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Anxiety and Trust

Anxiety and Trust

A process of change can take on many guises. It can be a major crisis or a great opportunity. Yet every single process of change involves two decisive components: Anxiety and Trust. There is no certainty in life. It is never there, but its absence is most apparent in...

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Why dynamic skills are becoming so important now

Why dynamic skills are becoming so important now

The demands on organisations are growing steadily, while the private and business world is becoming more complex and increasingly less predictable. As the recent past has clearly shown, we are challenged daily by issues which are always good for surprises: not only...

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Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0

It is currently the main economic issue, and there is hardly any topic whereby the impact on industry and society is discussed so controversially. When it comes to the question of how digitalisation changes the working world, different opinions determine the public...

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Agile Talent Management (II): New Formats and Interventions

Agile Talent Management (II): New Formats and Interventions

I described the fundamental aspects of agile talent management in my last blog post on the topic of talent management: a development-guided notion of talent, talent enabling, self-organization and a supportive talent culture. Building on that, I will now propose...

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Supervisions: Visiting places of modern and hyper-modern art

Supervisions: Visiting places of modern and hyper-modern art

The form of talent management I witness in many organizations is maintained via talent identification and process management. Yet, these inflexible models are rarely able to permit the flexibility that is required in complex, agile environments. If talent management...

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Dimensions of Agility

Dimensions of Agility

In Berlin, people are queueing up to see an exhibition comparing expressionist and impressionist painting. It is a very regulated experience of art: this is well established, known art. There will not be any exceeding challenges, irritations or surprises. Here, on the...

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The Future starts today

The Future starts today

It is the early 1800s. The British warship HMS Surprise is about to engage the enemy. The crew are all preparing below deck. The portholeopens and the captain climbs down in order to commit his men to the sea battle with the French privateer Acheron: »Right lads...

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SYNNECTA and Logistics

SYNNECTA and Logistics

The future starts today. It is going to be the way it will be. And yet it was decided yesterday and today whether we will be ready for it, successful and content. Our prediction tools have by now taken on the guise of magical rituals. We are under pressure to perform...

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Change Management? It does exist. Yet: What form does it take?

Change Management? It does exist. Yet: What form does it take?

You don't have to look far to find instances of the world of VUCA. One of the most immediate examples are production supply processes: logistics. Volatile markets, uncertain conditions, complex production systems and ambiguous parameters for decision-making demand new...

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Responsibility?

Responsibility?

Imagine you are an employee in a medium-sized business with a history. You are well connected within your organization, are considered creative or you are committed – ideally you are even all three of those things. You are still several levels from the top of the...

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IN-WASTE-MENT: a provocation

IN-WASTE-MENT: a provocation

There hasn't been much change yet. We Europeans send our employees to, say, Asia, in order to teach and we invite employees from other countries to us in order to learn. Quite apart from the problems these traces of the colonial era bring into our relationships, I...

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Mission Statements in Times of hybrid Societies

Mission Statements in Times of hybrid Societies

»I love the one whose soul wastes itself, who does not want gratitude and does not give back: Because he is always giving and does not want to preserve himself.« Friedrich Nietzsche has his controversial figure Zarathustra say these words, and thus creates a person...

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»Tick it off, and I’ll tell you who you are!«

»Tick it off, and I’ll tell you who you are!«

Since the turn of the millennium, a mission statement should be part of every corporate identity. If you don't have one, you shouldn't wait any longer and get one! Why? Because they provide an orientation in times of globalization and of fall in value, where...

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»Stay healthy, you are important to me!«

»Stay healthy, you are important to me!«

I described the fundamental aspects of agile talent management in my last blog post on the topic of talent management: a development-guided notion of talent, talent enabling, self-organization and a supportive talent culture. Building on that, I will now propose...

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