How can I better involve unhappy employees

Bernd Geropp

In my podcast “Leadership in a nutshell”, everything revolves around the topic of leadership, i.e. leadership, self-management, corporate management.

Below is a summary of all of them Quotes on the subject guide from my podcast episodes as well as the

related links to the show notes of the episodes.

Have fun reading - and listen to the podcast episodes. I promise you: it's worth it.


Inspirational quotes about leadership

Human Resources Challenges

Treat people like they are what they should beand you help them to become what they can be.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Conducting employee appraisals with one-on-ones

"As long as you talk yourself, you don't learn anything."

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


Do you manipulate or convince?

"Words are the most powerful drug that mankind uses .."

Joseph Rudyard Kipling


Employer-friendly employment contracts

"Contract: Agreement that only becomes effective when the contracting ends."

Peter E. Schumacher


Success as a project manager

"When I think about what actually needs to be the basis of leadership, then it's the ability to talk."

Wolfgang Habbel


Entrepreneurship: Staying Small and Still Growing?

“The question you should be asking yourself is not: WHAT DO I WANT? or WHAT ARE MY GOALS? but WHAT WOULD LOVE ME? "

Tim Ferries


Agile thinking and acting in established companies

"If managers on the one hand have an agile organization and on the other hand want to retain full control in this, then it's like wishing for an icy cold, sunny rainy day."

Markus Reimer


Three tips for a successful team meeting

"Meetings are called that because usually too much is discussed and too little decided."

Hermann Lahm


From project manager to manager

"What makes a good manager is the ability to induce other people to perform unusual."

Cyril Northcote Parkinson


Make a career - how do I become a manager?

“There are two ways to make a career: Either you really achieve something, or you claim to achieve something. I recommend the first method, because the competition here is nowhere near as great. "

Danny Kaye


What you as an entrepreneur can expect from your bank - and what not!

"A bank is an institution that lends you money,
if you can prove you don't need it. "

Bob Hope


Communication in the team

"Communication is an appropriate means
to clear up misunderstandings. "

Franz Schmidtberger



“You can't teach employees to smile. They have to smile before hiring them. "

Arte Nathan


Cooperation with China

“By nature, people are almost the same; only habits separate them. "



Entrepreneur mastermind - exchange with like-minded people

"What you experience from a like-minded friend is almost like having experienced it yourself."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Interview with Frank Thelen: The startup DNA

"We cannot predict the future, but we can shape it."

Peter Drucker


Self-organization in companies

“We have spent decades regulating and decreeing, organizing and reorganizing, regulating and regulating. It is no wonder that we feel constricted now. "

Paul Schibler


Character traits of a good manager

"If you want to recognize the character of a person, give him power."

Abraham Lincoln


Successful teamwork across two locations

"Any cooperation is difficult as long as people are indifferent to the happiness of their fellow human beings."

Dalai Lama


Digitization in authorities and administration

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary people. But no machine can take over the work of a single extraordinary person. "

Elbert Hubbard


Just cancel? Conversation with Olaf Kapinski

“You can change the world or yourself. The second is more difficult. "

Mark Twain


What we as leaders can learn from Nelson Mandela.

"The balance of courage and humility allows gentle dominance to grow."

Stephan Kaußen


Women in leadership positions

“If you want to have something to say in politics, turn to a man. If you want something done, turn to a woman. "

Margareth Thatcher


"Even the weakest woman is still strong enough to fool several men."

Trude Hesterberg


Employee turnover in sales

"In order to move someone purposefully, you have to know what moves them."

Andreas Staeck


Personal responsibility in the digitized world of work

“I believe in the horse. The automobile is only a temporary phenomenon."

Kaiser Wilhelm the Second


Effectively expand communication patterns

"Communication science - the theory of misunderstandings."

Markus M. Ronner


What to do if your company is acquired

“Communication is a wonderful way of resolving conflicts. Or to escalate. "

Thom Renzie


How to find your company vision

"A great vision gives you even bigger wings than fear."

