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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2014
 
Employees in focus
 

ALEXANDER KAUSL AND

THE "PROBLEM-SOLVING

INTELLIGENCE"
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Alexander Kausl has been involved in countless customer projects over the past 12 years. At IMP he is often referred to as a “LATERAL THINKER” because can always see a different angle on a particular topic.
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As soon as Alexander Kausl joins proceedings, it all “happens around him”. Things are discussed, literature on the subject is bought and read, read, read... At that point he is "AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL” even if he previously didn’t have any idea that the topic interested him. Football is a good example of just how excited Alexander can get…

Niels: Alexander, up until two years ago, football was a non-starter for you. No interest at all. But now you not only follow every game on TV but also watch the post-game analysis. You also watch all of your 8-year-old son’s games on the weekend and play as often as possible with the boys. What happened?

Alexander: In the 4th issue of "Perspectives” we tried to take a look at the subject of leadership from as many different angles as possible. The topic of sports was one that we wanted to explore and show from the perspective of leadership. At that point I would have preferred it if we had decided on cycle racing.

Alexander Kausl participates regularly in the Ötztal marathon. When he came for his interview at IMP he was convinced that he didn’t have the time or energy to take up endurance sports. He must have stumbled over a bicycle or something, though, because suddenly he was all about it. (reference: IMP)

Niels: And so we decided on the topic of football, in particular so-called "intelligence in the game”. Was that the MAGIC phrase? Intelligence in the game?

Alexander: Yeah, most likely. Horst Wein, who we were able to interview extensively, even wrote a book on it...

Of course. A book was the catalyst. Horst Wein, by the way, is a former German national ice hockey player, trainer of the German and Spanish hockey teams, Master Coach of the Federation International de Hockey, and a globally recognized trainer of football coaches. His “intelligence in the game” method revolutionized the Spanish youth system. TIKI TAKA was suddenly the buzzword on everybody’s lips (reference: IMP).

Alexander: ... That just hit me. I found statements emphasizing player PERCEPTION, for example, absolutely fascinating. Focusing only on physical training or isolated technical skills was a dead-end street. It’s more about a certain "philosophy of moving the ball around” that leads to intelligence within the game. The point is to deal with the situation at hand correctly as frequently as possible. I liked that idea. Because that is exactly the goal in every aspect of our lives, and of course in running a company.

In increasingly complex business environments, like in football, there are countless options to solve a particular problem or deal with a particular situation. Standard solutions or recipes for success are useless in those situations. Intelligence, that is, the “intelligence to solve problems” – or in Horst Wein’s world, the ability to “FREQUENTLY DO THE CORRECT THING” – is becoming central to the success and survival of companies. The point is to

  • recognize the most important things
  • assess and understand the situation thoroughly
  • make the right decisions taking into account the possible risks and opportunities and then to execute those solutions at the right moment and in the right way.

Niels: Thank you for your time, Alexander. It is easy to see that you have spent a lot of time thinking about the subject. And we hope you can continue to bring YOUR “problem-solving intelligence” into our customer projects.

Alexander: You’re welcome. My pleasure. Speaking of client projects…

Yeah, it was a pretty long conversation, as you can imagine… (reference: IMP)

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ALEXANDER KAUSL
IMP AUSTRIA

Niels Cotiaux did the interview with Alexander Kausl.

 

 

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