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, and president of his own consulting firm based in Wiesbaden, Germany. 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 latest one, entitled Organize for Complexity: How to Get Life Back Into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization were lauded by critics and readers and became bestsellers. 


Since 2006, Niels has been strongly involved in transformational change projects for firms both in Europe and the Americas. Niels has more than 10 years of consulting experience with companies large and small, and teaches part-time at several academic institutions in Europe. With Silke Hermann, he recently co-founded Studio Red42 - a think tank on the fringe of workplace learning and organizational development.


2016 - Unkompliziert durchs Jahr - German

2015 - Complexitools - German, English (forthcoming)

2014 - Organize for Complexity - English, German, Portuguese, 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