Von Armin Meier zu Werner Augsburger: die Referenten an unserer Tagung

Dear reader

2 weeks ago we organized a

One day seminars  on leadership pressures, stress and burn-out (May 31, german: Gesunder Umgang mit Leistungsdruck, Stress und Wettbewerb)

This highly successful one day Speed, Action: Results workshop featured 7 expert speakers. We published a few pictures  on our Facebook pinboard.

The seven speakers, whom I would like to thank again for their lectures, covered the following:

Armin Meier, speaker at the Business School Lorange Institute of BusinessArmin Meier – Managing Director Boyden Global Executive Search, Zurich, covered the major tasks of the executive search function. He stressed, among other things, the importance of fit between a prospective candidate’s priorities and the culture of a given corporation.


Alex Antonitsch, speaker at the Business School Lorange Institute of BusinessAlexander Antonitsch – Owner Institut of Leistungsmanagement (ILM), stressed methods / tools to measure impacts of stress on humans, e.g. heart rates, skin density, etc. Much of this was pioneered in the fields of sports, above all tennis.


Matthias Burisch, speaker at the Business School Lorange Institute of BusinessProf. Dr. Matthias Burisch – Owner of the Burnout Institut of Northern Germany, outlined several ways to detect burnout, and also gave several examples of this – one focusing on an individual’s feeling of too high and uncontrollable work-load, another on too heavy focus on superior performance, a third on extreme loneliness, and so on.

Werner Augsburger, speaker at the Business School Lorange Institute of BusinessWerner Augsburger – Head of Swiss Volley with a 10 years Olympic experience, focused on the role of potential stress among athletes in sports, perhaps being particular associated with the need to perform at extremely high expected levels. The role of team affiliation was emphasized as a key ameliorating factor.

Ronnie Bachofner, speaker at the Business School the Lorange Institute of BusinessDr. med. Ronnie Bachofner – Owner of the FMH Clinic, focused on several of the key symptoms in our bodies, and how stress could lead to lack of proper functioning of these – sleep being a key example.


Beat Kunz, speaker at the Business School the Lorange Institute of BusinessBeat Kunz – Head of HR and member of the Management Board at ABB Turbo Systems AG, outlined the so-called SWING approach to detecting and managing stress at ABB Turbo Systems AG. The “early warning” benefits from this approach seem particularly helpful. Secondary benefits, such as development of a more participative style in workshops were also highlighted.

Matthias Mölleney speaker at the Business School the Lorange Institute of BusinessMatthias Mölleney – President of ZGP, highlighted recent shifts in workforce attitudes, of key importance for how organizations of the future might look – less hierarchy, less bureaucracy, closer to the customer.


General: The Lorange Institute of Business Zurich is focusing on what make today’s executives more effective and how corporations are reorganizing themselves to cope with added turbulence and new realities. More on this was discussed at our workshop on Organizational Design on June 14 and 15, conducted by Professor Svein Andersen.

Peter Lorange


The Fine Art of Success:How Learning Great Art Can Create Great Business

Youve read about Jack Welch, Lou Gerstner and Steve Jobs – but what can you learn about business from van Gogh and Picasso? The Fine Art of Success shows why you should look to pop–stars like Madonna or artists like Damien Hirst for guidance on innovation, competitive advantage, leadership, and a host of other business issues.

Managers, marketing professionals, and students will see how these creative artists can help their organizations. Chapters include Madonna – Strategy on a dance floor; Damian Hirst – The shark is dead/How to build yourself a new market; Beuys – Understanding creativity, is every manager an artist; Picasso – Art lessons for global managers; Koons – Made in Heaven produced on earth; and Paik – Global Groove, innovation through juxtaposition. With controversial ideas, fascinating facts and memorable examples, The Fine Art of Success delivers business lessons that youll be eager to apply

Wiley is offering a 20% discount on the book when members of the Lorange Institute community order through their website. Please use code VB189 at the checkout stage to get your discount on the book.

(From Inside the Flap)

Innovation is the ‘buzz topic for the 21st century manager. Now it’s time to learn from those who have been doing it for centuries – creative artists. Wondering how your firm can sustain competitive advantage?

This book suggests you might look to contemporary artist Damian Hirst, or pop–star Madonna for guidance on successful strategies for driving innovation and creativity in business.This book is a fresh and entertaining course on key strategies for successful  business innovation.

The authors analyse the success of artists through the lens of management theory and ask what practising managers can learn from the way creative artists innovate. They show that there are real lessons for managers from the success of artists such as Joesph Beuys, Madonna, Pablo Picasso and others, and that many of these lessons can be applied within the firm.

About the Authors

Prof. Joerg Reckhenrich

Joerg Reckhenrich (middle) is an artist and director of the Berlin-based consultancy ‘Strategic Creativity’, Professor of Innovation and Creativity Management at the Lorange Institute, Zurich and Adjunct Professor at the Antwerp Management School. Joerg has facilitated workshops on creativity and innovation as part of executive education programs at Antwerp Management School, London Business School, IMD and the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT).

Dr. Martin Kupp

Martin Kupp (left) is a program director and member of the faculty at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin where his research focuses on corporate creativity and innovation management. He is an award winning case author, and conducts seminars on the writing and teaching of case studies at academic institutions around the world.

Professor Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson (right) is jointly Professor in Strategy and Innovation Management with the Lorange Institute and Antwerp Management School. He is an award winning author and case writer, and was recently recognized by the journal Business Strategy Review as one of Europe’s top 25 management thinkers. Professor Anderson has published in many of the world’s leading academic journals, and has appeared as a business commentator for the BBC, CNN and CNBC.