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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


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Learning for human beings


University teaching


Niels discovered his passion for higher education teaching a few years ago. Since then, he developed his own "Thought Clinic" method for higher education teaching, out of his experience and research in workshop settings. He now works with students block-wise at several universities in the German-speaking countries - offering highly interdisciplinary, thoughtful, engaging, student-centric, thinking-oriented educational modules that are highly valued by students.

In Niels´ teaching, there is no use of PowerPoint, nor is there speaking followed by a Q&A. Instead, sessions are structured around a large portfolio of coherent, but never entirely pre-set “thinking tools” that enable groups to reflect, discuss and modify assumptions and mental models about leadership, value creation, work, organizational values, and change.

Niels is currently looking for additional teaching opportunities, internationally.

Niels regularly teaches at these higher education outfits:

  • Donauuniversität Universität für Weiterbildung, Krems/Austria, program: MBA Business Controlling, discipline: "Controller Excellence/Beyond Budgeting", 2-day modules - since 2012
  • DHBW Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart/Germany, program: Studiengang Wertorientiertes Management & Controlling, discipline: "Values-Based Leadership", 2-day modules - since 2011
  • SCMT Steinbeis Center of Management and Technology, Stuttgart/Germany, program: Master of Science in Controlling and Consulting, discipline: "Beyond Budgeting", 1-day modules - since 2011