Dr. Martin Buerki

leadership partner, speaker & author

“Joy in leading others results in success – and not the other way around.”

Leading defines the direction of a movement that evolves from within. That is the reason why leadership is always a question of suitability attitude.

Companies and organizations need more leadership! Not a process-oriented but rather an dictating integrating leadership that transports culture, builds trust and enables transformation.

Method

What should leadership achieve? How does it develop a stable effect in an agile environment? Which contents should be communicated? And how?

I have been dealing with these and other questions for almost 20 years. In doing so, I am committed as a Leadership Partner. In this role, many contributions and impulses for the design and perception of leadership have emerged. Enriched with my experiences, insights and tips, a book has emerged that summarizes these many components and condenses them into a tangible, practical approach. In doing so, I give leadership, leaders and management tasks the importance of being the epicenter of successful corporate development.

In “Leading with the T.I.G.E.R. Method©” I lay the foundation for what I consider to be the central perspective of leadership (making others successful) and the necessary change of roles for leaders. Both succeed along the five core tasks Tell, Integrate, Grow, Encourage and Realize.

TIGER
  1. 01

    Tell

    How you touch and move employees with your ambition.

    Comfort zones are the ultimate death of movement and development – so leave it! Create an attractive gravitation field that employees can’t resist. Offer meaning and create resonance. This is how you generate identity.

    In short: An ambition that does not establish connection is like a letter with no salutation.

  2. 02

    Integrate

    How you unite employees to initiative, agile and diverse communities.

    Today, cooperation seems pretty simple: it’s virtual, fast, punctual and diverse. You just need to create a safe and stable ground for it: endow trust, foster diversity and anchor your own culture.

    In short: Diversity presupposes diversity – and starts in the head.

  3. 03

    Grow

    How you unfold potentials in employees and create new opportunities.

    Positive emotions trigger employees’ engagement, creativity and courage. So honestly and energetically strengthen their strengths and see their potential unfold.

    In short: Challenging expectations and honest discussions wake up dormant potentials.

  4. 04

    Encourage

    How you empower employees to help themselves and help others.

    Old-fashioned thinking blocks performance. The same is true when it comes to leading others. Love and live your role as a coach to show employees that you care and help them help themselves and others.

    In short: Respectful interactions open alternative interpretations – and actions.

  5. 05

    Realize

    How you strengthen and multiply the success of employees.

    Successes energize! Even your employees. Help them see, accept and appreciate their contribution and gauge their own potential for further development.

    In short: Successes create new gravity fields.

CFP: Cultural Fingerprint

In a company, people cooperate and create value. The leadership culture plays an important role in this: Can employees get involved, develop and successfully set new impulses in the company? The Cultural Fingerprint makes the individual leadership culture visible and provides leaders with concrete tips on how to further develop their impact - and, for example, work more AT instead of IN the system.

In addition, the CFP helps management teams to recognize the effect of their leadership culture and to shape it consciously and effectively from now on. So that new opportunities and impulses can arise in the company.

Tipp: Hover over the dimensions to learn more about them.

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  • CEO

    Construction
  • Divisionhead

    Special Electronic Switches
  • Managing Director

    Health Prevention
  • Teamleader

    Insurance
TellIntegrateGrowEncourageRealize
  • Show meaning

    Employees experience their work as significant when they understand not only what (recognisable) contribution they are making, but also whether this brings them closer to their own values, dreams or ambitions. How well do you already make this important connection?

  • Inspiring for goals

    Employees contribute to the development of the company when they are enthusiastic about the company’s goals. How well do you already create the emotional resonance necessary for this?

  • Enabling perspectives

    An attractive perspective is created for employees when their own development is in harmony with the development of the company. How well do you already achieve this congruence?

  • Communicating culture

    Culture has a great integrating effect, provides orientation and creates a sense of belonging. Employees experience culture in everyday life primarily through the behaviour of their superiors. How consciously do you communicate corporate culture?

