Monk and Priest, Lasalle-Haus, Zug, Switzerland
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The church and the role of God have traditionally played Master in our lives as we grew up. With globalization and today’s rapid pace of life, many might have reduced the importance of spirituality in maintaining balance in our everyday choices.

Tobias Karcher offers a fascinating perspective about organizational leadership that is a blend of mindfulness, personality and business acumen. As a senior figure of the Jesuit order of Switzerland, he runs Lassalle Institute in Zug, a center that is aimed at executives in business, politics and society. He states,  “Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – have become a reality for many leaders. At the same time, traditional roles and family settings are changing. Against the backdrop of these challenges, pluralism and ambiguity tolerance are central. The ability to orient and shape is what matters.”

Hear his view on the shifting powers between Masters and Servants at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019.

Mission statement Lasalle-Haus

Lassalle-Haus is committed to a more peaceful and just world. It offers people space to find themselves in silence and arouses a passion for more humane and sustainable action.

We are convinced,

that through a spiritual practice people become more mindful and freer in dealing with themselves and their fellow world.
that in the encounter of religions lies a chance for one world.
that dialogue is the only alternative to violence.
that a modest and considerate way of life enables a life for all.
that a conscious diet leads to a respectful use of the resources of our world.
that everyone matters.
We believe in the power of silence.
How we implement our philosophy in everyday life
It’s not just the big gestures that change the world. It is above all the small steps, constantly executed, that have a great influence. Some examples of how we integrate our philosophy into our day-to-day business.

In the middle of the day, employees and guests meet for a short meditation – a retreat, a reflection on themselves and the world. We care for the house community and have lunch together, sometimes without many words, sometimes during lively conversation. In the evening it is possible to attend the simple daily service at 5.40 pm.
“Blue Angel” standard for all stationery and printed matter: We use recycled paper with the “Blue Angel” eco-label, which places the highest demands on careful use of resources, guarantees for health and compliance with technical requirements.

The guests of the Lassalle-Haus have decided to take responsibility for value-oriented action by taking part in a course or training course. This should also be reflected in our menu. Accordingly, our cuisine is simple, varied, healthy and enjoyable and, where possible, takes into account organic, seasonal, regional and fair trade products. Vegetarian and vegan food is offered throughout the week, in addition our guests can choose meat and fish twice a week.
Instead of using the shower and shampoo products commonly used in the hotel sector in individual doses, we use refillable soap dispensers at Lassalle-Haus. Our shower products and soaps are in organic quality.
Of the 17 springs that spring from Bad Schönbrunn, we use one for ourselves and offer our guests the best spring water. The usual sources supply the Zug waterworks.
Lassalle-Haus uses 100% green electricity from hydroelectric power stations.

Our new heating system, which supplies all three buildings – Main House, Old Villa and Forrenmatt – is operated with pellets, a renewable raw material. The efficiency is over 90%.

Critical skills for leaders

Clearly in the formation of personality: exercise attitudes of mindfulness, make complex decision-making situations transparent. Practicing intuition, learning to understand emotions and dealing with them. Promote rational weighing. In addition to personality, however, it is also important to shape our institutions. Both individuals and institutions can make a valuable contribution to the social environment.


From interview with NZZ Jobs



Born and raised in Weinheim near Heidelberg in 1961. After graduating from high school, he studied philosophy and theology in Freiburg im Breisgau, Paris and Frankfurt/ St. Georgen. This was followed by a mission abroad with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Bataan, Philippines. 1989 Joined the Jesuit novitiate, followed by postgraduate studies in social sciences at the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich. 1993 – 1997 Youth Education Officer at Heinrich Pesch Haus, Ludwigshafen/Rhine.

1998 – 2001 Head of the European Office of European and German umbrella organisations for Catholic youth and adult education in Brussels. 2002 – 2003 internal training in Boston and Detroit. 2003 -2009 Director of the Heinrich Pesch House, Catholic Academy Rhine-Neckar and Deputy Chairman of the Association of Catholic Social Education Services (AKSB) in Germany. Since November 2009 director of the Lassalle-Haus.