Wadim Korsch


Write a job advertisement successfully

“If the employee you are looking for will bring you profit in the future, is he currently bringing you loss because you are missing him?
When do you start with your future? "

Wilfried Schlichter


Misunderstandings in communication

"Every communication is an intellectual challenge."

Manuela Michael


Management of scientific employees in companies

“Give your people freedom of movement, but make sure they know where the fence line is. Do not confuse borders with bridles. "

Kevin Leman


AGW's instead of terms and conditions

"Applicants who want an application form must fill out an application form."

It was part of a government ordinance issued by the Berlin Senate


Employee interviews "on-the-go"

"Conversation is mutual distanced contact"

Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach


Expectations of employees

“The art of communicating properly with one another is like learning to walk.
You fall on your nose until you are lovingly taken by the hand. "

Wilma Eudenbach


How you are respected as a leader

“A prerequisite for peace is respect for being different and for the diversity of life.

Dalai Lama


Decision template

"Every decision requires thorough factual and emotional preparation before making it."

Thorsten Troschka



He is commanded to be who cannot obey himself. "

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


Fight the departmental silos

Team spirit is in great demand today because it is easier to struggle in a team; but the community doesn't last long ‘if you don't pull in the same direction."

Oskar Stock


Project work: Select and lead the right team!

It's no drama if the project doesn't go according to plan. It's a drama when the project manager doesn't know about it ... ”

Peter Hobbs


Special episode
Personal review of 2017 and outlook for 2018

“The jubilation over the turn of the year is also pretty banal - after all, a new year comes every year. Years are a pretty solid commodity. They are delivered on time and each one does what it promises: Exactly one year, not a second more, but not a second less either. "

Gabriel leaves


Life planning: how to stay focused!

"We usually notice how small our world actually is when we are planning big things."

Ernst Ferstl


What to do if the customer doesn't pay

"Creditors have better memories than debtors."

Benjamin Franklin


Think and work smarter!

There will always be good reasons not to take a risk. But if you keep doing what worked in the past, one day you will wake up and find that you have been overtaken.

Clayton Christensen


Should you aim for big goals?

"In the long run, people will only achieve what they are aiming for."

Henry David Thoreau


How do business models change in the digital revolution?

"Whoever does what he can already do, always remains what he already is."

Henry Ford


How should I criticize my boss?

"Where the boss and deputy always have the same views, one of them is superfluous."

Winston Churchill


Lead at the tip without bending

"The older I get, the less I pay attention to what people say - I pay attention to what they do."

Andrew Carnegie


Learn serenity

“I want the serenity to accept things that I cannot change; the courage to change things that I can change; and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other. "

Reinhold Niebuhr


Home office - Interview with Barbara Frett

“Those who quit internally are still in the company, but no longer there.“

Juerg Meier


Stress at work - everyday life for a manager

"Only the balance between self-determination and external determination, with a clear swing to the former, can our life succeed."

Helmut Glaßl


Plan properly as a manager

“The art of making plans is to do the
Difficulties to anticipate their execution. "

Luc de Clapiers


Conflicting roles in the management environment

“Sometimes there is only a small step between knowing what to do and the action that follows. And sometimes an infinite plane can spread out in between. "

David Levithan


Lead until you drop?

"Constantly harried contemporaries give the impression that they absolutely want to get their lives over with in record time."

Ernst Ferstl


Now for a break ...

"What happens without a break is not permanent."



What should you look out for when looking for a job?

It is advisable not to burden job interviews with unfortunate formulations such as

“I was fired from the last 5 companies during my probationary period”,

but to illuminate this fact psychologically more sensitively:

"Due to resigned acceptance, I had some biographical breaks that were valuable and promising for me."

Karl Heinz Karius


12 New Business Podcasts You May Not Know About.

"The ear is the way to the heart"

Madeleine de Scudéry


Micromanagement as a leadership style?

