Apr 26

Growing Yourself Is Like Riding a Motorbike

I know many managers who are doing motorsports. In my company, for example, a CEO, two department mangers and myself will go on tour into the Italian Dolomites in the beginning of July, rejoicing speed, focus, challenge, company, nature, and intensity which sum up, I´d say, to fun and joy.
In order to prepare myself for [...]

Mar 31

Realising Strengths

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses”, Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener stated during a recent seminar organized by ENPEO Consulting in Bangkok where he and myself were the two keynote speakers. The title of the seminar was “Positive Leadership – Impact on Organization and Business Results”. While Robert shared the latest [...]

Mar 22

Why Marketing and Culture Need to Amalgamate

Ten years ago, student a second time, I started a new professional career as management consultant. My first job was a project called “Employer Branding” at Merck Thailand in Bangkok.
Twelve years ago, McKinsey just started to talk about the “War for Talent”. I remember the article by Elisabeth Chambers, which Heinz Landau, MD of Merck [...]

Mar 8

Make It Work: Employer Branding IV – Retain Them!

What are you doing to retain those who are the best fitting people in your various business contexts? Those who are most promising with their potentials aligning to your strategy? After having identified them, how do you deal with various target groups, age groups, potential segments, and career paths? How do you do that in [...]

Feb 22

Make It Work: Employer Branding III – Be Perceived as Top Employer!

Let´s presume you have executed surveys. You now know what you are currently offering and what you should offer as top employer in the perception of your existing workforce. Let´s presume you have an action plan in your hand whose execution will close up the gap that still might keep you away from internally being [...]

Feb 8

Unearthing Young Talent

Over the years, I have developed a passion for inspriring young talents while working with them and unearthing their leadership and management talent. In today’s blog, I will focus only on the management internship model that I had developed at my previous company, Merck Thailand, not on our regular employees.
I feel privileged having had the [...]

Jan 28

Make It Work: Employer Branding II – Implement It!

Just at the moment, the shareholders of the companies I worked for understood that implementing employer branding will affect their whole company, internally and externally, they sometimes lost courage because they where – I guess – afraid of an all pervading change management and high investment. In this blog (and upcoming occasions) I will show [...]

Jan 8

Social Entrepreneurship – Changing Paradigms

Why am I doing it almost every day, five days a week or even more?
What is motivating me to do what I do almost every day of my life?
What is the vision for myself when I am doing it almost every day, and on the basis of which values, for which purpose?
What do I expect [...]

Dec 29

Caring Person AND Caring Manager!

During my research as a PhD interested in the intersection of corporate responsibility (CR) and leadership, I also came amongst a research stream labeled “ethical leadership”. One of the most impressive papers of that stream that I red has been published by Linda K. Treviño and colleagues in California Management Review in 2000 titled “Moral [...]

Dec 11

How to Care after Downsizing II

Two weeks ago, I said in part one of this blog, before establishing a new balance within a downsized organization or healing it a change of attitude of both, managers and employees, is necessary. This attitude should welcome a structural framework shaped by ambiguity and temporariness.
How to achieve a change in attitude?
We have to convey [...]

Dec 5

Developing An Appreciative Eye

I just came back from Kathmandu, Nepal where the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference was held. Over 400 people from more than 40 countries from NGOs (=Non-Governmental Organizations), institutions, Government, communities and business had attended the conference.
What is AI (=Appreciative Inquiry)? AI is a philosophy and a process that can be applied to any organizational change process or [...]

Nov 24

How to Care after Downsizing I

The signals we are receiving concerning global recession and crisis are ambiguous. Of course, hope is gaining ground after some devastating months. But still, a clear future trend is not to be seen as forecasts are often contradicting themselves.
Working in the automotive industry, supplying Daimler, Porsche, BMW and their big suppliers, especially medium-sized companies have [...]