The first hundred days: a successful start at the (first) promotion

on April 25, 2019

A guest article by Prof. Dr. Roman Stöger

Success or failure is decided primarily at the beginning of a new job: This applies to career starters, a change to another company and promotion to management positions. Interestingly, almost no one is systematically prepared for this.

German Mittelstand meets Artificial Intelligence – Basics for Entrepreneurs

on April 11, 2019

A guest article by Peter Renner

Intelligent algorithms are revolutionizing our everyday lives – both personally and professionally. They learn with the help of data and are able to depict complex issues much better than humans in a short period of time, thanks to their structure. Companies dealing with this technology at an early stage will gain fundamental advantages over their competitors.

Data-based decision-making: tips for managers

on April 04, 2019

A guest article by Dominic Lindner

The hype around data is growing day by day and companies are exploring the potential of this data. From autonomous cars, engineering forecasts and chatbots in customer service, data can change entire industries. A potential is also to take decision based on data in the management. Data can provide Managers important decision-making fundamentals.

Is Your Team Fit for the Future?

on November 19, 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.

Strategic Planning: Balancing Data and Debate

on October 22, 2018

A guest article by Dr. Sebastian Stange

In many companies, strategic planning remains ineffective. A key ingredient of an impactful processes is a careful balance between data and debate. Four practical approaches from our experience on BCG client projects can help.

Strategy Development and Controlling in the Working World 4.0: Stay agile!

on May 25, 2018

A guest article by Dominic Lindner

The working world today poses new demands for organizations – for example, customers’ demands have become much more complex within the last few years. Customers also expect them to be managed 24/7. In order to meet those demands, a great deal of organizations are creating agile working environments and allow their teams for more autonomous decisions.

Leadership vs. Management: Gain the Strategic Lead

on July 05, 2017

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!

Business model developer, corporate entrepreneur and transformation manager – how the role of strategists will change

on June 09, 2017

A guest article by Prof. Dr. Julian Kawohl

I have always dealt with theories, concepts and instruments of strategic management. When I studied business, I learnt essential approaches, which I later practically applied as a chief strategy officer. Now, as a professor for management, I pass them on to my students and in my scientific work to the public. Today, when I meet up with my former chief strategy officer colleagues in interbranch networks, this change of perspective makes me see big and fundamental changes coming up, which will affect the work of strategists.

Book Recommendation: “The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs” by Cynthia A. Montgomery

on December 12, 2012

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."

What is the Role of the Chief Strategy Officer?

on March 13, 2013

Hiring a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) is becoming common practice these days not only among large multinationals but also among medium-sized enterprises. Recent empirical studies from the United States, UK, and Germany confirm this widespread trend. At the same time, they point out that the role and importance of the CSO may vary significantly from company to company. CSOs not only bring diverse sets of skills and experience to their jobs, but also fulfill different functions and responsibilities. Nevertheless, four basic types of CSO can be distinguished...

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