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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


Leadership: An organizational practice about to be reinvented

With first century of corporate leadership coming to an end, we now have to reimagine organizational practices and the way we look at performance, teams and the role of leaders.


Leadership for this century


Business, markets and societies have changed. But the principles, the methods and concepts of leadership and delivery of organizational and team performance haven’t, by and large. Rigid sales quotas, fixed performance targets, allocations, individual employee assessments, so-called “pay for performance”-pay, budgets, variance analysis, autocratic decision-making and micro-management from the top – these techniques from the industrial age are still widely established standards. But are they still adequate? And if not, how can we adapt our organizational models to the ever-changing environments of the information age and do things better?

Niels Pflaeging shows how your organization, by moving beyond command and control, and by abolishing fixed targets, budgets and bureaucratic hierarchy, can become sustainably more successful and profitable. Pflaeging shows how the transformation towards a management model for the knowledge economy really works and how people in organizations can be unleashed from the burdens of bureaucracy - freed from management by command and control. ”Transformation is about a new, far more productive way of dealing with people, performance, and leadership.“

Read more about this in the white papers available through the "Free Stuff" section in the left column of this website.

An expert with a voice and also a practitioner


Niels Pflaeging is the world’s leading authority on the Beyond Budgeting model, or, as it is now called, the BetaCodex. He has been part of this movement for a new organizational and leadership model since 2002, and continues to be its most passionate, active and articulate driving force.

Niels speaks, writes and advises in 4 languages – English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Having lived in several countries, including Germany, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and the US, he thinks and acts like a global citizen. Niels feels at home in the most varied cultural spheres and handles cultural and linguistic differences with great ease.

Different than most speakers and authors, Niels takes the role of advisor, or change curator, very seriously. He frequently accompanies his consulting clients in far-reaching change assignments and also for longer periods of time, often stretching for more than one or two years. In complex initiatives, Niels always partners with colleagues from his large network of “cool friends” (see cool friend section on this website) – experienced and senior advisors like himself.

The open innovation movement on org leadership


In early 2008, Niels founded the BetaCodex Network, which set itself the mission of transforming organizations for sustained superior competitive success. Building upon the pioneering work of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT), the BetaCodex Network is different than other “new leadership” movements, in that it is focused on transforming organizations, not just talking. It is open innovation and open source in nature. And it is inclusive. This network is taking the BetaCodex - or: "Beyond Budgeting", as it was formerly known - to a new level, by making it real.

Learn about the BetaCodex, about organizational transformation and the Network’s vision by visiting the network´s portal. Read more about organizational leadership for this century in the BetaCodex Network white papers in the left column on this website.