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You can’t buy healthiness!

27 Jun

“Sounds quite like a fairytale”:

“ When I was a little girl I always dreamed of becoming a famous star, known all over the world. Maybe a beautiful singer like Whitney Houston or a graceful actress or a Victory Secret model with a perfect body.”

Alright, who of us has not dreamed at least once about being super star?! You have thousands of  fans, you have your personal body guard and all the money in the world to buy everything you long for. And all you have to do for it is walking all the red carpets in the world always carrying a smile on you your face and maybe going on stage from time to time hailed by hundreds of people who adore you or playing the main role in the next Hollywood blog buster.

Sounds like the perfect life, right? But most people only see the enigmatic façade behind which stars hide their unhappiness and the difference to us “normal” people is that they are not allowed to show it because they must keep up appearances.

Where the idea came from:

This is my last blog post and in the beginning I didn’t know what to right about because in my opinion I had already discussed most possible topics related to burnout which was my initial idea in the beginning for the last four weeks.

So I asked my group members what they want me to address in my last blog post that is somehow related to burnout. and the two lovely girls Angi and Sabrina brought me to the idea that it would be quite nice to get away from managers burnout and start talking about stars and what kind of problems they have to face with burnout and if this differs from the things I have already talked about in my former blog posts. And a big thanks to Angi for having provided me with a link where I found some interesting information on that topic.

So here we go:

Are stars more at risk that others?:

At least 300,000 people in Germany suffer from a burnout. Not the weak ones, or the mid-life crisis-afflicted people burn out. Those who are the committed, high performers, for whom the sudden loss of energy is like a beat in the face are the ones who burn out. The ones from whom one would have never expected it, though it seems quite logical: Only those who burn for what they are doing can also burn out which is usual for celebrities because they love what they are doing.

And the age of those who are at risk of having a burnout drops dramatically: young celebrities such like Oliver Kahn (36), Sven Hannawald (30), Sebastian Deisler (25) and Britney Spears (23) came out to be a victim of the burnout syndrome. Even among non-celebrities, the pressure is growing enormously. According to a recent reader survey by “karriere” more than one-third suffers from an extreme workload, and one out of five fears for the job.

The pressure is everywhere:

“Young people who want to make a career are the perfect victims. They show maximum effort and the willingness to shift everything until later: normal working hours, family, leisure. “

says Angelika Kallwass, an economist and psychologist.

Here, she says that in a more general way but I think it applies also to stars and other celebrities because most of the time they are not given a chance to live a life that someone would consider as “normal”. They have to travel from one end of the world to another and usually do not get a chance to spend a lot of time with their families Stars like Britney Spears are especially affected because her career already started when she was a child.

The soap stars:

They play in the ideal world of soap operas, but many of the young soap actors, cannot bear the long days of shooting, the sudden popularity and the often excessive adoration of fans, not quite as simple as their series-ego can handle all the problems of everyday life, kidnapping, addictions and heartbreaks.

Examples of German soap stars with burnout are:

  • GZSZ star Nina Bott quit her role in 2005 because she couldn’t hold up against the pressure anymore
  • Christiane Klimt left the set of “Alles was zählt”
  •  also soap stars such as Stephen Dürr, Valerie Niehaus or “Marienhof” veteran Michael Hunter all finished their careers due to  a series of stress, exhaustion and a feeling burnout

The musicians:

The music industry is considered one of the hardest in show business. Not only top figures in record sales, also endless self-promotion and countless performances are part of the daily workload. No wonder that even in this “celebrity division” some are burnt out completely:


  • Rosenstolz-Singer Peter Plate
  • crooner Wolfgang Petry
  • even very young musicians are affected. A member of the boy band US5, Chris Watrin left the band in 2008
  • also international super stars had to take a break to rearrange their lives like Eminem, Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey

Celebrities from all subjects:

Whether a juror or super star chef, bestselling author or political hope, life as a public figure with massive media attention that is a burden on these ever-present faces, seems to be huge. Even here in Germany, there are many prominent burnout victims who realized at some point in time that they needed a break.

