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Leaders Talk - Better Leadership. Better Organizations. Better World

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Leaders Talk is an interview podcast in English and German to portrait leaders from various fields who are committed to better leadership, better organizations and a better world. Our guests are business and thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and politicians. We talk about their personal stories … read more


Ep. 28: Ulrik Nehammer, how do you combine competition and values?

Leaders Talk – with Ulrik Nehammer. He spent decades as CEO for The Coca Cola Company and Salesforce in many different countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Now he is co-founder of a company that manages private equity hedge funds. He is a unique combination of a leader who values competition but also has deep values in terms of humanity.

In the new episode of our Leaders Talk podcast, he talks to our managing partner Karsten Drath about his journey and how he grew into his role. He tells us why you can learn a lot even from a job you don't like and why it's important to set goals for yourself. He further shares why the best consultants are your employees, why “giving” should be part of every curriculum and why you should never eat alone.

The topics in the podcast with Ulrik Nehammer:

- What Ulrik learned from being an officer in the military (4:55)

- He tells about his thesis on environmentally friendly packaging (7:50)

- The beginning of Ulrik's career at Coca Cola Companies (11:40)

- He tells why it is so important to set yourself destinations and from whom he has learned to do so. (15:50)

- He shares how the competition between Coca Cola and Pepsi has changed over time. (17:00)

- He shares his experiences of working in Vietnam and tells what it is like to be an "alien". (18:30)

- Nehammer shares with us why eating alone is always a wasted networking opportunity. (22:10)

- He tells why his wife is the most inspiring leader for him and how his family has dealt with living in a different place every few years. (24:20)

- Ulrik tells us what his profile as CEO is and how he works. (28:30)

- He talks about what it's like to change the culture in a big company. (35:05)

(41:37-46:09) Karsten introduces the new Leadership Choices Coaching Master Program

- Nehammer highlights the importance of sharing information with all employees. (50:10)

- He talks about the importance of social responsibility. (57:25)

- He answers the question of what makes people identify with the Coca Cola brand. (1:02:10)

- He talks about his job at Salesforce and his experience on a “Mindfulness Camp”. (1:10:00)

- He tells us what is really important to him and why “giving” is so important. (1:27:02)

Further Links:

Profile Ulrik Nehammer:

LC Coaching Master Program:

What are your reflections? Feel free to write us your thoughts. We also welcome your suggestions for inspiring guests at Leaders Talk.

Guest: Ulrik Nehammer 

Host: Karsten Drath 

Production & Editorial: Hannah Jandl & Daniela Magnani Hüller

Research & Preparation: Tabea Zeller and Lena Wokurka

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