"Letting go would be so easy if you don't want to hold onto what you should let go of."

Klaus Seibold


As a manager, you will find time for the essentials

"We could save ourselves a lot of time if we could better distinguish between important and unimportant."

Ernst Ferstl


Leadership in a creative environment - part 2

"A creative person is more primitive and cultivated, more destructive and constructive, much more crazy and much more sensible than the average person"

Viktor Frankl


Leadership in a creative environment - part 1

“Creativity is the source of personality. The vein of happiness penetrates from it to light. "

Wilma Eudenbach


Distraction: Are you still creative or are you just distracting yourself?

"Most people do not work on a task, but rather to occupy themselves and to distract themselves."

Nikolaus B. grandson


Compensation and leadership in sales part 2


"A tree needs strong roots - a company needs strong sales."

Dirk Kreuter


Compensation and leadership in sales part 1

"A company doesn't live from what it produces, but from what it sells."



Suddenly a corporate leader - what to do?

"Often times, hardship helps you to decide things for which you supposedly have no strength in everyday life."

Raffaele Marti


When does the buyer bluff?

"Good negotiating tactic is to provoke the answer you want."

Hans Habe


professional price negotiation

"Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never be afraid of negotiations either."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy


The right goals and mental training

“Take good care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. "

Jim Rohn


Personnel selection

"You are badly advised if you only work with people who never contradict."

Ludwig Rosenberg


Personnel search with social recruiting

“Don't hire an employee who only works for money. But someone who loves his job. "

Henry David Thoreau


Leadership Spans: How Many Employees Can You Lead?

"You have to decide every day who pays the price for your leadership: you or your people."

Kevin Leman


Hidden rules in management

"Progress is only possible if you break the rules intelligently."

Boleslaw Barlog


Self-organization and agile leadership

“I don't understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I'm afraid of the old ones. "

John Cage


Do you really have to unexpectedly fire an employee?

"It is still better to examine a question without deciding than to decide without examining it."

Joseph Joubert


Solve problems as a leader

"Problems can never be solved with the same mindset that created them."

Albert Einstein


Help! My boss is a micromanager!

"If you know what to overlook, you gain a broad and overview"

Ernst Ferstl


How do you find successful salespeople?

“In the first year I sold exactly 9 bottles. After I found a good seller, there were a few more. "

John Pemberton


“Without my sales, I would be a millionaire. Thanks to my sales, I became a billionaire. "

Paul Getty


What makes a good seller?

"More important than the product is the person who sells it."

Werner Katzengruber


Employee interview: one-on-ones

"Conversation is mutual distanced contact."

Maria Baroness of Ebner-Eschenbach


Negotiate properly

“All wars end with negotiations. So why not negotiate right away? "

Jawaharal Nehru


Application processes in companies

“Employees can do everything: if you give them further training, if you give them tools, but above all if you trust them to do it.

Hans-Olaf Henkel


Leading with values

"It's amazing how many people are very familiar with cost accounting, but fail miserably in assessing values."

Peter E. Schumacher


Successful feedback talks!

"As the will and the ability to self-criticize increase, so does the level of criticism of others."

Christian Morgenstern


What is important in B2B sales today?

“The biggest decision of your life is that you can change your life by changing your mindset.

Albert Schweitzer


HR professionals and executives

"If we are interested in the others, they are interested in us"

Publilius Syrus


Four types of professional life

“One should take things as they come. But you should see to it that things turn out the way you want them to be.

Curt Goetz


Bad bosses? How to deal with them!

"You should always distrust an employee who never has anything wrong with his superior."

John Churton Collins


Bad Boss - What To Do?

"Leadership means letting others want to do something that you believe is necessary."

Vance Packard


Improve yourself and implement what you have learned - but how?

"There is no shame in not knowing anything, but not wanting to learn anything."



What makes a good corporate vision?

"You find your vision in your past."

Stefan Merath


Focus planning

"You only have time if you take it."

