Our consulting, coaching, and training services utilize innovative and proven methods and insights that are applied in the most successful companies (for example, Hidden Champions or Fortune 500 companies). These valuable insights into best practices, enriched with our many years of practical experience and our research, are used to optimize your personnel and leadership development (see references).
We see coaching as a results-oriented, consultative dialogue between peers. The first step in the process is to jointly define a set of objectives or expected results, which can range from solutions to everyday problems in your professional or private life to answers to fundamental questions about your personal and career development. Typical topics include career path, special talents, personality traits, expertise (strengths and weaknesses), values and ideals. Drawing on multiple empirical studies based on responses from up to 30,000 managers, we can show you which strategies work best in practice – and which are destined for failure.
✔ Management coaching for high potentials: Diagnosis (strengths and weaknesses) and enhancement of management expertise in a specific area of responsibility.
Goals and benefits: The primary goal is to prepare high potentials to take on management and leadership responsibility. Our coaching is designed to empower the target group to shape and master their area of responsibility in a measurable, KPI-based way. The area of responsibility selected for analysis could be a short or long-term project, a cost centre, a department, a profit centre or a company. Whatever the scenario, the target group requires specific expertise in order to successfully fulfil their management duties.
Test: Focusing on the 20 most important management skills, this online test enables you to self-assess your strengths, weaknesses and potential. The test is free of charge and does not require you to either register or submit your email address.
✔ Leadership coaching for experienced managers: How to act as a role model and develop an authentic leadership style – earning you a level of respect and appreciation that empowers you to exert greater influence over employee performance.
Goals and benefits: Our research has enabled us to determine the key strengths of the most (commercially) successful leaders. To find out which areas you need to focus on, start by identifying your personal strengths and weaknesses by taking our tried-and-trusted online test. Our leadership coaching includes the creation of a concept that defines steps that will ensure your employees are loyal, show a willingness to take on responsibility, develop team spirit, exhibit self-discipline and see change as an opportunity to learn. Here is some free advice that may convince you to sign up right away: Traditional goal-setting, “incentives” and pressure in all its demotivating forms are not the way to achieve sustainable change in the aforementioned behavioural patterns.
✔ Test: Focusing on the 6 most important leadership skills, this online test enables you to self-assess your strengths, weaknesses and potential. The test is free of charge and does not require you to either register or submit your email address (English version can be provided on demand).
Maximize the fun and success you experience at work by tailoring your expertise, values and personality traits to the demands of your current role and the prevailing corporate culture.
Perhaps you are looking to steer your career in the direction of general management or one of the seven alternatives to the “management pathway” (see our article on career opportunities for more details)? Whatever your plans, your strengths need to match not only the requirements for the next step on the career ladder, but also the corporate culture within your organization. This may require the systematic development or enhancement of the strengths required and the overcoming or neutralization of weaknesses.
An effective personal development plan contains more than just goals and courses of action, and should also include other attractive opportunities – your Plan B, C and D, so to speak. We offer our coaching in two tailored packages: Our short-term plans target immediate behavioural improvements, whereas our long-term plans enable you to not only define and realize your vision, but also measure whether you’ve implemented it with the desired level of success.
>> To find out more, please visit our personal development plan page.
We see consulting as the implementation of tried-and-trusted knowledge and best practices. You might be considering self-managed consulting, and the do-it-yourself approach is certainly an option – in theory. But you would require considerably more time than an experienced specialist.
✔ Licensing of our Business-related Personality Test (BPT), including guidance for coaches, trainers, management consultants and personnel managers
Skills, knowledge, know-how and technology are relatively easy to purchase or develop. In the case of personality traits, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hard-wired into us at birth or forged in early childhood, personality traits are deep-rooted characteristics that shape our behaviour over the long term.
As such, personality traits are an ideal basis for the prediction of future behaviour and performance. This applies not only to positive traits such as enthusiasm, ambition, energy, willpower and willingness to learn, but also negative characteristics such as narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathic behaviour.
Personality tests are an established means of assessing personality traits. With specialist personality tests focusing on professional life unfortunately few and far between, the Institute for Management Innovation has developed its own test based on a sample of around 30,000 participants.
Trainers, consultants, coaches and personnel managers can adopt the test into their management and leadership development activities by completing a consulting programme and purchasing a license to use it with their customers, clients and employees. The license includes the test itself (online and in paper form) as well as all training materials required. The test is dealt with in detail in our book Winning Personalities, which is available separately. Examples of goals which can be achieved using the test suite include:
This list is non-exhaustive and could include almost any other goal throughout the spectrum of personal development and personnel management.
>> To find out more, please visit our Business-related Personality Test page.
✔ Personnel and management development for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
As a general rule, SMEs and start-ups lack the resources required for the implementation of professional, scientifically substantiated personnel and management development. The recruitment of employees solely responsible for the execution of the tasks involved is almost always unviable, even though personnel quality is just as – if not more – important than at large companies. In addition, SMEs are disadvantaged by the fact that they generally lack the appeal of better-known brands. They therefore need to find other ways to attract talent. These companies can learn a lot from Hidden Champions (insights form our empirical research and co-operation with these companies).
The Institute for Management Innovation is here to help with professional, scientifically substantiated systems that can be tailored to the special requirements of SMEs. Examples of our projects and services include:
✔ 360° feedback on the agile adaptation of management culture to a change in circumstances
The management culture at companies (and other organizations) is all too frequently stuck deep in a self-perpetuating rut and difficult or even impossible to change with the aid of material incentives, rational arguments, pressure from “upstairs ” or vision/mission statements yielded by well-meaning but ultimately futile workshops.
One solution is to start by tackling the behavioural patterns observed during day-to-day activities. Once they have been identified and reflected upon, it is vital that specific changes are targeted and the successful implementation thereof reviewed. 360° feedback has proven to be one of the most effective instruments when it comes to adapting behaviour to a change in circumstances or requirements. For detailed information, take a look at our 360° feedback page. The process includes the following steps:
The Leadership module and Corporate Simulation Game are taken from our General Management programme and delivered as part of the Executive MBA at THM as well as internationally for a variety of firms. The module description (syllabus) for the Leadership module is available as a pdf download via the following link: MBA Effective Leadership Syllabus. The English-language Corporate Simulation Game can be accessed by clicking the following link: Corporate Simulation Game.
Our General Management programme is a compact, company-specific MBA programme and has proven its worth many times over at a wealth of prestigious firms over the years (see our References page). Each module is delivered as a two to three-day block. Companies can also opt to review the success of the learning process using a specially designed test.
The theoretical expertise gained in previous modules is applied to a practical example in a way which contributes to the achievement of more productive and/or profitable results. This involves colleague-to-colleague coaching and consulting as well as a performance review, which should ideally involve feedback from participants’ superiors.
Download: Click the link for a pdf download of the flyer for our General Management programme.
This seminar will see you learn key methods and concepts in the field of management and personnel psychology. By enhancing your understanding of employee behaviour and reflecting on your own behaviour, you will in turn improve your decision-making in a personnel context. This applies not only to recruitment, selection, development, promotion and loyalty, but also to your ability to lead and motivate your employees effectively. Each module includes practical exercises that can be adopted straight into your day-to-day work. In addition to communication within the context of employee feedback, performance reviews and conflict resolution, areas of focus also include strategies for problem employees and situations.