I love change – and lectures or key notes are effective tools for this. Lectures set the necessary impulses for a transformation. Key notes stimulate your thinking and shake up your beliefs and routines.
My job as speaker stands on two pillars. On one hand I draw on my experience as an interim manager, who has to act under time pressure to turn an unknown organization around. On the other hand, I benefit from my techniques and experiences as a rescue diver, that have taught me how to survive under pressure.
From my perspective, both experiences are connected to the reality and challenges in our companies. My topics include leadership under pressure, cultural change, increasing productivity, change and transformation.
My passion is the interplay of values, rules of the game, language and people in flexible - and therefore viable - organisations.
My distinguishing attribute: I question well-known concepts and supposedly self-evident knowledge, draw deeply from my practical experience, consult from literature and research - and communicate my ideas with power and impact.
Let's unleash the spirit of your company and the people who lead it. Sustainability develops on the foundation of a company culture that is continually stimulated by external ideas.
Managing under pressure: lessons from a rescue diver and interim manager
As an interim manager, I’m working under extreme conditions: I’m called at short notice and have to start working in hostile and unknown conditions – and all this within a limited time frame. These are a mix of requirements, that I know well from my diving and survival missions in unknown waters.
From the experience gained in these two fields, I have acquired a unique view of what it means to act under pressure.
In this lecture I demonstrate how managers
- can quickly assess even the most complex situations
- perceive unclear signals and interpret them correctly
- take confident and courageous decisions in uncertain situations
- communicate efficiently and effectively
- coordinate power and breath, in order to focus.
I use practical examples to illustrate what leads to success and what does not when managing under pressure and in uncharted waters.
I guarantee ‘Aha-moments’ when discussing why those of us in business and management are increasingly experiencing 'burn out' and what needs to be done about it.
I give practical tips on how managers develop more ‘punch’ and impact in their demanding daily life.
You’ll find deeper insights into the topic by visiting:
Blog article "Changement - Wucht und Wirkung im Turnaround"
(only in German)
The unleashed organisation -
shedding the game rules, unleashing the spirit
Why aren't we equipped with the creativity we would like? Why can we only succeed with incremental innovation? These are key questions for businesses today, preoccupying a host of innovation managers and keeping management on their toes. Driven by the consumer, companies fall into a tetany or diarrhoea of micro-incremental innovations.
For me, the sometimes predominant lack of ideas in companies is an expression of an intellectual “corset”. We are forced into a set of rules that takes our breath away. We demand conformity from our employees while requesting an intellectual race to the top. I talk about these rules and dogmas and I point out solutions that generate an intellectual lightness in companies.
My approach: unleashing creativity by reducing the amount of game rules. We need rules that support rather than hinder; rules that are relevant for employees and customers and whose number is the necessary minimum. “Enjoy fun through freedom” creates unleashing.
"“The spirit wants to soar, not lie in chains”.
Do you think that the Babylonian language confusion exists only in the Bible? Then, ask some of your employees how they define productivity or performance. You could also ask your managers about the criteria of a “good” sales pitch or about a "highly productive” employee. You will be astonished and maybe even very afraid.
Language is the most powerful instrument of human culture. If you don’t create a corporate language, you miss the opportunity to shape the corporate culture which fosters a united cross-company view, through culture-energizing key terms.
In my presentation I will show through personal real-life experiences, the strange results from a non-synchronised corporate language. I will also show you an easy-to -implement way of establishing a general shared corporate language and the resulting corporate culture. Additionally, this can deliver tangible economic benefits that are an added value to sales and viability.
With me, you can question terms like performance, productivity, customer focus and innovation.
Leadership in turbulent times
Is there a difference between guiding people in stormy times as compared to a smooth sea on a sunny day? I say there is, and will demonstrate this using the stages of a company’s lifecycle. From these I derive my principles of successful leadership.
These principles, when consistently applied by management during quieter business periods, help the company avoid a storm altogether. It’s a matter of anticipating the future - of foreseeing the future in fluid corporate structures. In so doing, a company can avert a crisis before it even arises.
In my lecture I also explain how important clarity, transparency and appreciation are for my understanding of my role as a manager and for my life as a helmsman – whether at sea or at the helm of a corporation. In doing so, I show you that leadership is a deeply context-related process.
Let me invite you on a journey of thought and let's set sail together. You will gain a changed understanding of leadership and company situation, and thereby increase your impact within the organisation.