About Bruno Hartmann

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Passionate engineer and executive of an iconic company

Over many years I have helped drive new technology for the machines that help us build houses, roads, and bridges. Technology that powers aircraft pushback tractors and combine harvesters. Again and again I have helped to push the limits of what is technically feasible. That's really exciting. I am grateful for that. I gave my first keynote in the USA for our own team almost 20 years ago. I tried to convey to our American colleagues that it is actually soooo easy to work with us "Germans". There I felt for the first time what power and effect honest and respectful thoughts, clearly expressed and accompanied by a pinch of humor, can have. That was my start as a keynote speaker. What makes me special? I think it's a powerful mixture of international management experience, curiosity and the desire to inspire people to change perspectives. And one more thing: I like to put things in a nutshell. I have a wonderful wife and two adult children of whom I am very proud because they both go "their" way. And then there is our overweight cat. I like dry humor and like to play golf, but my handicap is far from single digit. Maybe I just enjoy work too much. I like cooking, preferably homemade pasta or something from the barbecue. Every now and then I reach for the ukulele. Music is wonderfully relaxing for me. I appreciate clarity very much where it is possible. And I consciously allow grey areas where they are necessary. Our reality of life is rarely only either black or white.  Developing people I see as as one of the most important tasks in leadership.

I am from Bavaria and I feel at home in the world. Our time spent in the United States left a lasting impression on me and gave me a positive attitude towards life. I enjoy working with people from other cultural backgrounds: whether it's the warm hug I receive as I greet them in Sao Paulo, the constant shaking of the listeners' heads in Bangalore, which drives me to helplessness, or the very reserved reactions of the negotiating partners in Tokyo that demand my last bit of patience. People are so different. That fascinates me.  

My Professional Career

 My career start led me into application engineering for wheel loader drive trains. When I returned to Germany after several years of working in the USA, the world had changed: our group of medium-sized companies had been taken over by vodafone. After this largest hostile takeover in the history of German industry, I experienced the dissolution of the Mannesmann concern and help shape the transformation of a medium-sized company into a modern industrial group. I orchestrated, among other things, a worldwide sales organization, and led crisis teams. As the right-hand man of the CEO of our group, I dealt intensively with leadership, strategy, and new technologies. 



I enjoy the privilege of being part of a top notch management team that has led the company for years through crises and cultural change to self-confidence and profitability. Today we are a world market leader. As an executive and supervisory board member at the Bosch Rexroth AG (which I consider to be one of the coolest companies on our planet), I am an active part of teams that are in the midst of digital transformation, experimenting, and learning about new forms of organizational structures for themselves.

My passion as a keynote speaker is to inspire people and make them want to shape the future of their comanies. Together. Consciously. I like to motivate teams to continuously increase the efficiency of their organizations and the satisfaction of their people. Have associates achieve top results, and yet enjoy their workplace and have fun at the same time. I like to share my perspectives and experiences. Not everyone needs to make the same mistakes, right?  I was born in 1965, studied industrial engineering in Rosenheim, was an alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Clemson University in the USA. I also share my expertise in strategy, leadership and business development with entrepreneurial successors in my role as mentor. In the meantime, I have been a multiple book author and guest author for business magazines such as Capital, Wirtschaftswoche and Focus. I am a member of the German Speakers' Association (GSA) and the Association of German Engineers (VDI).

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