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Bernhard on Leadership

Bernhard on Leadership

By Bernhard Kerres
Bernhard Kerres was CEO of a diverse portfolio of companies - from a German stock-market listed tech company with over 600 employees globally, to his own start-up in Silicon Valley, and one of the most prominent concert halls in Vienna. As an executive coach, he works with senior managers and top executives.

In this podcast, he shares his views on leadership, which might sometimes be a bit controversial. Because of his background as an opera singer, he often takes music as an example of leadership issues.

You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
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The BUT Meeting
If there is an AND Meeting, there might as well be a BUT Meeting. Giving all the objections and criticism space and time is important for any idea to develop. But that time and space should be limited and clearly labeled. This allows for a team to see an idea from different perspectives and to work on making it better. Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
06:02
November 11, 2021
The AND Meetings
How often are we sitting in meeting listening to all the objections, criticism, and often outright hostility towards our ideas or suggestions. Let us turn that around and create meetings which are collaborative and, perhaps, even fun. Try out the AND Meeting. Bernhard Kerres introduces the rules and the fun of the AND Meeting and the ways to do it. Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
05:45
October 29, 2021
Does Professionalism Eat Motivation for Breakfast?
When speaking about orchestras and leadership, the assumption is that orchestra members are highly motivated. They are often not. But they are mostly highly professional. So, the question is, does motivation or professionalism create a great performance? Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
09:33
June 09, 2021
Yes, They Can - Collective Leadership in a Live Case Study
Much has been written about collaborative leadership. Today, Bernhard Kerres introduces a real live case study on the subject. The nexTus Festival is the brainchild of the BYOM Community, a community of musicians who came together in the COVID19 pandemic. They decided to put on a festival. Ten people serve on the festival committee as equals. Over 60 musicians are involved. The planning of the festival started in January 2021, just three months before it is going to open on April 17, 2021.  In this conversation, Bernhard Kerres talks to three members of the festival committee about collaborative leadership, what they learned so far on communication, decision making, and other leadership subjects. The guest are soprano Danae Eleni, pianist Isabela Jutrzenka, and software engineer Christian Huppert. Listeners are invited to see for themselves and meet the people behind the festival on four weekends from April 17th to May 9th, 2021. Details can be found at https://nextus.beyourownmanager.com. Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
37:28
March 31, 2021
A Colourful Focus on What Matters
Many executives and managers are overwhelmed by the demand on their diary. They hop from one meeting to the next often ending the day frustrated because they miss the feeling of achievement. Bernhard Kerres has a small exercise which one can build into one's daily routine to increase the focus on what really matters - and to make yourself accountable for it. Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
09:29
March 04, 2021
Be Co-Active! 🚀
So far we have been talking about being pro-active or re-active as a leader. But, Bernhard Kerres, argues that this does not really cut through to what is needed in today's world. He creates the term of "co-active leadership" encouraging managers and executives to collaborate with their teams and within their eco system.  Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
08:38
February 18, 2021
5 Survival Tips for Online Meetings
Online meetings have taken over with COVID19. They have become our everyday routine. But we often forget that they are very different than physical meetings. Understanding the differences and using the benefits of the digital world can make them highly effective not only during a pandemic but for decades to come. Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
15:43
January 28, 2021
The Myth of Highly Productive People
Do you also feel bad only getting up at 6 am when you read that all the highly productive people and great leaders get up at 3, 4 or 5 am? Bernhard Kerres questions the correlation between early rising and success.  Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians. You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
08:34
January 14, 2021
Bernhard on Leadership - Introduction
And yet another podcast on Leadership? Bernhard Kerres explains in this first episode why he wanted to create yet another podcast on leadership. Besides running companies from a start-up in Silicon Valley, to a stock-market listed tech company with over EUR 100 mio. turnover in Germany, or the Vienna Concert House, he regularly coaches executives from all industries. In his leadership training he often goes back to his own roots in classical music to explain complex leadership issues. Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world-leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley. Bernhard coaches executives especially in tech and in consulting, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, and classical musicians.  You find more about Bernhard on www.bernhardkerres.com.
03:45
January 04, 2021