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May 15, 2020 - Guest: Jan Mühlfeit

Topics: The Human Side of Capital

Show Summary

On this "best of" episode of Solutions News, we bring you our 2019 interview with Jan Muhlfeit, the former chairman of Microsoft Europe who after leaving that role in 2014, fell into a personal crisis, but came out with a new understanding of how important the human side of capital is, and wrote the insightful and informative bestseller, The Positive Leader, on how to tap into the full potential of teams and how by bringing human capital to the forefront a company (or a country) will thrive. Jan Mühlfeit emphasizes: “If people are able to leverage their talent and their strengths, they will not only be more productive and successful but also happier. Unlocking human potential is a mantra for me personally because I think that if we better utilize the best in us, we will manage to create a better world for all”. This methodology with roots are in positive psychology is based not only on his own experience but also the experience of many of the top individuals in the global world of business, politics, as well as sport, with whom he had the honor to meet, work and spend time worldwide for many years. Other topics on this show include a story on being positive even happy, even in the face of sudden change. Original Broadcast date: May 10, 2019 (Produced by Kristy Jansen)

Jan Mühlfeit

Jan is global strategist, coach, mentor and author of bestseller The Positive Leader (Pearson 2016). His personal mission: “I help individuals, organizations and countries around the world to unlock their human potential.”


Jan has proven record in building successful teams and organizations in his almost 22 years long career in Microsoft, where he served in different executive positions. In his last role (2007—2014) he was as Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation. Based on his global experience he created a rather unique methodology to find personal uniqueness for individuals and teams. Jan is teaching his courses "Unlock human potential“ and "Unlock your team potential“ globally. He is also together with Katerina Novotna co-author of very successful seminar "Unlock [your] Children['s] Potential.“


Jan Mühlfeit emphasizes: “If people are able to leverage their talent and their strengths, they will not only be more productive and successful, but also happier. Unlocking human potential is a mantra for me personally, because I think that if we better utilize the best in us, we will manage to create a better world for all”. This methodology with roots are in positive psychology is based not only on his own experience, but also the experience of many of the top individuals in the global world of business, politics, as well as sport, with whom he had the honor to meet, work and spend time worldwide for many years.


Jan also coaches top executives, olympic games winners, artists from different countries and continents and he works closely in the coaching and mentoring field with INSEAD, Cambridge, Gallup, Imperial College McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate.

Jan awards his success to being able to unlock his potential, but mostly to unlocking the potential of people he worked with. His justification in his own words: “According to Gallup only 13 percent of people enjoy working in their current job, others go to work just to earn money. The world currently functions on only 13 percent of its economic and social opportunities. It is possible to change this.”


Jan Mühlfeit chose this difficult task as his new mission. As stated above he created a unique methodology for finding personal uniqueness and fulfilling the vision and mission of each person through their individual uniqueness.

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