Data of Personal Life
Born in 1944 in Niesky/Oberlausitz (Germany)
- 1963 High School Diploma (Abitur) as best in ‚Classical Languages’ (Greek, Latin, ancient Hebrew), in Humanities and Sports at the ‚Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums’ of Hamburg (founded in 1429)
- 1963-1970 studies in psychology in Germany (diploma in psychology 1969/70 at Hamburg University) and USA (post graduate studies in the USA: University of Tennessee; Chattanooga, ‘Honor’s List’) and philosophy (‘Philosophicum’ examination by Prof. Dr. C. F. von Weizsaecker)
- 1963-1970 studies in the USA of economics and social sciences (BA and MBA); ‘Scholarship for Excellence’ of the Senate of ‘Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’ for Ph.D. work (‘Hochbegabtenförderung des Hamburger Senats’)
- Also more than 600 games in German First League Handball (‘Bundesliga’) for Hamburger SV (1963-1971) and VfL Bad Schwartau (1971-1975); World Championships (‘Universiade’, the ‘Olympics for University Students’) for Students: National Team of Germany 1965, 1968 and 1971
- Married (since 1968, death of first wife Elke from cancer in 1982); remarried with Christiane (1985 until today)
- Three children: Jana Katrin (1973), Daniel Simon (1978) from first wife Elke, and Marian Christian (1991) from Christiane
Consulting Work in Change Management (since 1974)
In order not to live a life in the ‘ivory tower’ of university research or UNESCO projects, offers to work as Associate Professor for Psychology in Germany or ‘Director for Pre-School Education’ for the OECD in Paris were declined.
- The clear decision was to integrate the studies of
(1) Psychology, social sciences, and medicine,
(2) economics and person-determined change management as well as
(3) communication and languages.
Into a humanistic ‘person-centered’ change management concept.
The approaches based upon the most powerful economic factor (80%). After a successful increase in quality management, market success and therefore profitability, it was in general allowed to improve the corporate culture and to ‘humanize’ the working conditions and empower the employees (officially for even more profitability, in fact for their own personal development which was heavily influencing the psychohygiene of the home situations.
- Already 1968 to 1975 a decision was taken which determined the whole scientific, professional and management career: ‘Changing systems through persons – the humanistic and person-centered approach’:
(1) The analysis of the UNESCO institution and university resulted in the conclusion: No impact on change of society but rather contributing according to the principle ‘More of the Same’.
(2) Since the ‘Modern World’ is mainly determined by economics: the future focus of change management was the field of economics, combining ‘S’ – ‘M’ – ‘O’:
- Strategy Development (economics and communication studies),
- Management Development (psychology, economics and communication training as well as leadership training) and
- Organization Development (psychology, group dynamics, empowerment of individuals and groups for internal change management and company development).
- Over 300,000 persons were reached from 1974 until 2008 in 285 small, mid-size and global companies (see attached reference list; annex II).
- CEO and founder of consulting groups (1974-2008):
- TVO (Team for Behavior Modification and Organization Development: Team für Verhaltenstraining und Organisationsentwicklung) since 1973,
- SMO Consult Team AG since 1984,
- SMO Network AG since 1997.
Looking Back – Which Incidences Influenced Me Most?
(1) Energy to Overcome Deficiencies: Surviving polio (1948) as the only one of nine kindergarden children and developing from a half-lame boy into a top athlet
(2) Self-Reliance and Independence: Earning the money for the family at the age of 16 (being the oldest of six children) by teaching Latin and Greek four hours daily after school making more money than a German High School teacher (Gymnasiallehrer): learning to work 80 hours per week, additionally to exercising for the National Youth Team in handball
(3) Appreciating Life and Developing Humbleness: Accompanying my first wife Elke 1979-1982 in her fight against cancer until she died at the age of 35 years, leaving me behind with children of three years (Daniel) and eight years (Jana)
(4) Consulting Work in Change Management (since 1974)
- After coaching the Bishop of the Konde Diocese in South Tanzania in 2007 and after doing a basic feasibility study, we decided to found a ‘School for Life’ in Tanzania.
- The ‘School for Life’ has started with the selection and preparation of the first 37 children (all HIV-orphans) in September 2008.
- The Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mr. K. Pinda, is welcoming this very practical model of a finally economically self-sustaining school as a “significant model for a paradigm shift in education, combining education (modern literacy), vocational training and personality development (first de-traumatizing the HIV-orphans in new teacher/staff-students ‘families’).
