I describe myself as a ‘reflective practitioner’ in the area of organization development, as well as a ‘professional schizofrenic’.
A reflective practitioner
A ‘reflective practitioner’, because I am not interested in academic theories per se, but concern myself with the question how theoretical concepts can be implemented in the workplace to enhance the performance of individuals and organizations.
The reason for this is that I am passionate about unlocking human potential to enable businesses to become the best they can be.
This does not only stem from my natural curiosity and professional interest in business, but also from my belief that the success of organizations, the development of individuals, and the well-being of our society, are intrinsically linked.
I strongly believe organizations can serve as vehicles for, what Carl Jung called, ‘individuation’. Certain organizations definitely functioned as such for me at times, for which I am very grateful.
A professional schizofrenic
I also describe myself as a ‘professional schizophrenic, for two reasons.
First of all, because I studied Public Administration and Sociology because I am deeply interested in human behavior. However, I also studied Digital Telecommunications and Business Administration because I like technology and numbers.
Secondly, because I worked in managerial and executive roles for large multinational companies in the I&Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Financial Services and Medical devices industry, but, also spend part of my career sitting on the other side of the table with executives as an external management consultant.
What I do
The red thread throughout my career is my drive to deliver tangible business results through targeted Organization Development interventions (e.g. Leadership Development, Change Management and Executive Coaching), preferably supported by a strong backbone of project management, communication, and digitization strategy.
Examples of things I have done in this capacity in the early part of my career include the implementation of IT systems, as well as designing and leading organization design and restructuring projects. In the second half of my career, I managed HR departments (on a permanent or ad-interim basis), enhanced the change management capabilities of organizations, and developed and implemented Leadership Development programs with impact.
I am living and working in (and out of) Switzerland, and am the blessed husband of a wonderful wife, and equally blessed father of three fantastic children.
About my blog
I always liked writing about business, especially about ‘moments of truth’, where management theory and the daily reality of business meet each other. However, I occasionally write about other topics as well.
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the articles in this blog belong solely to me.
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