The Agility of a Startup. The Stability of a Corporation.
Although it is in the nature of markets to change quickly and continuously, many enterprises find it difficult to design their structures and processes in a way that ensures a sufficient degree of agility or a capacity for timely reinvention. Failing to resist the forces of inertia, they cling to unsustainable business models. If they persist, they run the risk of losing their market relevance.
Enterprises that want to change and develop successfully need to be willing to liberate themselves from conventions and to discard solutions that have ceased to be effective. Doing so requires transparency, clear guidelines and effective mechanisms of communication and control. This is because business transformation is a long-term and demanding interpersonal process. When properly calibrated and implemented, however, it can lead to robust growth and a state of agile stability – first at the level of organizational structure and then on the market.
For more than 25 years, I have been helping medium-sized companies, large corporations and NGOs complete successful transformations in response to developments of varying degrees of urgency. I am a business transformation consultant to various enterprises, ranging from Lufthansa, Siemens, Dräger and UTA to the Ministry of Finance of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Working on the continuous development of business models and organizational structures, winning over stakeholders and providing a reliable framework for change. Actively managing complexity, conflicting expectations and inconsistencies as natural parameters of influence.
Cooperation + Knowledge
Efficiently linking competence to processes within the enterprise so that decisions wind up being made where the knowledge is. Reinforcing cooperation so that knowledge gives rise to action.
Professionally analyzing the state of problematic projects, respectfully communicating the results of analysis and identifying pragmatic solutions. Stabilizing the current situation, creating a basis for trust and implementing the right restructuring measures together with the stakeholders.
Optimizing structures and costs. Systematically analyzing value chains and streamlining them with an eye to enhanced efficiency, productivity and customer support. Implementing innovative technologies to expand development options, and updating management approaches to reinforce sustainability.
We are not agile because it is trend!
The term “agility” has been an inflationary buzzword in the media for years. Everything must be agile today. In the flood of agile hymns of praise, however, the real reason for this often fades away. Why do companies decide to switch to agile? I will talk about this today with Patrick Diemer, Chairman of the Management Board of AirPlus International.Read more
Without the Right Backing, You Won’t Have Change
Last summer I met with Gerhard Stamm. Stamm is the owner and managing director of the Stamm Consulting Group based in Barcelona, Spain. This seasoned engineer has many years of international experience in the expansion, reorganization and restructuring of manufacturing companies. Under the Spanish sun we talked about the problems of change processes in corporations from the point of view of an external interim manager.Read more
Perception beats reality
In the middle of the year I met Felix Glauner in Berlin. He was last managing director of M&C Saatchi in Berlin, before that creative director of Havas in Germany – where he won several awards. The ex-film juror of the Cannes Lions founded the strategy and creative consultancy Pitchbright in 2018 to coach medium-sized companies and start-ups in the digital reorientation of marketing. A conversation about continuous change, energy, creativity and leadership.Read more
Doing Away with Yourself
This time around, I take the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Christof Horn, Executive Director at the P3 Group, an innovative, international management consultancy with a special focus on the automotive, aerospace, energy, and telecommunications industries. We talk about the significance of digital transformation, leadership and organizational structures.Read more
Digital Transformation is not an IT project
Digital transformation requires courage, strategic creativity and a willingness to experiment on the part of those who are responsible for its success. What are the secrets to mastering such a complex process?Read more
The Difference between Change and Transformation
In my work environment, I’m often surprised at how often managers use the terms »change« and »transformation« as if they referred to one and the same thing. A look at newspaper articles, corporate publications and even the business literature can also leave one with the impression that the terms are perfectly interchangeable. As a matter of fact, however, they are not.Read more
A Clash of Cultures
What is the best way to reconcile two contrary project cultures so as to secure a project’s successful completion? The subsidiary of a prominent airline wanted to automate its sales processes at 40 locations around the world, while also introducing a uniform CRM system to enable better and more efficient customer service. Indeed, a complex transformation project!Read more
Analog Thinking in a Digital World
Markets are changing at an accelerated rate and enterprises are struggling to keep abreast of the changes. Having fallen prey to inertia, once powerful corporations have lost their market relevance, while small, agile and sometimes brash startups have advanced to the status of global players. In short, enterprises on many markets and in many industries have suddenly found themselves in a VUCA world, i.e. a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. How are they to survive in this complex world?Read more
Entering the Chinese Market
How do rescue a prestige project that’s on the verge of failure? By doing the right things. And by doing the right things in the right manner. Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH is a provider of global services to business travelers. In 2008, the company entered into a joint venture with the state-run airline Air China, with both companies hoping to exploit the Olympic Games in Peking as a springboard. At the time, it was a spectacular move on the part of both companies – and a high-profile project that could not be allowed to fail.Read more
Change & Transition
We are subject to reading and hearing many famous quotes in regard to change management: “The only constant is change” (Heraclitus) or “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future” (John F. Kennedy) and there are many more quotes which would be worth mentioning. Of course, with all our discussions about the inevitability of change management, we may create the perfect illusion that change can be faultlessly managed by checklists.Read more
Business Transformation Management
My role is that of a guide to corporate executives and management teams who face the important task of securing the sustainable development of their enterprises – including the people, structures, processes, IT systems and business environments on which they are based – in response to critical market developments.