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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…

Where does the pressure come from to address the question of the character of top leaders? Thomas Middelhoff will continue to be invited to talk shows, and Mr. Tönnies would probably have continued like this, had it not been for the corona outbreak. Also at VW had good news : Despite the diesel crisis, the group has increased in almost all key figures. So are top managers inalienable? Apparently not. Let’s take a look at the following examples: The current generation of top managers suffers from an image problem. 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 boss Carlos Ghosn. Do managers have a free ticket? The Stadler case in particular shows that even top managers who are…

The new generation of managers – young top managers put the old gray man under pressure with charisma, audacity and cleverness. But can everyone learn this, or is such a character innate? This survey aims to evaluate what character image a manager should have. This survey is part of a current study that I am doing. The article is due to appear in the magazine for organizational development in September. Authentic management is described as a mindset, behavior or personal attitude. For this reason, managers are often concerned with the character that should be decisive for success. A character can be described using the Big Five (also known as the five-factor model). To the Each dimension is briefly explained for better understanding: Openness: The willingness to deal with deal with new issues impartiallyConscientiousness: self-control and accuracy of a personExtraversion: attitude in dealing with other peopleCompatibility: The adaptation and Ability to…

Tips for managing employees in any form can be found in numerous specialist books and whitepapers and blog articles. From mindset to methods, there is actually a lot of knowledge in the world by now. But what if managers lead other managers? While reliability, self-organization and the completion of the agreed work are often in the foreground for employees, for managers it is commitment, willingness to take responsibility and entrepreneurial thinking. Leadership by department heads or directors is very different from leadership at the team level. The following recommendations will help you lead other leaders efficiently and set a good example. Since 2019 I have also had such a department head and let some of my personal experience flow into it. What makes a boss boss? The management of executives needs one thing in particular: communication and politics. They have to act as good communicators to top management and as…

A Study by the Bertelsmann Foundation , which surveyed over 1000 executives, shows that 30% of those questioned actively doubt their role as a manager and a further 25% even perceive it as a burden. There is a worryingly high proportion of According to the study, self-doubts in their leadership role are plagued by fewer positive effects. But where can that come from? There are certainly numerous aspects and I have already given many tips for managers, which I list below as reading tips. In this article I would like to address the aspect of self-organization, which can lead to doubts in executives. A special sub-aspect is the feeling that you are no longer needed. Leadership of virtual teamsLeadership in times of CoronaLeadership 4.0Lead like a gardener My experience with self-organization I have been a department head since 2019 and previously had a deputy for this role for almost 2…

I have recently found many studies that despite agile teams and flat hierarchies, top managers often make important decisions alone and alone. There is also talk of isolated managers who have little contact with what is actually happening in the company. But what is it and what makes leadership really lonely? From conversations with top managers I notice: the more powerful, i.e. the higher we are, the more lonely we become. The problem is that “power” often simply cannot be delegated in traditional organizations. Managers feel lonely The CEO Schnapshop Survey shows that almost 60% of the 1000 managers surveyed admit that they feel lonely. The reason is that, especially in the older generation of managers – a manager shouldn’t show any feelings. But also Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk or Steve Jobs “only” a person. You have feelings like joy, anger, fear or even loneliness. However, especially in high positions,…

COVID-19 is forcing people to work from home and managers are facing a new challenge: leading virtual teams. But how can I measure the mood of the virtual teams without constantly calling everyone. Constant calling is important, but if you overdo it, it annoys the employee and costs the management too much time. Reading tip: Control of remote work You can also only reach individual opinions by calling and do not understand the real system. As a manager, however, you should work on the overall system instead of on minor details. But how does it work? Reading tip: Managers are like gardeners Work like a gardener on the entire system! Nice Peter Drucker (2004) said: “culture eats strategy for breakfast” and it is especially important in virtual teams to check the culture and values despite the distance. I found the Spotify Healthcheck model for this (cf. Spotify 2020 and illustration).…

Change is omnipresent and often necessary in small or large dimensions in our lives and for companies in order to continue to be successful. A change is defined as: “changing oneself, becoming different”. We have all changed in one way or another and realized that change is not always easy. Humans are creatures of habits. Even this smallest possible Change creates a bad feeling in many people and the desire to restore the old state. But why do we find it so difficult to implement changes? Change is omnipresent and often necessary in small or large dimensions in our lives and for companies in order to continue to be successful. A change is defined as: “changing oneself, becoming different”. We have all changed in one way or another and realized that change is not always easy. Humans are creatures of habits. Even this smallest possible Change creates a bad feeling…

Corona drives Germans into the home office. It goes so far that now even ours Chancellor the country from the home office managed. Home office – the supposed nightmare of many managers – “they don’t work there”, “they sit in deck chairs”, “how am I supposed to know what they are doing”, … These are sentences that I hear more and more as soon as you are asked to work from home in the company. The cliché: home office = vacation I have been working regularly in the home office for 3 years and have already completely adapted my way of working to the work between home office and the office of my company. But working from home is something new for many companies. If you look at one Study of a master’s student from me, then you notice that many people are not even allowed to work from home.…

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