Missing 7-year-old Martin taken by parents from De Hondsberg (Update Australia)

Martin Florian Den Hertog, 7 years old, is missing. The police are asking for your help! In Australia, the father asked politicians for help against the Dutch government. The Public Prosecution Service has designated the parents as suspects.

Martin is missing

The police are investigating the whereabouts of 7-year-old Martin Florian Den Hertog. Martin is a boy with an intellectual disability and he stayed in a hospital in De Hondsberg, an institution in Oisterwijk. His parents took him during a visit on Wednesday 24 June. It is unknown where they are now.

Police would like to know where Martin is so that he can get the right care. They also want to know where his parents are now.

Martien has fair skin, short blond hair, parting on the left side of her hair, probably wearing a white and red striped T-shirt,

Father is white, 1.90 long, dark hair, firm belly, beige long pants, pink T-shirt and brown sandals, Australian descent, he may be talking with an accent, age is 49.

Mother is white, 1.70 long, black straight hair to the shoulders, black pants, white T-shirt with printing and sandals, Russian descent, she hardly speaks any Dutch, age is 34.

Call 0900-8844 if you know more, or 112 if you see Martin or his parents.


Of supervision is a child protection measure that is discussed if a family does not or insufficiently volunteers to improve the situation. If the judge one supervision family is assigned a family guardian from a certified institution. The family guardian guides the child and helps the parents to solve the problems. Parents should accept the help and support of a family guardian in raising their child, but retain custody of their child and remain responsible for the care and upbringing of their child. The family guardian will supervise this. In most cases, a child stays at home during the supervision, but sometimes it is better for the child to live elsewhere, for example in a home or foster home.

Parents suspicious

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) has said: ‘Without knowing in whose hands the boy Martin is’, to suspect the parents of ‘withdrawing the child from the competent authority’. According to the Public Prosecution Service, that is a criminal offense of which they are suspected because “they are the last ones in his vicinity,” said the Public Prosecutor spokesman.


The father appears to have asked politicians in Australia for help last month, because he disagrees with the removal of his son from home. There was a comprehensive in the media there on May 18 story about this situation (click here). The website also contains photos of the parents and their side of the story. According to them, Autism is the reason for the different family situation for outsiders.

The story goes that the five-year-old Martin was taken out of the father’s house in Amsterdam by aid workers after a report from the neighbor that he was neglected. According to the father and mother, Conrad and Katya den Hertog, according to the Australian article, care providers wrongly diagnose Martin’s autistic symptoms as psychological abuse. According to the aid workers, Martin is said to have a developmental delay caused by neglect or abuse. The parents say that several experts have identified autism as the cause. Relief workers would continue to put pressure on the family to relinquish their guardianship with the aim of justifying the earlier mistakes.

The father – he came to Europe for work in 2002 – asked the Secretary of State Marise Payne to intervene in Australia. Martin was born in the Netherlands, but has dual citizenship through his father.


Putin said about Russia’s openness to the General system of world security :: Policy :: RBC

Only together can Nations protect the world from dangerous threats, Putin said. In the beginning of the year he proposed to convene a summit of the “nuclear five” and also noted that Russia is ready to negotiate with the US on arms control

Vladimir Putin

(Photo: Sergey Pyatakov / Getty Images)

Russia is open to dialogue on the establishment of a common security system in the world, said President Vladimir Putin during his speech at the Victory parade. The broadcast led to RBC.

“We know the face of the challenges facing the planet today, has a special feel which is the greatest value — people. His dreams, joy, hope, peace, calm, productive life. Understand the importance of strengthening friendship and trust between peoples, and open to dialogue and cooperation on the most topical issues of the international agenda. Among them, the establishment of a common reliable system of security which is needed by a complex, rapidly changing modern world. Only together can we protect him from dangerous new threats,” Putin said.

According to Putin, the world stability is threatened, in particular due to the crumbling of the system of arms control. He spoke about it back in February, noting that security in the world largely depends on the state of relations between Russia and the United States.

Putin said about the approach of the world to a “dangerous line”

Vladimir Putin


Kiev said about the “artificial ventilation” agreements for Donbass :: Policy :: RBC

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers that to seek the return of Donbass in Kiev succeed in using diplomacy offensive

Dmitry Kuleba

(Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / AP)

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba in interview to Agency “UKRINFORM”, said that the Minsk agreements on the situation in the Donbas there are still, however, hold only in foreign guarantees.

“I would say that the “Minsk” has not died, but Ukraine keeps it on the German-French ventilator. Sorry for black humor.” — said the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry.

