Let me briefly introduce myself to give you an idea of who you are dealing with here! I am OLAF KAPINSKI, IT engineer, entrepreneur and a passionate manager. I have been an active leader for seventeen years, most recently leading teams of employees in Europe, Asia and North America. I have been involved in leading people and achieving goals for more than half of my life. I started in the late eighties as a volunteer in the DLRG and in the early nineties in the Malteser Hilfsdienst. Since leading people in their spare time is a little different from leading people in their profession, I immersed myself in the fields of communication and leadership theory very early on. Reinhard Sprenger and Friedemann Schultz von Thun are the more well-known authors whom I studied.
Half a year after I started my career as a new engineer, my employer at the time promoted me to a new position: IT-Department Lead. I was able to gain a variety of experiences there, many positive and a few negative ones as well! In 2009, I came across the teachings of Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik and had the opportunity to take part in a six-month systematic management training course at the Management Zentrum St. Gallen. At the beginning of 2013 I became aware of Neurolinguistic Programming, NLP for short. NLP is a model that enables fast and easy learning. In the meantime, I obtained a Master’s degree and was fortunate enough to have been able to learn with the two best trainers in Europe: Wiebke Lüth and Mark Pletzer, back then at the Fresh Academy.
This experience helped me a lot to get over the daily pain in the office: busy, busy, busy with no time for anything. And at the end? No results and no meaning at all. “Why am I doing this?” My bosses where standard, poor, reactive, overwhelmed and untrained people. I felt like shit every day.
The idea grew to make the difference. Management doesn’t have to be useless pain, there must be a better way. Since November 2014 I develop this idea in my German Podcast, LEBEN-FÜHREN, roughly translated to “living – leading.”
My extensive 17 years of leadership experience enables me to do what I do. In my last position I was the “Head of Global IT-Infrastructure,” responsible for building a brand new IT-Basis for an 8000-Employee Corporate which was sold by its former owners. My department consisted of 60-80 Employees worldwide, half of them hired by myself.
It was quite a ride and there I saw “meaningless” in its purest form. In the end I had valuable and painful experiences, and they encouraged me to step out.
All of this leads me to make a difference: To help you get better, more effective and have a lot more fun doing what you do!
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