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What’s more important for success than the right business background?

Executive Coach Axel Rittershaus writing for Entrepreneur MagazineYou need experience, connections, talent and lots of funding money.

That’s what many people believe as prerequisite for success.

But there are countless business which had all of that.

And they failed.

Maybe because the founder missed the one key ingredient: Passion for what they are doing.

Read more about this topic in our expert column on Entrepreneur:

3 reasons why passion might be more important than a business background – by Axel Rittershaus


How to make IT governance work – Our Article on ComputerWeekly

How to make IT governance work - by Axel Rittershaus for ComputerWeeklyGovernance is undoubtedly an important subject for any organisation, but what does it really involve? If you were to ask 10 experts you would end up with 11 explanations. It is therefore important to distil the topic down to its key elements.

Read more about IT governance and why a set of rules & systems are not sufficient to make it work.




Financial Times FT: “Today’s trend is for high-potential employees to be coached”

How comes, that every top athlete has multiple coaches and experts to improve his performance?

And how comes, that top executives on the C-Level and below have a golf pro and a personal trainer for their sports activities while at the same time they shy away from having an executive coach who can not only make them more productive?

Times are changing, as you can read in a recent article by the Financial Times, stating that the image of coaching, especially executive coaching, made an U-Turn from a “last call” for low performers to a highly efficient and sought after way to make already successful people even more successful. (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/da3ea73c-ee30-11e2-816e-00144feabdc0.html#!)

Of course this requires a coach who really understands his business and puts the success and results for his coachee first. Unfortunately the coaching skills of many self-proclaimed experts and coaches are limited to writing down the title “executive coach”.

We highly recommend to select an executive coach wisely, pay attention to credentials or certifications and the coaches experience in working with executives.

The Art of Delegation in “Destiny Man Magazine”

DestinyMan2014-Jan-FebIf you are an executive, entrepreneur or C-Level-Member, delegation is one of your most important day to day tasks. There are only 24 hours in a day, and some people achieve more than others during this given time.

What might sound easy at first sight often has it’s challenges – and in many cases all parties involved make delegation a successful or a miserable experience.

Destiny Man (www.destinyman.com) interviewed us regarding the topic of delegation and we happily replied.

You can read our tips in the January-February 2014 edition.

More than 96% of CEOs (!) enjoy receiving coaching!

A recent study by Stanford Graduate Schools shows an overwhelming positive reaction of CEOs on leadership coaching.

What really strikes is the fact, that 2/3 of the CEOs do NOT receive leadership advice like coaching, but most of them want it!

Read more about the Exexcutive Coaching study here:


Are you a Threat to your Company’s Growth?


Executive Coach Axel Rittershaus writing for Entrepreneur Magazine

I received a lot of positive feedback for my recent Entrepreneur Magazine SA article with the name “Are you a Threat to your Company’s Growth“.

Many thanks for the positive feedback. And if you haven’t read the article yet, the link is: http://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/advice/business-leadership/leading/are-you-a-threat-to-your-companys-growth/

Contributing to the Silicon Cape Initiative

We’re happy to announce our contribution to the Silicon Cape Initiative, Cape Town.

Silicon Cape Initiative for Entrepreneurs in the ICT industry, Cape Town, South Africa

The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit, community owned and driven movement, that aims to improve the environment in the Western Cape to create more and better startups as well as increase access to capital.

We will assist this movement with monthly expert columns regarding leadership, entrepreneurship and business development in the ICT industry