According to him, Kiev is using the method “offensive diplomacy”, constantly imposing their agenda and forcing Russia to respond. “This, in our opinion, the only way to create a situation when Russia eventually will be forced to take on the form factor, because she is also not acting in isolation, and its arguments that Ukraine is not constructive, does not want to settle and violated “Minsk” look simply absurd, not in themselves, but on the background of how we operate,” — said Kuleba.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine called the Minsk agreement is legally worthless

The Minister also noted that the main issue in the negotiations with Russia is the question of on what terms-controlled militia districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions will return to the Ukraine.


In the National Assembly, the agenda and the hemicycle fill up again

The traditional question-and-answer session for government on Tuesday, May 12, was expected to be a bit livelier than in previous weeks in the National Assembly’s hemicycle. The Palais-Bourbon benefits, like the rest of the country, from the deconfinement started on Monday 11 May.

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Thus, 150 deputies will be able to sit during questions to the government, distributed proportionally between the parliamentary groups. At the start of the confinement, the limit had been set at 50 people in the hemicycle, including officials and members of the government. It had been slightly relaxed at the end of April, the limit rising to 75 deputies. The Assembly was directly affected at the start of the epidemic, with 33 Covid-19 positive cases.

Return of texts outside Covid-19

The commissions also find a little more normal functioning, with half of the members present, and wearing the compulsory mask, as everywhere in the corridors of the Palais-Bourbon. In total, according to the President of the Assembly, Richard Ferrand, a thousand people should be present in its precinct simultaneously, instead of 4,000 in normal times.

The legislative calendar also finds a semblance of normalcy, with the return to the deputies of a bill unrelated to the epidemic, the first since the beginning of confinement. This is the passage at the last reading of the bill to fight hate content on the Internet, called “Avia law”. At the end of May, two other texts unrelated to the health context will pass second reading before the Assembly: the bill to extend the bereavement leave in the event of the death of a child, and another bill relating to transparency information on agricultural and food products.

Aftermath of the epidemic, orders anger the opposition

The Covid-19 will continue to occupy mainly parliamentarians in the coming days. Currently being studied by a special committee, the government bill “Making various urgent arrangements to deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic” will be examined in the Chamber for the whole day on Thursday 14 May.

This text, which includes 36 authorizations to legislate by ordinances on a multitude of subjects (residence permits, procedures for the trial of crimes, seasonal work, but also all the provisions linked to the entry into force of Brexit), gives rise to ‘ire of the opposition. In committee, the deputy (Les Républicains) Antoine Savignat thus criticized a “Catch-all text”, “boon to get across or try to get across everything that couldn’t have been before”. “The contempt for parliament no longer needs to be demonstrated”, added the member for Val-d’Oise, describing as “Unacceptable conditions” the four days left to the committee for examining this text.

Towards a split within the majority?

Politics, more generally, has resumed its rights for a long time at the Palais-Bourbon. An impression further accentuated in recent days by rumors of the imminent creation of a new dissident parliamentary group of La République en Marche. In project for long months, this ninth group, already baptized “EDS” for “Ecology, democracy, solidarity” should have been born after the municipal elections, deadline obviously swept by the health crisis.

About fifty elected officials, coming from the left wing of the majority and disappointed by the guidelines of the five-year term, could be concerned by this project, which would bring together deputies who have already left and other members of the LREM group. The latter could lose on this occasion his absolute majority in the National Assembly, an especially symbolic development given the strong alliance with the deputies of the Modem.


Special Projects – Twenty Years Together

The economic program of the first acting and then President Vladimir Putin was then extremely worried by most analysts. As such, there was no economic election program; in the Address to Voters, the topic of the economy was practically ignored (except for the fight against poverty). Throughout 2000 and at the beginning of 2001, the rumors about what would be the “Putin program” did not stop.

In particular, there was a discussion about whether the new president would prefer the liberal “German Gref program” from the Center for Strategic Research or the “Victor Ishaev program” – a protectionist development of a group of economists of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Formally, the choice was not made. The government of Mikhail Kasyanov, which included German Gref (in the status of minister) and Alexei Kudrin (deputy prime minister and minister of finance), implemented the first option, plus the achievements of the assistant to the president Andrei Illarionov.

It is possible to reconstruct Putin’s actual economic program for 2000-2001 according to the then fundamental decisions of the government and the president. In the tax sphere, this is a reduction in the level of nominal taxation from 60–65% of GDP to 40–45%, repayment of external debt (including the Paris Club), joining the World Trade Organization, a deficit-free budget, lowering the Bank of Russia refinancing rate and the fight against inflation, the creation of a mechanism for maintaining federal budget revenues to smooth out oil price fluctuations (stabilization fund).

