Reinhold M. Karner, FRSA - about me
After 33 years as a high achiever and a 360° experienced multi-awarded multinational SME serial entrepreneur (management consulting, software, digitisation), I studied the mechanisms for success and failure and changed sides. Consequently, I have acted as THE·SUCCESS·MULTIPLIER, corporate philosopher and thought leader. This is primarily for companies, start-ups, NGOs, universities, institutions, media and think tanks. I support leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives as an adviser, coach, lecturer, keynote speaker, chairman, member of advisory boards or author.
There is no great art to success.
The great art is to maintain success!
At some point in time, everyone will come to see that one does not learn much about what is decisive from success or winning. Instead, the failures, mistakes, losses, and defeats make us ultimately grow more in wisdom, humility, modesty, resilience and an invaluable experience. It's inevitable to lose now and again. Still, one should gratefully accept these learning curves of the university of life with just as much dignity as one celebrates successes and victories, for they are the indispensable fertiliser of lasting success in the future. This is how robust, incredibly resilient and long-lasting oaks are created, which hardly anything knocks over anymore!
Reinhold M. Karner, FRSA - R·M·K - THE·SUCCESS·MULTIPLIER ©
MULTIPLYING SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS of ambitious people - founders, entrepreneurs, managers, their companies, careers, and projects.
For me, success has to do with fulfilment and with people grabbing their lives, their visions, talents and opportunities, their potential, into their own hands with determination. It's all about enthusiastically following your passion and also prospering economically through smart positioning. It is not always easy and is a permanent challenge. It takes courage, commitment, foresight, perseverance and the willingness to learn and change continually. And also to have a plan B - especially in a crisis when there are lulls, headwinds and lean periods. In the long run: As you sow, so you shall reap.
My motto and background
There is no great art to success. The great art is to maintain success! Because being sustainably successful works according to its own rules and mechanisms.
I know this from my decades of experience as a multinational, serial SME entrepreneur in the management consulting, software and IT sectors. Also, through my functions as a long-standing coach of entrepreneurs and managers, as advisory and supervisory boards member and chairman and non-executive director of various companies across a broad spectrum of industries - for example, in architecture, services, trade, commerce, high-tech, logistics, industry, production, tourism. And last but not least, as a lecturer at universities and my contribution and work as Fellowship Connector for Austria and Malta of the world's oldest, London-based think tank, The RSA (The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), with its fellows from 80 countries worldwide.
I truly know the full 360 degrees of entrepreneurial life from my own experience: from times of sunshine with success lasting for many years, with receiving one award after another - whether as 'Best of the Best Management Consultants' in Austria, as 'IT Entrepreneur of the Year', as 'Entrepreneur Shooting Star' - with the best score of all businesses nationwide - to severe storms and hard winters.
Besides, I have proven competencies from around 40 years of business experience with hundreds of my clients' projects - companies of various industries and sizes. My tasks are restructuring, organisation, digitalisation (incl. ERP and AI) and economic and strategic optimisation. My clients are SMEs, start-ups, family businesses, corporate groups and chains. What I do succeeds in almost every industry, because in essence - according to my matured findings - the decisive parameters for sustainable success are universal, i.e. the same for most companies - or at least very similar, only the facets vary.
Round off your picture of me with the following excerpts of testimonials from long-standing clients, renowned scientists and VIPs.
You can find the complete quotes and other third-party statements about me in the "Testimonials" section.
Excerpts of three quotes from long-time clients ...
Gerhard Jahn - Economist, sustainability researcher, financial controlling evangelist. Former long-term Chief Financial Controller, CIO and CDO at SONAX (1989-2019), before he worked for BOSCH in Nuremberg.
Reinhold Karner … He has so many facets. He is a doer. What he takes in hand works. His advice is worth its weight in gold. He is antifragile. Reinhold Karner is convincing and inspires. He has the rare gift of quickly seeing through complex contexts. He recognises trends; he senses impending danger. He is an excellent networker. He likes to give; he gives openly and honestly. He is a global citizen and down-to-earth at the same time. Actually, he is indescribable.
Siegfried Zwick - long-time managing director and co-founder of the market leader Maico Italia
The cooperation with Reinhold Karner has been an important pillar for our company's prosperity, which became the leader and lighthouse in the Italian market. Our long-time successful collaboration has been based on these principles:
• Outstanding professional competence and execution as well as implementation efficiency
• Available anytime 24/7/365
• A man of his word
Helga Ellul - Supervisory Board Member at the Times of Malta, President of CORE; CEO Playmobil Malta Ltd. (1976-2012), former President of The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
Reinhold Karner is, for me, an extraordinary personality. He is none the less a person who has helped me over the years through his in-depth knowledge with objective, competent advice.
His career is an epitome of a perfect motivator and sparring partner for entrepreneurs, leaders and executives. His drive to focus on our time's newest technology and business topics turn every conversation into a master class of thought. Reinhold M. Karner always puts human values at the cornerstone of everything.
Excerpts of three quotes from renowned scientists and experts ...
Prof. Dr Arnold Weissman - entrepreneur, family business adviser, owner & founder of the multiple award-winning WeissmanGroup, Professor of business management, specialised in family businesses
Reinhold Karner is one of the most impressive personalities I have met in my entrepreneurial life. His unique career, which took him up to the very top and also down to the bottom, made him the perfect coach and sparring partner, in my view. He has shown what true resilience looks like, and this is something every entrepreneur should learn. Aside from his diverse experiences, it is his network that's truly valuable. There has hardly been an innovative topic for which he did not have the right contacts – most of the time, though, the best connection was himself.
Prof. Dr Kurt Matzler - Adviser, University Professor for Strategy and Leadership (Nominated in 2021 for the Thinkers50, the global Oscars of Management Thinking)
Reinhold Karner is an impressive personality: entrepreneur, adviser, networker and lateral thinker! He specialises like no other in hot technological and business topics of our time. His ability to identify trends and see the bigger picture, coupled with his experience and first-hand knowledge, make him a second to none thinker.
Prof. Dr Martin Adam - Director of Studies for Industrial Engineering & Management, ERP-Systems & Business Process Management, Smart Products & Solutions at the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol
Reinhold Karner is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished ERP software experts and thought leaders in the digital world. He set numerous technology trends in the ERP world that have become IT standards today. He is a top-rated lecturer with students at our lectures and events.
Excerpts of three quotes from VIPs ...
Dr Franz Fischler - President of Austria's prestigious think tank Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), former EU Commissioner, former President of the European Forum Alpbach
What makes Reinhold Karner such an exciting conversation partner, adviser and tutor is his enormous knowledge, his comprehensive experience and, on the other hand, his ability to strategically merge very different elements and various approaches.
He has also mastered the art of communication because he always succeeds in explaining each, even complex subject, in clear language and distinguishing the essential from the non-essential.
Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Bez, Hon DTech - former CEO of ASTON MARTIN, CTO of PORSCHE, CEO of BMW Technik, Chairman VP Engineering of DAEWOO
Reinhold captures complex nexuses and uses them to develop ideas, concepts and concrete solutions. Reinhold is pro-active and tireless. He intuitively finds the right pitch without arrogance. He motivates and promotes creativity. Reinhold brings people with different know-how and different thinking together and moderates them.
You can rely on him!
Joseph Calleja - world-renowned tenor and opera star
I have been honoured to know Reinhold for several years, and since I first met him, I was always struck by his keen sense of business, entrepreneurship and his gentlemanly way of doing business. An astute observer and predictor of trends, he is one of the few I refer to when I need some serious, unbiased advice.