Karl Heinrich Waggerl


What you as a manager should know about specifications and Kanban ...

"Tell me how a project starts and I'll tell you how it ends."

This thesis confirms the famous words of the builder of the Tower of Pisa at the start of the project: "It will go wrong!"



7 myths of leadership disenchanted

"Myths prove to be more durable than scientific findings."

Helmut Glaßl


How do I find the “why” for my employees?

"Only those who burn themselves can cheer on others."

Hermann Lahm


Sport as a manager

“We have to endure one of two pains: the pain of discipline or that of a bad conscience. The difference is that discipline weighs grams, a guilty conscience weighs tons. "

Jim Rohn


back to work

“Reorganization is something a company decides to do when it turns out that it has more board members than customers.



Mastermind for managing directors?

"You are the average of the five people with whom you spend most of your time."

Jim Rohn


Team leadership in Brazil and Germany

“People have a primal longing for trust, appreciation, respect and humanity. This applies to relationships, but also to leadership relationships.

Why can we remember 12-digit mobile phone numbers, but not these 4 essential values ​​that should distinguish a manager? "

Roland Buss


My book tips on leadership

"Of all the worlds that man has created, that of the books is the most powerful."

Heinrich Heine


Do you really want to join top management?

"Top management? That's the careerists' bouncy castle. "

Karl Heinz Karius


"Not the concrete, the glass executive floors turn out to be the closed institutions."

Martin Gerhard Reisenberg


Why you never get paid for what you do!

"The world is ruled only by utility."

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller


Conducting negotiations in a difficult environment

"Be smarter than the others if you can, but don't tell them."

Lord Chesterfield



Micromanagement - and how to avoid it!

"Wanting to do everything yourself is the hallmark of the untalented."

Richard von Schaukal


Help! My employees set up a works council!

"People whose lives are touched and changed by a decision must be involved in the process that leads to that decision and must be heard."

John Naisbitt


When am I a good leader?

"Self-knowledge begins exactly at the point where we do not blame others for failure, but ourselves."

German proverb


Termination without notice

“If you are right, you can afford to remain calm; and if you are wrong, you cannot afford to lose them. "

Mahatma Gandhi


Conduct a termination interview

"You are responsible not only for what you do, but also for what you don't do."



to dismiss a employee

"Real culture is revealed in the appreciation of personality."

Paul de Lagarde


Bonus episode

"There is no shame in not knowing anything, but not wanting to learn anything."



Virtual teams in software projects

“It is never cultures that communicate with one another, but rather individual people who have their very own personal and individual cultural imprint. That is why the meeting of two people is always a unique event! "

Jürgen H. Schmidt


Why you as a manager should not always be approachable!

"Only the balance between self-determination and external determination, with a clear swing to the former, can our life succeed."

Helmut Glaßl


Bullying at work

"The disgusting thing about bullying is that it robs people of their self-awareness."

Esther Klepgen


Onboarding: The onboarding of new employees

"Working in means working against the exit."

Julian Scharnau


Make corporate culture tangible

"The heart of the corporate culture is communication between people."

Fabrizio Perini


Home office: is that something for your company?

“Trust is the great working capital for all companies, without which no useful work can do. It creates the conditions for prosperous events in all areas. "

Albert Schweitzer

Annual goals and annual planning! That's how it's done

"Many people have a concept of their destination, they just want to stroll to reach it."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Complexithodes - Clever methods for dealing with complexity

"Aphorisms are the attempt to explain the complexity of the world through a stupid saying."

Martin Eberth

The termination interview - 7 mistakes that you should absolutely avoid!

“An incompetent employee may be dismissed without notice. An incompetent manager receives a severance payment in the amount that he would have received if he had not harmed the company instead of having to pay one. "

Erhard Blanck

Self-management: Personal success as a manager

"If you have a vision of your future, but you only reach your goals slowly, you are still faster than those who wander around without meaning or perspective and breathlessly chase after their meaningless desires through the night."

