Jun 7

What Were Your Career-Defining Moments?

Have you ever spent time to think about what your career-defining moments were? We all have experienced in our life moments, decisions and events that had a major impact on our career. These moments define who we are, what we value and what we stand for. They determine how we and also others see ourselves. [...]

May 24

Successful Business Coaching Means Selecting the Right Coach

In recent years the coaching market was growing rapidly since it became a psycho-social profession in business on its own. This new profession, the business coach, roots in both professional fields: psychotherapy and business consulting. Thus, a professional business coach has to be able to respond to questions concerning personal development as well as organizational [...]

May 10

The Importance Of An Effective Learning And Development Approach

Sadly, a few weeks ago, Dr. Hermann-Peter Weicht, a very good friend and former colleague of mine, passed away. He has had a major impact on my life, since he was a great source of inspiration for me.
Professionally, he had more impact on me than anybody else. He took a deep interest in areas like [...]

Apr 26

Career versus Family? – New Mindsets Require New Approaches for Employer Branding and Talent Management

What young talents perceive are heart attacks of their superiors when they are in their mid-fortees, not rarely with lethal ending, divorces, residential school for kids, working days with ten hours and more as daily experience, black berry availability 24 hours seven days a week, including holidays.
What for? – Money, power, prestige.
Money, power, and prestige [...]

Apr 11

Strive For Balance In Your Life

When I was recently sitting together with my ten year old son Jomar in the living room, both of us reading a book, after a moment of hesitation and consideration, I decided to do with him an exercise that I had just read about.
I asked him: “Imagine that you are 100 years old and on [...]

Mar 29

Mission and Future of Human Resource Management

What do you tell graduates full of idealism what they might expect becoming a human resource manager? And what do you tell senior HR staff full of experience and not rarely full of frustration how the future of HR looks like and what their contribution needs to be?
Both, the young and the elder, have to [...]

Mar 15

Who Cares? About You!

As you visit this website you expect to read about caring leadership. I then assume you all are in a managing position or expect to be in a management position someday soon.
So what do you expect to learn from a website about caring leadership? Maybe some guidelines how to deal with your team. Maybe some [...]

Mar 1

The 15 Laws Of Personal Growth

Last week, I participated in a leadership training and certification program of John C. Maxwell in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A. John is an internationally highly respected leadership expert, speaker, coach and author who has sold more than 20 million books.
On his 65th birthday on February 20, 2012, he taught us the main lessons of [...]

Feb 1

How To Play To Your Strengths

When I came across the January / February edition of Harvard Business Review whose focus is on the value of employee happiness, I noticed that it also contained an article written by Gretchen Spreitzer, professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan. That reminded me of an executive education program that I had [...]

Jan 17

My Precious: Integrity

“The word ‘integrity’ stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete)”, it reads in the English version of Wikipedia. “In this context, integrity is the inner sense of ‘wholeness’ deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character“, as well as truthfulness and accountability. “As such, one may judge that others ‘have integrity’ to [...]

Jan 3

Happiness, The Ultimate Currency

At the beginning of the year, a lot of us are setting our personal goals. Often, these goals are centered around the topic material wealth. How much money we want to make in the upcoming year, buying a new home or purchasing a more prestigious car, going for that top job etc.
What we often overlook [...]

Dec 20

Is Your Strategy Ready to Work Out?

The end of the year is near and management teams and their business units meet in order to outline next year´s and years´ planning and strategy. It is the season of performance reviews and soon of bonus calculating. It is the time to check lessons learned and if ambitions have been achieved. Annual reports sum [...]