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.

Ingo Kallenbach

Do motivated employees really perform best?

Mark Murphy, Manager of the US consulting firm Leadership IQ, had reasonable doubts concerning this statement and checked it. 
By means of a questionnaire he assessed the motivation of employees in about 200 US companies. In addition, Murphy recieved data from the respective companies regarding the performance of the employees questioned. 

Ingo Kallenbach

Book recommendation: Business Model You

This time our book recommendation is from the field of career guidance and "Life Styling". After the successful predecessor "Business Model Generation", management book of the year 2011, the authors Clark, Osterwalder & Pigneur (2013) have written the book Business Model You, which stands out from the vast crowd of career guides. 

Ingo Kallenbach

Wellbeing: small change - big effect


Who would have figured? Even small changes in the wellbeing of employees have a big effect on their performance! 

The fact that wellbeing at the workplace correlates with work performance nowadays no longer astonishes anyone. However, the fact that even small changes have measurable results lets the reader rub his eyes. And for us it is worth writing an article about. 

Ingo Kallenbach

Competence Diagnostics - Emotional Intelligence

Through Goleman's book Emotional Intelligence (1995) the approach of an intelligent organization and its members got popularised. According to modern studies leadership success depends up to 90% on the personal and social skills - the Emotional Intelligence - of leaders. Therefore, it is important to be literate with emotional skills.

Ingo Kallenbach

Mentoring Programme Management

Mentor is a character in Homer's Odysee. He is the wise advisor, counsellor and supporter, who looked after Telemach, the son of Odysseus whilst he was away. Today, mentoring stands for a relationship between individuals, who work together in role learning and knowledge transfer. Many examples of mentoring relationships in different cultures do exist, for example the Guru in India, the Master in China, the Village Elder in Africa or the Tribal Elder in North America.

Ingo Kallenbach

Internal resignation threatens the ability for innovation of German enterprises

The Gallup Engagement Index 2012 shows: German employees are only little committed with their employers - an alarming result. 

A quarter (24%) of the persons employed have already internally resigned and 61% practice simply work-to-rule. Only 15% of the persons employed are emotionally high engaged to their employer and attach volutarily to its goals. 

Ingo Kallenbach

Quo vadis Leadership Development?

The principles of "Lean Management" (read more in The Machine that changed the World : The Story of Lean Production) in 1990 led to the wide distribution of an approach that basically goes back to the methods of the Toyota Production System, which today still is considered as being leading in this field. As part of the introduction of lean processes for quality improvement and the avoidance of wastefulness there also is a trend towards lean leadership in the field of leadership development. The concept of Lean Leadership developed within the Lean Management philosophy of Toyota and already exists for some time now. 

Ingo Kallenbach

Personnel development for small budgets & potential sponsorship

Reflect sees itself as specialist for personnel developments in small and medium-sized businesses with small budgets since they often lack company-own personnel development. Usually they have neither the structure nor the budget to continuously guarantee good personnel development work. In good times individual employees or complete departments are sent to externally organized seminars, which causes high costs and the contribution of the company often is not recognizable. In bad times employees simply are not being further developed.