About Niels

Niels is something of a rare animal.


He combines two roles in his client work: On one hand, he offers inspirational, thought-provoking, highly conceptual and entertaining impulses as a world-class speaker. On the other hand, he helps organizations internationally with triggering, mapping and leading profound & robust change initiatives as a highly effective advisor. Few people are capable of doing both, on the same high level of professionality.


Niels combines all of that with a literally boundary-less, world-wide scope and with speaking four of the world´s most important languages fluently. He has an international network of trusted partners and colleagues that he relies upon in all of his advisory work.




Niels Pflaeging is a passionate advocate for a “new breed“ of leadership and profound change in organizations. He is founder and associate of the BetaCodex Network. Prior to the BetaCodex Network, Niels was for five years a director with the prestigious Beyond Budgeting Round Table BBRT. Niels´ second book, Leading with flexible Targets. Beyond Budgeting in Practice was awarded the Financial Times Germany Best Business Book award, in 2006. Both this book and his recent two books,  Organize for Complexity and Complexitools (together with Silke Hermann) were lauded by critics and readers alike and became bestsellers. In late 2018, Niels published his 7th book, OpenSpace Beta - also co-authored with Silke Hermann. 


Since 2006, Niels has been strongly involved in transformational change projects for firms both in Europe and the Americas. Niels has more than 15 years of consulting experience with companies large and small, and teaches part-time at academic institutions. In 2018, he co-founded Red42, together with Silke Hermann - an innovative start-up on the fringe of workplace learning and organizational development. Their first innovative offerings from Red42 include the social technologies OpenSpace Beta, Cell Structure Design, and LearningCircles by Red42.


2020 - Complexitools - English (forthcoming)

2020 - Essays on Beta, Vol. 1 - English

2020 - Organize for Complexity - 4th edition English

2020 - Cell Structure Design - German

2018/2019 - OpenSpace Beta - EnglishGerman

2018 - Organize for Complexity - 3rd edition English

2016 - Unkompliziert durchs Jahr - German

2015 - Complexitools - German

2014 - Organize for Complexity

EnglishGermanPortuguese, Turkish 

2009/2011 - Bye-bye Management! The 12 New Laws of Leadership - German, Korean

2006/2011 - Leading With Flexible Targets - German, Portuguese, Russian, Italian

2003 - Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting - German


2011 - "One of the »100 Best Business Books of All Times" for Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting in the compendium by the same title (Murmann publishers)

2009 - "Best Human Resources book of the Year" for The 12 New Laws of Leadership by coaching.de

2009 - "One of the 10 best business books of the Year" for The 12 New Laws of Leadership by Hamburger Abendblatt

2006 - "Best Business Book Award" for Leading with Flexible Targets from Financial Times Germany & getAbstract

2006  - "Best Business Books of the Year" for Leading with Flexible Targets from changeX

2003  - "Best Business Books of the Year" for Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting from changeX