"Magic Skills for Leaders and High-Performance Teams!"
I coach and advise international executives.
After two and a half decades of leadership experience in media companies, I know why so many things go wrong in so many organizations. But above all I learned how to do it in a better way - and how to lead successfully.
Why are so many people unhappy in their jobs? The answer is simple: Very few really understand what makes people tick in organizations.
Many are stuck in magical thinking: "If I want something," thinks the boss, "then my employees have to do it!" And is surprised that it does not work. The team player thinks: "It is obvious what is the right thing to do - why don't we just do it?" And cannot understand that the others see it completely differently. Then comes frustration, followed by resignation and in many cases a mental cut with the job: "Nobody get’s it right here ..."
We are constantly stuck in the jungle of the organization. Moving but not making progress. This does not need to be the case - if everyone involved knows the laws of successful cooperation in an organization. There are few basic rules and, above all, there are recurring patterns to know and to obey. If everyone involved knew them, working life would be much easier and more successful.
Clear and understandable communication. Reflection and self-reflection. Working on your own patterns. Learning successful attitudes and actions. Good leadership is surprisingly straightforward and easy to implement.
It is one of the most beautiful professional experiences to get a team to fly. When the group is suddenly more than the sum of its parts. When there is an ascending dynamic and the performance soars.
Three simple steps to get there:
Clarify your professional roles!
It is extremely useful to keep asking yourself one simple question: What exactly am I here for? And, further-on: What does my company pay me for? Should I really be doing my colleague's job? Is it beneficial when the boss takes care of employees' jobs on an operational basis? Should our team compete with the neighboring team? What is my purpose as an employee - and what are my colleague's functions? Where do our roles complement each other and where do they overlap? Most of the time, people don’t ask such questions. And even more seldom they are transparently negotiated. But this is exactly what you should do: Enter a negotiation and clarify the different roles so that they complement each other as well as possible.
Take on your responsibility!
Once roles and responsibilities have been clarified, everyone knows what they have to do. And can get started right away. The boss no longer needs to direct everything. Every member of the team knows what is required in their respective position. But most importantly: All employees are responsible for the success of their area. And of course also receives the praise and laurels for it!
An irresistible strength arises from clarified roles and personal responsibility: Freedom. Everyone does their best at their place - because they know their job and their responsibility and because they have the freedom to do it their own way. In clarified roles there is no longer any need to compete - on the contrary, they are the prerequisite for relaxed and productive cooperation. Appreciation and bonds between the team members can develop: You are competent for your field, I am competent for mine. You leave me alone, I leave you alone. I can be as happy about your success as I am about my own. Teams suddenly become more than the sum of their members. An upward dynamic emerges: Commitment, appreciation, performance, joy. It is a delightful experience to see a team grow beyond itself in this way, enjoy success and have fun. Successful leadership is possible and it is actually easy to implement.
"Magic Skills for Leaders and High-Performance Teams!"
Journalist, manager, international executive coach and consultant.
Born in 1956, married, two grown children.
Teaching at Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) / Switzerland.
European Broadcasting Union (EBU) / Geneva: Faculty Member of EBU Academy (Masterclass "Leadership", Peer-to-peer reviews on Public Service Broadcasting Values SRF / Zurich, RTR / Chur, RTE / Dublin, Cesky Rozhlas / Prague).
Director-General of Radio Bremen (ARD) for ten years.
Editor-in-chief of the national news program "ZDF heute-journal".
Head of Program Management of television at Hessischer Rundfunk.
Program manager of the TV program “hr fernsehen” (Hessischer Rundfunk).
Program manager of the radio program „hr1 – Das Informationsradio“ (Hessischer Rundfunk).
ARD foreign correspondent for Czechoslovakia and the Iberian Peninsula.
Research trips to Central America, USA and the Philippines.
Radio reporter, editor and moderator at Hessischer Rundfunk.
Studies of history, politics and sociology (MA) in Freiburg, Berlin, Mexico D.F. and Frankfurt a.M.
Fellowship from the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst.
Community Service with Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste in Israel.
School attendance in Darmstadt and Mexico D.F., Abitur in Darmstadt.
Publications (among others)
Gut führen! Was Führungskräfte erfolgreich macht (zusammen mit Dr. Friedrich Mautsch), Schäffer / Poeschel Stuttgart 2019
Die Nase im Wind des Medienwandels!, Interview, textintern Dezember 2017
Bei uns ist das Volk - Die Bedeutung von Qualitätsmedien in unsicheren Zeiten, Medienkorrespondenz 22/2017
Inseln der Glaubwürdigkeit – Der Auftrag der Zukunft, epd medien 09.06.2017
Radio Bremen wird von allen verteidigt – Älteste ARD-Anstalt auf dem Weg zu einem trimeldialen Medienhaus, Interview, pro media 5/2015
Das Beispiel Radio Bremen – Öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk im digitalen Zeitalter, MedienWirtschaft 1/2913
Soziale Nähe – Der Einfluss der Politik bei den öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten, Funkkorrespondenz 41-42 /2011
Unsere Hausaufgaben, Interview, Funkkorrespondenz, 12/2009
Auf dem Weg zur Annexion – Die Zukunft von Westbank und Gaza-Streifen nach zwei Jahrzehnten israelischer Besatzung (Hrg.), Schriftenreihe Deutsch-Israelischer Arbeitskreis für Frieden im Nahen Osten (Band 13) 1986
Mexiko – Die versteinerte Revolution (Hrg. zusammen mit Irina Buche und Rainer Schell), Lamuv Verlag Bornheim-Merten 1985
This Land is Our Land – The Westbank under Israeli Occupation (zusammen mit Martin Orth und Christian Sterzing), ZED Press London 1983
Das ist unser Land – Westbank und Gaza-Streifen unter israelischer Besatzung (zusammen mit Martin Orth und Christian Sterzing), Lamuv Verlag Bornheim-Merten 1980
Foto: © Khalil Baalbaki - Czech Radio 2018