Personal & Professional Career
UNESCO Institute for Education 1970-1973: Program Officer and Head of Publication Office
- In charge of 1,300 UNESCO model schools worldwide as Program Officer
- Research focus: (1) ‘systemic’ social and affective learning; (2) ‘systemic’ international education and ‘Schools without Walls’, integrated into communities; (3) school success determined by socio-economic status (SES), ‘hope for success’ instead of ‘fear of failure’ and positive interactions with parents (multiple correlation R.81 = 65%), more than determined by intelligence, measured by comprehensive test batteries (R.51 = 26%);
Literature: “Bedeutung der schulischen und häuslichen Sozialisation für die Lernbereitschaft, Leistungsmotivation und psychische Instabilität bei Viertklässlern“, in „Sozialisationsforschung“, S. 73-105, Hrsg. Heinz Walter, Friedrich Frommann Verlag, Stuttgart – Bad Cannstatt, 1975
- In parallel: co-author of two books on communication ‘Kommunikations- und Verhaltenstraining’ (‘Communication and Behavior Training’) with co-authors Prof. Friedemann Schulz von Thun and Prof. Bernd Fittkau; 50% of the text contribution
Literature: “Kommunikations- und Verhaltenstraining” („Communication and Behavior Training“), unter Mitarbeit von Bernd Fittkau, Friedemann Schulz von Thun, UTB – Verlag Dokumentation Saur KG, München, 1974
Literature: „Kommunizieren lernen (und umlernen)“ („To Learn – and Relearn – to communicate“), unter Mitarbeit von Bernd Fittkau, Friedemann Schulz von Thun, Georg Westermann Verlag, Braunschweig, 1977
- University lecturer at Hamburg University (Chair of ‘Clinical Psychology and Behavior Modification’), directing the written diploma examinations of all students of psychology at the University of Hamburg in 1973-1975)
- Practice in psychotherapy (combining Rogerian non-directive psychotheray with behavior therapy and Gestalt Therapy)
The Ph. D. Work as System Analysis for Change Management
- The most interesting results, which significantly influenced the scientific and professional career, were:
(1) The assessments of teacher behavior (after rater training) through students and experts are almost identical. That is, the students’ subjective reality is ‘the’ determining factor in teacher – student interaction.
(2) The pre-selected university teachers of ‘good quality’ (perceived by students) were – 0.7 points more critical in their self-assessment than student and expert ratings on a 7-point-Likert-scale; while the university teachers perceived as ’not so good’ by their students were + 2.1 points less critical in their self-assessment, compared to the ratings by their students, which were fully confirmed by the assessment of the ‘expert-raters’ (external validation).
(3) The impact of the teacher behavior on the attitudes, the self-esteem and self-perception and the resulting success in completing studies and taking exams was clearly described and determined – even the choice of professional alternatives (organic and anorganic chemistry, i.e.) was more dependent on the relationship with the university teacher than on mere rational reflections of the students’ talents and inclinations.
Literature: “Lehrverhalten an der Hochschule” (“Teaching Behavior at Universities”), UTB – München, Verlag Dokumentation Saur KG, 1977, 261 Seiten
- The comprehensive dissertation work of 551 pages with about 3.5 million data was prepared also as basis for a ‘cumulative habilitation’, encouraged by Lathaniel Gage, Stanford University, President of the American Psychological Association, who was focusing on communication and interaction research. The first meeting occured when Martin Mueller-Wolf was selected by Volkwagen Foundation, Ford Foundation and the World Bank Foundation as one of the ‘most promising young researchers of Europe in social sciences and psychology’. In his rôle as UNESCO Programme Officer, he organized the workshop for 25 young European researchers and 25 top US and U. K. Professors – among others Gage, Kagan, and Stolurov – in July and August 1971 in Leoni, Lake of Starnberg (near Munich). The encounter in Leoni was followed by workshops in Heidelberg (1972) and Palo Alto / Stanford (1976 and 1977) University: Topic was the ‘Rigor-Relevance-Problem in Measuring Teaching and Interaction Behavior’.
Starting a Career as Entrepreneur(1994-2008) in:
- IMEX (1994-2000): creating a Veneer Production Company in Karelia/Russia (‘Karelia Spon’) through a transfer from production in Germany to Russia (Karelia), saving the rainwoods through replacement of birch veneer (with strategic partner IKEA)
- Investor and Member of the Board (1997-2000) of ‘punCt object’ Hamburg: humanistic and art oriented work environment (with Vitra as strategic partner)
- Co-founder and CEO of Vision 7 (2000-2002): innovative research in gene therapy for HIV, Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplantations (with strategic partner Fresenius)
- CEO and President of Board of the Alphaptosis Group (since 2006): paradigm shift in oncology (Alphaptosis Holding AG and Alphaptosis Group Intellectual Property AG)
- SMO Network AG: Development, Financing and Realization of “Individualized Health Care” Systems, based upon own patents: US Patent List No. 61/588,721
- InDiMa: CEO of Individualized Disease Management IP AG (October 2008) and CSO of Individualized Diabetes Management Inc., USA (2007), with Paul Ciechanowski, MD, as CMO, CEO and partner for the operational development through SMO Network AG and partnering companies
- Personalized Health Care Holding AG: CH-6300 Zug, Steinhauserstraße 29
Integrating the innovative projects for an individualized person-centered medicine and health care system
Scientific Work for Ph.D. in Psychology (plus ‘Rigorosum’ in Medicine, Social Sciences)
- Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., with the best possible score ‘summa cum laude’: majoring in psychology: ‘Teaching behavior in university and effects of the interaction on students attitudes, motivation, learning behavior, and aptitude’.
