Courage and Humility – Mut versus Demut
It took some extra courage to finally arrive in SdC because of an unexpected event on the eve of July 25th2013: The fatal crash of a fast train at the entry of the city which had caused more than 70 dead and left many people seriously injured – a huge shock and silence came over the whole city on a day normally full of joy, music, fireworks for the anniversary of St. James.
The morning of my planned arrival, after a few minutes with hesitation I decided, that the end of life is an incontestable part of any walk and by being present in this town with silent compassion and simply to embrace the grief, this helps to affirm the course for change in the cycle of life.
The German word for courage is “Mut”. The German word for humility is “Demut” – I like to consider humility as an expression related to courage:
All my behaviour in profession and in all stages of life is driven by three values, confirmed by my personnel transformation walk:
Courage for sustainable value generation, Integrity, Respect – or in one word: Humility
The Way and my professional experience teaches me to succeed in these values by using these main skills: Act with intention and with holistic thinking, connecting with people and balancing an attitude of compassion combined with fearless, result-driven and honest communication.
The leaders, peers, teams and business-partner I have worked with in the past appreciated my commitment and my attitude not to confound commitment with blind allegiance – that keeps me on my way, like I followed my way on the Camino: Without GPS, but with my instinct and in collaboration with the community to follow for what matters most.