Ingo Kallenbach

No spontaneous attendance at the Emotional Intelligence Workshop in the Cyberforum possible – event completely booked out

The workshop by Alexandra Cornelius and Ingo Kallenbach on the subject of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the Cyberforum Karlsruhe on January 23rd, 2014, attracted a great deal of interest. The aim of this presentation was to explain the concept of emotional intelligence and its significance for the working world. The five areas of emotional intelligence were laid out and defined to the participants. Generational shifts, changing working conditions and working demands as well as many other factors all call for emotionally intelligent leaders and employees. How high do you think your EQ is?

Ingo Kallenbach

For people interested in Positive Psychology

On the basis of modern neuroscience Positive Psychology offers diverse methods and concepts that can be put to practice in the areas of coaching, consulting, leadership and organizational development. Subjects include such central topics as personal strengths orientation, potential maximisation, flow or long-term “joie de vivre“.

Ingo Kallenbach

“Here’s looking at you, kid“

In times of globality and full calendars, the temptation of dealing with things via e-mail, text message, phone, “messenger“, “whats app“, Skype or video conference, in order to save time is very big. Essential aspects of communication hereby get lost on the way. The danger of misunderstandings inevitably increases. There are numerous studies that confirm the superiority of communication from eye to eye over all other forms (phone, e-mail, video conference).

Ingo Kallenbach

Executives want short-form development offers

A current survey of the German Managers’ Confederation (ULA) among 312 executives shows quite clearly: The trend towards short formats regarding further education is unbroken. It revealed that the leaders were one-day seminars with 43% and two-day seminars with 34% of the participants in 2013. Short workshops of two to three hours were at 4th place, tightly after E-learning offers: 28% of the participants used such offers in 2013. Furthermore, 18% of the people questioned took part in at least one webinar. Coaching was at 5th place with 16%.

Ingo Kallenbach

Who still needs HR specialists today?

For almost 10 years now one has been able to observe on a global basis that the responsibility for human resource tasks, especially in the field of so-called “talent management“ is increasingly shifted from the HR departments to the executives (see Cappelli in HBR 11/2013).

An Australian study from 2005 revealed that in 70% of all companies the heads of department have taken on a big part of HR tasks over the last 5 years.

Ingo Kallenbach

The health conflict

You as a reader of our Notes knows that we feel very strongly about the “healthy organisation“. After we have concentrated on the parameters of a “healthy strategy“ in one of our last Notes, in this issue of our notes we would like to unfold some challenges and ideas for establishing a “healthy culture“.

Most people would say that health in companies is important. In naming concrete measures, opinions often differ, however. Why is that?

Ingo Kallenbach

Season’s greetings from Reflect

We wish all of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We thank you for your partnership and loyalty in 2013 and are very much looking forward to seeing you again next year. We will be back in the office on January 7th, 2014. 

Best wishes, 
Your Reflect Team

Ingo Kallenbach

Mindfulness as protection from stress and mental overload


The number of employees talking about psychic stress in their companies grows constantly. We occasionally reported about this fact in other notes already. A well-proven protection from such psychic stress is given by trainings in the area of mindful meditation. Today, the demand of those meditation trainings booms. 

Ingo Kallenbach

Book recommendation: "David Rock: Your Brain at Work"

Our recommendation for anyone who has always wanted to find out how our brain functions is the book Your Brain at Work by David Rock. If you neglect the rather unspectacular title of the book, the author actually succeeds in illustrating what happens in one of our most important organs while we work. It becomes clear, why there are certain things that we are capable of doing in parallel, and other things, that demand our full concentration.

Ingo Kallenbach

The Management Agenda 2013 - the concerns of British managers

To be honest: 2013 is about to end, but nevertheless we think it is worth to hint in this Note at a study pointing out what is important to the managers from the British Isles. As a sophisticated personnel manager or entrepreneur you should find a lot of hints how to develop your organisational culture, leadership development or talent management to clearly distinguish yourself from your competitors.

Ingo Kallenbach

Introduction of the new BASF Competency Model

Reflect accompanies the European rollout for the introduction of the new competency model at BASF SE. The new competencies translate the strategic principals and values of BASF into concrete action. Reflect coaches the executives in the application and implementation of the new competency model. We are very much looking forward to this cooperation in such an exciting thematic field!

Ingo Kallenbach

Can a "healthy" strategy really be economically successful?

A key factor for our concept of a "Healthy Organisation" is a healthy strategy. We have laid out this concept in detail on our Reflect Day (see our note on the Reflect Day). According to our opinion, an organisation can only be really healthy if the targets associated with the strategy take into account the financial success as well as the responsibility towards employeescustomers,society and the environment;

Ingo Kallenbach

So much for a "typical woman"


A new world-wide study does away with common myths why women do worse regarding career and payment than their male colleagues: 

Women are less demanding regarding their career: As if! They demand career opportunities almost as much as men do and actively work for them - by themselves: already after a few years the men clearly have the edge over the women.

Ingo Kallenbach

Reflect Day

On September 23rd, 2013 - one day after the German parliamentary elections - we introduced our model, the Healthy Organisation, and the subjects related to this topic for the first time within the scope of our Reflect Day. The healthy organisation - a central theme of our work - may serve as a useful blueprint for companies. It demonstrates how to bring a company on a healthy course: by means of healthy, economic profits, healthy employees and healthy processes.