In addition, the government was then loyal to the idea of ​​gradually strengthening the ruble (from 32 rubles / $ in 2000 to 10 rubles / $) and abandoning the control of capital flows (one of the first important actions in 2000 was to reduce the rate of sale foreign exchange earnings from 75% to 50%, the Central Bank insisted on 100%).

Solutions for the industrial sector include the consolidation of the public sector, the active attraction of direct foreign investment, the reform of the energy system, the privatization of railways and parts of oil assets, the strengthening of Gazprom’s business and the construction of a pipeline system bypassing Ukraine.

The ultimate goal of the program was to achieve rates of economic growth above 4% of GDP in order to increase real disposable incomes of the population, reduce the number of poor and create a middle class.

Poverty rate

The longest announced in this unofficial and mostly liberal plan was the reform of RAO UES of Russia – ten years. Almost everything else usually fit in four to five years. Almost everything then claimed was somehow implemented and implemented, but three to four times slower than anticipated.

This is actually the main pattern in the “Putin program” – it cannot be said that any initial plans were canceled (the exception is the privatization of Russian Railways). But their unpredictably slow implementation by the time any effect was achieved already made it possible to forget that this was not a natural course of things, not slow progress, but the implementation of the president’s program. He did not back down from the program. He consistently and steadily carried it out together with the entire economy at a speed that no one had expected at the time of planning.


What inspires the ancient arts market

Berlin It was an unusual combination when fashion designer Victoria Beckham suddenly exhibited old master portraits in her shop in London-Mayfair. Fashion alongside old masters. The audience: fashionistas rather than the usual suspects of the art scene.

The change of location in July 2018 was nevertheless a market-promoting coup. All pictures were successfully added to a short time later Sotheby’s auctioned. The portrait of a somber-looking Venetian nobleman by Peter Paul Rubens fetched the excellent price of £ 5.4 million for a newcomer to the market. The number of visitors during the preview in the auction house was also higher than usual; the entire £ 42m auction was impressive.

A new bull market in the old masters market was not initiated with the “Beckham effect”. But the change of scenery was refreshing. And necessary: ​​Because today’s generation of heirs does not fall back on the status symbols of the parents. With the change in taste, the marketing of these collection areas also changes. We are now moving towards lifestyle and luxury, but also towards online auctions, which are becoming increasingly important, particularly in the times of Corona.

The changes correspond to a collector structure that is changing. “Crossover collecting” is becoming increasingly important, collecting across genres. Dealers and the British press have been concerned with the trend for a good five years. With us he has not yet prevailed so strongly.

Also at international trade fairs – with the exception of the Londoners in charge here “Frieze Masters” – the brilliant idea of ​​mixing art in a high quality across time and genres is still missing. But the advantages are obvious. In this way, the eyes can be opened for aesthetic adventures, for exciting dialogues and contrasts.

Antique dealers report that they were able to inspire modern art collectors for Roman sculptures. This overarching interest was already evident in a Sotheby’s auction in 2014, in which Pilar Ordovas, London gallery owner of contemporary art, auctioned off a life-size Roman “Aphrodite” from the Duke of Northumberland’s collection for £ 9.4 million for one of her customers. Traders of East Asian art also live partly from collectors who place classic tang figures in their modern ambience.

So far, an expansion of the tunnel vision has been attempted primarily in London, New York and Paris auctions. Under the title “Treasures” at Sotheby’s and “The Exceptional Sale” at Christie’s offers a top-class mix of individual objects from different collecting areas, cultures and materials. These are pieces that, lifted from the corresponding generic auctions, gain a new singular status.

Bernardino Luini’s “Portrait of a Reading”

The picture was auctioned in November 2018 in the Parisian “Exceptional Sale” by Christie’s for 1.2 million euros.

(Photo: Christie’s)

Portraits from the 16th to the early 19th centuries have been market favorites since the beginning of the last decade. Old masters of painters of the first set such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Cranach or Titian were never undervalued. This market fate tends to overtake furniture from the Renaissance to the Biedermeier period, silver and porcelain. Good sales prices are only realized with historical items of the best condition.

Since silver auctions with their endless rows of silverware are no longer fascinating, exceptional pieces are sold in the context of the extraordinary. The main example is a mannerist silver can from the goldsmith Adam van Vianen, dated 1619, that was auctioned at Christie’s in New York in April 2018 for $ 5.3 million. Their environment ranged from Roman sculpture to a tang figure and a Steinway piano from 1924 to Aston Martin by James Bond actor Daniel Craig, who grossed $ 468,500.

