Idea
Dierke Houben AG was founded in 2003 with one single idea: supporting blue chip companies to make the leap from good to great leadership by leveraging our international experience in executive positions, management consulting and leadership coaching. As a quality leader in our field, we combine latest thinking in leadership and psychodynamics with a challenger's perspective to enhance our clients' effectiveness in complex and dynamic team situations. We are used to offer our professional services in English and German.

Mission
We make successful top executives and their teams more effective. As a trusted partner to the top team we engage the soft levers to deliver superior hard business results. Through Top Executive Coaching, Executive Team Development, and Culture Transformation from the Top we create positive, lasting and measurable impact on the leadership performance of our clients.

Experience
Our partners are senior professionals building on 18+ years of experience with a unique blend of executive positions, strategy consulting expertise and coaching practice. Each partner holds international degrees and certifications in business, executive coaching, and leadership development.

Mandates
Our clients call us in when they see an urgency to substantially enhance top leadership performance. On-boarding the new CEO, aligning the executive team, integrating the top team in post-merger situations, enhancing the top team's cross-functional collaboration, or anchoring a new performance culture across the organisation – our mandates cover all issues on the executive team's agenda when confronting performance challenges or corporate transformation.

Client profile
As coaches and sparring partners of CEOs and executive teams, we have a strong footprint in Europe. Our clients include global blue chips (Euro Stoxx 50/ Dax 30) and large mid-range companies (100+ mn Euro). In our client work, we cover a wide range of industries – like financial services, telecommunications, information technology, pharmaceutical industry, transportation, private equity and consulting firms as well as major public sector agencies.

Expert network
Over the years, a wide range of client requests has led us to develop alliances with a variety of hand-picked experts and professional coaches across Europe. When required and in order to serve our clients best, we ask our network partners to step in.

Cooperations
To bring latest thinking to our clients, we leverage a broad spectrum of international cooperations as well as academic and practitioners' networks: IGLC INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, Fontainebleau/ France; John F. Kennedy School for Government, Harvard University, Cambridge MA/ USA; SOL Society for Organizational Learning, MIT, Cambridge MA/ USA; Center for Leadership and Values in Society, University of St. Gallen/ Switzerland; ISPSO International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations; ILA International Leadership Association; World Economic Forum, Geneva/ Switzerland; McKinsey Alumni Association.
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