About me

“Love it, change it, or leave it” is my private leitmotiv. It depicts ingredients for private happiness and professional satisfaction which I find relevant: a continuous drive for identification and satisfaction with your tasks (love it – or maybe sometimes: accept it), an openness and accountability for optimization (change it), and a determination to move on when loving or changing does not work (leave it).

Privately as well as professionally, I am a quite curious and active person and have gone through some love, change, and leave periods. I live with my wife and my two children in Bonn and whenever possible in our second home on the Dalmatian island of Korčula. Sports (like running, tennis, soccer) and photography help me to relax and to regain my energy.

Professional milestones:

  • Since 2013 founder and owner of Axel Kersten Consulting
  • Since 2013 Vice President and Senior Consultant (Senn Delaney Leadership Consultants / Heidrick Consulting)
  • 6 years Vice President and head of department for personal and organisational development (Deutsche Telekom AG / T-Mobile)
  • 5 years head of department and senior consultant for recruiting, employer branding and talent development (SAP AG)
  • 4 years team lead and consultant for higher education marketing (Gate Germany / DAAD)
  • 4 years Member of the Supervisory Board of the Berlin School for Professional Studies
  • Since 1995: Lecturer, e.g. for the WHU Business School in Vallendar

Training and education:

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC, International Coaching Federation)
  • Loop Approach Fellow – integral and agile transformation of teams and organisations (the dive, Berlin)
  • Certified user and coach for leadership styles and systems climate diagnostics (XLNC Leadership, Köln)
  • Systemic consulting (ZFSB Heidelberg)
  • Change manager (Henley Business School, Reading)
  • Coach and facilitator (Senn Delaney Leadership Consultants, London)
  • Agile strategy development (dark horse)
  • Agile team and organisational development (Veränderungskraft)
  • Agile experience (Veränderungskraft)
  • Deep democracy – Conflict management (the dive)
  • Design Thinking (brainbirds)
  • Decision making (Steinbeis University Berlin)
  • Leadership excellence (esmt Berlin)
  • People management (mafowi Wiesbaden)
  • Project management (University of Mannheim)
  • M.A. in political science, history and public law (Universities of Freiburg, Boston and Austin/USA)
  • Research semester in Chiapas/ Mexico
  • Postgraduate studies in environmental science (University of Basel)

Cooperations and references (selection):

  • Senn Delaney Leadership Consultants
  • Heidrick Consulting / co:vadis
  • the dive
  • XLNC Leadership, Köln
  • Promerit AG
  • Advaia Diversity Solutions
  • Glen Goldberg
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • T-Mobile Niederlande
  • T-Systems International
  • SAP AG
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst / GATE Germany
  • Deutsches Wissenschaftszentrum Kairo
  • Deutsche Universität für Weiterbildung
  • Lurgi / Air Liquide
  • Unitymedia
  • Proximus/Belgacom
  • ITT
  • USAA
  • Infineon
  • DZ Bank
  • Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
  • Aktion Mensch
  • bpost
  • IBA Group
  • Hochschule Rhein Waal
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Congstar GmbH
  • Detecon International GmbH
  • Rolls Royce Power Systems / MTU
  • Fiskars Group
  • Primetals
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Marquard und Bahls
  • Inmarsat
  • TÜV Rheinland
  • Vaillant Group
  • Delphi Technologies
  • Weatherford
  • Stryker
  • Aspen
  • Venator
  • Allied Irish Bank
  • DHL Express
  • Radlabor Freiburg

For personal recommendations and publications, please see my LinkedIn – page.