Harmony (Stimmigkeit)

Navigating along a concern (Anliegen) works exactly the opposite of the usual goal-focused steering. Goal orientation seeks a safe conclusive path towards a defined goal, thus "pulls" from the end. Concern orientation, on the other hand, is a continuous navigating through harmony (Stimmigkeit) in the changing environment and "pushes" from within itself from the concern.


It´s rather like the animated nature, an extremely open process, which knows no goals, only possibilities and development forces. The latter bases its progress on creative momentum and its existential security (antifragility) on abundance and redundancy. Nature never looks from the end and searches for the best way to get there, but always from the beginning and then finds the best development possibility. Admittedly, today's organizations do not have the development cycles and redundancies of nature. They need good direction because they need to move quickly for survival and success. But as with nature, intelligence lies in harmony (Stimmigkeit), not in conclusiveness of approach.



Concern orientation does not fade out all other factors in favor of a fixed star, but includes all influencing factors. Orientation to the concern means taking what is at hand as one's own concern. In doing so, the view goes both to my context (where something is at stake) and to myself (my freedom to make what is at stake my own or not). Philosophically, we call this attitude of thinking: freedom in connectedness. It consciously embraces a both as well as, a productive tension between opposites that brings it into harmony.


"Freedom in connectedness" is an attitude that does not seek conclusiveness, but harmony (Stimmigkeit). That does not resolve the difference into a purposeful step 1 and a corrective step 2, but instead thinks the consequences directly with each step. This leads to the creative flexibility in action that is increasingly needed in the face of unpredictability, complexity and contradictions. And it supports empathic-constructive action, because it focuses just as much on the "taking along" of others as on the (joint) "moving forward", as is needed, for example, for success in the world of work.