Tag Archives: Leadership

8 aspects more important than salary to IT workers

We all know, earning a decent salary is a very important topic for job satisfaction.

But it’s not the only one.

Especially when you look at IT employees, who mostly earn a nice salary!

A recent study by Careerbuilder.com including a representative sample of 240 full-time IT-employees came up with 8 aspects which are MORE IMPORTANT THAN SALARY!

  • 69% Job stability
  • 64% Office location
  • 60% Good work culture
  • 57% Affordable benefit plans
  • 40% Learning opportunities
  • 40% Flexible schedules
  • 40% Good career advancement opportuntities
  • 40% Ability to telecommute

It shows that the quality of life, during both private and work time, becomes more and more important. We want to work in a positive environment, not be scared to lose our job and avoid wasting valuable hours of our life commuting.

The survey can be found here:



Uber-successfull leader challenges his leadership style

One of my very successful clients, a self-made man with several companies & hundreds of employees before he turned 40, is aware of the fact, that he might be successful not only because he is good, but despite behavior that might be destructive.

Therefore he gave me green light for a project called “Start – Stop – Continue” where I am going to talk to all of his executives, managing directors and direct reports including assistants to identify, what they see as necessary to prepare the companies for the future.

He expressed his concerns, that

  • he might be the limiting factor for talents, because of his personality
  • he might feel challenged by potential successors (since his dream is to step back and become an advisor instead of running the business) and fight with them instead of fostering the potential
  • he destroys the creativity of his teams with his analytical and rhetorical skills

This is a true leader – he identifies a potential threat to his business (= himself) and takes action!

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:


Speaking Topic: Look inside the brain of great leaders and their employees

Executive Coach Axel Rittershaus as Motivational SpeakerExecutive Coaching clients and attendees of our trainings alike tell us, that learning about the most recent study results from Neuroscience and their implications on leadership are the most inspiring and mind-changing experiences they ever had.

Neuroscience, the combination of psychology and modern medical technology like MRTs, give us the opportunity to look inside the brain of a human being while it’s actually busy with a task!

To give more companies the opportunity to get first hand insights and strategies to understand and manage their employees better, we prepared a key note speech of 30 – 75 minutes long called:

“Look inside the brain of great leaders and their employees”

Understanding the behavior of other people (like employees or ourselves) can be a miracle; especially when they are stressed out, under pressure or unable to cope (no matter why).

As a leader we can carry on and fight forever – or we can learn how to turn the situation around. Neuroscience shows us the way.

This talk gives you first hand insights into the most recent and game-changing results of neuroscience and combines it with tools & methods to lead people based on this new knowledge.

It’s going to be entertaining, surprising, jaw-dropping and hands on at the same time.

You are going to leave the talk with strategies to handle difficult situations much better than ever before.

If you are interested having us as a key note speaker at one of your events, please get in touch via our contact form.

If you can’t move forward, get off the escalator…

Did you ever experience a moment in your life, where you were complaining about a situation, the behavior or lack of action of others?

Sometimes it appears to us, that others are responsible for a situation and they have to move.

But most of the time, and this includes the aforementioned situations, it’s us who is not moving, not taking action.

I use this videoclip to make this evident at my leadership trainings. I trust you like it too…

Keynote: “We don’t see, what we see”

Hein Wagner and Axel Rittershaus after Test RunAs a dedicated ultra marathon runner, with currently 5 Two Oceans Ultra and 3 Comrades medals, I had the priviledge of being the running guide for the well know South African blind runner Hein Wagner.

Hein was born blind and became a successful sales manager, extreme adventurer and motivational speaker.

I never guided a blind runner before and received the request just 5 days prior to the 56 km Ultra Marathon in 2013. I am glad I got the opportunity and took it – I learned a lot from it!

You can find more about this running adventure on my Ultra Marathon Website:http://ultra-marathon-man.blogspot.com/2013/03/change-of-plans-for-my-two-oceans-ultra.html 

On April 8th I am going to talk about what I learned at the Social of my running club Atlantic Athletics Club in Cape Town. The name of the talk will be “We don’t see what we see“.

If you are interested in this talk for your own club or business, please get in touch with me.

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/