May 27

Developing Your Leadership Point of View

I just finished reading the book “Helping People Win At Work: A Business Philosophy Called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help me Get an A” by Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge. One tool described in the book caught my eye and made me do some search on it.
According to research by Noel Tichy, the American leadership [...]

May 17

Awareness – A Flashlight on Process Work and Leadership

About two years ago, a friend of mine, who is leadership coach and as well process worker, got me acquainted with the notion of process and world work as Arnold Mindell and his associates have developed it during the last 30 years. I was so fascinated by this approach to organizational change and conflict management [...]

May 5

Leading With A Green Heart

Sunday morning, 7.15 a.m. The first employees and customers of Merck Ltd., Thailand arrive at the registration booths that were set up in Benjasiri Park nearby the company’s office. Some of them bring along their spouses, children and friends. Upon registration, everybody receives a blue Merck Thailand Volunteer polo shirt, special shoes and tools.
At 8 a.m., 10 [...]

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 [...]

Apr 19

What’s Your Sentence?

Daniel Pink, one of my favourite authors, has recently released a new book titled “Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” in which he makes a strong, science-based case for rethinking motivation. In “Drive”, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:
Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives
Mastery – the urge [...]

Apr 12

Crushing Caring Leadership

Recently, I experienced in two different settings outside my company a crisis of caring leadership. In one case, I myself was in the lead, in the other I was observing the issue not being directly involved. In both cases, the representatives of caring leadership were failing to hold up to their standard and image, promoting [...]

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 16

A Mindset for Double Digit Sales Growth

In my previous company, we achieved under my leadership in 16 years 13 times profitable double digit sales growth. We were able to outperform the Thai GDP – growth year by year by a clear margin. The huge majority was organic sales growth. We achieved this during the period from 1993 -2008. This period even [...]

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 [...]

Mar 1

Providing Meaning and Purpose

One of my all time favourite articles is ”How to Put Meaning Back into Leading”  by Joel M. Podolny, Rakesh Khurana and Marya Hill-Popper (Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, 2005). They emphasize that a leader’s ability to forge new meaning and purpose for an organization and its employees is a key criteria for leadership effectiveness. Unfortunately, [...]

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 [...]