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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´ major speaking topics

Niels´ challenging, inspiring and mind-boggling topics for your conference, workshop, corporate event, program or speaking tour may include the following:


  • High Performance through Learning. How to put people, teams and organizations on track to grow and thrive
  • Why Management is Dispensable. And what comes after it.  How to adapt your organization to markets that thrive in perpetual beta
  • Bye-bye Management! How to stop managing and finally start leading
  • Learning for Innovation. Why learning is the work and how to build learning into your organization´s DNA
  • Secrets of High Performance. How to design teams and the organizational for highly dynamic markets
  • Change Clinic. How to transform teams and organizations for high performance
  • Keeping it complex. How to circumnavigate burocratization and avoid the centralization trap
  • The Beta Way. How to put mindful leadership to work
  • Organize for Complexity. What leadership is. How it really works. How to create the highly decentralized, networked cell structure organization
  • Making Performance Work. From fixed to relative performance contracts, and towards simple, ethical and empowering ways of dealing with performance!

What others say


"We are used to hosting lots of events at Seibert-Media. And we had many, many speakers here in the past. But Niels´ keynote and session was easily the best speaking event we ever had." Martin Seibert, CEO

"Competing for attention when Niels is on the agenda as well is damn hard. If not impossible." Frieder Kanitz, Vollmer & Scheffczyk

"You can agree with Niels, you can disagree with Niels. The one thing you can´t do is ignore him."  Erwin van der Koogh, Stoos Network

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

"Germany´s fiercest management critic" Winfried Felser, competence-site