Christmas riddle solution

The riddle

Did you guess me?

My name is Hybrid!

In South Korea, a sonata was named after me; however, it sounds quite different from Beethoven.

Hyundai’s Sonata has been in production since the mid-1980s and is enjoying greater popularity particularly in the USA and Asia (the i40 model was developed for Europe around ten years ago). A plug-in hybrid version has been available since 2015, combining the technologies of electric and combustion vehicles.

I am sometimes haughty, but certainly not Frankenstein‘s monster.

The word “hybrid” is derived from the Greek ὕβρις. Hubris means “arrogance” or “presumption” and was often the cause of the protagonists’ downfall in ancient tragedy. Today, the word is also used to refer to a person’s extreme overconfidence, accompanied by a loss of reality, arrogance, and intemperance.

In armed conflict, I am open and covert at the same time.

The term “hybrid warfare” was coined by the political scientist Frank G. Hoffman. It is a flexible form of conventional and unconventional means of conflict such as cyber warfare, propaganda, fake news or election manipulation. By combining kinetic and subversive operations, the attacker attempts to remain undetected and thus avoid retaliation.

I am the connecting element of Centaur, Harpy, Sphinx, Yali, Makara, and Nue.

Gods, demons, and monsters of the world were regularly depicted as “hybrids,” or hybrid beings or chimeras, as early as the Stone Age – possibly a reference to shamanic soul journeys involving transformation into an animal experienced in a trance.

Through my plasma accelerator particles accelerate particles.

A “hybrid particle accelerator” consists of a combination of a laser plasma accelerator and a second, particle-driven plasma accelerator. Here, researchers make double use of so-called keel-wave acceleration: The beams generate a suction-like electric field similar to the wake of a boat and accelerate electrons out of the plasma.

Since the pandemic, I am no longer a foreign word in daily life.

“Hybrid Work” refers to the free choice of where employees want to do their work from (and in some cases, when). The concept thus includes elements such as remote work, mobile work or a flexible work (time) model. The aim is to coordinate the various requirements of professional and private life in the best possible way.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

We have another little something for you

If you are still looking for Christmas gifts or your own reading fodder for the reflective days, we would like to recommend our virtual Advent calendar to you: We have put together our personal favorite reads for you. Perhaps there is an interesting book or two for you or your loved ones. And along the way, you will get an impression of who we are and what moves us. Enjoy the quiet time!

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We will be happy to reflect with you on the implications for strategic and personal priorities in the management circle, flesh out specific topics such as virtual collaboration, or review the HR strategy together with you with a view to hybrid working.

Axel Sauder
Axel Sauder
Head of Organization Practice
Jens Müller-Oerlinghausen
Jens Müller-Oerlinghausen
Head of Leadership Practice
Axel Hüttmann
Axel Hüttmann
Head of People Practice