Ingo Kallenbach

Worth reading: Management Y by Brandes, Gemmer, Koschek, Schültken (2014)

The book was published 2014 by Campus and written by the four authors Brandes, Gemmer, Koschek and Schültken, all of whom are working in the consultancy field. Brandes is also involved in the gratifying “New Work Project Augenhöhe (eye level)“. The book is very colorful and reminds you of former editions of the Business Model Generation by Campus, which were also designed with much effort and skill… that is with many pictures, large-format photos, illustrations, quotations, room for discoveries - but in doing so always on the edge of a picture book.

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Worth reading: Reinventing organisations by Frederic Laloux (2014)

A good book. A big book. A revolutionary book. The reviews are outdoing each other. One thing is for sure: The author Laloux has succeeded in writing a fantastic book about the future organisation. Laloux? To be honest, his name was completely unfamiliar to us until then. He is Belgian with a McKinsey background and works as consultant and coach.

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New leadership and working culture: instructions versus cooperation

Leadership and working cultures are changing dramatically with significant consequences for the recruitment, retention and performance of all employees. Successful pioneering enterprises show where the way will lead in the future. For decision makers in companies this raises central challenges that need to be mastered while offering chances at the same time.

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What is on the agenda of English and Austrian managers?

For almost 18 years now, the renowned Roffey Park Institute based in London releases high-quality studies regarding the current challenges of managers in the UK. The results can be seen as a trend barometer, for the German labour market as well. So far there have been no similar studies in the German-speaking area. Now this has changed in cooperation with the Austrian colleagues of the Society for Personnel Development. We participated in this study and can pass on the results. Upon request we can forward both studies.

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"Die Revolution in der Führung" (The revolution in leadership) by Ruth Seliger (2014)

"Die Revolution in der Führung" (The revolution in leadership) by Ruth Seliger (2014)

 

The world changes - thankfully! And with it also the concepts of leadership. In this article we would like to introduce to you a book which describes one of the more innovative, serious approaches to modern leadership concepts: Positive Leadership (PL). Whether revolutionary is an open question. For regular readers of our Notes not truly new, but: now a new book on this subject has been released. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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How managers create high-performance cultures

Many companies throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council region fight for growth facing an economic unstable climate. Therefore, many of these companies have been pursuing very aggressive acquisition- and expansion plans over the last 5 years. This led to a unique situation confronting current managers with the task of uniting various cultures of former separate organisations in one big company.

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The Global Virtual Team (GVT)

Along with increasing internationalization of companies, the challenges of leading global teams have been increasing for years as well. As a result leadership is more and more taking place virtually. A side note: “virtual“ actually is not a suitable term, since it means artificial, fake. More appropriate would be to speak of “comprehensively across sites“. Nevertheless - communication takes place via phone or video conference, via e-mail or diverse other, often company-internal, chat functions or applications such as “WhatsApp“.

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Worth reading: "Führungsstark im Wandel" by Alexander Groth (2013)

This book occupies an interesting niche. There are many books about creating change processes in organisations, the largest part of which are - if at all - suitable for the top management or consultants only. For most employees and executives these publications only have a limited benefit since decisions to the largest extent are made and pushed through from the top to the bottom. Why develop one’s own vision, if everything is prescribed anyway?

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"Renewable" energy for exhausted organisations wanted!

How do you assess the energy level in your organisation? High? Low? Running out? How do employees talk about the company during an after-work-beer with friends? Do they gossip about how bad everything is, or do they talk about their daily office life with a positive attitude? And how high do you think is the engagement of your employees to really bring the company forward - not only with their own career in mind?

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Werkzeuge des Wandels (Tools of Change) by Roehl, Winkler, Eppler & Fröhlich (2012)

Whoever reads the German magazine “OrganisationsEntwicklung - Zeitschrift für Unternehmensentwicklung“ (OrganisationDevelopment - Magazine for Business Development“) on a regular basis, is probably well familiar with the so called tool box. This issue’s book recommendation contains 30 selected “tools“ from this category.
We recommend this book to all those who deal with changes in organisations and want to refresh and expand their own tools. It is divided into three sections: The first section provides a structure for the tool box and gives an overview of the tools. For all those who like a certain order, there are different structuring suggestions for the localization of the instruments which can be used and adapted for one’s own tools.

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Worth reading: Niels Pfläging - Organisation for Complexity

“When Pfläging shakes up the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands“ - quoting the Financial Times Germany, back when it still existed. If only one they had listened to Pfläging, one could assume that it would still exist. He - Pfläging - has written a new book: Organisation for Complexity.

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Book recommendation: Culture Change by W. Berner

The back of the book describes it the best: Why soft facts are the hard facts of tomorrow. The talk is about Culture Change – Business culture as a competitive advantage written by the business consultant Winfried Berner. The book appeared in the Schäfer-Poeschel publishing house in the series “Systemic Management“, but it is not one of the typical systemic books.

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Internal resignation threatens the ability for innovation of German enterprises

The Gallup Engagement Index 2012 shows: German employees are only little committed with their employers - an alarming result. 

A quarter (24%) of the persons employed have already internally resigned and 61% practice simply work-to-rule. Only 15% of the persons employed are emotionally high engaged to their employer and attach volutarily to its goals. 

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How can change processes be more succcessful?


So far agile project management methods, e. g. Scrum, have been mostly employed in IT software development (Microsoft, Google etc.). Currently there are considerations on how to employ these methods in "classical" change processes. In this note we would like to offer you some ideas, which advantages could result when these methods are employed in change management from our point of view. We will concentrate on Scrum, since it is the best-known agile method. 

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How can reorganisation succeed?

An article in the ZfO (Zeitschrift „Führung und Organisation“ – a German magazine for „Management and Organisation“) uncovers 6 factors for success that have been familiar for quite some time now. 

The German magazine „Zeitschrift Führung und Organisation“ (05/2012) recently published an article on the subject of success factors of reorganisation activities.