Leonardo and Luini

Old master paintings can also be found in these auctions. In November 2018, Christie’s in Paris offered the portrait of a reader of the Leonardo student Bernardino Luini in an “exceptional sale”. At 1.2 million euros, it achieved twice the already high estimate. To date, his pictures had at most generated a quarter of this sum.

The new interest was stimulated by the Leonardo painting “Salvator mundi”, which had been raised the previous year and raised 450 million dollars in a contemporary art auction – the most radical crossover in auction history to date. Background: To some Leonardo experts, Luini is still the actual creator or co-author of the Salvator picture.

Mix of genres in noble auctions

The noble auctions of mixed genres also offer furniture and handicraft objects of the highest quality. This elitist strategy was necessary because after the deep fall in furniture prices and the picky behavior of the global collectors of sculptures, art chamber pieces and silver objects, there are hardly any individual auctions in this genre. This also applies to old master graphics, which are increasingly being outsourced to the Internet. In Germany, however, Bassenge and Karl & Faber still have a lively auction so far.

“Lothian Casket”

The trade recognized its uniqueness and bought the splendor shrine cheaply in an auction. The precious piece was created by a southern German master of the 17th century.

(Photo: Sotheby’s)

An art chamber piece that shows the valuation range of exceptional pieces is the so-called “Lothian Casket”. This ceremonial shrine, which was built in Nuremberg in the early 17th century, was auctioned in 2017 in a “Treasures” auction by Sotheby’s for £ 118,750. A year later, it was offered by Munich dealer Georg Laue and London’s Trinity Fine Art gallery for £ 750,000. An independent appraiser from the UK export committee considered this price reasonable. It applies to a German Renaissance property for which there is simply no market comparison.

Porcelain is now mostly auctioned off in Internet auctions in London. The same applies to furniture, furnishings and decorative goods of the lower and medium quality categories, such as those offered by Sotheby’s under the labels “Interior” and “Fine Dining” as lifestyle elements.

From art object to luxury goods

A shift in taste borne by the auction market has been evident for some time: from an art object to a luxury item. Since Christie’s registered 29 percent of new customers in the luxury goods segment in 2017, the house in London and New York has organized “luxury weeks” in which wristwatches, jewelry, designer handbags and wine are auctioned. The last melange of this kind raised $ 83 million in New York in December 2019.

Of course, this cannot be measured against the proceeds for contemporary art. But the effect of winning new customers and then introducing them to the more expensive art in the long term is a principle of this strategy.

To the extent that auctioneers select old arts and crafts, they promote interest in modern design with live and online auctions. For example, bidders from 31 countries took part in the latest Sotheby’s online auction on April 2. They raised the estimates for a “Tiffany” ceiling lamp in the Moorish style to $ 300,000 twenty times, and for a pair of armchairs by Jean Prouvé to $ 175,000 six times.

Sought after: perfume bottle with coat of arms

But not only elite objects, but also varia of all kinds come under the hammer. Since 2013, Christie’s has been holding auctions under the title “Out of the Ordinary”, in which heterogeneous collectibles come under the hammer, from perfume bottles with a royal coat of arms to the fiberglass model of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. One of the most recent areas activated by Sotheby’s is erotic and homoerotic art, which has been offered with increasing success in auctions under the motto “Erotic: passion & desire” since 2017.

The market continues to fan out while reducing historical collection areas. Whether this is a promising model also depends on the taste development of those who are still in the luxury sector and in the heterogeneous entry-level area of ​​the market. In view of the global fixation on the frontrunners of contemporary art, it is comforting that the lower market segment is also being successfully promoted.

More: Less growth: what moved the art market in 2019


Lessons on how to deal with crises

Dusseldorf At the beginning of the two thousand years, Frank Thelen was left with nothing: The entrepreneur had credit debts with the bank, had to lay off employees, and file for his company Twisd Bankruptcy. Back then he rode on the IT and software wave, wanted to bring his company to the stock exchange. But then the dotcom bubble burst – and with it Thelen’s life plan.

Thelen no longer knew what to do next. He never cared about money, he says, but now he couldn’t even buy a used Golf. The worst thing for him: At a time when he should have supported his parents long ago, he moved back to the Hotel Mama. “May I eat with you?” – He didn’t even have money for food.

As bad as the defeat was: Today Thelen is one of the best-known German tech investors, the founder of a series and an expert in demand from entrepreneurs. He put money into successful start-ups like the flight taxi company Lilium or the mobility app Mytaxi (today: Free Now), especially in the early phase.

Thelen’s biggest defeat may have been 20 years ago. In the corona crisis, the example is still more relevant than ever. Everywhere in the republic, founders have existential fears. Even companies that have been successful for decades are facing the end. Tens of thousands of people are on short-time work and can no longer service loans, while others feel lonely in their home office.

