Thomas D. Zweifel is a Partner & Managing Director at Manres AG, leaders in transformation. The author, leadership professor, and former CEO of Swiss Consulting Group says that soft skills (co-leadership, communication, cross-cultural savvy) are the key to hard results. Dr. Zweifel’s stories and tools give people access to being global leaders in the 21st century. He inspires audiences with a unique blend of cutting-edge leadership theory, international affairs, management tools, executive coaching, and timeless philosophy—an interdisciplinary approach sorely missing in this era of specialists who don’t connect the dots.
For 27+ years, Dr. Zweifel has developed leadership tools and methodologies for Fortune 500 companies and SME’s, governments and international organizations, nonprofits and the military. His clients include American Express, Astrium, Aventis, Banana Republic, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Credit Suisse, Danone, DHL, Faurecia, FC Saarbrücken, Goldman Sachs, GE, Google, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Rhodia, Roche/Genentech, UBS, Unilever, the UN Development Programme, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. State Department.
Dr. Zweifel shows leaders how to:
27+ Years of Leadership Experience
Born in Paris, Dr. Zweifel was educated in Switzerland, Germany and the United States, and is fluent in English, German, French, and Italian. He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from New York University.
In 1986 Dr. Zweifel was thrust into leadership as global campaign manager for an international organization on the roster of the United Nations. In charge of campaign results in 27 countries but lacking legal authority to impose decisions or hire/fire people, he was forced to become a master at remote coaching and cross-cultural leadership.
In 1997 Dr. Zweifel co-founded Swiss Consulting Group, a global performance management company based in New York City that was recognized as a “Fast Company” by Fast Company magazine. Since then, Dr. Zweifel has coached and trained business leaders and public servants to create and achieve their vision, and has built Swiss Consulting Group into a multinational virtual boutique company with consultants in 12 countries and clients around the globe.
Dr. Zweifel is a member of the International Coach Federation and the Association of Professional Communication Consultants. In 1996 he realized his dream of breaking three hours in the New York City Marathon, and in 1997 was recognized as the “fastest CEO in the New York City Marathon” by the Wall Street Journal.
Media and Publications
Dr. Zweifel appears frequently in the media (CNN, ABC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, NY1, Fast Company, Financial Times, and The Week, among many others). His leadership books Communicate or Die and Culture Clash (SelectBooks 2003; also available in Chinese, French, German and Indonesian) have become standard references for communicating effectively and managing across borders.
Convinced that leadership is an art, but also a science that can be learned, Prof. Zweifel has taught at universities and business schools around the world: Columbia University (New York), New York University (New York), Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (North Carolina), St. Gallen University (Switzerland), Haute Ecole de Gestion (Fribourg/Switzerland), European Center for Pharmaceutical Medicine / University of Basel (Switzerland), Sydney University (Australia), and Jones International University (an online business school).
Leadership and Democracy
Dr. Zweifel believes that leadership and democracy need each other: “Leadership without democracy is dictatorship, and democracy without leadership is anarchy.” He coached UN officials in 25 countries to design and carry out leadership projects in democratic governance, with measurable goals ranging from police reform in Bangladesh to empowering women in Saudi Arabia. He frequently writes and speaks on international politics and published two acclaimed books on the topic: Democratic Deficit? (Rowman & Littlefield 2002) and International Organizations & Democracy (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2005).
Dr. Zweifel’s keynotes have led him to audiences in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.