The next CEO

Old Shoes, new laces Let’s pick up a topic again that was posted here before under a different point of view by diiasg: How to pick the new guy. The question is „Who’s going to be the new boss?“ and that is a very delicate one. Especially since CEO’s make strategic choices and therefore are … Continue reading

International Diversity Management?

Internationalization & Diversity Management are two huge buzz words in business and we are constantly getting tortured with them in our day to day life. The first thing that pops into my mind is always the quote by David Brower “Think Local, Act Global” – oh no, sorry the other way around “Think Global, Act … Continue reading

Change Management – New Ways!

In December 2010 I was reading the column from Thomas Sattelberger in the magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” titled “Schutzräume für Querdenker”. Abstract available at: WIWO. He is Head of Human Resources at Deutsche Telekom and one of the proponents of the women’s quota.  In his article he talks about the ‘unconventional thinker’ and why a MNC is … Continue reading

No matter if you’re black or white?

…sang Michael Jackson in 1991. Great song, great video. While he keeps dancing with Thais, Indians, Native Americans and Russians, the message becomes unambiguous: “…it’s not about races, just places, faces… I’m not going to spend my life being a color.” However, when it comes to conducting business in a cross-cultural environment, it becomes evident … Continue reading

“This is how we do it!” – a tribute to oustanding student

Last week we have had a great mind mapping exercise with some really good follow-up posts by Bruce Spear, Thomas and Maria. This technique helped us not only to structure and evaluate our work. It also helped us to refine our targets. During this semester we have heard many things about Strategic Management – in … Continue reading

Burn-out

  “Women in leadership positions are more likely to suffer from exhaustion, physical impairment and high stress-levels.” These are the findings of the Shape Study, initiated by Walter Kromm which measures the correlation between leadership / outstanding performance and health or social quality of life. There is, evidently, a close connection between the high pressure … Continue reading

Women and Strategic Risk

Michael E. Raynor says: Strategies with good prospects for success also contain the biggest risk for failure. This Strategy Paradox highlights the huge possibility of a company’s decision being wrong, resulting in a product failure such as Sony’s Betamax. But a strategy does always come with a decision that in retrospect can either be right … Continue reading

The Amazons

Have you ever heard about the Amazons in Greek mythology? The beautiful, man-eating warriors from the northern steppe empire who flame-cut their right breast in order to improve shooting with bow and arrow? The ones who ride like Satan, only raise girls, kill their sons and use men for the sole purpose of reproduction? Or … Continue reading