Joachim Nusch

The appraisal interview - what you should definitely pay attention to!

“In the conversation you have to support your partner's thoughts, create space and air for them. You shouldn't suffocate them before contradicting them. "

Friedrich Georg Jünger

What can a manager learn from an officer?

"No plan survives the first contact with the enemy."

Helmuth Count von Moltke

Podcasts I love to listen to

"Trained eyes see with their ears!"

Manfred Hinrich

How swarm stupidity determines everyday life in companies - part 2

“Don't let yourself be dissuaded from what you really want to do. If there is love and inspiration, it cannot go wrong. "

Ella Fitzgerald

How swarm stupidity determines everyday life in companies - part 1

"Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, but I'm not exactly sure about the universe."

Albert Einstein

Dealing with Difficult Employees - Part 2

“We have to help the people who are on the run from war and persecution and I see our most urgent task in finally ensuring peace so that no one has to flee anymore. That may be naive, but I'd rather be naive than despising people! "


Can companies be run democratically?

"The democratic institutions are quarantine institutions against tyrannical desires."

Friedrich Nitzsche

Difficult employees - part 1

"If you want to gain the approval and trust of your employees, you have to respect their self-image and their self-esteem."

Hartmut Laufer

Can leadership be learned?

“Learning and not thinking is useless. Thinking and not learning is pointless. "


What to do if your employees aren't doing what you want?

"In most cases the secret of the extraordinary man is nothing but consequence."


Successful exchange among executives

“I lend you my thoughts. You lend me your thoughts. I have your? You have mine? The wonderful thing about exchanging thoughts is that we can exchange our thoughts and still keep our own. "

Helga Schäferling

Leadership and change in government

"If we really want to change something, we need above all enthusiasm."

Erhard Blanck

Criticize without demotivating!

“We have enough critics. What our time needs are people who encourage. "

Konrad Adenauer

When to trust and when to control!

“Trust is good, control is better?
But you have to trust the (control) first. "

Erhard Blanck

The crux with idea management

“Technocrats and administrators heave creativity on the dry yard. There it is not repaired, but rather dismantled. "

Emil Baschninga

Entrepreneurial thinking

"Some make plans for the present, but wonder why they won't happen in the future."

Erhard Blanck


"A person's wisdom is not measured by his experience, but by his ability to gain experience!"

George Bernhard Shaw

Employee motivation, positioning and corporate sense

"Those who have no visions can neither fulfill high hopes nor realize great projects."

Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Jazz as a metaphor for leadership

“I'm not a hypocrite, I make mistakes on stage. And my mistakes are loud. But that's the fun of music. One does learn."

Art Blakey

Team development through theater workshops

“I love to play theater. It's so much more realistic than life. "

Oscar Wilde

Implement changes successfully

"If you want to change something, you must first be the change that you want to bring about."

Karl Pilsl

Successful teamwork

“Team spirit is in great demand today because it's easier to struggle in a team; but the community doesn't last long ‘if you don't pull in the same direction."

Oskar Stock

Solo preneurs

"Columbus didn't have a business plan when he discovered America."

Andrew S. Grove

Change management

"Methods, computer science and techniques are changing rapidly: what was the formula for success yesterday can be the recipe for failure tomorrow."

Willi Meurer

7 tips to defuse conflicts

“I don't need to read books to know that the basic theme of our life is conflict; all of my clowning comes from this knowledge. "

Charlie Chaplin

How to recognize conflicts and avoid escalation!

"Conflicts can only be resolved if feelings and intellect are brought into harmony."

Helmut Glaßl

Personal responsibility or dependency?

"Freedom means responsibility: that's why most people fear it."

George Bernhard Shaw

Which mistake you should absolutely avoid when calculating the price!

“There is no such thing as the right time or the right price. Both are determined by the circumstances. "

Udo Goebel

Consistently leading in production

"When I think about what actually needs to be the basis of leadership, it is the ability to talk."

