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Meetings are an important part of management. Clarity about the status and coordination of further activities require personal exchange. The image of these meetings has suffered in the past. What is the reason for this? Management styles are evolving away from directive directives toward more self-organization and greater agility. The challenge is to allow old management tools to grow with us and to integrate new ones. The targeted reflection of the culture of meetings is an important step on this path. Identify weaknesses and leverage strengths There are many ways to design a meeting. We will look at six different patterns. All ways of conducting meetings have strengths and weaknesses. Compare with your own experience and reflect on what worked well and where changes make sense. If you go through this process a few times for different meetings, you’ll be surprised how quickly positive change is possible. Pattern 1: The…

For a long time I have been observing people who are trying to get into a management career. Often these people have a staff position beforehand or are project managers. So I recommend it in my article too: This is how you become a manager. Now it is important to move up from this point into the management track. But there is clear feedback: “They are not dominant enough – they have to assert themselves more. Sometimes hit the table and make yourself unpopular. ” But what is the truth of this feedback and why are people in staff units or project management not so dominant? “Dominance” in the staff position or as a project manager? The feedback to me, too, was often that I should hit the table harder and that I should “complain” to employees from time to time. But especially as a project manager and in staff…

Employees are an important asset and skilled workers are heavily promoted in the market. It is therefore important for companies to retain employees through more than just a salary. But how can this be achieved? Of course, there are numerous recommendations on the Internet such as company celebrations, after-work events and much more – but the question is: How are these measures related and how exactly do they increase employee loyalty to the company? I would like to provide assistance on this in this article. First of all, I will also give you a checklist with helpful recommendations on how to retain employees for the company, which you can download for free! Download checklist: Retaining employees to the company Theoretical background: hierarchy of needs A person becomes attached to something when certain needs are satisfied. Abraham Maslow summarized these needs in a pyramid in 1943. The dimensions are: Physiological needs…

Agility is an attitude or is mainly shaped by the character of a person – at least according to the majority of magazines, blogs and books on this topic. But I asked myself: Can a manager or specialist actually change his character so easily and adopt the so-called “agile mindset” or is it actually not possible? For this purpose, I have examined a number of scientific studies on character change and then give specific tips on how you can change your character, at least superficially. Selected research on changing a character Especially Top management needs character – a new generation of top managers is putting pressure on the old gray man with charisma, audacity and cleverness. But everyone can learn this, or is such a character innate, and if so, how can a character be changed? The question now arises whether a top manager can easily change habits and personality.…

Agility is a mindset and is primarily based on character. But what does such a character look like and how can I make something tangible? I’ve been asking myself that for a long time and I wanted to know: How can I make this agile mindset tangible for managers and me and work on the vague theme of agility and character. I believe that agility, especially in management, depends on a person’s character. You either have or don’t have this agile mindset – I think. So there is a specific character or character image that is considered agile or at least that people see the theory of agility represented. In this article I would like to first show how a character can be described and then show from conversations with managers what a character that is considered “agile” looks like. Description of a character Authentic management is described as a…

The establishment of a sensible IT infrastructure for virtual collaboration is particularly important in times of COVID-19. But this is not easy in practice: old IT infrastructure has to be replaced and replaced by a new one, and processes have to be efficiently digitally mapped. In this article I would like to show how I built an IT infrastructure in 4 phases. One more limitation in advance: In this article I will not go into the change process of employees. Especially with IT, it is important to pick up people and create acceptance for IT. In this article, however, I would like to concentrate on the pure structure of IT. There are two articles on the subject of people and change management: Change management according to KotterChange management after a stroke New Work Nucleus For a better overview, take the Gartner Digital Workplace Nucleus as a basis. Gartner says that…

The current generation of top managers suffers from an image problem. Wirecard CEO Markus Braun was arrested only recently and Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek has been on the run since then (Wirtschaftswoche 2020). The offense is the falsification of balance sheets. Ex-Schalke supervisory board chairman and meat entrepreneur Clemens Tönnies is also currently under suspicion of fraud with delivery notes and work contracts under poor hygiene conditions, which is said to have caused damage of 4 million euros. In this context, ex-Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel is also suspected of having saved Tönnies from a punishment at the time. But these are not isolated cases. With Audi manager Ruppert Stadler, another top manager is facing charges with fraud, indirect false certification and criminal advertising (Handelsblatt 2020). Ex-Bertelsmann manager Thomas Middelhoff is currently in prison for tax evasion and infidelity. After a trial in 2017, he jumped out of the courthouse window…

Old Way – New Way – No Way! Change is ubiquitous, especially in the course of digitization, and often depends on the approval of a manager. But what if the manager would rather maintain the status quo and that in every area too! Some executives are inventory keepers A custodian is a manager who shows a very high degree of persistence in times of change. Unfortunately, many managers avoid changes that do not come from them. At the top of teams and companies there are often exceptional talents who are more efficient and more assertive than competitors. They are people who are extremely quick in absorbing, structuring, analyzing and processing information and who make decisive decisions. As a result, you have a high level of self-confidence and often only trust yourself in many decisions and thus avoid changes that do not come from you. Which is actually a misunderstanding, as…

At the top of companies there are often exceptional talents who are more efficient and more assertive than competitors. They are people who are extremely quick in absorbing, structuring, analyzing and processing information and who make decisive decisions. This gives you a high level of self-confidence and apparently less self-reflection in the long run than before. When exceptional talents fail But such exception managers also fail. You fail because of your own ego and the lack of self-reflection. More and more often, top managers who were recently celebrated by the business magazines become “failures” apparently overnight, because it turns out that they have made mistakes or even lie and cheat. The negotiations against AUDI manager Ruppert Stadler with the points: fraud, indirect false certification and criminal advertising have only recently started in Munich. Ex-Bertelsmann manager Thomas Middelhoff is currently in a prison for tax evasion and infidelity, similar to Renault-Nissan…

Leadership is becoming more and more digital, especially in the home office. I have also been running a department with three teams for 9 months and we have been working from home even before COVID-19. I saw my job as a manager in the digital world as creating an environment in which everyone would like to work and there is transparency. As a manager, I also have to be able to monitor work and report to the management again and again despite the distance. I believe that in the digital world every manager should actively help shape this important task and knowing how to set up and use tools like Jira is very important. You also become a little IT admin and I even think that’s a good thing! Define processes As a manager, you should first define clear processes in the form of workflows. Important: Think digitally, so what…