We would like to have organizations that are stable and are not thrown out of sync by just one small gust of wind. The challenge in these times, however, is that the gusts of wind that companies face have become increasingly stronger and happen more suddenly. The concept of adaptable organizations is the solution in my view. It would be wonderful if a company worked like a flock of migrant birds who invariably adapted to new circumstances such as wind, temperature or approaching enemies in a dynamic way...
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Can you believe it: after almost exactly six months of teleworking and exclusively virtual socializing, I actually dared to participate in a “true” workshop. Of course only after I had directly contacted the workshop host before registration to give me information about his health and safety standards. Needless to say that it wasn’t just any random training course for which I exposed myself to the “great danger of human contact”, but the seminar “Thinking Circle” held by Matthias zur Bonsen and Jutta Herzog. As you may think, the expression “great danger of human contact” is a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but for me, it has two meanings in times of Corona...
Whoever has grown up with classic pyramid-type organizations, whoever has studied business administration and traditional management, can hardly imagine that companies can do without leadership roles such as team leader and department heads – or that they even can be successful that way.
I have to admit that it is bold to just think about eliminating management levels. It is even bolder to do so. This is what happened at Alois Heiler GmbH in Waghäusel in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Thomas Wagner, CEO of in-tech smart charging, contacted me and said he wanted to check whether a transition to agile working for his company would be the right way. He and his executives wanted to increase transparency and improve communication across the three sites, have a simpler way to prioritize issues, reduce organisational complexity and, for his employees, more fun at work. That's how we approached the transformation...
Talking about emotions in business? A delicate topic. Emotions are often associated with weakness and sometimes also with female managers or employees – quite frequently with a sour ring to it. Is it justified that this topic has such negative connotations?
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