Organizations across the world are facing unparalleled, ever more complex challenges that are extremely difficult to master because of incomplete information, contradictory requirements and rapidly changing circumstances. In my view, the only sustainably way to address these challenges is through significantly better leadership, more robust relationships and deeper engagement within organizations.
We sometimes forget that organizations are not machines that we can control at will, but complex and fluid interaction processes between people. Over time these countless interactions create behavioural patterns. Managers are in charge of their operations, but they are not in control of these patterns. If they want to nudge these patterns towards making their organizations better they need to have the ability to see what is not there but should be, enable others to see it as well, and to facilitate courageous joint action to help make it happen.
I am passionate about enabling managers and leadership teams to develop new insights, strengthen positive behaviors and experiment with new ones in order to further their own aspirations and those of their organization.
When Aristotle said "We are what we repeatedly do“ he reminded us that how we are and what impact we have in the world is only partly determined by what we think about ourselves, but largely by what we do… repeatedly. That means, to have the impact managers want to have they need to be present, focused and connected.
I therefore help my clients to further develop both their presence and impact and at the same time support them in understanding their “shadow side", their unconscious drivers, beliefs, assumptions and emotional and behavioural patterns that can get in the way of having the kind of presence and impact they would like and need to have.
I work as executive coach and sparring partner to CEOs, senior managers and/or their leadership teams to support them in dealing with difficult organizational change issues, improve the quality of their individual and/or collective leadership practices and increase their personal and/or collective impact.
I design and facilitate highly challenging and impactful workshops and other interventions (e.g. learning journeys, action learning groups) that enable business and functional leadership teams to increase their strategic clarity, their ability to think and perform together, their personal commitment and role modelling, and their ability to mobilize others.
I design and facilitate (often together with other senior consultants from my worldwide partner network) powerful large-scale organizational change and culture development processes that help organizations to increase their degree of engagement, agility and innovation in order to achieve their desired business aspiration and organizational objectives.
I am an educator, sociologist, leadership consultant and executive coach. I support CEOs, senior managers and their teams from across a multitude of industries, both in the private and public sector, to improve the quality of leadership and engagement within their –mostly global– organizations. My clients say that I am very relational, challenging, risk-taking, practice-focused and theory-based, international, and highly experienced and competent.
Prior to starting The Leadership Practice, I was on the leadership team of the consulting unit of Ashridge Business School, Partner at Oliver Wyman responsible for the Executive Development practice in Europe, Managing Director of Insight Consulting, Corporate Director of Leadership & Organization Development at Zurich Insurance Group, Director of Management Development at Dow Chemical Europe, Employee Development & Quality Performance Manager at Dow Chemical UK & Eire, and Training Manager & HR Business Partner at Dow Chemical Stade.
I have taught mindfulness and leadership at Saïd Business School – University of Oxford, organization change on the Ashridge Masters in Organization Change, and leadership at Management Centre Europe, EFMD and IMD.
I hold a Master in Education from the University of Hamburg, a Master in Organizational Consulting from Ashridge Business School, and a Doctorate in Organizational Change from Middlesex University. I am trained in Systemic Consulting and have professional diplomas in Body-centered Awareness and in Executive Coaching. In addition, I have studied martial arts, meditation and improvisation theatre.
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I was born and grew up close to Hamburg, Germany. For 25 years I have lived in the US, the UK, Spain and Switzerland. Since 2016 I am living in Hamburg again. When I am not working, I meditate, run, read, listen to music, watch movies, travel, visit art museums and produce dilettante art.
In order to help create conditions under which people motivate themselves to do what needs doing I am guided and inspired by a set of explicit, but hopefully lightly held, theories and assumptions.
My clients are courageous managers determined to make a significant difference to themselves, others, their organizations and the world. In my line management and consulting practice, I have worked in almost all parts of the world in close to 100 different organizations from a wide range of industries both in the private and public sector such as …
This is a short video of me at the Mondi Leadership Forum. In it I explain my view of leading as a personal practice of creating movement amongst other people around something that is important to you and them.
Here are a few articles I have written over the years. You're welcome to download any of them if you quote their source.
Dr. Hartmut Stuelten
60431 Frankfurt a. M.
Dr. Hartmut Stuelten
Telefon: +49 (0)170 3866004
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Place of jurisdiction: Frankfurt a. M., Germany
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