Thomas Zweifel
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Thomas Zweifel
Key Topics:
  • Leadership
  • Culture
  • Globalization
  • Team Building
  • Peak Performance
  • Change
  • Communication
  • Bio Info:

    The world we have made
    as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far
    creates problems we cannot solve
    at the same level at which we created them.
    —Albert Einstein

    Once-stalwart financial institutions have gone out of business; governments have pumped hundreds of billions into rescue plans; untold numbers have lost their jobs or homes. It is a dark time indeed. How do we get out of this mess? Bailouts and crisis management are not enough. We need to get to the root cause of the crisis. And the lynchpin issue that underlies all others is the lack of twenty-first century leadership that can meet the unprecedented challenges of our time.

    Of times like these the late economist and philosopher Kenneth Boulding said, “The greatest need for leadership is in the dark. It is when the system is changing so rapidly ... that old prescriptions and old wisdoms can only lead to catastrophe and leadership is necessary to call people to the very strangeness of the new world being born.”

    The old leadership model is bankrupt. Leadership is in crisis—from business to government, leaders have lost their compass in the rough seas of bad debt, a borderless economy, ubiquitous media, the Internet, and turbulent markets. A new landscape makes leading more complex than ever. Even the 20th century’s greatest heroes would likely have a hard time leading in the 21st. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s debilitating polio would be all over the Internet. John F. Kennedy’s chronic affairs would haunt him while he would face not one but multiple enemies. And Winston Churchill would be all over YouTube for his “battle with the bottle."

    But the crisis also affords us the opportunity to reinvent the paradigm and practice of leadership. How can you lead now? And how do you breed principled leaders for the 21st century? Is leadership a matter of DNA, culture, or coaching?

    Since 1984 Dr. Zweifel has coached hundreds of leaders in Fortune 500 companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and small and medium enterprises to meet bold objectives in turbulent markets. Living in Europe, Japan, India and the United States, he has helped clients implement large-scale transformations, build virtual high-performance teams, and cause breakthrough results.

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    Since 2000, Professor Zweifel has taught leadership and cross-cultural management at Columbia University in New York, St. Gallen Business School in Switzerland, and at other universities in the United States, Europe, Israel and Australia.

    Dr. Zweifel is the author of five acclaimed books, including Communicate or Die: Getting Results Through Speaking and Listening; Culture Clash: Managing the Global High-Performance Team; and The Rabbi and the CEO: The Ten Commandments for 21st Century Leaders.

    In his speeches to business leaders, UN bodies, government agencies like the US State Department, and the US Military Academy at West Point, he acts as a multi-disciplinary "ambassador of worlds and wisdoms," integrating tradition and future, East and West, theory and practice, business and making a difference. His speaking and teaching empower managers of all stripes to go beyond themselves, turn breakdowns into breakthroughs, and be the leaders needed in the 21st century.

    Speech Topics Include:

    From Br
    eakdown to Breakthrough
    ernational Business
    ernational Affairs
    Goal Setting
    Peak Performance
    e Management
    Cross-Cultural Manag


    Leadership for the 21st Century: from Breakdown to Breakthrough (1/2 day or 90 minutes):

    An unprecedented crisis—along with globalization and democratization, flattening organizational hierarchies and the Internet, outsourcing and virtual teams—has transformed the landscape of leadership. The old leadership model is bankrupt. How do you lead effectively in this new environment? Integrating multiple disciplines, Dr. Zweifel suggests a new leadership model, the Global Leader Pyramid™, and shows leaders in a highly interactive session how to co-lead, build trust and alignment, and be adaptive by harnessing breakdowns—the very stuff that stops everyone else—into breakthroughs.
    ”I wish I had had access to Zweifel’s tools 35 years ago when I was starting out.”
     Werner Brandmayr, President and Managing Director, ConocoPhillips-Europe
    Communicate or Die: Getting Results Through Speaking and Listening (1/2 day or 90 minutes): The difference between a vision achieved and a fiasco is often great communication—speaking and listening. Often managers have a great vision, but fail to communicate their strategies and turn them into results. Just as often, an organization’s staff has insight and information that never makes it to the top. Communication means not only broadcasting down the hierarchy, but listening up to get vital intelligence from the field into the boardroom. Through fascinating stories and interactive processes, Dr. Zweifel gives you access to tools for cutting out wasteful communication and learning how to listen effectively—perhaps the smartest investment in productivity. Avoid the Four Deadly Sins of Speaking, climb the Matterhorn of Masterful Listening™, and become a skillful communicator who gets results.
    ”I am a huge believer in Communicate or Die. When people speak—and listen—effectively, they get better information, better strategic intelligence, and better results.”
    Steve Baird, Senior Management Advisor, UBS

    Culture Clash: Managing the Global High-Performance Team (1/2 day or 90 minutes):
    e it or not, all of us are touched by globalization, and effective 21st-century leaders understand how others tick, see the world from their vantage point, and adapt their solutions to other cultures. But few leaders are prepared for working across borders, and the costs of cultural blindspots in mergers, virtual teams and outsourcing can be immense—from lawsuits to lost opportunities. Through case studies and interactive processes, Dr. Zweifel introduces you to the global and intercultural competencies and tools it takes to manage across cultures anywhere in the world: the Global Leader Pyramid™, the Global Integrator™, and high Cultural Intelligence (CQ™)—being a global citizen who gets the job done across borders.

    “I have personally seen Dr. Zweifel in action… His greatest skill in my opinion is to help people with different agendas to find that precious common ground and build from there. He is a man who deserves a title that is all too often bestowed without merit, but in this case is truly deserved: miracle worker”.
    David Searby, program officer, U.S. State Department

    The Rabbi & the CEO: The 10 Commandments for 21st-Century Leaders (1/2 day or 1 day):
    From busin
    ess to government, from religious institutions to the UN, leaders seem to have lost their moral compass. In times of bad debt and financial meltdown, how do you lead, and how do you breed principled leaders? The answer comes from an improbable source: the 3,000-year-old tradition of Judaism. Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah hold life-and-death leadership challenges, including stories of insurmountable odds, ethical dilemmas, lust and betrayal, and offer astonishingly practical lessons for 21st-century managers. In a unique synergy, Dr. Zweifel has teamed up with Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, dynamic Jewish leader and author of Letters of Light, to blend the timeless wisdom of the Ten Commandments with a cutting-edge methodology based on twenty-five years of coaching leaders—a mix that provides innovative tools and techniques for lasting success.

    ”The leadership wisdom contained here is timeless, powerful and actionable—just what you’d expect when you combine a Rabbi and a CEO!”
    Scott Snook, Prof
    essor of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business

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    New York
  • Leadership for the 21st Century: from Breakdown to Breakthrough
  • Communicate or Die: Getting Results Through Speaking and Listening
  • Culture Clash: Managing the Global High-Performance Team
  • The Rabbi & the CEO: The 10 Commandments for 21st-Century Leaders
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