Examples from Germany:

  • celebrity chef Tim Mälzer due to his TV cooking show “Schmeckt nicht gibt’s nicht”
  • runway-coach and TV juror in “Das Supertalent” Bruce Darnell admitted that he also suffered from a burnout before he started working for TV
  • successful author Frank Schätzing, who wrote the best- selling novel “Der Schwarm” suffered also from the burnout syndrome
  •  prime minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck


This shows that a burnout can happen to everyone and surprisingly there are many people in the show business who suffer from a burnout and here I have only listed a few of them who are mostly from Germany but this list could go on and on and on if you also consider all the international stars which I didn’t talk about

This shows once again that even stars cannot always be happy even if they pretend to be and what’s the most important all their money can’t make them healthy. That is one thing stars and celebrities have to do on their own, to press the stop button and organize life in a more healthier way what most of them have done but the latest cases of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse show that it can also end differently.


A few facts about John Shook

12 Jun

In my last post I started to write about the role of the manager. In my introduction I presented NUMMI which was created by John Shook. The managers of NUMMI have managed to improve workers skills by sending them to Japan. The experience, the American labor made in Japanese company has helped to improve the way they worked. In this post I want to take a close look at the man who has made this possible. A man who believed in cooperation, teamwork and learning process- John Shook.

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By new experiences to success

5 Jun

This week I want to consider a new topic: how do I become a good manager? I believe that every person is a manager. We all have to organize our time, whether for cooking or eating, bathing or sleeping. But I’m going to deal with the manager as a career. There are many different tasks confronting managers. One of the responsibilities is to keep the workers satisfied, happy and motivated to work hard. Sounds like a challenge, but is it really so difficult?

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Egological renovation through future-oriented industry

1 Jun

Need of sustainable industry

Three weeks ago I wrote the blog post “The future of our world…” describing the basic ideas of the Club of Rome, to name some key aspects, it was concerned with the limits to growth. However growth does not necessarily lead to collapse and horror-scenarios. “Collapse follows growth only if the growth has led to overshoot, to an expansion in demands on the plant´s sources” (Book: Limits to Growth, The 30 Year Update). So what is happening now is that “human resource use is currently some 20 percent above the global carrying capacity” (Book: Limits to Growth, The 30 Year Update), to put it in other words, world´s population uses more resources up than the world can bear to be sustainable. Continue reading

An invitation to get surprised

31 May

Everybody knows:
Germans can’t dance! Germany and Dance seem to have about as much in common as Italy and orderly traffic or Great Britain and excellent cuisine. But just in case you belong to the daring dancers, ready to lay aside obsolete stereotypes, here is one good advice: put on your dancing shoes, step out into Berlin’s flourishing dancing scene and let yourself be surprised! Continue reading

The power of ideas – A start-up business in Berlin

25 May

Last week I wrote about agricultural start-up businesses in the third-world, in Nicaragua. So this week I would like to focus on a local business idea in Berlin that is pretty new and came up short time ago.

Due to the ever growing petrol prices, more and more people decide to go by bike rather than use a car. Therefore bicycling plays an increasing role as a means of transport, over all in cities, for more and more people. The idea of the start-up company “Fahrer” was to individualize bicycling, to make cycles be eyecatchers. But the products of “Fahrer” should not only be individual, but also provide more comfort for bikers and support their mobility. Continue reading

How about some CHANGE?

21 May

Last week we discussed in class change management. How important this is in our lives, in our businesses and actually almost everywhere. We had two examples, Soutwest Airlines and 7-Eleven Japan, which showed that change management is very crucial and successful. 

However not just in business change is a fundamental part, also in our lives change is even more necessary than important. For example after school we go to college and therefore we live in a different city, we have a new flat, new surroundings and a new time lapse. All those changes make us more self-consistent and give us more experience and that is why they are necessary. However in the beginning it is probably not easy, actually it is very hard to change.

So we can see that change management is very important in our lives and also in businesses, but I still questioned myself: why? Why is change so important in businesses?

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