Ingo Kallenbach

Conference "Positive Psychology in Economy"

On September 25th -26th, 2014, the University of Koblenz-Landau organised a symposium on the subject of “Positive Psychology in Economy“. An introduction of Positive Leadership by Prof. Dr. Utho Creusen was followed by a practical example presented by Ingo Kallenbach (Reflect) and Jens Rehwinkel (Executive Board of ec4u).

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How do you find your talents? A plea for potential management

One of the biggest challenges of companies is selecting and promoting talents. In particular among potential leaders it is for many different reasons becoming more and more difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. While in the first millenniums the focus was on finding the “fittest“ (physical properties such as size, strength etc.), intelligence and experience were added to the relevant selection criteria in the middle of the 20th century.

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Leadership connects, creates, unfolds

In the last part of our series on the setup of a Healthy Organisation (HO) we focus on the power and influence of leadership. Leaders occupy key positions in which they decide on the future strategic orientation, determine structures, and influence culture in their doing. They have a significant influence on the relations of the co-workers amongst each other, the efficiency of processes and the wellbeing and engagement of the employees.

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Worth reading: Don't Stay in Your Own Way! Overcoming Mental Blockades. Dehner & Dehner.

What did Boris Becker already say ages ago? Words to the following effect: Decisive for winning or losing is what happens between the two ears. Success is often produced in the head and this holds not only true for sports. The two authors Renate and Ulrich Dehner have written a book about the stress caused by one’s own “mental cinema“ and how it can be overcome. Everyone is familiar with sentences such as “You can’t do this anyway“, “this can only happens to me“ or even “I am too old / too young / too stupid… for this“.

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What makes employees healthy?

With this note we expand our small series on the Healthy Organisation (HO): The healthy employee. He or she resembles the “fuel“ of a company. If the personnel is impaired in their efficiency due to physical or mental stress, this is not only borne by the individual (Who wants to suffer from burn-out or chronic back pain?), but it costs the German economy annually up to 75 billion €. Which conditions must be fulfilled in order that employees are able to work “healthy“ in the long run? Two central aspects need to be mentioned here:

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Trend reversal regarding employee engagement?

For the first time since the introduction of the “Employee Engagement Index“ (Gallup Institute) in the year 2001, a positive trend concerning employee engagement can be recognised in Germany: The percentage of non-engaged employees has decreased from 24% to 17%! This decline possibly reflects the tendency in German companies of putting the organisational structure more in the focus.

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La Mannschaft

54, 74, 90, 2014: Germany is World Soccer Champion again! Teams with such ingenious individualists like Neymar or Ronaldo had no chance against “our 23“.
Team spirit seems to promote cooperative behaviour and thus also performance. This is not only true for soccer but also for work. The research trio John List (University of Chicago), Uri Gneezy (University of California) and Andreas Leibbrandt (Monash University) compared two fishing villages in the World Cup host country Brazil regarding their team spirit.

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A plea for the combination of meaningful mentoring matching methods

In formal mentoring programmes experienced specialists and executives share their expertise and experience with mostly younger employees; it is therefore an interaction between individuals, on the basis of role learning and knowledge transfer. Benefits are on both sides: the development of the high potential and the leadership capability as well as the role strengthening of experienced mentors.

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Worth reading: Leaders, Fools and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leaders. Manfred Kets de Vries.

Whoever wants to focus more closely on the psychology of leadership, its temptations, pictures, motives and expectations, should consider reading the book with the provocative title “Leaders, Fools and Impostors" by Kets de Vries. The author, professor at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, explores in particular the interaction of expectations between leaders and their employees as well as the influences of power on the personality of the leader. This book is based on the reflections of the author’s own experiences taken from his consulting processes with leaders and findings from psychoanalysis.

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Manager Panel 2014: What are the current top subjects in HR policy for the German "hidden champions"?

In a study (which can be requested from us) performed at the end of 2013 665 decision-makers of small and medium-sized technology-minded companies were questioned. Their products belong to the best in the world, although they are mostly unknown to the consumers. Unlike major corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises often have a hard time recruiting specialists and executives, because the lack of reputation and unfavorable locations often have a negative influence.

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How crazy are our top managers?

 Top managers have a great deal of responsibility, because they often largely contribute to the success and / or failure of their company. There is no question that top managers occupy key positions and are, thus, key persons that require special support. The question is rather what kind of support is suitable and accepted by the respective people? Often many different personality types belong to this special group of people. Which characteristic features must be considered, if you want to coach all these narcissistic, manic-depressive, passive-depressive and alexithymic people (according to the analysis of the renowned INSEAD professor, psychoanalytic and executive coach Kets de Vries in the German HBR 05/2014?

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How do we define "healthy relationships"?

In our 5th part of unfolding the concept of a Healthy Organisation we focus on healthy relationships. Relationships represent the operative connecting link between the abstract terms structure (as the “engine“ of an organisation) and culture (as the “soul“ of an organisation).

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Worth reading: Niels Pfläging - Organisation for Complexity

“When Pfläging shakes up the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands“ - quoting the Financial Times Germany, back when it still existed. If only one they had listened to Pfläging, one could assume that it would still exist. He - Pfläging - has written a new book: Organisation for Complexity.

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On the path to success - building on strengths or eliminating weaknesses?

The German saying "Stärken stärken und Schwächen schwächen" (strengthening strengths and weakening weaknesses) is one of the most common bonmots in the personnel development scene. What lies behind this? What is truth – what myth? Particularly the Germans seem to get pleasure from “healing” the weaknesses of others, even if it hurts.

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"Healthy leadership" available as app for tablet PCs

Apps play an increasing part in our occupational and personal lives. On the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs an online-portal called “Psychological Health in the working world“ („Psychische Gesundheit in der Arbeitswelt - psyGA) was established which offers a lot of helpful information concerning occupational health issues. The latest product is an app addressing managers that have an affinity for “healthy leadership“.