s Mike Arauz’ words:

If the pressure doesn’t defeat you, it turns you into a diamond.

That said, it feels like we’re kicking into a completely new gear right now. Not that we’ve been doing poorly before, but nine month into starting a company we’re realigning our strategy for Third Wave. Obviously, it’s a people business. Third Wave will always be the sum of people who are involved in the company. Our knowledge, our curiousity is what drives the company. While this is a powerful underlying structure, we found that we need to differentiate more between personal interests and those of the company. We will still incorporate as many ideas as possible, but we will concentrate on structuring those into a bigger company vision. It helps us – in our function as managing partners of Third Wave – to know what’s next.

And it feels good to do this. It helps us to focus and embrace even more the idea that we are building a solid, good company with social responsibility and very specific goals. As always, exciting times.

As for the travel schedule: I will be arriving in Munich on Wednesday evening and staying for about 24 hours. Peter and Johannes will keep the fort in Berlin.

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.).

3 thoughts on “Week 41”

  1. You guys are one of the most interesting and inspiring crews to watch, as you develop your focus as I write this comment. Rapidly. At least this is how I feel about you from the outside, and what I have learned from you so far is that you have to build the pressure that turns you into a diamond yourself. Otherwise the general pressure of awesomeness, interestingness around us turns us into nothing more than artifacts, counter-intuitive reactions, tools.

    It is so easy and dangerous to get caught up in interesting stuff these days… Just read through a week of your personal Twitter history. #wtf

    So I very much welcome your transparency about how to cope with this. Week notes rule.

  2. Third Wave has been around for about nine months now? WOW. It’s like three months to me, looking back when you guys started off. I guess thats a good thing, since you are still around and haven’t changed a bit when it comes to your determination.

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