Dierke Houben Insights
Article, originally published in German, in: OrganisationsEntwicklung. Zeitschrift für Unternehmensentwicklung und Change Management
"Systemically considered, a cat and a tiger are pretty similar – however, you would do best to treat them quite differently!" This metaphor by the British historian Robert Conquest succinctly summarizes the challenge of team coaching at the top: Top management teams are an exceptional species. Successful coaching work with these teams, is critically dependent not only on recognizing their unique characteristics, but also on turning them into key levers for team development.
Interview, originally published in German, in: OrganisationsEntwicklung. Zeitschrift für Unternehmensentwicklung und Change Management
Alpha managers’ strengths are top team’s burden. In an increasingly complex, uncertain and volatile world, effective collaboration in the C-suite is a key lever for success. Yet too often, non-teams prevail at the top: Individualistic mindsets and unilateral agendas of alpha executives determine the path taken, thus leaving significant potential untapped. In order to realize the full "Return on Collaboration", teams have to develop a practice of reflective dialogue.
Article, originally published in German, in: managerSeminare. Das Magazin für Führungskräfte
Teams at the top are non-teams: groups of highly self-assertive alpha executives, whose autopilots direct them to thrive primarily for individual results. But lasting outstanding corporate performance can only be achieved through a collective logic of performance in the team at the top. CEOs and their top teams have to master thoroughly Seven Disciplines of Team Success to overcome the barriers that block effective team performance.