  • Giving confidence

    Trust is the basis for a functioning cooperation in which knowledge is exchanged (without reservation) and mistakes are openly discussed. To what extent do you succeed in building up this mutual trust?

  • Allow new ideas

    Diversity helps to better grasp and understand complexities. To do this, a system must open up, allow new perspectives, ideas and approaches, test, integrate. How consciously do you encourage employees to embrace new ideas?

  • Realising potential

    Employees grow with their tasks. And only realised potentials point to new potentials, just as when you can only see the next one on a mountain top. How consistently do you develop employees in their everyday lives?

  • Promoting inner strength

    Inner strength expresses itself in such a way that employees independently find ways to reach their goals, believe in their own abilities, fall on their feet or explain events in a more positive way. How consciously do you support this inner strength?

  • Share feedback

    Feedback is simply the cheapest and at the same time the most effective method of showing employees honest interest, encouraging them and stimulating the exchange of experiences. How consistently do you use it in your everyday life?

  • Systemic questioning

    New paths often only emerge through new perspectives, e.g. with systemic questions. They open your eyes to (larger) connections and to your own contribution to a situation. How well-versed do you use systemic questions to open up new spaces for solutions?

  • Overcoming blockades

    Inner blockades are (useless) convictions. They prevent employees from taking new steps. But they can be identified and dealt with in a structured discussion. How well do these discussions succeed?

  • Showing gratitude

    Employees are important performers, but first and foremost people. How well do you encourage respectful appreciation and exchange at eye level?

  • Consolidating progress

    A development step is complete when employees can see the (positive) effect of their commitment on the customer. How consistently do you achieve this recognition?

  • Multiplying success

    Successes are celebrated with pleasure. Often, however, they are hardly ever openly shared and further used in the company, so that organisation-wide learning could be made from them. How diversely do you use successes for communication with stakeholders?

  • Setting new impulses

    The better employees recognise the impact of their own successes, the more likely they are to take on further challenges. How consistently do you use this moment to take the next steps?

Offer

  1. 01

    ** NEW ** Pop-up Coach (digital)

    Pop-up Coaching: An uncomplicated coaching format for women and men in management positions who lack a short, selective exchange. I create space for you to reflect on challenging leadership situations quickly and in an uncomplicated way.

    Book a session.
  2. 02

    Transformer

    Transformations fail because of complexities or the inability to deal with them. I support leaders to understand these complexities, to prepare themselves and the change - beyond conventional “change programs”. But with real effect.

    Let's talk about it.
  3. 03

    Developer

    Leadership roles are versatile, leadership tasks are challenging, leadership situations are complex. Are you satisfied with your impact? Or do you rather stand in your own way? I show you how to free yourself from (recurring) traps and how to really unfold.

    Watch Testimonal (youtube)
  4. 04

    Rocket Trainer

    Not all teams - especially management teams - reach their possible performance level, the concerns are too dispersed, the ambitions are too different, the cooperation is too uncertain. I will show you how to ignite the next level and bring your team performance to a “next level.

    Watch Testimonal (youtube)
  5. 05

    Bridge builder

    Do you feel alone with your leadership challenges? Use Altize - the community of leaders for leaders. Learn from others and share your own experiences. Anonymous, discreet and uncomplicated.

    Altize - community for leaders by leaders
  6. 06

    Organizer

    Sometimes a personal and open exchange is more helpful than 1000 books. That’s why with the LeaderSummit* I create an inspiring and instructive event by and for leaders from different industries.

    Get next invitation.

Journal

Expertise

Coaching hours
17'220
Corporate customers
117
Private customers
102

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About

How I will help you:

Leaders find themselves often between organizational change, complex dependencies and human needs. That may be puzzling and exhausting.

I help leaders to focus with joy on the core of leadership. So that they create a climate in which employees flourish, engage and develop.

Short Curriculum vitae

Get to know me (better).

Why necessary change does not happen even when all involved parties have committed to it? And what does that mean for leaders? I am passionately devoted to these and similar questions. In my work I integrate insights from various sources such as Positive Psychology and different development approaches to help leaders in many organizations to identify and overcome the Immunity to Change (ITC) of individuals and groups. So that they might achieve a state of continuous and deliberate development.