There are also concerns about whether friends and relatives will fall victim to the virus. “It has reached a level that pushes many people to their limits,” says neuroscientist Raffael Kalisch from the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research in Mainz.

In a study released this week he and other European researchers have investigated the consequences of the pandemic on human psyche. The result: Almost 90 percent of the 5000 respondents are stressed by the lack of social contacts, a good 60 percent by the new work situation, for example in the home office, or about as many by family conflicts.

Kalisch fears that the pandemic will increase depression and anxiety. It is all the more important for managers and employees to improve their mental resilience or their “resilience”, as experts like to put it.

The technical term originally comes from materials science, describes the resilience and resilience of materials that are deformed and then return to their original shape. The longer the crisis lasts, the more important it is for people to get back to their original strength.

Experts advise that the crisis should even be seen as an opportunity – as investor Thelen did. But how can the defeats be overcome? How do managers and employees get out of the lack of motivation?

Rosberg’s retreat to the hotel room

Nico Rosberg can answer some of the questions. He does not want to compare his bitterest time as a racing driver with an entrepreneur whose life’s work is now threatened with existence. But he sees parallels: in 2015 he lost to competitor Lewis Hamilton for the second time in the fight for the world title. Rosberg doubted himself, thought that his dream would never come true.

“I locked myself up in the hotel room for a day, thinking in the dark,” he says. The greatest hope came from their own thoughts. He did a lot of mental training. “It became increasingly clear to me that I have to seize this opportunity now.”

One should not remain in the “dark spiral”. Especially in difficult moments, it is important to ask for help and to look for mentors. Rosberg got new motivation from the defeat. “It wasn’t even clear to me that I was able to do this,” he recalls.

Nico Rosberg (Formula 1 World Champion)

“Especially in difficult moments, it is important to get help, to find mentors.”

(Photo: all4prices)

A finding that many experts confirm. “Sometimes stress experiences can even create strengths in a person that the person concerned did not previously consider possible,” says psychologist Michael Kastner, head of the Institute for Occupational Psychology and Occupational Medicine in Herdecke. At Rosberg, going in and out led to success: the next season, the 34-year-old won seven races in a row – became world champion.

Today Rosberg also knows the entrepreneurial perspective. After the World Cup title in 2016, he ended his career. Now he employs 18 people in his family office in Monaco: to maintain the Nico Rosberg brand, for sponsorship and press work – and to make investments, just like a year ago in the e-scooter rental company Tier Mobility.

But the Berlin start-up is badly affected by the crisis. Tier wanted to bring more powerful scooters to the market. Due to the worldwide contact and curfews, hardly anyone borrows scooters. Rosberg still sees opportunities. He believes that animals can benefit from social distancing because “fewer people will take the bus” – and possibly switch to scooters.

Seeing opportunities in a crisis, making the best of the difficult situation – that’s what experts recommend to become more resilient. The current survey by the researcher Kalisch shows that people get through the corona crisis best when they try to assess the adversity positively and to think, communicate and act optimistically – provided they do not trivialize the situation.

On the other hand, people who only see the catastrophe come into a vicious circle of negative feelings and become mentally ill in the long run. Those who have existential fears may find it difficult to find positive facets. But that is exactly what is going to go further, says Kalisch: “Those who focus on their strengths and look for productive solutions will grow in the crisis.”

Thelen demands a new mentality

Star investor Thelen is also afraid that he will no longer be able to think positively in this country. “You are declared crazy,” he says. As so often, Thelen refers to the example Tesla. He also drives the electric car from Silicon Valley. “They accelerate and optimize their entire production facility.” That is why German medium-sized companies have to dare to invest right now – in order to bring the next product generation onto the market after the crisis.

For Thelen, a new mentality is needed on the executive floors. The German DNA is to get two to three percent better every year. “No one is allowed to lose, no Dax CEO wants to have a bad quarter,” says Thelen. But it also had to be okay if things didn’t work.

In order to try new things, it is important to maintain a culture of error. You just have to “pack a lot of capacity into innovative business models,” says Rosberg. Just like with his company Team Rosberg Engineering (TRE), the chassis developer that his father Keke once founded and in which the junior is involved. The company expanded the simulation area during the crisis.

“We proactively approached people who were not yet customers and had previously focused very much on physical testing,” explains Rosberg. In this way, TRE can become a crisis winner, he believes.

This is the right way for consultant Jutta Heller. The 58-year-old specialized in resilience years ago. “Companies must now think in a solution-oriented manner and adopt a proactive attitude.”

