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In government, scientific research and art, Abraham Lincoln, Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci were – each in his own way – masters of their craft. These great men knew what counted in their time and respective fields. They brought about social change, explained scientific phenomena and created unique works of art. Today they and other notable historical figures still inspire people around the world. The EOS Group’s Board of Directors reveal in ‘Insights’ where they find their inspiration.

Hans-Werner
Scherer

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Chairman of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors

I have been working for more than 30 years now at EOS, 14 of them as captain of this ship. And because I’m a passionate sailor, I know how important a good wind is to progress. In order to succeed, we also need the right external conditions, such as a stable economic situation. But how can we influence that? At first it appears to be a frustratingly impossible task. That’s why I am motivated by Aristotle, who said that there’s always something we can do. We have only to turn the right screw and sometimes it’s where we least expect it. It helps to have a good team with lots of ideas that work when everyone pulls together.

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We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

ARISTOTLE

(384 BC–322 BC), the works of the ancient Greek thinker influence the philosophy and mind-set of the modern world we live in.

Dr
Andreas
Witzig

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Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors and responsible for the Western European and North American regions

I am convinced that it is important to gather a good mix of talents in the company. You need creative minds that develop new ideas and doers who push things ahead. Finally, you need implementers who stay on the ball until the end. That’s the only way we can ensure success and, in the best case, expand it. In this context, I am impressed by the fact that Leonardo da Vinci did not consider himself amongst the most brilliant, but instead as one of the most hard-working men of his time. His humility and appreciation of hard work and consistency inspires me.

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Ingenious people start great works, hard-working people complete them.

LEONARDO DA VINCI

(1452–1519), the Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer is regarded as one of the most infamous universal scholars of all times. He created the Mona Lisa, among other paintings.

Klaus
Engberding

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Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors and responsible for the German market

What makes the difference between success and failure? Why was one measure profitable and another not? In response to these questions, I get extensive analyses and data from my staff. It makes sense of course to make decisions based on figures – and that’s what we do. But sometimes we also need courage. Courage to make mistakes. Making mistakes is not a bad thing as long as we learn from them and do not repeat them. This is the entrepreneurial spirit I wish to have in all our employees. I suspect Isaac Newton made a mistake or two that brought surprising insight and led to something great.

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An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

ISAAC NEWTON

(1642–1726), the English naturalist is considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time due to his work with physics and mathematics. Among other things, he was able to explain gravity.

Justus
Hecking-Veltman

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Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer

We find ourselves in a time of change. The digitalisation of our society is in full swing. It opens up completely new options for individualised and efficient work. Digitalisation is expected to shape and change people’s attitudes and behaviour too. No one can say what will come about. At EOS, we have decided to shape the future ourselves, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. We are developing our own future with the help of an entirely new debt collection software that will have to meet requirements we do not yet know. To cope with the unknown, we are programming an agile core system. This approach gives us the flexibility we need to respond to future requirements and ensures increased speed in the implementation phase.

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The best way to predict
your future.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

(1809–1865), the 16th President of the United States prevented the division of the United States of America and ushered in the abolition of slavery.

Dr
Helmut
Hufnagel

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Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors and responsible for the Eastern European region

I am an avid team player. For me, employees are not ‘resources’ – they’re people. The key to success for any company, I believe, is to motivate people and support them in their personal development. You have to listen to them very carefully. You need patience and the willingness to set aside your own point of view and consider a different one. Since March 2015, I have been responsible for 15 Eastern European countries at EOS. Especially when dealing with international staff, you have to listen closely. I want to understand what moves them and how they take on challenges. Of course it is not a one-way street. I wish for the same behaviour from my colleagues.

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When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

(1899–1961), the Nobel Prize winner for literature was one of the most famous and successful American writers. His style is characterised by a clear expression and a simple choice of words.