U-Theory – find your path

Photo by Melissa Askew
Photo by Melissa Askew

Sometimes the stomach grumbles and the mind is helpless. We feel that something is not right and want to listen to our heart. But how should we do that? The German professor Otto Scharmer has developed a method that he teaches at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rational scientists, in particular, need a clear process model if they want to go beyond the path of technology.

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How the matrix works

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Photo by Markus Spiske

There are only two ways to build an organization: Vertically along the value chains or horizontally according to the different capabilities. Agile doesn’t help either; they just name it differently. My old company changed the organization from one dimension to the other every 5 years. This also made sense for a consulting firm to ensure a breath of fresh air in each change.

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Shape the right culture

The American economist Peter Drucker put it so nicely: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast!” Of what use is the most beautiful target picture and the most sophisticated vision if the team doesn’t pull along? Most transformations don’t fail because of technology or incomplete process maps. Creating the right culture mobilizes the required forces. This is a task for real leaders.

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We get digital

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Photo by Joshua Sortino

Some must always have the latest version; others hide behind their paper newspaper. Our children grow up quite naturally with it and don’t know it any other way. In recent years, digitalization has turned things upside down: the distribution of knowledge, communication and the shaping of public opinion. It has swept across many sectors like a tsunami. For some, the water is still up to their necks.

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Agile can work

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Photo by Vidar Nordli

A lot has been written about Agile. Many companies follow the trend and are in the middle of a transformation. Others believe that this is yet another hype that will pass. Younger developers know waterfalls only from hiking while experienced executives observe the revolution skeptically. There is hardly a topic that is currently more under dispute – as if it were a new religious war.

And indeed, Agile is rather a question of the mindset than about a delivery model.

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