Aug 25

The Dark Side of Care I

Who does not know this inner impulse seeing somebody obviously in need and then addressing him: “May I help you?” Or more sublime: “Do you have enough support”. Or less sublime: “Why don’t you do it this way.” Or even: “I show you the right way.” And finally: “I will help you.”
So, what exactly is [...]

Aug 20

Kissing Your Kids Good Night

Leadership is an everyday task – not only in your business context, but also in your private life. It is about keeping your commitments you made to your customers, your colleagues, your managers, your friends or to your kids.

Aug 16

Reasoning on Resonance

Einstein said: „Although it is possible to describe everything in life scientifically, it would not make sense. Even more: it would be absolutely meaningless – as if one would try to describe a symphony of Beethoven as a variation of differing acoustic waves and their differing compression.”
So, what is resonance?
In the technical sense and much [...]

Aug 15

Missing Out On Employees’ Motivational Drivers

I just came across a great article in The McKinsey Quarterly 2009, Number 2 titled “The irrational side of change management” where  authors Carolyn Aiken and Scott Keller point out common pitfalls in change management. However, there is also a valuable lesson to be learned for leadership communication in general.
Many leaders seem to be unaware [...]

Aug 9

Employer Branding during Recession

Even senior managers – this is what I experience – misunderstand employer branding as a mere recruiting tool designed with the purpose of “selling” the employer to selected candidates. In this perceptive landscape the employment becomes a product sold by the company as employer. In this landscape a working contract – money for my time, [...]

Aug 8

Managers Solve Problems, Leaders Create Momentum

Last year, I attended a one day seminar of John C. Maxwell, the famous American leadership guru, who has sold more than 16 million books worldwide. I can say that he is one of the most gifted speakers I ever met. If you ever have the chance to meet him, go for it. He started [...]

Aug 2

Why Caring while Leading?

When I was returning from my summer holidays in South of France I found my seat just aside of a man around forty who was travelling with his wife and his kids. Apparently, the family was on their way home as well. I was reading the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, headline: VW takes over Porsche.
Having the [...]

Aug 1

Everybody Has His Own Comfort Zone

In May this year, I went on a safari holiday to South Africa. We spent nine days in the Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Daily, we went on game drives from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It was an amazing experience which we definitely will [...]