Dear colleagues, dear InterFace people, dear stake holders,
Yesterday, when I was tidying up – as you know, Barbara and I will move out of our big house and into a smaller one this spring, because this is a better match for our situation in life – I found the manuscript of the speech Thomas Vallon held in the year 2000 when I celebrated my 50ieth birthday. Again, his words made me very happy. It is now just a dozen years since the time I first heard the speech.
In the year 2000, we still had the Deutsche Mark. It had been installed as a valid currency in the “Tri-Zone“ almost exactly two years before I was born. During those last twelve years, the world changed considerably. The same is true for InterFace. Our core enterprise alone, the AG, almost doubled its turnover and profit during the last six years. We were able to expand regionally and – together with friends – started to build up the InterFace group. We increased our relevance on the market, the reputation and prestige of our enterprise kept going up.
All these things give us reason to be happy and look to the future courageously. Yet sometimes I ask myself how all this was and is possible.
To me, it seems like there is a simple answer.
The only way we could achieve this is together. Consequently, I want to thank you all personally and very much, indeed, for everything you did in 2012 and during all the years!
When all is said and done, we are all “managers”. It is not hard to do some managing. To be sure, the future cannot be predicted and decisions will always have to be made with an uncertainty factor. However, if we can manage to make more right than wrong decisions and more often do the good thing than the evil thing, we will do well. Even the famous “academica” have already accepted this fact when it comes to management science.
So my Christmas wishes are quite simple: may we, also in the future, more often decide in favor of the right thing and against the wrong thing. And may we all do the good things and leave the evil things undone! If we can do that, we will be able to cope quite well with the perhaps a little complex and always surprising future together.
With these words, I wish you all and all your families and friends a relaxed and happy holiday and an excellent start of a successful year 2013.
(Translated by EG)