A guest article by Prof. Dr. Thorn Kring

Digitization drives companies into change processes: Business models are constantly changing, strategies get adapted, new digital solutions and new service offerings evolve. Project structures overrule functional organizational hierarchies and agile methodologies change the way we work together within our teams.

Is Your Team Fit for the Future?

Monday, 19. November 2018

A guest article by Christiana Scholz

To produce innovations on a regular basis has become absolutely essential for most enterprises, so they can strive on the market or even survive. Future-oriented organizations therefore need staff who react to special customer demands the quickest possible way as well as on their own responsibility and is able to act foresightfully and creatively, i. e. competently.

Not to order, but to give the right impulses. Not to react, but to develop successful strategies. As the world of economics and business undergoes profound digitalization, it becomes more and more evident that a new type of leadership is needed which will meet the disruptive challenges of the future. But what does good leadership in an ever changing working environment really require? Find out how to gain the strategic lead!

Last week, I had the great pleasure to experience management guru Tom Peters live on stage at one of his full-day seminars. Executives from all over Europe followed the invitation of ZfU International Business School Zurich which hosted the event to get leadership and management tips from the "master" himself. And they were anything but disappointed. Peters offered a true firework of ideas and inspiring quotes giving the audience lots of food for thought. I was really impressed by his passion and his unconventional and engaging presenting style which is hard to come by among business speakers.

In our talks and professional articleswe have long been promoting the idea that strategic planning is a "leadership process." This encompasses not only the establishing of a systematic and clearly defined strategic decision-making, planning, and controlling process, but also and especially an appropriate leadership behavior of managers. The renowned Harvard professor and strategy expert Cynthia A. Montgomery is now backing up our ideas in her recently published book "The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs."