Wie Manager unser Vertrauen missbrauchen./
THE WATER LILY PRINCIPLE:
How Managers Abuse our Trust
Non-Fiction, about 190 pages
“An erudite author who contributes from his own personal as well as professional experiences as a top manager in the automobile industry.” “ DIE ZEIT
The Breakdown of the Elite
Resplendent façades, glimmering monitors, global financial currents – there's no question about it, capitalism has been victorious. But the gladiators of the business world are naked. Their triumphs at stockholders' meetings are pyrrhic victories, purchased with the annihilation of countless existences.
Large-scale layoffs, corruption scandals, financial crises and an increasingly growing gulf between rich and poor have greatly shaken confidence in the top executives of the business world. In cases of doubt, they still feign being contrite and as innocent as a beautiful nymphaea, the water lily, but their stagings have lost persuasiveness. Daniel Goeudevert, for many years a top manager in the automobile industry, takes a look behind the polished scenes of the business world. He unmasks the seemingly so rational goings on in the business world as a threatening idyll, as a mere façade, for which secretly, “below the surface,” a high price must be paid – if it continues to proliferate at the present rate. The now unrivalled, immensely influential business world deprives society of its nourishment – especially the vitally important resource of “responsibility.” Not only responsible actions can create trust.
Daniel Goeudevert, born 1942 in Reims, was considered a “bird of paradise” among top managers. The literary scholar lived in Germany for 25 years and had an extraordinary career there. He was chief executive officer of Citroën Germany, Renault Germany and the German Ford-Werke as well as a member of the VW board of directors. After leaving management he was Vice President of Green Cross International and was as a consultant to the Director-General of UNESCO. His successful books, including “Wie ein Vogel im Aquarium” (Rowohlt, 1996) and “Mit Träumen beginnt die Realität” (Rowohlt-Berlin, 1999), became bestsellers.
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Daniel Goeudevert, geboren 1942 in Reims, galt als »Paradiesvogel« unter den Topmanagern. Der Literaturwissenschaftler hat 25 Jahre lang in Deutschland gelebt und eine außergewöhnliche Karriere gemacht. Er war Vorsitzender der deutschen Vorstände von Citroën, Renault und Ford sowie Mitglied des Konzernvorstands von VW. Nach seinem Ausscheiden aus dem Management stand er dem Green Cross International als Vizepräsident vor und war Berater des Generaldirektors der UNESCO. Seine Bücher ›Wie ein Vogel im Aquarium‹, ›Mit Träumen beginnt die Realität‹ und ›Das Seerosen-Prinzip‹ wurden zu Bestsellern.