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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


Niels' bio

Niels Pflaeging is a passionate and thoughtful advocate for a “new breed“ of leadership and profound change in organizations. He is an acclaimed speaker and author of several books, a co-founder and associate of the BetaCodex Network, and president of his own consulting firm based in New York and Wiesbaden.


About Niels


In his work, three core topics stand out: Leadership, Transformation and Learning. Prior to the BetaCodex Network, Niels was a director with the prestigious Beyond Budgeting Round Table, BBRT, for five years, between 2003 and 2007. He was also a business controller at multinational corporations, including ThyssenKrupp and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Niels wrote four books and many articles on leadership and transformation, and since 2002 has travelled more than 30 countries, presenting and discussing the outlines of a new organizational model for the knowledge economy. He is a prolific speaker, speaking four languages fluently: English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Niels´ second book, “Leading with flexible Targets. Beyond Budgeting in Practice” was awarded the Financial Times Germany Best Business Book award, in 2006. All his three books were lauded by critics and readers and became bestsellers. His first book, “Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting” was recently nominated one of the “100 Best Business Books of All Times” in a compendium of the same title.

Since 2006, Niels has been strongly involved in transformational change initiatives as a short-time and long-time advisor, in firms both in Europe and in the Americas.

Niels is an urbanite and something of a global citizen. He has lived in some of the world´s largest cities, including New York, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Niels is vitally interested in all things cultural – ranging from movies, music, modern art, design, architecture and history to intercultural phenomena and languages. With his wife Silke, he lives in Wiesbaden (Germany) and in New York City.



“Working with Niels during a workshop with the top leadership 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

“Niels Pflaeging is the father of the end of management.” Winfried Felser, competence-site

“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

“Niels Pflaeging is Germany´s sharpest management critic” changeX

Niels´ pdf profiles for download


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Spanish and Portuguese profiles upon request.