Recent Studies and Publications 

For more than 13 years, we have been successfully consulting companies in selecting and developing personnel. Executive development has always played a crucial role, in particular for a company’s economic success. In the last three years, however, there has been a big change: the demands on leadership competences brought about by digitization. In an increasingly fast-paced and changing market situation, companies and their executives are required to react quickly and in an agile way. But what are the competences and behavior patterns required for agile leadership?

We conducted a detailed study with 1,100 executives in cooperation with the IMD Business School in Lausanne on this topic. As a result, we developed the so-called HAVE model, displaying four behavior patterns and four skills required for agile leadership. You will find a hands-on guide on what future leadership is all about in our book “Agile leadership: Leadership competences for agile transformation”.

Dr. Stefanie Puckett and Dr. Rainer M. Neubauer dive beyond the surface, illustrating the competences and personality traits that distinguish agile executives – however, keeping in mind both sides of the coin. After all, agile leadership must be authentic and often fails because employees are resisting it. The book offers a pragmatic look at how to break down the resistance and accomplish transformation within the organization.



An overview of our most recent publications

Book: ‚Agile Leadership- leadership skills for the agile transformation’

Sustainability is the main goal of an organization. Not agility. The agile mindset, agile work approaches and methods can help to become sustainable but they’re not the only way. There are so many paths to follow to a sustainable organization, as there are organizations themselves. Our book seeks to encourage to follow your own path by providing you with the right tools.

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Book 'Agile Leadership'

Article managerSeminare: ‚How agile are you?’

Awarded as one of the top 10 managerSeminare articles of 2018.

The article introduces the HAVE-competency model of agile leadership as well as the underlying study conducted by metaBeratung and IMD business school Lausanne via the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT). Included are a number of helpful hints and tricks and checklists for a direct and simple implementation.

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Article F.A.Z.: ‚Rediscovering tomorrow’s talents’

‘Why is it so difficult for large, well-established companies to stand their ground in quickly changing markets? Why are start-ups able to surpass these companies out of nowhere? Because those start-ups work agile.’ Also in talent management, companies need to change their ways of thinking, if they want to become more sustainable. We demonstrate ‘how’.

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Interview Wirtschaftswoche: ‚Failure culture‘

An interview with Nicole Neubauer about failure culture in organizations.

The interview circles around the question how companies are able to establish a ‘healthy’ failure culture and why this is extremely difficult especially for Germans.

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Interview @ Handelsblatt: ‚Agile Leadership in digital transformation.’

An interview between Prof. Dr. Mike Schulze and Dr. Stefanie Puckett about agile leadership in digital transformation and their implications for the financial sector.

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Agile leadership in digital transformation

Article Next Leadership: ‚Agile leadership in digital transformation’

New leadership, Change, Agility. What exactly does that mean for executives? The experiences we made during our own change process motivated us to further define agile leadership. In her article, Nicole Neubauer gives insight into what she encountered during the change process at metaBeratung.

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Next Leadership

Article Handelsblatt: 'Re-Skilling'

In her article Nicole Neubauer explains why learning to forget will be important in the future, what reskilling exactly means and how to adjust to the new world of work. 

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Handelsblatt Re-Skilling