- Representative empirical studies with factorized questionnaires, correlation studies and external validation)
- Medicine as second field with extra permission: ‘Successful communication therapy with schizophrenics – instead of insulin shock therapy’;
- Social Sciences and Education as third field in Ph.D. Rigorosum: ‘Teacher training as a means of changing the study behavior and creating empowerment of the students’.
- Title of the Ph.D. thesis was „Dimensions of Teaching Behavior and Their Relevance for Attitudes and Behavior Reactions of Students”
Literature: “Dimensionen des Lehrverhaltens in ihrer Bedeutung für Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen von Studenten”, Dissertation, Universität Hamburg, 1976, 551 Seiten
- The dissertation as such was finished in 1971 (10 seminars and 10 lectures at 10 universities in Germany, in total 200 classes, each with four pre-selected university teachers, thus researching 800 classroom situations).
- From 1971 until 1973, using the international contacts of the UNESCO Institute, the studies were expanded to Belgium, France, Poland, and Israel. Generalizing and differentiating the results, it was shown that Germany had the most authoritarian teaching behavior (mean scores), and the widest variation of teacher behavior. The key factors of teacher behavior were alike in all countries:
- Non-directive person-centered vs. directive authoritarian teaching style
- Motivating, empathetic and understanding vs. routine-determined anonymous and technocratic teaching style as well as
- Clarity and well-organized didactics vs. lack of clarity and amorphous didactics.
Training, Consulting, Change Management
- From 1971 onwards, simultaneously with the UNESCO activities as project officer (1970-1973) steering project activities for:
- ‘Zentrum für Kommunikations- und Verhaltenstraining’, ZKVT e.V. (President of the Center for Training in Communication and Behavior), and
- President of ‘Team für Veränderungsmanagement und Organisationsentwicklung’, T.V.O. (Team for Change Management and Organization Development)
- 1983-2008 Focus on Consulting ‘S’ – ‘M’ – ‘O’ in 285 companies (see Reference List)
- Strategy Development
- Management Development
- Organization Development
- 1983-85 Strategy Development and Interim Management Practice:
180 days per year strategy development and interim management as CMO (Chief Marketing and Sales Officer)
- Increase in turnover from 250 million to 430 million of DEM
- Operational financial result: increase from minus 8 million DEM to plus 16 million DEM (for SMO Consult Team AG change management)
Top Management Experiences 1983-2008
- From 1983-2008 international cooperation: Co-Founder of the network of SMO Consult Team AG; since 1997 SMO Network AG, CEO: Strategy, Management- and Organisation Development (see reference list; annex II)
- 1983-1985 line management; responsible for Marketing & Sales in Chemical Industry; improving turnover from 280 – 420 million DM and profit from minus 8 million to plus 16 million DEM
- 1986-2008: Several project management, interim management and mediation and change management tasks
Entrepreneur Activities 1994-2013:
Transition to medical and human development oriented entrepreneur activities, combined with executive consulting activities as CEO for SMO Network AG.
- 2000-2002:CEO and co-founder of ‘Vision 7’; responsible for strategy, business development, and financing of gene therapy (successful with strategic partner Fresenius AG)
- 2003-2006: IHM Group for ‘Gene Therapy’
- 2006: Foundation of Alphaptose GmbH (CEO and Co-Founder); objective is the ‘paradigm shift in oncology’ (apoptosis as hallmark of oncology); President of the Board of Alphaptosis Holding AG and Alphaptosis Group IP AG (from 2007 onwards) in Zug, Switzerland
- 2007: Developing Intellectual Property for Health Care Management and ‘Individualized Disease Management’ (since 2000)
- Notarized Invention Disclosure with Paul Ciechanowski, MD, for ‘Individualized Diabetes Management’ (August 2007)
- Foundation of InDiMa Inc. (50% shareholder) with Prof. Dr. Paul Ciechanowski (50%) as strategic partner (early 2008)
- Foundation of ‘Individualized Disease Management IP AG’ on October 14, 2008, Gotthardstr. 31, 6304 Zug, Switzerland
- Foundation of ‘Personalized Health Care Holding AG’ (2008) Zug, Switzerland
- License Contract with ROCHE AG and ROCHE Diabetes Care on ‘Individualized Diabetes Management’ (December 15, 2011) as 100% inventor with 100% ownership of SMO Network AG, InDiMa IP AG and ‘Personalized Health Care AG’
- Implementing ‘Individualized Health Management’ Systems as joint task of SMO Network AG, InDiMa IP AG and ‘Personalized Health Care AG’