Ingo Kallenbach

Worth reading: Reinventing organisations by Frederic Laloux (2014)

A good book. A big book. A revolutionary book. The reviews are outdoing each other. One thing is for sure: The author Laloux has succeeded in writing a fantastic book about the future organisation. Laloux? To be honest, his name was completely unfamiliar to us until then. He is Belgian with a McKinsey background and works as consultant and coach.

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New leadership and working culture: instructions versus cooperation

Leadership and working cultures are changing dramatically with significant consequences for the recruitment, retention and performance of all employees. Successful pioneering enterprises show where the way will lead in the future. For decision makers in companies this raises central challenges that need to be mastered while offering chances at the same time.

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What is on the agenda of English and Austrian managers?

For almost 18 years now, the renowned Roffey Park Institute based in London releases high-quality studies regarding the current challenges of managers in the UK. The results can be seen as a trend barometer, for the German labour market as well. So far there have been no similar studies in the German-speaking area. Now this has changed in cooperation with the Austrian colleagues of the Society for Personnel Development. We participated in this study and can pass on the results. Upon request we can forward both studies.

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Value-oriented leadership in the Healthy Organisation (4/7)

Value-oriented leadership is an important component in our concept of the Healthy Organisation. However, in day-to-day business life values often play merely a subordinate role. Companies often underestimate the relevance that values have for their employees. This usually has negative effects. Value-oriented leadership, thus, not only provokes that employees get fully involved with the company, but it fosters a positive economic development in the medium and long term. 

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"Die Revolution in der Führung" (The revolution in leadership) by Ruth Seliger (2014)

"Die Revolution in der Führung" (The revolution in leadership) by Ruth Seliger (2014)

 

The world changes - thankfully! And with it also the concepts of leadership. In this article we would like to introduce to you a book which describes one of the more innovative, serious approaches to modern leadership concepts: Positive Leadership (PL). Whether revolutionary is an open question. For regular readers of our Notes not truly new, but: now a new book on this subject has been released. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Bad leadership costs a lot of dough

Bad leadership costs money. A lot of money. Among other things this is revealed by the new figures of the Gallup Engagement Index 2014. As decision maker or responsible human resource developer you can nevertheless do a lot in order to achieve improvements.
The fact that people are attracted to a company by its (exclusive) brand and leave it because of bad leadership, is a common phenomenon, not only among HR representatives.

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How managers create high-performance cultures

Many companies throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council region fight for growth facing an economic unstable climate. Therefore, many of these companies have been pursuing very aggressive acquisition- and expansion plans over the last 5 years. This led to a unique situation confronting current managers with the task of uniting various cultures of former separate organisations in one big company.

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Positive Leadership in the Healthy Organisation (3/7)

In this third article of the series “Leadership in the Healthy Organisation“ we look into what we understand as positive leadership, which experiences and scientific background speak for this type of leadership and how positive leadership can be lived. 

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The Global Virtual Team (GVT)

Along with increasing internationalization of companies, the challenges of leading global teams have been increasing for years as well. As a result leadership is more and more taking place virtually. A side note: “virtual“ actually is not a suitable term, since it means artificial, fake. More appropriate would be to speak of “comprehensively across sites“. Nevertheless - communication takes place via phone or video conference, via e-mail or diverse other, often company-internal, chat functions or applications such as “WhatsApp“.

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"Systemisches Führen" (Systemic Leadership) by Frank Michael Orthey (2013)

Finally - one would like to say - a really recommendable book about systemic leadership. Almost a small miracle that it has taken so long, considering that systemic ideas have long since been a standard in the fields of personnel and leadership development programmes. As an observer of the scene one rather gets the impression that “systemic“ is “out“ and “long gone“.
Back to the book: it has almost 200 pages and was publisched by Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag in the “Systemic Management“ series.

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Unfolding potential - How to transform uninterested employees into engaged comrades-in-arms

Many talk about it, some are doing it already, others seem to have a hard time with it - how does potential development work in the end? Among decision-makers and HR officers this subject is at the top of the agenda. No wonder - it concerns nothing less but the success of the organisation. If we can make full use of human potentials, business booms. We have already pointed out this key success factor (KSF) in different places (article of 11-15-14, article of 06-20-14).

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Strategic leadership in the Healthy Organisation (2/7)

In the last 20 years there has been an increased interest (Yukl 2010) in “Strategic Leadership“ among top executives. Since this time the extent of the influence on top leadership bodies or even only on CEO is being discussed and tried to be proven (see e.g. Giambatista 2005). Definite proof - neither in one nor the other direction - does not exist, however. 

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Worth reading: "Führungsstark im Wandel" by Alexander Groth (2013)

This book occupies an interesting niche. There are many books about creating change processes in organisations, the largest part of which are - if at all - suitable for the top management or consultants only. For most employees and executives these publications only have a limited benefit since decisions to the largest extent are made and pushed through from the top to the bottom. Why develop one’s own vision, if everything is prescribed anyway?

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How high is the learning agility of your managers?

The world is rapidly changing - that is nothing new. Apple (!) is meanwhile being accused of a lack of innovation ability, companies such as Snapchat that have not yet brought in any euros in turnover are collecting investor’s funds of over more than 500 million dollars (the company value is estimated at 18 billion euros), public prosecutors have to break off processes, because they can no longer deal with the huge amounts of data. That sums up only a few of the news of these past days confirming the trends of our times.

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"Renewable" energy for exhausted organisations wanted!

How do you assess the energy level in your organisation? High? Low? Running out? How do employees talk about the company during an after-work-beer with friends? Do they gossip about how bad everything is, or do they talk about their daily office life with a positive attitude? And how high do you think is the engagement of your employees to really bring the company forward - not only with their own career in mind?