Who Is Karl Albrecht?

"Karl has earned the reputation of a Renaissance thinker — a visionary who engages the big ideas of our time. He is a respected management consultant and executive adviser, strategic thinker, futurist, author, dynamic speaker and an innovator whose contributions seem to defy labels, categories and pigeonholes.

"The foundation concept for virtually all of his professional work is an advanced thinking process — the systematic development and application of leading edge ideas on the part of individuals, teams, leaders and enterprises."

- His Mother


"Dr. Karl Albrecht is an executive management consultant, futurist, lecturer, and author of more than 20 books on professional achievement, organizational performance, and business strategy.

"He is listed as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in American Business.

"He has pioneered a number of important new concepts in the business world. For example, he is widely regarded as the father of the American "customer revolution" and service management. His book Service America: Doing Business in the New Economy (co-authored with the late Ron Zemke), sold over a half-million copies and has been translated into seven languages.

"He is also a leading authority on cognitive styles and the development of advanced problem solving skills. His recent books Social Intelligence: the New Science of Success, and Practical Intelligence: the Art and Science of Common Sense; together with his Social Intelligence Profile and his Mindex Thinking Style Profile are widely used in business and education. The Mensa society honored him with its lifetime achievement award, for significant contributions by a member to the understanding of intelligence.

"He is also an ICF Board Certified Coach, with many years of experience in coaching and advising executives, managers, and business owners.

"Originally a physicist, and having served as a military intelligence officer and business executive, he now consults, lectures, and writes about whatever he thinks would be fun."

- His Agent


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"I believe that ideas are the ultimate form of wealth, whether we're talking about a business enterprise, a community, a social institution, a government, or a nation. Ideas are the magical capital that animates all other forms of capital.

"Ideas move the world — the best and the worst of them. The nineteenth century writer Victor Hugo said,

'There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world; and that is an idea whose time has come.'

"The ideas we create, nurture, support, teach, and preach define us as a people. We move forward as a species when we honor and respect the rights of all human beings to do their own thinking. And we regress as a species when we try to silence, oppress, punish, or persecute those whose ideas do not fit with our comfortable story of reality.

"I freely admit to being addicted to ideas. My heroes and mentors have always been the 'big idea' people, whose lives testify to their commitment to open-mindedness, imagination, global thinking, curiosity, creativity, possibility thinking, tolerance, and the courage to innovate.

"Charles Kettering, one of America's most prolific inventors, who became Vice President of General Motors and founded the Sloan-Kettering Institute, believed that our culture stifles innovation rather than stimulates it. According to Kettering,

'Human beings are so constituted as to see what is wrong with a new thing, not what is right. To verify this, you have only to submit a new idea to a committee. They will obliterate ninety percent of rightness for the sake of ten percent of wrongness. The possibilities a new idea opens up are not recognized, because not one [person] in a thousand has any imagination.'

"My colleagues sometimes describe me as 'constitutionally incapable of specializing in one thing per lifetime.' They often say 'His specialty seems to be the lack of a specialty.' On most days, I take that as a rather high compliment — although it has made building a career somewhat more challenging than it otherwise might have been.

"Science fiction writer and futurist Robert Heinlein said,

'A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.'

"I believe that intelligent, talented, and motivated people can do more than one thing well. When we turn our minds to new challenges — in a spirit of humility and willingness to learn — we might even outsmart the encamped experts who know what can't be done. The Zen master Shunryu Suzuki said,

'In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few. The most important thing an expert needs to learn is how to think like a beginner.'

"Big-idea thinking has always been in short supply, and we need it now more than ever. Too many executives are mired in the nuts and bolts of their operations to provide the kind of grand vision and inspiration that are critically needed in these confusing times. Too many entrepreneurs are trapped in the minutiae, working 'in the business' and not 'on the business.' Too many social sector leaders and public service leaders are caught up in politics and procedures. We can get the big things done if we set our minds to the challenges."

- Himself


What I've Done
and What I Can Do for You

My track record, as an executive advisor, consultant, researcher, writer, speaker, and facilitator, is summarized at the following resource page. It presents highlights of key engagements I have carried out personally, as well as those I've managed as leader of the Karl Albrecht International consulting team.

Please feel free to browse the cases you find most relevant to your needs. If you would like to engage my assistance, or the assistance of the KAI team, please use the email proposal request page.

 

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