Further points:

− PhD in business administration and economics; university of Basle
− Positions in Management Consulting and Banking
− Since 2003: self-employed entrepreneur and leadership partner
− 2011: ITC diploma of Harvard university, Boston
− 2013: ITC-facilitator diploma of Harvard university, Boston
− 2018: Latest publication (in german): “leading with the T.I.G.E.R.-Method”
− 2019: Published various articles (see material)
− 2020: SGO: Practice Head “Leadership”
− 2021: Conversations at the Growth Edge; by J. Garvey Berger (cultivating leadership)

Journal

Who do you trust?

The Say-Do-Gap: The smaller the overlap, the thinner the trust.

Many experience leadership and loneliness as Siamese twins. Yet this role would actually offer a wide range of access to others. And the higher someone climbs, the less he trusts feedback from others - loneliness increases. Obviously, a self-sustaining cycle works here. But can it be broken?

According to popular belief, the air at the top is getting thinner and thinner. This means that in hierarchically organised companies more and more power, responsibility and recognition come together in one position, the higher up it is. This is why the competition between candidates for these positions is particularly fierce. And in this battle, one is well advised to trust other people only very carefully. Otherwise the hard-won position will be lost very quickly.

Fortunately, these Machiavellian patterns of behaviour are not (any longer) necessary everywhere. Nevertheless, the question remains as to whom leaders can and should actually trust. Here too, the vernacular has a piece of advice: “Trust, look who! But what should one look at when trusting?

Ask yourself: who do you trust and who do you trust less? When do you decide whether you can trust someone? To this question I usually hear answers such as “yes, you can only tell over time” or “I rely on my gut feeling” or even “that’s really just a matter of attitude”. You have probably heard such or similar answers or even used them yourself. This brings us to the question of how trust actually arises. How do you strengthen your trust in others? And how do they make it easier for others to trust you?

In the beginning there was the word.

Injuries are dangerous. This applies not only to physical but also to mental injuries. Therefore we humans try to avoid them: We walk carefully in the dark so as not to stumble. We have airbags, seat belts, emergency exits. We listen to other people and put ourselves in a favourable light. I’m sure you can easily give other examples of how we try to prevent injuries.

This behaviour is human and therefore it is also evident in the operational environment: cooperation suffers when employees do not trust each other. This makes it all the more important that you not only succeed in gaining this trust, but also in strengthening it (and giving it to others). The following picture summarises how you can succeed in this:

Trust is created at the intersection between everything you say, announce, promise and what you actually deliver. This is perfectly understandable and actually quite simple: if your partner does something different than what he or she (once) promised, your trust will immediately disappear. How painful was the experience when you were lied to for the first time by your daughter or son? You will probably never forget that moment.

So we can now close the gap to the loneliness of the leadership role. Just look at who is doing what he/she has said. This implies that you should hold back from telling others what to do, but give them the opportunity to express these planned steps themselves. In this way you will promote a sense of responsibility and release far more energy in employees than by simply giving instructions. And how do you manage to do this over and over again? By asking questions! If you ask questions, you usually get answers. “Who can contribute what to reduce waste in production?”

Ask more questions! Train yourself to ask useful questions and thereby recognise the power, strength and significance of a question to strengthen mutual trust. This is not just wishful thinking, but experienced everyday life. In exchange with peers, many leaders receive diverse, helpful and competent answers to their questions. Answers that are based on experience. Of course, this does not mean that they are easily transferable to other situations.

That is not the point. The point is that the questioner and the respondent can trust each other because they are actually in the same boat, so no one is going to punch a hole in it. Because these two parties do not know each other personally, there is no competition that could distort or undermine this exchange. And because these questions and answers are read and evaluated by many others - they are thus given a seal of approval, so to speak. No one has a motive to lie, cheat or deceive others. But they all want one thing: to break through loneliness.

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