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Thomas Gelmi

Executive Sparring, Management Training, Coaching

Based in Switzerland, Thomas Gelmi stands for executive sparring, coaching and training on an international level. He has a professional background in business and respective qualifications in management, leadership and executive coaching. Among his customers are multinational corporations such as Siemens, Credit Suisse and Zurich Insurance, various SMEs and private individuals. Thomas Gelmi was born 1968 and speaks German, English, French and Italian fluently.

Lead Your Business Like the Great Conductors

There are many analogies being used these days to explain good leadership, ranging from the alpine guide leading a group of roped climbers to the summit, to the skipper sailing a regatta with the crew. One of my all time favourites though is the analogy of the maestro conducting an orchestra.
09/08/2014 11:20 EDT
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In Business, Sensitivity Is an Asset

Unfortunately, sensitivity has a rather negative connotation in western cultures. In a society that favors the loudest and the fastest, sensitivity is often put on a level with poor resilience and weakness, which is flat-out wrong. But this poor image of sensitivity is not the same all over the world.
05/15/2014 12:53 EDT

Want to Improve Your Attention Span? Try Relaxed Awareness

Unlike animals, human beings have successfully developed the capacity to think about what is not immediately going on around them and to contemplate events that happened in the past or might possibly happen in the future. While this capacity called imagination can be a blessing, it can be a curse at the same time.
02/25/2014 08:33 EST

Companies Need Better Leaders

Leading people is often seen as a side activity and taken for granted with some people being more talented than others, which is unfortunately still a widespread opinion in many organizations. Indeed, there are huge differences in the quality of leadership. But why is that?
02/20/2014 12:10 EST
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Lonely At The Top: Why CEOs Need Sparring Partners

The announcement of Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter's suicide shook the media earlier this summer, followed by the suicide of Pierre Wauthier, CFO of the Zurich Insurance Group, only a few weeks later. For many people in leading positions, "lonely at the top" is not just a simple cliché, but rather a sad reality. A personal sparring partner can make a crucial difference.
02/18/2014 12:11 EST
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How to Use Personal 'Airbags' to Create Space in Daily Life

A while ago, I had the opportunity to witness the demonstration of an avalanche airbag. The space created by the airbag can save lives in a situation that would otherwise bear the imminent risk of suffocation. I was immediately aware of the symbolism: Metaphorically speaking, our packed days and weeks are like avalanches, rolling over our heads and burying us underneath them. As in a real avalanche, the key lays in creating space.
02/13/2014 12:16 EST

The Career Adventure

Increasing complexity and diminishing workplace security define our society. We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company affiliation have been replaced by an increasing numbe...
02/12/2014 04:33 EST