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 [...]

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 [...]

Oct 11

Leadership as Self-Discovery

Identity, life and learning are closely linked when it comes to the discovery of ourselves, especially when we embody a leading position. Crucial is the fact, that the leader is capable to make himself object of his perception. This is the necessary prerequisite to unfold the capability to reflect oneself as a leader – and: [...]

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 [...]

Aug 30

What You Can Learn About Leadership From Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga as a role model for corporate leaders? Doesn’t that sound strange? Typically, executives believe that there is nothing to learn from artists as they are too far away from the business world. However, three management academics, Jamie Anderson and Joerg Reckhenrich of Antwerp Management School (Belgium) and Martin Kupp of the European School [...]

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 [...]