At the end of February, when I attended an advanced seminar ‘Development of Agile Organizations’ with Claudia Schroeder and Bernd Oestereich in Hamburg, I did not yet know how essential the adaptability of companies and societies is. Now, in this global Corona crisis it is becoming visible which company or which form of government deals most responsibly with the situation. Iterative approaches and rapid processing of new knowledge have become core activities of the Federal Government in Germany. In essence, the government is now agile.
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Also this conference concentrated on how established organizations and corporations can manage to generate innovations. During the day the conference provided several answers to this question: one answer was that corporations need to steer a whole innovation portfolio, hosting projects on different levels of innovation respectively disruption. Another advice was to prioritize the topic of innovation on C-level as high as operations of the core business itself.
On November 8th, I hosted the seminar ‘Creating an Innovation Culture’ for a small group of participants. This workshop targeted executives of all industries.
We exchanged views on topics such as characteristics of innovation, definition of innovation, suitable working methods for generating new businesses and different variants of innovation programs.
The Lean Startup Summit https://leanstartup.co/berlin2019 addressed the topics of innovation, intrapreneurship and change in corporate culture. The motto of the conference was: “Building the Future Company Today.” Several hundred European companies from across all industries were present.
I found it particularly interesting to see that many of them had already embarked on a journey to a new corporate culture that promotes innovation.
At the Brigitte Symposium under the heading “My Life, My Job & I,” I held a speech in the “My Job” category about innovation in front of around 80 women from various industries. Many participants told me afterwards that they come across very outdated structures in their companies that are impediments to innovation and employee commitment. With the help of my approaches presented during my speech, they identified a lot of potential to change their situation.
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