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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dec 8

I Have a Dream – A Sustainable Leadership Model in the Political Arena

It is December 08th, 2026.
The leaders of our world achieved a breakthrough in mastering the climate change.
The solid cooperation between the new economic powers in the east, South America, the United States and the “old world” has been celebrated for the 10th year.
Nations and different cultures learned how to cooperate for the survival of our [...]

Nov 21

Leading In A Crisis

After having overcome successfully the impact of the global financial crisis, leaders in Thailand are now facing a different kind of crisis. Natural disaster has put one third of the country under water. Many people, not only upcountry, but also in Bangkok, currently cannot live in their homes anymore. Hundreds of factories have been shut down since weeks and for several months to come. The economic as well as the human impact of the flood will be huge.

Nov 8

What Do Successful Leaders Need to Engage People and Excel?

The answer is simple – they need:

Leadership skills and methods that support individuals, groups, and organizations to outperform
A clear picture of their own task, role and path that inspires others and creates endurance
A self reflected inner why based on personal vision and personal strengths

The way a leader thinks and behaves – expression of his identity [...]

Oct 25

What To Ask The Person In The Mirror

I recently read an excellent book by Robert S. Kaplan titled “What to ask the person in the mirror – critical questions for becoming a more effective leader and reaching your potential”. The book became immediately my favourite book on leadership. I believe it will become a leadership classic.
The book is full of actionable advice [...]

Sep 27

Holding Effective Off-Site Team Meetings

Today I want to share with you some tips about a leadership and management tool that I found of great value: off-site team meetings.
They can be very beneficial, provided they are conducted the right way. In this article, I am referring to team meetings when you take the sub-ordinates that work for you out of [...]

Sep 15

Excellence in Employer Branding: Awarded Top Employer – Again

After more than four years of consequent work, it is our strategic HR vision on the long run, which made us, the XTRONIC GmbH, successful again in attracting and binding engineers in the tight German labour market of engineers and technicians: “To be among Germany´s TOP 100 employers in our segment in 2015 by excelling [...]