What Heller means can be seen in many places: swimwear manufacturers no longer manufacture bikinis, but respiratory masks, car manufacturers help build parts for respiratory machines, trade fair construction companies manufacture acrylic glass panes for infection protection. Companies that are so adaptable that they can even move away from their core business are considered crisis-proof.

And then Rosberg speaks about a term that is currently filling entire advice shelves: “Purpose” – which in German means “purpose” or “purpose”. And that is extremely important to get through such phases, says the former racing driver. The employees should come first – and only afterwards sales and profit striving.

What sounds like a slogan has actually brought him further. “This gives a company a lot of strength” and strengthens the team spirit, says Rosberg. “Working together is a huge power that you have to take advantage of.” In the crisis, this works via telephone or video conferences.

Frank Thelen (investor)

“We all fall down. The difference is who gets up again. “

(Photo: Dietmar Gust on behalf of Handelsblatt)

For expert Heller too, meaningfulness is a key to resilience: “If employees know why they are doing something, this gives them support and orientation in the crisis.” In Hellers coaching, managers and employees can train resilience. You can actually learn resilience, but experts also assume that some people have a certain level of resilience.

Thelen also thinks that when he stood with his back to the wall in 2000, he should have been looking for a safe job. But he was enthusiastic about a new software framework and started programming. “I shouldn’t have done that because my bankruptcy was in the background.”

But he did. And it got him out of the crisis. Even more: out of nowhere he created a world market leader in a small niche – the online photo service IP Labs. In 2008 Thelen and his partners sold the company to Fujifilm. He no longer had any money worries.

But what helps him? Knowing that even the tallest fall. “The difference is who gets up again.”

Assistance: Claudia Obmann

More: Listen to the complete conversation with Frank Thelen and Nico Rosberg in the podcast here.


Martin Suter’s Business Class column: Bollinger’s female leadership:

He wouldn’t call it a career decline, but a certain slowing down of the once dynamic career curve cannot be dismissed out of hand in self-critical moments. That is why Bollinger avoids self-critical moments whenever possible.

But sometimes they are inevitable, especially because Judith also avoids self-critical ones. The critical, however, not at all.

For example: He comes home and says: “Imagine Mettler has become Head of Sales, and we don’t have a quota for women at all,” she replies: “Maybe she’s just better.”

Now Bollinger is not the type who simply pushes unpleasant truths aside. He himself is considering this possibility.

Is she just technically better, he wonders, or is she better because she is a woman? He quickly rejects the first option. Considering them seriously would be a bit too auto-destructive. But then he does consider the second.

What leadership qualities do women have by nature that men lack? And how can you acquire them?

The technical article of a headhunter contains a treatise on female soft skills. These include empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, self-reflection, etc. Okay, he thinks if it is nothing more.

Unobtrusively, step by step, he begins to acquire these qualities. When Hartmann lost his driving license for one point eight per thousand, he did not burst out laughing, at least not in Hartmann’s presence, but reacted with an empathetic “oh no, and now commuting between here and Landisegg-Dorf three times for a whole year Change. You poorest. “

And he always accompanies the same sermon of his boss, Brunner, with whom he used to suppress a yawn visibly, now with an affirmative “yes”, an interested “hmmm” or an almost enthusiastic “exact”, as if he were hearing it for the very first time .

Because being able to put yourself in, to empathize, to listen is known to be the quintessence of emotional intelligence.

And what he does from now on, namely subjecting himself and the impact of his personality on his career to a critical assessment, is practically the epitome of self-reflection.

In the following months, Bollinger also worked on his emotional intelligence. For example, he says to Kortmann, who is always in a bad mood: “I thought I found something like a frown on your face, and the corners of your mouth also point a little downwards. Could you be struggling with the ‘Twenty Twenty’ restructuring? ”

The management reorientation towards “female” leadership skills is slowly bearing fruit. Bollinger feels – yes, he is now getting more and more involved in feelings – he feels a growing acceptance and an almost family relationship with his subordinates everywhere.

“Leading” is actually becoming more and more “taking by the hand” and accompanying. The working atmosphere in his department relaxes, the employees no longer fall silent in front of the coffee machine if he unexpectedly joins them. And even the grouchy Feldmann is caught with a smile every now and then.

And despite the harmony in Bollinger’s environment, the performance of his team is quite impressive. So he has legitimate hopes when it becomes apparent that the succession is regulated internally.

But to his and also the general surprise, the choice is noticed – of all things – Bergmann. Bollinger’s new leadership style is very successful. But so feminine that he hits the glass ceiling.

The management column “Business Class” was Martin Suters entree in the career as a writer. After a 13-year hiatus, he resurrected her in 2019 – using the means of the present day: crowdsourcing, social media and paid content. Handelsblatt Magazin exclusively prints out some of the bestselling author’s new columns. You can find more of them and other gems on martin-suter.com, where you can currently register for free.

