The Perfect Boss: Dr. Axel Zein at TEDxStuttgart

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Axel Zein promotes a new way we manage businesses today: think of business as a sport. In sports, the team is decisive; the team with the best players usually wins. And sports are fun. So what qualifies a manager to be the perfect coach for his team?

Who is doing the work in a normal company? It is not the CEO, not the managers but the engineers, the guys on the shop floor and the sales reps. They are the players on the ield. A manager is supposed to be their coach. But we are not educated to be coaches. During our careers we usually encounter a couple of really bad bosses, many mediocre managers and only a few outstanding ones.

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  1. Crypto Mining says:

    What an awesome speech. Kissing up, kicking down, that's the regular 9 to 5 job. That's why network marketing is so powerful because you learn that together everyone achieves more (TEAM).

  2. Curious Communicator says:

    Thanks for your great points about the danger of becoming a bad boss and the transition from a individual contributor to a Manager or Leader of people. The point about it being tough to grow others by trying to rely on titles or authority.

  3. Glen Rowland says:

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  4. Eduardo B. R. says:

    Beautiful TED, added it to my Fav. List. So much truth, delivered with so much grace, thank you very much.

  5. Hanif says:

    how to create the "room for joy"?

  6. suzannacharisma says:

    Such an inspirational speech!

  7. Celine Ryan says:

    Hi from Ireland. Very enjoyable, thanks.

  8. Mamunur Rashid says:

    Great talk….

  9. Candy jelly says:

    This is awesome …

  10. Ernest Olesitoni says:

    You hav helped me to becom the best manager one day

  11. Σύγχρ0νη κ0υτσ0μπ0λΑ says:

    Amazing speech! If you ever decide to write a book, I'll be your first buyer!

    Finally, someone who delivered with success my thoughts and beliefs about this topic. Well done!
    People need to watch this video!

  12. tafino says:

    Hands down the best intro to being a manager I’ve found. This guy gets it.

  13. Nchang najeh says:

    This was brilliant and inspirational! One of the best ted talks ever!

  14. Bessette Jesse says:


  15. Anne-Marie Hearne says:

    Excellent advice. I particularly like the focus you given to developing yourself. 👏

  16. Nani ali says:

    great talk with great language ,,, respect

  17. viruskoerper79 says:

    Seems like Dr. Zein also read Ken Blanchard’s HIGH FIVE!

  18. Bonnie Robinson says:

    This talk doesn't talk about creative performers, people who think in unusual ways. They get over looked and bullied.

  19. Zagann says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo isn't the best in the world.

  20. Faisal Maricar says:

    No amount of talks like this , however informative , could change the predatory corporate culture .

    The only way to deal with sadistic , belittling condescending bosses is to give them a taste of their own medicine :-

    A KPI system which measures them not just with profits , but with workers' satisfaction and productivity

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