of managing and making


Friday afternoon, a beautiful breeze, the end of two uninterrupted working weeks, and the expectation of a fabulous concert and a nice weekend in Berlin – with a little cloud, though: MeinMann is prisoner in Brexitland…and there will not be enough photos of gorgeous Berlin blue skies to share to compensate for that!

In the pleasant no man’s land between working and networking, two appointments with two persons I only knew online and never met in real life. Both have something to do with the spoken word, as I have, and both live in Berlin.

This blog is something in between a balcony and a Dachboden, sometimes a place where to store – not in the brightest order – impressions and ideas (and cute cats, yes). Sometimes a balcony from which to wave at other digital neighbors. And sometimes the digital neighbors meet!

It is nothing so new after all…especially for all those who were keen penpals in the 80s and 90s.

5pm, appointment at Borchardt’s with Markus.

I only have to cross Gendarmenmarkt from work to post-work drinks, and Markus is speeding by bike.  “I will waiting for you outside on the kerb” “Me too”. Indeed: we look too much onto our small displays and not enough around us, we were sitting at adjacent tables!

So off we went for a nice conversation on the joys and sorrows of online and offline, of managers and makers. And of the need to be both. After all, in our different but somewhat similar jobs we also need to be operational. And that requires knowing your stuff. And in order to do that, you need to dive into the subject matter. To focus. To concentrate. But everything around you conjures to putting you always in the “managing” mode, also when you should be “making”.

I guess that the conundrum between managing and making is one of the biggest sources of stress and frustration for many. Or at least, for those who still enjoy the craftsman’s pleasure of a job well done.


(and now a wee thank you for the cute BerlinRomExpress…a somehow messy virtual balcony, my little island of “making” in the ocean of “managing” chores also at home, and a place which eventually pushes people who love Berlin to go for that long-planned glass of something!).

4 Responses to “of managing and making”

  1. June 11, 2016 at 20:51

    Lovely picture. I didn’t notice you taking it. 🙂 I know you’re not a big fan of Twitter but I just now tweeted the link to this blogpost nevertheless – simply because I’m so fond of it: https://twitter.com/albersmark/status/741703826642751488

  2. June 11, 2016 at 21:23

    This blog is always very interesting. Thanks !

  3. 3 stripedcat
    June 11, 2016 at 23:42

    cool tweet! 🙂
    actually, I went to Dussmann and back…and the glasses were still there! so I did not resist and took the pic 😉

  4. 4 stripedcat
    June 11, 2016 at 23:43

    and the visitors are always doing some nice conversation! thanks! 🙂

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