Feb 15

In search of corporate values

Have you ever wondered where all these nice corporate value statements come from, that brighten up most of our meeting rooms, hallways, lobbies, elevators and even rest-rooms? Have you reflected over if they actually represent who we are as an organization and forms a part of what makes us unique and competitive on the market?
In [...]

Feb 8

Unearthing Young Talent

Over the years, I have developed a passion for inspriring young talents while working with them and unearthing their leadership and management talent. In today’s blog, I will focus only on the management internship model that I had developed at my previous company, Merck Thailand, not on our regular employees.
I feel privileged having had the [...]

Jan 28

Make It Work: Employer Branding II – Implement It!

Just at the moment, the shareholders of the companies I worked for understood that implementing employer branding will affect their whole company, internally and externally, they sometimes lost courage because they where – I guess – afraid of an all pervading change management and high investment. In this blog (and upcoming occasions) I will show [...]

Jan 22

Raks Thai Foundation and Merck Thailand: Evolving CSR – Partnerships

Many of you may not have heard about “Raks Thai Foundation” and are much more familiar with CARE International in Thailand. The two names actually refer to the same organization. CARE International Thailand (or CARE Thailand) began operating in Thailand since 1979, initially responding to the influx of Cambodian refugees along the Thai-Cambodian border and [...]

Jan 15

Balancing Life

When I recently went to Germany for Christmas and New Year holidays, I read in the plane an interesting article about Dr. Marijn Dekkers, the incoming CEO of the German pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer. What caught my eye in the story about this high-flying executive in the January edition of the German “Manager Magazin” [...]

Jan 8

Social Entrepreneurship – Changing Paradigms

Why am I doing it almost every day, five days a week or even more?
What is motivating me to do what I do almost every day of my life?
What is the vision for myself when I am doing it almost every day, and on the basis of which values, for which purpose?
What do I expect [...]

Dec 29

Caring Person AND Caring Manager!

During my research as a PhD interested in the intersection of corporate responsibility (CR) and leadership, I also came amongst a research stream labeled “ethical leadership”. One of the most impressive papers of that stream that I red has been published by Linda K. Treviño and colleagues in California Management Review in 2000 titled “Moral [...]

Dec 11

How to Care after Downsizing II

Two weeks ago, I said in part one of this blog, before establishing a new balance within a downsized organization or healing it a change of attitude of both, managers and employees, is necessary. This attitude should welcome a structural framework shaped by ambiguity and temporariness.
How to achieve a change in attitude?
We have to convey [...]

Dec 5

Developing An Appreciative Eye

I just came back from Kathmandu, Nepal where the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference was held. Over 400 people from more than 40 countries from NGOs (=Non-Governmental Organizations), institutions, Government, communities and business had attended the conference.
What is AI (=Appreciative Inquiry)? AI is a philosophy and a process that can be applied to any organizational change process or [...]

Nov 24

How to Care after Downsizing I

The signals we are receiving concerning global recession and crisis are ambiguous. Of course, hope is gaining ground after some devastating months. But still, a clear future trend is not to be seen as forecasts are often contradicting themselves.
Working in the automotive industry, supplying Daimler, Porsche, BMW and their big suppliers, especially medium-sized companies have [...]

Nov 16

Leading With The Heart

A few years ago, while waiting for a business visitor at The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel in Bangkok, I saw a big Christmas tree in the hotel lobby. I noticed that a lot of tags were hanging in the tree. I went closer to see what was written on them. Every tag had a serial [...]

Oct 28

Effective Leadership Communication

Mastering your skills in connecting with people by making them feel that they matter to you is a key element of caring leadership and is crucial to the success of any leader and any organization. Effective leadership communication typically increases trust and respect, can build morale and manage conflict, influences employees, can win hearts and [...]