Blogs about Malik (Selection)

Book Tip: Fredmund Malik – Managing Performing Living (Special Edition), 11.01.2014

The online platform "" recommends the special edition of Prof. Malik's bestseller and classic of management literature Managing Performing Living:


"Whoever reads Fredmund Malik will learn everything an entrepreneur has to know about effective management and the daily management routine. The secret of his huge success: He writes true-to-life, effective and in a very simple and easy-to-understand language. [...] I first got to know Malik near the end of 2007 and since then have read all his books with great pleasure and eagerness. To almost ""devour" his complete works has been a big mental and ethical enrichment on top of the purely business-related content during my studies.“ more (in German)


The platform offers motivational incitations and tips, newsletters, downloads and much more on the subject "motivation".


Thoughts on effective strategy development, 04.06.2013

Christian Pirker, managing director of Christian Pirker KG, shows in his blog post Thoughts on effective strategy development why the current Malik Letter 05/13 on the subject "Direttissima" is a "very useful and valuable document":


"Time is money and we know how little time managers have or rather believe to have. In the end, it's all about effectiveness, though. The Direttissima method seems to ensure this in the best possible way." more (in German)


Christian Pirker works as employee, manager, in directorates and as consultant for different companies across Europe. He is a member of the professional group committee "Business consultancy and IT" of the Economic Chamber Carinthia, Austria. Additionally, he is speaker, author of scientific publications and lector at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Carinthia).


Reaching the goal with impulse control, March 27, 2013

Dr. Denis Mourlane is a psychotherapist and management consultant. In his blog, he shows which factors and characteristics are important for building resilience. "Impulse control" is especially important in the burnout prevention, says Mourlane. In this context he cites Malik: "I say: It’s not the complexity that is making us sick, but the way we are dealing with it. Professor Fredmund Malik, one of the leading management thinkers of our time, proposes the following provocative, but very accurate thesis in his book "Managing Performing Living": 'Most of the often discussed accompaniments of intensive work and work-related pressures like stress, bustle and hectic, damages caused to one's health and many family-related quarrels can be traced back to a lack of good working methods. Hardly anybody gets sick from a lot of or hard work. You get tired from it. But you get sick from inefficient, futile and fruitless work.’" more (in German)


Self-Organization, March 26, 2013

Ulf Schneider, CEO of Datenlabor GmbH, writes about agile software development in his blog called „All agile“. This topic isn’t always the focus, though – especially not when he’s writing about humans in search of knowledge and change, or about agility in general. Self-organization is the defining element for agile teams and companies, so Schneider. In his analysis of the self-organization of all functioning systems, he cites Peter Drucker and Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik. more (in German)


The great transformation as seen by a management guru, October 19, 2012

The author Christoph Harrach wrote in his blog KarmaKonsum – A new spirit in Business (DE):

"The economics professor and corporate consultant Fredmund Malik is regarded in business circles as a renowned strategist. In a very interesting interview in Handelsblatt Malik explained in the context of his theory related to the "Great Transformation 21" why the current economic and ecological crises were the 'labor pains' of a new social order." more (in German)

Mountain climbing and management, October 15, 2012

The latest entry in Bund und Beruf is devoted to the Malik General Management Program for Officers, a tailor-made further training offer for officers at the end of their military service. The essential features of the six-month in-service program were developed by Lars Wochnik and Matthias Jahn of Malik St. Gallen. In the blog entry the two former Swiss Army officers show how the Malik program is an essential supplement to specialist knowledge and expands one’s own professional experience with practical general management knowledge.


Bund und Beruf is a bridge between the Swiss Army and business world and is intended to facilitate entering professional life with a well-founded market overview after the time in the army. more (in German)


If you do not make decisions, you are not a manager - Ideas and thoughts concerning Fredmund Malik… , September 13, 2012

Knowledge manager Oliver Mittl discusses Professor Malik’s basic statements on the subject of "Making decisions" in management positions (Managing Performing Living: Campus, 2006) in his blog "SportiveKnowledge":


"The decisions effective manager make are few, but to make up for this, effective (see Malik, 2006, p. 204). Quick decisions are often justified with the catchword 'intuition', but self-critical handling of intuition is an essential criterion for effective decisions by managers. One must always bear in mind that wrong decisions and policies that have already been implemented are more difficult to correct." more (in German)


Shareholder value thinking helps few and harms many, May 10, 2012

"Criticism of shareholder value thinking is not new as such. Malik for example has been well-known for castigating this approach for over a decade and wishes to replace it with 'customer value'. Customer focus would then automatically also satisfy shareholders' interests." more (in German)


Prof. Dr. Britta Kuhn on new vistas beyond shareholder value...


