Dec 20

Farewell Message

For more than three years, we have regularly published articles on our blog about caring leadership. It was a great experience for us. We have tremendously enjoyed the discussions, often face to face or via e-mail with some of our readers and friends.
However, now the time has come for us to move on. Heinz Landau [...]

Dec 6

Growing Leaders When They Are Young

I recently attended a parent seminar organized by APM Group Thailand and discovered a highly interesting approach to the topic “leadership”. Typically, business executives in the Western world will be exposed to leadership training for the first time in their life when they are already almost 30 years old. After graduating from university, they still [...]

Nov 22

Goodbye, Facebook

Do you like lobster? Cooking one appears quite cruel: you put the lobster alive into boiling water, the head first. A friend of mine is a professional cook; he uses a nail and a hammer killing the lobster before cooking it. These are the animal friendly ways of handling the issue. However, there are people, [...]

Nov 8

How to Assure Major Support for Decisions

An experience I will never forget – together with my boss we agreed upon a strategic approach and we went into a meeting to achieve the approval of management team and the CEO. I presented the proposal and we started the decision taking process. The CEO had some reservations; I could dispel some of his [...]

Oct 25

Changing Your Job For The Right Reason

A global workforce survey by Kelly Services, Inc. among 168,000 people in 30 countries revealed that 70% of the respondents think that experiences with multiple employers are an asset for their career development. The survey which was published last month states the new global trend according to which 53% of the respondents believe that changing [...]

Oct 11

Motivating People Professionally

Recently, in a coaching session, a junior manager asked me, how he could motivate people? Everything he read about models and methods was so overcharged with details that in the end he was more confused than clear, what to do.
I told him, that – in my experience – motivation of other people (and for myself) [...]

Sep 27

Shared Leadership – A model for Successful Mastering of Future and Global Challenges

I enjoyed the last 500 days!
I have been member of the Leadership Vision Team of an organization that is offering to people, companies and organizations trainings and consulting how to navigate successfully and in a sustainable way in a world of increasing change requirements.
As a Co-Owner of the Genuine ContactTM program, [...]

Sep 14

Knowing Your Employees

Managers often don’t know enough about their employees. And this can have serious consequences as a representative study conducted in Germany by the IT services provider Oracle and the market research institute Innofact revealed. 43 % of the 1,000 people between 18 and 65 years that were interviewed in July 2012 want to change their [...]

Aug 30

Leading Means Teaching Respect- and Regardfully

During my time in China and Thailand I learned that people there bow respectfully to somebody else, however, they do not yield. – Leaders accompany other people during the process of working. In this process leaders support other people to find their own resources and their own power. Leaders foster self-feedback and self-responsibility by doing [...]

Aug 16

Should It Be Lonely At The Top?

You probably have heard many times the phrase “It’s lonely at the top.” John Maxwell, the American leadership guru, states that “If you feel lonely at the top, you are not doing something right. Loneliness comes from personality, not from position.”
My own leadership experience confirms Maxwell’s statement. If you find yourself a lonely isolated leader, [...]

Aug 2

Servant Leadership – Forever Just a Claim?

The often quoted phrase of Robert K. Greenleaf´s essay “The Servant as Leader” directly leads into the dilemma we perceive when leadership is put into focus:
“It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one [...]

Jul 20

A Key Insight That I Got From Stephen Covey

Dr. Stephen Covey, internationally renowned author, leadership guru, and motivational speaker passed away on July 16, 2012 from complications following a bicycle accident in April. He was 79.
Through his books and his teachings he has impacted the lives of millions of people around the world. His best-known book “The 7 Habits of  Highly Effective [...]