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Why „ICE“ as a menu item on a business-website? Consulting is rightly called a „people‘s business“ – to establish good chemistry between two people is one of the first and key steps in advisory and coaching services. Let‘s facilitate that here by learning more about Frauke as a passionate global traveller.

Very special to her have been trips to Antarctica (2010), Iceland (2016), and the Arctic Sea (2017) – an overwhelming nature, many thousand of years old, perpetual ice, an often calm sea in different shades of blue paired with total silence: that‘s what makes one feel humble and open to change perspectives.

In addition, numerous expressions and metaphors on communication are connected to „ice“: breaking the ice, being on thin ice, to put something on ice, making the ice melt, political ice age …etc. Not to forget the famous „iceberg model“ about the (small) conscious and (large) unconscious perception which we all need to be aware of in business relationships.

To share this passion for ice and to discover what we can adopt from first explorers to the polar regions about communication and leadership is the idea of this section. So enjoy a selection of Frauke‘s favourite articles and photos!

Just for Fun!

As a fellow traveller once said: “Should you be in a bad mood, just watch some penguins and you’ll instantly start to smile!” – Right she was, so if you are not in laughing mood, try these penguin photos!
Penguins that make you smile

When a whale gives you a “high five”… Impressions from Rurutu island in French Polynesia, also called the “island of whales”. Photo copyright with Jens Köthen, former Chief Officer, now Captain of the Hanse Explorer.
Whale gives highfive

Ever watched northern lights or the AURORA, the fantastic play of colours in a dark sky? If you didn’t, you might like webcams/, a webcam service offered by Chad Blakley in the Abisko National Park, Abisko, Sweden.

On Frauke’s list as well: staying in one of the ICE Hotels in Norway, Finland or Sweden:
Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Calls itself to be the oldest of ice hotels, opening each season for over 25 years now. See


Frauke’s favourite pictorial Adélie terre & mer has recently been published by photographers Vincent Munier and Laurent Ballesta: fantastic photos taken in Antarctica, Adélie Land, under water (“mer”) and on land (“terre”). Also other publications available directly at books/21-adelie-9782916552811.html

From the other pole: ARCTICA – the Vanishing North by Sebastian Copeland, foreword by Sir Richard Branson with texts in English, German, and French. Available online or at your favourite local bookstore

Management Know-How

It was one of the most famous expeditions to the South Pole: in the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men got on board of the Endurance to cross the Antarctic continent on dog-sleighs. But the ship got stuck in pack-ice. Struggling almost two years for survival, it is said to be Shackleton’s strong leadership and crisis management that brought the team back home.
You might like to “explore” the following publications, all available online or at your favourite local bookstore:

  • South: The Story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 Expedition (English Edition), by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
  • Mit der Endurance ins ewige Eis: Meine Antarktisexpedition 1914–1917 (German Edition), von Sir Ernest Shackleton mit einem Vorwort von Reinhold Messner
  • In a beautifully illustrated version: Shackleton’s Journey (English original), by William Grill or Shackletons Reise (German Edition)
  • Linking Shackleton to today’s leadership approaches: Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer (English Edition) or Shackletons Führungskunst: Was Manager von dem großen Polarforscher lernen können (German Edition), by Margot Morell und Stephanie Capparell

Another thrilling story to learn from has been the race between Roald Amundsen, the experienced Norwegian adventurer and Robert Falcon Scott, a Royal Navy officer, about who will be the first to reach the south pole. Amundsen beat Scott to the pole by 34 days and returned home safely with his entire team whereas Scott not only faced “humiliation”, looking at a Norwegian flag when reaching the south pole but also – together with some of his team – died on the way back. Comparing the stories of the two rivals, their way of preparing the expedition and leading the team is worth discovering. Get a first insight through the following blog: Articles/Robert-Gardner/ June-2012/ARE-YOU-AN-AMUNDSEN-OR-SCOTT.aspx