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Two brothers take care of the hospitals and the fire brigade

Dusseldorf A few employees of the fire department in Mülheim an der Ruhr gathered in front of the syringe house. The sun is shining, Chef Sven Werner and his department head for emergency services and disinfection, Andreas Johann, are wearing short-sleeved uniforms. A forklift and a red truck are already waiting in the yard. The onward transport should go as quickly as possible.

The men are waiting for a product that is currently in demand like hardly any other product in the world: respiratory masks. It is corona time and they are their currency: the masks are an important tool in the fight against the virus. And they are not easy to get. There are still supply shortages five months after the outbreak of the corona virus.

In Germany, too, face protection is increasingly becoming a mandatory item of clothing. All federal states introduce mandatory wearing. And the federal government has “strongly” recommended wearing masks when shopping or on buses and trains.

But the fire department in Mülheim has no masks. Marvin and Aaron Steinberg are supposed to solve the problem. The brothers, 32 and 35 years old, have just climbed out of their pickup truck, wearing a T-shirt and jeans. With your Sixt– Rental cars transport the sought-after face protection.

“20,000 go straight to one of our hospitals,” says fire chief Werner, while he examines documents and the forklift lifts the first boxes. “The remaining 30,000 remain here.” These are not masks that you can sew yourself. Most are those with filter protection.

Marvin and Aaron Steinberg (1st and 2nd from left)

Appointment at the Mülheim fire department.

(Photo: Steinberg)

The federal government has so far failed to meet the huge demand for masks. According to Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU), Germany needs a total of several billion pieces within a few months. The large German manufacturers such as the Lübeck-based company Dräger have been producing at their limit for a long time despite the expansion of production. And the global market, in which companies like the US group 3M dominate, is eaten empty by all affected nations like grasshoppers.

This is why makeshift production facilities are being set up all over the world, including in Germany. Whether on an entrepreneurial basis, such as recently at Trigema, the laundry manufacturer of the eccentric owner Wolfgang Grupp. Or at Daimler, where breathing masks are now produced for your own needs. Or citizens sew them at home.

All of these are commendable initiatives. But: The resulting products often offer only limited protection, for example when shopping in a supermarket. They are usually not suitable for medical personnel.

And so there is a gap that people like the Steinberg brothers encounter. Small business owners who are quick to grab, who have contacts with professional providers abroad – and who do it instead of looking at the federal government – and who naturally hope to make a profit.

“What we do is of course just a drop in the ocean,” says Marvin Steinberg. He wears glasses and his shirt says “Corona Crisis”. “But it is a drop that leads to happy faces in many places.”

Also in Mülheim. “We are very happy to have enough stock now,” says fire chief Werner. The mask market has been going crazy since Corona. And no one can say how the situation will develop. “If the infection situation remains as it is, we are well prepared,” says Werner. “But who knows that?”

15 cents profit per mask

Aaron, the trained nursing nurse, and Marvin, who runs a marketing GmbH, have been in business for four weeks. You have set up offices in Mainz and Koblenz. According to their own statements, they pick up between 50,000 and 200,000 masks three to four times a week at Frankfurt or Cologne airports.

The Steinbergs are founding a company. Her name: “Pflegeliebe GmbH”. The Steinbergs customer base is growing steadily. Clinics, pharmacies, old people’s homes, hairdressers and taxi services now order from them. Sometimes small amounts are also donated.

The demand is great. Hospitals sometimes run out of masks, and resident doctors are also concerned about whether they can still treat their patients. It is particularly important that the Steinbergs also offer FFP2 and FFP3 products.

They belong to the type of mask that protects the wearer. FFP2 and FFP3 masks are therefore the appropriate equipment for doctors or nurses who handle potentially infected people. These masks cannot be made at home. Nor do companies like Trigema manufacture them. Special companies are needed for this.

Mask transport in the rented minibus

The entrepreneurs with helpers.

(Photo: Steinberg)

And that’s where the problem begins. There are also producers in Germany. In addition to corporations such as Dräger, medium-sized companies are now trying to gain a foothold in this field. The “Fight Covid-19” consortium, for example, which includes smaller companies such as the bikini company Maryan Beachwear or the mechanical engineering company Reifenhäuser, is currently building a network. Your production goal: half a million FFP2 masks per week.

However, the major mass producers among the specialist companies are primarily located in China. And the market remains chaotic. Even if production has started again in China, the purchase price continues to skyrocket. Before Corona, an FFP2 mask cost about 50 cents. Today, prices in the double-digit euro range are sometimes called up for this.