Young people slip into the roles of heads of government, May 3, 2012

"For what was the already fourth occasion the Ecopolicyade took place in Berlin, the biggest competition worldwide in the field of interconnected thinking for young people, which is promoted and supported by Malik Management as the main sponsor and initiator." more (in German)


Customer value is more than just a catchword, April 26, 2012

"Successful entrepreneurs are one with Seneca, 'Those who help others, help themselves'. Or at one with Fredmund Malik, who has translated and promoted the wisdom of the Roman philosopher into management language: 'Optimize customer value instead of just concentrating on profit'." more (in German) (Multi Level Marketing) on how one has opportunities on almost saturated markets.


Fredmund Malik, Swiss management genius, October 19, 2011

"Malik is a native of the Vorarlberg region with extraordinary stamina. [...] If the word should still have a meaning, he is a genius." more (in German)


Klaus J. Stöhlker AG is one of the leading PR agencies in Switzerland with its headquarters in Zollikon Zurich and a branch in Berlin. The business consultancy became famous on account of numerous prominent cases in recent Swiss economic history and political mandates.


KOFism everywhere, September 30, 2011

"Restrained optimism characterizes the economic research body of the ETH Zurich, which predicts higher growth for Switzerland than the USA, EU and Japan, but lower than Germany. [...] However, at 0.3% Swiss GDP was stagnating, according to Jan-Egbert Sturm.[…] Egbert apologized at the most recent prognoses conference for having believed the false figures of the USA for years; an early visit to Professor Fredmund Malik in St. Gallen could have shown him his error..." more (in German)


How market innovations do not fail, May 6, 2011

"Chief blogger" Burkhard Schneider comments on Fredmund Malik’s 10 commands on how to manage innovations:


"Seldom have I read such a concise and handy success schedule for founders […] The following approach runs through the success rules as a whole like a golden thread: be consistent, be satisfied with first place and less is more. This is why I find short lists so helpful, because one can really internalize them." more (in German)


Malik, Harvard or Fiechter? February 14, 2011

Im neuen Blog-Eintrag der Klaus J. Stöhlker AG steht zu lesen:


The following can be found in the new blog entry of Klaus J. Stöhlker AG:

"It is curious, because in Germany a whole series of big banks and family company groups have been ruined, in the USA hundreds of banks continue to go bankrupt annually and the whole north-west of the USA is broke. [...] What ‘manager magazin’ calls Malik’s ‘magic’ is nothing else than knowledge that has grown and been tried-and-tested over decades, which he has now made available in his new work." more (in German)


Un Nuevo Mundo, January 14, 2011

The Fundación Civil – an association which is very active in business and political questions – wants to give Spain a wake-up call with Professor Malik's theories:


To the blog entry (in Spanish)

Download the German translation


Grübel and Malik agree, January 7, 2011

In the web blog “Early Bird” of Klaus J. Stöhlker AG one could read:


"Oswald J. Grübel, ruler over all UBS bankers and Fredmund F Malik, the king of management thinking, agree. Grubel said, 'I see Switzerland as a country where things function'. For Professor Malik 'function' is the catchword of the year." more (in German)


Klaus J. Stöhlker AG is one of the leading PR agencies in Switzerland with its headquarters in Zollikon Zurich and a branch in Berlin. The business consultancy became famous on account of numerous prominent cases in recent Swiss economic history and political mandates.


Malik and Drucker reach Persia

Persian blog about Professor Malik and Peter Drucker: more


Motivation killer teamwork, August 13, 2010

In his web blog "Berraspektiven" Michael Berra has also exposed the previous half-truths on the subject of "teamwork":


"Emde is of the view like the Swiss management consultant Fredmund Malik from the Management Center Sankt Gallen that teamwork is currently (sic!) hugely overvalued. According to a study by the business consultants Proudfoot every employee spends about 84 days annually on unproductive work. In Germany alone, this causes a financial loss of 219 billion euros." more (in German)