Wolfgang Habbel

5 points that really matter as a manager!

"The core competence of leadership is character!"

Warren Bennis

Manipulate or convince?

"Everyone should actually attend self-defense courses against manipulation and control."

Noam Chomsky

Exchange with like-minded people

"What you learn from a like-minded friend is almost as if you had experienced it yourself"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10 tips to get self-reliant and independent employees

"More participation and acceptance of responsibility reduce annoyance."

Rita Süssmuth

Why management knowledge alone will not help you!

"Little knowledge that is actively applied is worth infinitely more than great knowledge that lies idle."

Khalil Gibran

Troubleshooting in project management

"We should never put off our problems until we have blocked any prospect of their solution."

Ernst Ferstl

How can conflicts be successfully resolved?

"The real conversation means: step out of the self and knock on the door of the you"

Albert Camus

What exactly is leadership?

“Setting an example is not the most important way of influencing others. It's the only one. "

Albert Schweizer

Social media for B2B companies

"The ROI of social media is that your business will still exist in 5 years!"

Erik Qualman

What really matters when selling in B2B!

"One of my long-time salespeople once unveiled the secret of his success: You have to let the customer talk and be a good listener."

Wilhelm Becker

Business management myths

“It is in the nature of things that there are many opportunities that you cannot take advantage of. Your job is to do some good ones. "

John Templeton

Effective cooperation at the top

"If we don't work together, we won't find a solution to our problems."

Dalai Lama

Company visions, service and leadership culture

“I didn't do any marketing. I've only ever loved my customers. "

Zino Davidoff

10 important tips so that your employees and service providers do exactly what they want!

“If we treat people as they are, then we make them worse; on the other hand, if we treat them as if they were already what they should be, then we bring them to where they are to be taken. "

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

What distinguishes successful start-up teams?

"The real problem of a company is seldom the market, but the entrepreneur."

Painted W. Wilkes

The first 100 days as a manager part 2/2

"The ability of a boss can be recognized by his ability to recognize the abilities of his employees."

Robert Lembke

The first 100 days as an executive part 1/2

“There are no bad teams, Marshal. There are only bad officers. "

Napoleon Bonaparte

Women in leadership positions

"I just can't find the place in the Bible where God denies women equality."

Sarah Moore Grimké

Cold calling on the phone

"Anyone who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning"

Christoph Lehmann

The myth of a shortage of skilled workers

"First-class men hire first-class men, second-class only third-class."

Franz Luwein

What you should know about networking and masterminds

"Trusting relationships develop where they are given space."

Tom Noeding

New Work - and why companies struggle with it

"The best way to recognize the intelligence of a leader
is to look at the people he has around him. "

Niccolò Machiavelli

How do I run my boss?

“Few people realize that in the end they can and must only lead one person. This person is you. "

Peter F. Drucker

Break the rules and give more than you take

“Look for the chance, not the obstacles. Break the rules. Give more than you take. Do what you love and let everything else be. Better be the first-class version of yourself than the second-class copy of anyone else! "

Peter Cross

Does your company answer the "why" question?

“People are not lazy. They just don't have any goals that are worth pursuing. "

Tony Robbins

The 5 biggest management myths

Big people like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask you about the essentials.

They never ask you: what is the sound of his voice like? What games does he love most? Does he collect butterflies?

They ask you guys. How old is he? How many brothers does he have? How much does he weigh? How much does his father earn? Only then do they think they know him. "

Antoine de Saint Exupery
(from the book: The Little Prince)

Tips for successful feedback discussions with employees

"Feedback often says more about those who give it than about those who get it."

Peter Becker

Efficient work - Interview with Thomas Mangold

"There is not too little time that we have
it's too much time that we don't use. "

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

7 tips that you should definitely keep in mind when it comes to company succession!

"A family business is like a child that you watch grow up and that you accompany and support."

Michael Otto