Aug 16

Team Effectiveness – 5 Basics to Achieve It

Most teams, from what I observe, do not work up to their full potential and possibility, although knowledge of how to build and lead teams is wide spread and well-known. Still, in many cases the knowledge is not applied during daily routine.
For the operative level of a single team I can tell from my experience [...]

Aug 2

We Will Win – Creating High Performance Teams

Leadership that gives teams the chance to define their own goals within defined givens, respects the people, gives them as much freedom as possible and supports participatory elements as Open-Space will create high performance teams.

Jul 19

10 Tips To Make Great Hiring Decisions

Your career will succeed or fail largely on your decisions regarding other people. Great leaders assemble outstanding teams to help them in achieving their company’s vision and implementing their strategy.
Here are 10 tips for making great hiring decisions:
1. Make sure that a standardized recruitment process is in place.
Every manager thinks that he can do well [...]

Jul 5

BCG´s Adaptive Leadership

„How can leaders chart a course through a turbulent environment when they cannot predict the outcomes of their choices?“- Answer to this question find three protagonists of the Boston Consulting Group´s office in New York – Roselinde Torres, Martin Reeves and Claire Love – condensing it to the notion of Adaptive Leadership.
The model of Adaptive [...]

Jun 21

Three Leadership Lessons To Be Learned From Juergen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund’s Champion Coach

Last month, Borussia Dortmund won the German “Bundesliga” football championship. No doubt that being a boyhood and lifelong supporter of Borussia Dortmund I am very happy about that. I was even lucky to be in the stadium together with my father and my son on the day Borussia won the championship. Borussia Dortmund became the [...]

Jun 7

Leadership and Islam – Lessons I Learned in Morocco

In April and May I attended a seminar of process oriented psychology on personal vision quest in Marrakech when a bomb exploded in a restaurant on the main square Djemaa El Fna killing 20 people. I was only 200 meters away and heard the blast without truly admitting to myself what happened until I saw [...]

May 10

The Emotionally Bonded Organization

I recently came across a highly interesting paper titled “The Emotionally Bonded Organization: Why Emotional Infrastructure Matters And How Leaders Can Build It” by Vijay Govindarajan, Professor of International Business at The Tuck School of Busines at Dartmouth College, and Subroto Bagchi, co-founder of MindTree, an Indian IT-company.
While reading the above 35 pages paper, I was [...]

Apr 11

Good Companies Create Triple Wins

When I read the March 2011 special issue on brands of “Absatzwirtschaft”,  Germany’s leading marketing journal, I was very happy when I came across an article by Achim Feige titled “Good Brands Create Triple Wins”. In that article, Feige states that it is no longer enough for a company to go only for profits. As [...]

Mar 28

Why Values Lead Leaders

Personal values are the reasons, why we do something or why we do not. They are the critical and unconsciously driving power within us motivating our actions and behavior. Values are our ethical framework in which we are living and moving. They are the basis for personal identity and identification. These days, shaped by the [...]

Mar 18

Employees First

When Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies, a global IT – services firm, published last year his book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down”, it caused quite a stir. Nayar’s mantra seems to reverse conventional business beliefs. In many companies, customer need is placed above all others – often at the sacrifice [...]

Mar 6

Leadership Challenge Young Talent

Do you know this impression: Wow, this young guy or girl is full of power, ambition, brightness, and confidence? Did you ask yourself the question: How can I lead and develop this agglomeration of energy and intelligence? And further: What do I do as a leader in order to integrate this – may be rules [...]

Feb 24

The Need For Lifelong Learning

Success in life depends on our ability to keep learning. That is true for students as well as for managers. Therefore, it is astonishing how few people seem to have embraced the idea of being a true learning person. I am observing again and again that employees and managers are stuck in day to day [...]