Deutsche Vorstände 2018: Mehr Thomasse als Frauen

In Deutschlands Unternehmensspitzen dominiert nach wie vor eine männliche Monokultur. Das geht aus dem aktuellen Allbright-Bericht hervor, einer politisch unabhängigen und gemeinnützigen Stiftung mit Sitz in Stockholm und in Berlin.

Der Zuwachs an Frauen in den Vorständen der 160 deutschen Börsenunternehmen war im vergangenen Jahr so gering, dass er in etwa dem gleichzeitigen Zuwachs an Männern entspricht, die Thomas heißen. An den Unternehmensspitzen dominiert eine männliche Monokultur, die sie nicht abzuschütteln vermögen: Thomas rekrutiert Thomas und der wiederum einen Thomas, der ihm sehr ähnlich ist; am 1. September 2018 sind 92 Prozent der Vorstandsmitglieder Männer. Von der Vielfalt in der deutschen Gesellschaft kommt in diesen Führungsetagen wenig an.

Zwar gab es im vergangenen Jahr eine Verbesserung des Frauenanteils in den Vorständen der mittelgroßen Unternehmen des MDAX von 3,8 auf 6,8 Prozent, doch in den großen DAX-Konzernen, bislang der stärkste Veränderungsmotor, stagniert der Anteil mit 13,4 Prozent auf Vorjahresniveau. Die Unternehmen fallen damit im internationalen Vergleich immer weiter zurück: In den USA und Schweden ist der Frauenanteil in den Vorständen schon jetzt doppelt so hoch und er wächst dort wesentlich schneller.

Hier kann der Bericht als PDF heruntergeladen werden.

Close relationships make people happy


Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier.

„Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the Harvard study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.“ – Robert Waldinger, Harvard Grant Study

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Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

“Cultivating braver and more daring leaders”

Vulnerability, clarity of values, trust, and rising skills are the four pillars of courageous leadership according to Brené Brown. With this, uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure are essential to a successful entrepreneur journey. Based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, Brené Brown is showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Deep Work by Cal Newport

“Let your mind become a lens: Dealing with the daily distractions and getting back to deep and focused work”

Cal Newport has some valuable advice about how to relearn the ability of deep work.
The thesis is that deep work is both rare and valuable in today´s world. A lot seems to be common sense but, as Harvard Professor Tal Ben Shahar says about common sense in one of his Ted Talks about “Happiness”, it may be common sense but it is evidently not „common“.


The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

. . . About The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

by Shawn Achor

Success follows Happiness! When we are happy, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This discovery has been repeatedly shown by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. Shawn Achor wrote a compelling book . . . .


Halftime by Bob P. Buford

Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance

by Bob P. Buford

Have you ever consciously thought about your personal “Halftime”?

“Halftime” by Bob Buford is not a book about your arrival at success and how to apply it. It’s about giving back and finding meaning and purpose in life


Grit by Angela Duckworth

secret of all triumphs.“

Victor Hugo

Is there a secret to excellence and success? And how far does bare talent lead us to success?

Grit is a book about the power of passion and perseverance and it is a persuasive approach to the cult of talent, hard work and luck. Above talent, hard work and luck it definitely needs grit for long-term achievement, success and excellence. Continue reading „Grit by Angela Duckworth“