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Although I agree with a lot of the thoughts put forward by these authors, the following limited selection of literature does not necessarily reflect my views or my professional approach.

Please contact me if you have questions regarding the listed, rather practice-oriented material on management, leadership, applied dialectic and rhetoric as well as cross-cultural and human communication. If you are looking for additional hints on literature, please provide me with your specific request.

Adler, Nancy J., 1997, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior

Ailes, Roger, 1988, You are the Message – Getting What You Want by Being Who You Are

Badinter, Elisabeth, 1995, On Masculine Identity, (XY - de l'identité masculine, 1992)

Barker, Larry Lee, 2000, Listen Up – How to Improve Relationships, Reduce Stress, and Be More Productive by Using the Power of Listening

Bartolome, Fernando, 1993, Articulate Executive, A Harvard Business Review Book

Bateson, Gregory, 1972, Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology

Beer, Stafford, 1985, Diagnosing the System for Organizations

Bennis, Warren, 1997, Why Leaders Can't Lead: The Unconscious Conspiracy

Berglas, Steven, 2002, The very Dangers of Executive Coaching, in Harvard Business Review 80(6), 86-92

Berglas, Steven, 2001, Reclaiming the Fire – The Rises and Falls of Corporate Executives, Middle Managers, Lawyers, Entrepreneurs

Berglas, Steven, 2001, Reclaiming the Fire – How Successful People Overcome Burnout

Berglas, Steven, 1986, The Success Syndrom: Hitting the Bottom When You Reach the Top

Bertalanffy, Ludwig von, 1968, General System Theory

Bion, Wilfred R., 1961, Experiences in Groups

Clinard, Helen Hall, 1989, Winning Ways To Succeed With People

Conger, Jay, 1989, The Charismatic Leader – Behind the Mystique of Exceptional Leadership

Craig, Gordon A., 1982, The Germans

Denton, Robert E.; Woodward, Gary C, 1998, Political Communication in America

Dilenschneider, Robert L., 1992, A Briefing for Leaders

Downs, Alan, 1997, Beyond the Looking Glass – Overcoming the Seductive Culture of Corporate Narcissism

Drucker, Peter, 1998, On the Profession of Management

DSM IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Dunbar, Robin, 1998, Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

Ezorsky, Gertrude, 1987, Moral Rights in the Workplace

Flynn, Nancy and Tom Flynn, 1998, Writing Effective Email

Fournies, Ferdinand F., 2000, Coaching - for Improved Work Performance

Frank, Milo O., 1986, How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds

Frank, Milo O., 1986, How to Run a Successful Meeting - in Half the Time

Gardner, Howard, 1996, Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership

Gardner, John W., 1990, On Leadership

Giuliani, Rudolph W., 2002, Leadership

Glanz, Barbara I., 1993, The Creative Communicator

Goleman, Daniel, 2000, Working With Emotional Intelligence

Goleman, Daniel, Annie McKee, and Richard E. Boyatzis, 2002, Primal Leadership: Realizing The Power of Emotional Intelligence

Gordon,Thomas, 1986, Leadership Effectiveness Training

Hall, Edward, 1976, Beyond Culture

Hall, Edward, 1966, The Hidden Dimension

Hall, Edward, 1959, The Silent Language

Hall, Edward, 1976, The Dance of Life

Hall, Edward, 1990, Understanding Cultural Differences

Heilbroner, Robert; Lester Thurow, 1982, Economics Explained

Heidlebaugh, Nola J., 2001, Judgment, Rhetoric, and the Problem of Incommensurability

Hodge, Sheida, 2000, The Art of Communicating and Deal Making Anywhere in the World

Hofstede, Geert, 1997, Cultures and Organizations

Jackson, Michael C., 1992, Systems Methodology for the Management Science

Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, 2000, Everything You Think You Know About Politics… And Why You’re Wrong

Kagan, Robert, 2003, Of Paradise and Power, America and Europe in the New World Order

Kahn, Jeffrey P.; Langlieb, Alan M.; Kraft Goin, Marcia, 2002, Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace: A Handbook for Organizations and Clinicians

Karmasin, Helene & Matthias, 1996, Cultural Theory

Kegan, Robert and Lisa Laskow Lahey, 2000, How The Way We Talk Can Change The Way We Work: Seven Languages For Transformation

Kernberg, Otto F., 1998, Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations

Kernberg, Otto F., 1980, Internal World and External Reality

Kernberg, Otto F., 1975, Borderine Conditions and Pathological Narcissism

Kotter, John P., 1995, Leadership: The New Rules

Kouzes, James M. and Barry Z. Posner, 1993, Credibility

Kouzes, James M. and Barry Z. Posner, 1996, The Leadership Challenge: How to Get Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations

