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Your Advisor to create a "New Workplace"

Reiner Kraft, Ph.D.

Former CTO, now Leading and Guiding your Organization and Teams through my comprehensive 

Technology Leadership Experience in global and large organizations (IBM Research, Yahoo, Zalando) and tech startups, which I built up over 20 years while working in the Silicon Valley, and most recently in Berlin, Germany.

My mission is to help CTOs & Technology Leaders upgrade their leadership capabilities and leverage mindfulness to transcend fear and stress.

As your Advisor and Sparring Partner I can help to transform your Organization into a New Workplace with my science based approach to Mindful Leadership

I'm offering a free 30 minute get-to-know call over Zoom or phone:

LEADING WITH PRESENCE - ABOUT REINER KRAFT, PhD

Former CTO, Trainer, Executive Coach, and Mentor to Leaders (all levels), Advisor to transform the Workplace by applying New Leadership methodologies. 

I have more than 15+ years of experience leading high-impact technological organizations both large and small, and have spent 20 years in the Silicon Valley. As a prolific Master Inventor I have introduced significant innovation to digital products, and also shaped the technology landscape of the Internet from its early beginnings. The past 4 years I have been working in Berlin, which also has a very diverse and vibrant startup culture.  

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Furthermore, I have worked in larger company setups  (such as IBM Research, Yahoo and Zalando), as well as technology startups (e.g. Yunar), and therefore collected valuable learnings and practical, hands-on leadership experience.

 

I have shown that I can scale your business from a small team size to large organizations comprising 400+ employees

Through my own comprehensive technology leadership experience I realized the profound and positive impact of applying Mindful Leadership to the workplace.

 

I therefore decided to make this my mission helping leaders to reach their fullest potential, and assist them in their personal and leadership growth - with the intent to make their organizations a more pleasant (but also productive) place to work. 

Last but not least, I have a proven track-record of building up and balancing long-term strategic research (Zalando Research) with short-term tactical product requirements. This way products can benefit from the latest technology developments such as artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning.  

As your Advisor I can help you transform your Organization into a New Workplace with my principles and methodologies of New Leadership

My focus areas are dealing with toxic and stressful work environments, all forms of organizational pain and dysfunction, and lack of communication as well as collaboration.

This all leads to suboptimal results, and possibly even suffering among your top talent

My strength is mindful observation, a scientific approach, and relying on concrete data points, as well as feedback. Based on this I can work with you and your team to come up with a systematic plan to transform your organization into a New Workplace using proven methods that proceed measurable results.

With my experience in digital transformation, agile methodologies, and data-science you can also take advantage of emerging technologies to increase the level of product innovation in your organization.

 

Here are a few areas of my expertise (but not limited to) where I can generate value in your organization: 

Leadership Challenges:​

  • How do I transform my Leadership Team with New Leadership principles to create a competitive & sustainable New Workplace?

  • Achieving Clarity on your Organization's Purpose, Vision, Mission, and Values and accordingly purpose alignment with your teams and employees

  • How do I scale my Organization (from 15+ to 50 employees, 50+ to 150, 150+ to 400) amidst constant and rapid change?

  • How to organize highly productive Teams with clear Purpose and Ownership, that are aligned with your company's mission, values, and business objectives

  • Optimizing agile engineering processes and teams with clear ownership based on principles of purpose, mastery, and autonomy  

  • Address challenges through Remote Work and working with virtual distributed teams

  • Break up communication and collaboration silos across organizational boundaries. 

Technology Challenges:

  • Understanding the landscape of emerging technologies, i.e. artificial intelligence (AI) and how to take advantage of it 

  • How to attract & retain key technical talent to tackle major technological problems 

  • Identifying major technology opportunities to disrupt your industry

  • Defining a digital / AI strategy to modernize your business

  • Best practises and guidance on supporting technology to establish an effective virtual team and a remote working culture 

Product & Innovation Challenges:

  • Building up a culture of rapid and deep Innovation to impact the world with meaningful and disruptive products 

  • Setting up an idea engineering process to turn ideas into products that delight your customers

  • Setting up a strong product management team, and helping to implement a solid product development framework (e.g., 4D, Lean Startup) 

This is how I support your Organization 

In our collaboration you will receive: 

  • Fresh ideas and growth impulses for yourself, your leadership team and your organization 

  • Suggestions on how to systematically foster research and innovation in your teams 

  • Guidance on how to grow and scale your organization

  • Practical steps to transform your company toward an agile mindset

  • Methods to achieve clarity on your company's purpose, vision, mission, and values

  • Tips on how to increase trust among employees and make the health of your teams a priority

  • Principles on how to implement mindful leadership in your leadership team to increase the level of collaboration, harmony, and unity in your organization 

  • Guidance on how to setup a world-class engineering and product management team 

  • Clear KPIs that measure the progress of our work together 

If you're a leader, I could become your sparring partner and advisor to help you:

  • Build up organizations based on the principles of purpose, clear values, mastery, and autonomy

  • Using latest agile methodologies to iterate quickly on learnings

  • Amidst rapid change help you scale organizations on an ongoing basis as your business growths 

  • Ensure teams are healthy and focus on collaboration and values of unity

  • Apply Mindful Leadership training and coaching to your leadership team to increase their overall leadership capabilities and effectiveness

  • Implement a sound organizational setup where research and innovation can thrive, and impact your products in a powerful way, by aligning short-term tactical business needs with long-term strategic objectives 

  • Help your company to be on the fore-front of technology by understanding and leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), and transfer it into an executable strategy 

Our Collaboration

Before we start our collaboration I will set aside some time with you in an introductory 30 min meeting (you can schedule one here) to get to know you a bit and have a first glimpse at your high-level context, challenges, and overall objectives.

