Category Archives: Personal Development

Contains personal development related material in the broadest sense

Organizational gossip

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Motivation for gossip
  3. Targets of gossip
  4. Conclusion
  5. References

1. Introduction

A crucial trait of a competent engineer is his observation capability.

This is not necessarily confined to technical systems and non-living objects but covers human behavior as well.

As a matter of fact, you don’t do very well in your career if you aren’t capable of comprehending human psychology to some extent and aren’t a good … read more

Sentier Cathare and Montségur

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Traveling in France

Castle Foix
The village of Roquefixade


Traveling in France

If you have followed this blog-project for a while you might think I am a kind of travel-veteran who probably has plenty of good travel stories in mind (all worth writing about, of course).

This would indeed be a cool thing, but I have to admit that this is unfortunately not … read more

Comfort zone crusher: Col du Tourmalet

Table of contents

  1. Prologue
  2. The Pyrenees
  3. Col du Tourmalet
  4. Hunt for the Col
  5. Epilogue

1. Prologue

I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.

It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.

As I was climbing up this mountain half an … read more