Lakoff, George, 1980/2000, Metaphors We Live By

Larry King, 1994, How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere – The Secrets of Good Communication

Lipset, Seymour, 1996, American Exceptionalism – A Double-edged Sword

Lipset, Seymour M., 2000, It Didn’t Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States

Lewis, Richard, 1996/1999/2003, When Cultures Collide – Leading and Managing Across Cultures

Lewis, Richard, 1999, Cross-cultural Communication

Mayer, Robert, 1996, Power Plays – How to Negotiate, Persuade, and Finesse Your Way to Success

McCoy, Michelle and Ann S. Utterback, 2001, Sound and Look Professional on Television and the Internet

Miller, Jean B., 1976/1986, Toward a New Psychology of Women

Miller, Jean B., 1976, The Development of Women's Sense of Self

Monkhouse, Bob, 1991, The Complete Speakers' Handbook

Morgan, Gareth et alt., 1996, Images of Organization

Morgan, Eileen, 2000, Navigating Cross-Cultural Ethics: What Global Managers Do Right to Keep from Going Wrong

Morris, Dick, 2002, Power Plays – Win or Lose – How History's Great Political Leaders Play the Game

Naficy, Mariam, 1997, Fast Track: The Insider's Guide to Winning Jobs in Management Consulting, Investment Banking, and Securities Trading

Nierenberg, Gerard I., 1986, 1996, The Complete Negotiator

O'Hair, Dan; Gustav W. Friedrich, Lynda Dee Dixon, 2002, Strategic Communication in Business and the Professions

Olson, Mancur, 1965, The Logic of Collective Action

Orey, Maureen, 2004, Communication Skills Training

Pearce, Terry, 1995, Leading Out Loud

Peltier, Bruce, 2001, The Psychology of Executive Coaching

Perel, Esther, 2006, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic

Peters, Tom, 1982, The Circle of Innovation

Peters, Tom, 1987, In Search of Excellence

Peters, Tom, 1994, Thriving on Chaos

Peltier, Bruce, The Psychology of Executive Coaching: Theory and Application

Procter, Stephen; Mueller, Frank, 2000, Teamworking

Revel, Jean-Francois, 2002, L'Obsession anti-americaine

Robertson, Kelley, 2002, Stop, Ask, and Listen

Roman, Kenneth and Joel Raphaelson, 2000, Writing That Works

Ronningstam, Elsa F., 2005, Narcissistic Personality – Identifying and Understanding the Narcissistic Personality

Rubin, Jeffrey, 1994, Social Conflict

Ruesch, Jurgen; Gregory Bateson, 1968, Communication

Sigrin, Chris, 2001, Interpersonal Processes in Psychological Problems

Silberman, Ph. D., Mel and Freda Hansburg, 2000, Peoplesmart: Developing Your Interpersonal Intelligence

Singer, Marshall R., 1998, Perception & Identity in Intercultural Communication

Spence, Gerry, 1995, How To Argue And Win Every Time: At Home, at Work, in Court, Everywhere, ...

Spence, Gerry, 1989, With Justice for None – From Freedom to Slavery – Destroying an American Myth

Stewart, Edward C. et alt., American Cultural Patterns, A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Stone, Douglas, Sheila Heen and Roger Fisher, 1999, Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most

Stone, M. Florence, 1998, Coaching, Counseling & Mentoring

Tindale, Christopher W., 1999, Acts of Arguing: A Rhetorical Model of Argument

The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders. Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines (World Health Organization, Geneva 1992)

Trent, Judith S.; Friedenberg, Robert, 2000, Political Campaign Communication – Principles and Practices

Trompenaars, Alfons et al, 1998, Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Global Business

Trompenaars, Alfons, 2000, Building Cross-cultural Competence: How to Create Wealth from Conflicting Values

Van der Heijden, Kees, 1996, Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation

Walters, Litty, 1993, Secrets of Successful Speakers: How You Can Motivate, Captivate, and Persuade

Watzlawick, Paul, 1980, The Invented Reality – How Do We Know

Watzlawick, Paul, 1978, The Language of Change

Watzlawick, Paul et alt., 1967, Pragmatics of Human Communication

Watzlawick, Paul et alt., 1980, The Interactional View

Weaver, Gary R., 1998, Culture, Communication and Conflict

Whiteley, Richard C., 1991, The Customer Driven Company

Wiener, Norbert, 1948, Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

Willi, Juerg, 1982, Couples in Collusion

Wilden, Anthony, 1980, System and Structure: Essays in Communication and Exchange

Zelazny, Gene, 2001, Say it with Charts: The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication

Zelazny, Gene, 1999, Say it with Presentations: How to Design and Deliver Sucessful Business Presentations

Zweifel, Thomas D., 2002, Communicate or Die: Getting Results Through Speaking and Listening