The Way of the Hunter – Men’s Forum 2019

Last week I attended the Men’s Forum 2020 in Aarau, Switzerland. The main speaker was Dr. Johannes Hartl from the House of Prayer in Augsburg (Gebetshaus Augsburg). In his input “The Way of the Hunter” he explained the important character traits of men as well as the potential conflict areas. Very inspiring food for thought. Looking forward to more challenging topics at next year’s Men’s Forum.

Future of Learning

Just last week I was attending an exchange of learning experts organized by Bildungsinnovator.de. Learning of the future is one of my passions and I enjoyed the room filled with fellow people developers, training providers and learning innovators. One of the main challenges was identified to be the bridge between digital learning experts, the subject matter experts in the business and the learners themselves. I was impressed by the hands-on tools developed by the guys Read more…

HR Barcamp in Zurich

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with a group of HR leaders at a Barcamp in Zürich. My discussion topic was about how to deal with the #newwork changes in the industry without upsetting the current middle-managers. Changes to hierarchies and leadership structures lead to a more flexible leadership style. Leaders are required at all stages, but maybe they are not the same leaders at all stages. What makes sense on paper, does, however, Read more…

The effect of Digitalization on coaching

Just recently I was invited to give some input regarding the topic of digitalisation at the EASC Switzerland chapter (European Association for Supervision and Coaching). Focus topic was the impact of digitalisation on coaching, mainly the question what new coaching topics are emerging with people because of digitalisation. While digitalisation brings a number of technological and organisational challenges, people feel mainly overwhelmed with topics accompanying digitalisation. Less separation between private and professional life, 24/7 availability Read more…

Birkman for personal reflection

Most personality tests are done and evaluated once and then disappear in a desk drawer never to see light again. The insights gained from the Birkman Method, however, are simple and easy to apply to the daily or weekly self-reflection. Just take any situation from your day or week and look at your Birkman values while reflecting on it. You will gain very straight-forward insights on your needs and reasons for stress. I used to Read more…

Understanding the influence of personal needs

One major difference between Birkman and other personality tests is the introduction of individual needs. This helps greatly in managing your own behaviors. People will generally reflect back the behavior that you are exhibiting towards them. In my case I always try to provide structure and organization in the professional context. So my superiors would always do the same to me. However, one look at my Birkman makes it clear: I have a very high Read more…

Birkman vs. Myers-Briggs

The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is one of the popular and well-known personality tests of the present time. How does the Birkman Method compare to it?  The MBTI is based on C. G. Jung‘s theory of psychological typing. It divides people into introverts and extroverts and then expresses the personality in the four functions sensing, thinking, intuiting and feeling. The MBTI is an indicator of type and does as such not measure the amount of Read more…