Leadership I Transformation I Learning

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. Since 2006, Niels has been strongly involved in transformational change projects for firms both in Europe and the Americas. Niels has almost 20 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 BetaCell Structure Design, Relative Targets. The social technology LearningCircles by Red42 evolved into an EdTech business on its own: qomenius based in Wiesbaden.


Niels has published 11 books so far. His 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 works Organize for Complexity and Complexitools (together with Silke Hermann) were lauded by critics and readers alike. They all became bestsellers. In 2018, Niels published his 2nd book in English, OpenSpace Beta - also co-authored with Silke Hermann. His latest book in English is Essays on Beta, Vol. 1, a collection of 20 crisp short texts, released in 2020.


2022 - Relative Targets (forthcoming) - DE

2022 - Change is more like adding milk to coffee (forthcoming) - DE

2022 - Kaputtoptimieren und Totverbessern - DE

2020 - Essays on Beta, Vol. 1 - EN

2020/2018 - OpenSpace Beta 2nd ed - EN, DE, KO

2020/2014 - Organize for Complexity 5th ed. - EN, DE, ES, FR, PT, TK 

2020 - In jedem Unternehmen steckt ein besseres (editor) - DE

2020 - Cell Structure Design - DE

2016 - Unkompliziert durchs Jahr -  DE

2015 - Complexitools - DE

2011/2009 - Bye-bye Management!/UnLeadership - DE, KO

2011/2006 - Leading With Flexible Targets - DE, PT, RU, IT

2003 - Beyond Budgeting, Better Budgeting - DE


2020 - Shortlisted: Xing New Work Award for OpenSpace Beta

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

Niels Pflaeging

Leadership philosopher | Management exorcist | Entrepreneur | Researcher I Speaker | Author| Globally working advisor on leadership & organizational development | BetaCodex Network founder | Co-founder at Red42  | Co-founder at qomenius

What others say about him

»Boldly, Pflaeging dissects classic management theory and in a well-humored manner, offers coherent alternatives.« Harvard Business Review

»When Pflaeging shakes the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands.«  Financial Times Germany

»Niels Pflaeging is Germany´s sharpest management critic.« CompetenceSite

On social media

Linkedin:  Niels' profile  Articles EN & DE | YouTube: Niels' channel | Slideshare: Slidesets & papers | Twitter: NielsPflaeging Red42

For speaking & advisory, contact Claudia Keller, claudia.keller@nielspflaeging.com, Fon: +49-173-682 1315