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Niels' books


Organize for Complexity (2nd edition)

2015. In English. Paperback/eBook (Kinde/epub/pdf). The much-discussed primer. W/bonus chapter.

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Organizar para a Complexidade

2014. In Portuguese. Paperback/eBook (Kinde/epub/pdf). The much-discussed primer.


Organisation für Komplexität (Neuauflage)

2nd edition 2014. In German. Hardcover/eBook. The new bestseller. “How to Get Life Back Into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization"

Führen mit flexiblen Zielen

Führen mit flexiblen Zielen (2.Auflage)

2nd edition 2011. In German. Hardcover/Kindle eBook. The award-winning bestseller. “Leading with Flexible Targets. Handbook for superior competitive success” - “Best Business Book of the Year“ (FT Germany). “A masterpiece of contemporary management literature“ (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

Die 12 neuen Gesetzte der Führung

Die 12 neuen Gesetze der Führung

2009. In German. Hardcover/eBook. The manifesto for a management and effectiveness revolution. “The 12 New Laws of Leadership. The Codex: Why Management is Dispensable” - “Best HR Book of the Year” (

Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting

Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting

2003/2011. In German. Paperback/Kindle eBook. The award-winning primer. “Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting. Leading Successfully – without Budgets” - one of “The 100 Best Business Books of All Times” (Murmann). “One of the best business books of the year” (changeX)

Un-Leadership (Korean)


2011. In Korean. Paperback. The manifesto for a management and effectiveness revolution. “Best HR Book of the Year”

Leadership e obiettivi flessibili

Leadership e obiettivi flessibili

2010. In Italian. Paperback. The award-winning bestseller. “Leading with Flexible Targets” - “Best Business Book of the Year “ FT Germany

Liderando com Metas Flexiveis

Liderando com Metas Flexíveis

2009. In Portuguese. Paperback/eBook. The award-winning bestseller “Leading with Flexible Targets” - “Best Business Book of the Year “ FT Germany

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Управление на основе гибких целей

2009. In Russian. Hardcover. The award-winning bestseller. “Leading with Flexible Targets” - “Best Business Book of the Year“ FT Germany


Why work with Niels

Many leaders today feel overwhelmed by market changes, internal demands and day-to-day problems. Employees are tired of reorganizations and change initiatives that go nowhere. There is a common perception: that we tried just about everything, but to little or no avail. We feel stuck.


If this is part of where your organization stands, your should consider working with Niels, and start working on the system, not within the existing system.

Niels does advisory work himself, partnering with acknowledged local experts (see “cool friends” section). No junior consultants. No standardized "solutions". Just robust, rigorous process and method.



»I would compare the day our leaderhip team spent with Niels Pflaeging with a great piece of art: Truly insightful, challenging, inspring and relevant.« Johannes Gutmann, owner and CEO, Sonnentor (Austria)

»Niels Pflaeging is one of only a few experts with a deep understanding of what we call dialogic leadership - and he is capable of putting it into practice.« Goetz Werner, owner and former CEO, dm-drogerie markt (Germany)

»Working with Niels during a 2-day workshop with the top management team of our company has been an almost religious experience!« Eduardo Lira, President, Wong Supermarket Group (Peru)

»Niels Pflaeging knows how to instantly grasp situations and analyze problems in a razor-sharp manner. He is capable of leading teams towards an agreed objective: Sometimes warmly, sometimes provocatively, but always intelligently and diligently, without falling victim to clash with different world views. How he does that is true art. Our top management workshop with Niels grew into a journey of discoveries and made a group of devote practitioners understand the meta level of their work lives, very effectively helping our team to evolve.« Ingo Körner, General Manager/CFO, Broetje Automation (Germany)

»Let this guy talk to the bosses of corporations in this country - it will be well worthwhile.« Peter Felixberger, changeX

»When Pflaeging shakes the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands.« Financial Times Germany

»Disrespectfully, Pflaeging deconstructs the classic theory and in a well-humored manner offers coherent alternatives.« Harvard Business Review

»Niels Pflaeging can always be found out there, where the forefront of management is being measured and mapped.« Peter Felixberger, changeX