Of course, this also attracts fraudsters who try to sell unusable goods at a high price or only deliver material against prepayment – which then never reaches the customer. “A lot of providers are dubious,” says Marvin Steinberg. “Many of our customers have already fallen for fraudsters.”

The topic should be rather uncomfortable for the entrepreneur. Because Steinberg, who was also active in the field of gold-backed cryptocurrencies for a while, had once separated from an ex-partner in the dispute. Now there are anonymous articles online that accuse him of fraud. Even a criminal complaint is circulating.

So far, however, there is no convincing evidence. A civil law complaint by his ex-partner definitely failed before the Mainz Higher Regional Court. Steinberg has already had several entries in the network deleted by court. “It was a bad time for me,” he says. He was happy to be able to leave that behind.

Marvin Steinberg

The small entrepreneur has valuable contacts in China.

(Photo: Steinberg)

And he does not hide the fact that he also wants to earn money by supplying masks. However, at reasonable prices. One-way surgical masks cost him an average of 99 cents per piece, depending on the quantity, FFP2 masks between four and 5.50 euros. “The same masks are then partially resold by the pharmacies at a price of 14.99 euros,” says Steinberg.

For comparison: Trigema charges 120 euros for ten of its “reusable makeshift mouth and nose masks”. Steinberg even discloses its margin. On average, he and his brother earned 15 cents per surgical mask, and 40 cents for FFP2 masks.

Complicated procedure

And why don’t they sell to the federal government? Health Minister Jens Spahn recently made three billion euros available for the procurement of protective clothing and introduced a so-called open house procedure.

This means that the state buys centrally and at fixed prices if a manufacturer can supply at least 25,000 masks or gowns and guarantee a minimum standard. Masks, gloves and gowns are to be distributed across the federal states and the medical associations.

But there is much criticism of this method. Spahn had reacted too late, the control did not work, the procedure was too complicated. A German businessman from Taiwan recently reported to the Handelsblatt, who wanted to broker the sale of several million FFP2 masks. And not to the USA, but to his home country. But he just couldn’t figure out who to contact.

Did the Steinbergs hear about the federal government’s trial, did he try it once? “No, we’ve just been doing it that way,” says Marvin Steinberg. But that with the federal government is not a bad idea. But he did not know whom to speak to. Does the Handelsblatt have any contact? An inquiry to the Ministry of Health remains unanswered.

Procurement seems so easy. He has contacts in China, says Marvin Steinberg. He has had a business relationship there for a long time with a mask manufacturer who produces himself and can also get goods from other manufacturers if necessary. He doesn’t want to give the name. After all, it was his competitive advantage. The manufacturer vouches for the quality of the masks, says Steinberg.

Because quality is probably the most important criterion in this business. An FFP2 mask that doesn’t protect against corona viruses is not worth a penny.

Many false copies on the way

But how is the goods checked? A few days before the appointment in Mülheim, the Steinbergs are sitting in a van on their way to Frankfurt Airport. Another car is driving. The Handelsblatt is activated via WhatsApp video.

While Marvin Steinberg explains the process, his vehicles drive to a ramp outside the airport, where around 20 boxes are already waiting for loading. Also on board is Mr. Wu, a young Chinese man who supports the brothers in the process. He has a small export-import business himself, says Marvin Steinberg.

Together with Aaron Steinberg, Wu opens one of the boxes to check the contents. 200,000 surgical masks have arrived today.

Of course, you can only see what the goods look like, says Steinberg. The contents are on the boxes, and on the packaging of the masks there is usually also the CE seal of approval. The boxes would also have to go through customs. Ultimately, it is only the end user who will determine whether the masks are really good. “We only have positive feedback from them,” he reports.

The main problem is getting good quality at reasonable prices. Andreas Johann (Mülheim fire department)

Steinberg offers customers to come to his office in Mainz before buying to inspect the goods with an expert. Only then does payment have to be made – for example by bank transfer.

At any rate, the fire brigade in Mülheim is completely satisfied. “The main problem is getting good quality at reasonable prices,” says department head Johann. He doesn’t just say that.

He previously tested the breathing masks in three ways. He cut them apart and checked their strength. 5 layers, that’s good. He lit a mask with the lighter to see if the material just contracts and doesn’t burn. And finally he poured water into a mask. Since nothing flows out, it is tight. “Passed the quality test,” says Johann.

Then he and his boss Werner can thank you for a gift from Steinberg, staged effectively for the press appointment: 2500 surgical masks are available for free.

Yes, Marvin Steinberg also knows how to advertise for yourself, how to stage yourself. But who could blame him in these strange, difficult times – when breathing masks could become the product of the year, if not the decade?

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