Hi, I am Niklaus Gerber
I assist companies with transformational leadership, change management, digital innovation and user-centred design. I guide teams, shape products, refine strategies and make things simpler, smarter and more helpful.
I work with amazing people at Vorwerk, where I serve as their head of experience design. Previously, I lead the digital product development for Neue Züricher Zeitung. I am a Hyper Island alumni and the author and creator of TeamKit.
Better Human will help you become an improved version of yourself — in work, at home and in life. Exploring how you can bring your whole self to everything you do. You will gain access to real-life proven frameworks, strategies methods and tools that support you to live a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.
Become a better human
This document is a user guide on me and how I work. It captures my guiding values and how I work as a human. It will hopefully help you understand me better and allow us to work together in a more meaningful way.
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Steal my stuff
I have the firm belief that if we have found a way of doing something that works, we share it whenever we can instead of reinventing the wheel every time. This curated catalogue includes frameworks, guides, tools, processes and methods that helped me become a better leader.
Explore my public collection
Enhancing team effectiveness by focussing on how teams come together & define the journey ahead.
A simple but essential core set of rules to guide us towards better solutions.
Keep meetings, activities and presentations on track. Use the timer for workshops, design sprints, meetings or anything else you want to timebox.
My thoughts on leadership, management, productivity, design and innovation.
I prefer to read the weekly news
The new system I adopted gave me more time and peace of mind
A short overview of my preferred self-reflection framework.
Strategies that helped me to procrastinate less
If you struggle with procrastination, I might help you improve your current situation.
How to keep your digital
A short and actionable guide on how to stay safe online.
Understanding your fear helps you make difficult choices, which can lead to happiness and peace.
Another idea if meditation does not work for you.
on reducing distraction
How some small changes on your devices can help you reclaim time.
How I type and listen faster and why it matters
Improving these core skills will save you time and can make you more productive.
How I try to be kinder and
more grateful in 2021
An experiment on shared gratitude.
My preferred apps 2020
These apps made my life simpler in 2020.
How I try to keep my Zen
These methods served me well to stay mindful, calm and relaxed.
Put the fire with the rest of the fire
Choose your battles wisely, acknowledge when you know things are broken, but you decide not to fix them.
Giving feedback is easy, receiving feedback is hard
My thoughts and experience on why receiving feedback is demanding and how you can become better at it.
Why do humans not provide a manual?
And why they absolutely should.
Why we should talk less and listen
My thoughts on why people don‘t listen.
An easy way to build new healthy habits and to train self-reflection.
Deep dive: How I manage my tasks with P.A.R.A. and
A new system that serves me well.
How I found a more mindful
way to manage my todos
My tool-agnostic way to task management.
Are you feeling like an imposter at work?
Here is what helped me.
step to become more confident and to embrace your learning journey
Reframing how you think.
Remote team retrospective canvas
How to run an effective remote team retrospective.
Team Check-Ins and Check-Outs
How Check-Ins and Check-Outs will help you to build stronger teams.
Thoughts on building innovation capabilities.
What is innovation?
A beginner’s guide into different models, terminologies and methodologies.
A critical review of design thinking
Design thinking is a proven, repeatable and reliable problem-solving process.