‚Being Right Is Not Enough‘ – How to Be a #Change Agent as an ‘Invisible Leader’

My then-client Nick Lakin and I wrote and published our Book ‘Corporate Community Involvement – The Definitive Guide’ for Greenleaf and Stanford University Press in 2009/2010. The final chapter was about how to instigate #change and #transformation inside the company towards sustainable business practice. We were honored to interview for that chapter Dr. Mark Wade, […]

‘The value of ignorance’ – or who do I trust?

A contact of mine shared a link to this article about that new person being in charge of national education in that big country across the pond ‘teaching the value of ignorance‘. That title really made me think – first of all about: What is a value? Still not exactly sure how to define it […]

The Times They Are A-Changin’*

The organizational theorist Ralph Stacey speaks about ‚bounded instability‘ – a very useful notion, I find. We need certain scaffoldings, holding structures – and a certain level of flexibility and freedom to move within those structures. Every once in a while, also the structures need adjustment. Now, if there is too much structure, holding us […]

‘Uni-Abschlüsse braucht kein Mensch – sie sagen nichts über späteren Berufserfolg!’

(Dear Readers, for once a blog post in German, as this concerns particularly German society:) ‚Uniabschlüsse braucht kein Mensch – laut Ernst & Young sagt der Studienabschluss nichts über späteren Erfolg im Beruf’ – dies ist ein schöner kleiner Artikel, den ich als ‚mutige selbst Betroffene ohne lückenlose Bildungskette‘ gern weiter verbreite, denn gerade die […]

Does this make sense? Hollywood producer campaigns to find cure for daughters’ rare disease

Please forgive me for, for once, not dedicating a blog post to Corporate Responsibility, consulting, coaching, or leadership training – but instead to a topic that has affected me personally. In order to read on, you will first have to click this link to get the story (and perhaps also watch the video there). This […]

The Real Self, the Other, and the Community – Are You Connected?

What early experiential learning can be good for …: In the year 2000, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Nokia launched their global Community Involvement program, at the time called ‘Make a Connection – to yourself, your peers, and your community’. On the Nokia side, I had the privilege to operationally run this program and […]

Sustainability, leadership, empathy, mindfulness – what have they all got to do with each other?

I have tried to really condense my thinking on this into a few short sentences. So here you go: Sustainability must include sustainable leadership – and that means ethical, participatory leadership. Lead in a circle, consider the concerns of stakeholders and allow/hear/consider/think with their voices, starting with your employees. We must accompany managers on their […]