The requirements for our collaboration are:

  • openness and willingness to experiment with new approaches and methodologies to leadership to shape a New Workplace

  • an organizational purpose that is focused on generating positive and sustainable contributions to the greater good of mankind

If we both would like to pursue further after our initial conversation, I propose we schedule a second 1 hour follow-up meeting to dive deeper into your specific challenges, organizational context, and business objectives for the next 1-2 years. To prepare for this meeting I encourage you to compile a short narrative (one-pager) that contains these details, so that I can familiarize myself with this prior to our meeting to make it efficient.   

Based on our discussion I will summarize the outcome in a one-pager proposal, which summarizes the goals and focus areas in our collaboration going forward. 

Depending on your budget constraints and objectives I can offer different levels of service and support. 

Service and Support Levels 

I offer you the following three levels of support:

Level 1: Entry Level Advice as Sparring Partner

This level of support comprises bi-weekly 90-120 minute meetings (Zoom or onsite) where I can provide feedback, guidance, or advice on current organizational topics and act as a sparring partner. If there are pre-reads needed for the meetings I would set aside sufficient time to study them prior to make our time in the meeting as efficient as possible.   

In addition, I will also provide support to ad-hoc questions in-between via email

Level 2: Advice, Training, Sparring & Coaching 

This level of support comprises weekly 60-90 minute meetings (Zoom) where I can provide feedback, guidance, or advice on current organizational topics and act as a sparring partner.  

In addition, I will set aside about 2-days per month of focused work to:

  • Meet with employees or members of the leadership team to learn and gather important feedback (on-site or via Zoom)

  • Study and analyze organizational problems in order to produce ideas as well as suggestions for solutions 

  • During project work I focus always on THE most important and relevant topic of choice (not on many). As an essentialist I have seen that organizations that lack clear priority of importance will produce suboptimal results.

  • Develop concepts for effective leadership training formats and work in the role of a trainer to conduct the training, organize workshops if needed

  • Coach members of the leadership team using the scientific and systematic framework of the "7 Pillars of Mindful Leadership"

  • Determine clear KPIs to measure and evaluate our progress 

  • Summarize and share recommendations and results in short and clear narratives (2-pagers) 

In addition, I will also provide support for ad-hoc questions in-between via email. 

 

Level 3: Comprehensive Advice, Training, Sparring & Coaching

Similar to Level 2. However, I will set aside about 4-days per month of focused work (average of 1 day per week)

Please note that I will allocate the time wisely to optimize my impact. For example, it might be necessary in one week to work more in one block, and then more fragmented over the remainder of the month. Some of the time I may work in your office (on-site) or otherwise remotely. 

 

Intense 2-day Sprint Work-Blocks

 

For all levels of service you can add one or more 2-day intense work-blocks per month to generate sufficient focus in order to meet important deadlines or simply get stuff done. 

Ideally you would let me know ahead of time when you need this extra level of support so I can plan accordingly. 

 

Getting Started ...

In my initial proposal I will recommend based on your requirements a personalized 6-month high-level offering of consulting and services on a monthly basis that we can use as a starting point for our collaboration. Based on your specific needs, requirements, and budget you can adjust the service levels if needed. 

For example: 

  • In month 1 you pick service level 2, possibly add two intense 2-day sprint work-blocks.

  • In month 2 you pick service level 3 to implement specific leadership training and to support some organizational changes. 

  • Starting month 3 you decide to use service level 2, as there is still a lot of work to be completed. 

  • In month 6 you determine service level 1 is sufficient, as most of the action items have been finished successfully.  

If we both would like to move forward, we will set up a 6-month (standard) consulting contract, which defines and outlines the scope of our collaboration. This contract is the foundation of our collaboration, and will extend per default for another 3 months, unless you or I cancel it. 

To get started I first need to fully understand your organization and context, in order to make effective as well as relevant suggestions, I usually plan to integrate myself full-time within the first month into your organization for at least 2-4 days and meet as many relevant people in your organization as possible. It is all about listening and mindfully observing. This can be achieved via one or two intense work blocks. 

The result of my work will usually be delivered in a written narrative form (e.g., 2 pagers), which is clear, crisp, and actionable, and can also be used as a basis for a solid discussion and clarifying questions in our meetings. 

For certain topics that emerge during our collaboration I also offer to prepare special workshops or presentations. I can also work in the role of a (leadership) trainer or coach to facilitate special seminars or leadership training if needed.  

I would bill you on a monthly basis based on service level and expenses. 

I'll work in your office or remote based on business needs.  

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