Management –the Only Remaining Competitive Advantage

Management –the Only Remaining Competitive Advantage

12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas Michel

Michel Porter has dominated the literature and practice in the area of competitive advantage over the last 30 years. Competitive advantage is seen as a strategic position within an industry that ensures above average profitability. Today’s world is dynamic... Read more

Beyond Consulting – Awareness Trumps Telling

Beyond Consulting – Awareness Trumps Telling

12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas Michel

«We need a consultant to make this change happen». We have seen it all. Consultants are hired for days of analytical work to solve a simple personnel problem... Read more

Agile Belongs in the Boardroom. Not with IT

Agile Belongs in the Boardroom. Not with IT

12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas Michel

There is no doubt, agile is a must have competency that makes or breaks organisations in today’s dynamic market context. Most executive teams express agile aspirations... Read more

Business Models and Management Models Must Match

Business Models and Management Models Must Match

12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas Michel

Conversations among executives on business models and their design are sexy. We like value propositions and business model design. We seem not to get enough of them. When it comes to management, then silence prevails... Read more

When Executive Confidence and Organisational Competence Diverge

When Executive Confidence and Organisational Competence Diverge

12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas Michel

Many advisory colleagues may recall coffee conversations after social and business events with executives about management. Conversations stall after the first question... Read more

Myth «Management by Objectives»

Myth «Management by Objectives»

06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

Impact with side-effects.
Just about every organization does it. And, just about every leader knows it fails to motivate employees for peak performance. Despite that, firms spend millions implementing a system that, however well-intentioned, has negative effects.
MbO ai… Read more

When employee surveys show the same result – year by year

When employee surveys show the same result – year by year

06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

Insights rather than predetermined responses.
We know the results of every employee survey before we even start it: “Communications needs to be improved”, “Strategy is not fully understood”, “Employees don’t feel supported”, … . We get the … Read more

De-cluttering Organization and Leadership

De-cluttering Organization and Leadership

06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

For sure this sounds familiar to you: more meetings, more reports, more presentations, more justifications, more appraisals, more goals,…, simply more bureaucracy deviates everyone’s attention from what truly matters with higher cost, lost opportunities, and wasted time as a result. It is time to de-clutter management … Read more

When managers and employees go to the beach

When managers and employees go to the beach

06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

An alternative view on objective agreements.
You have seen it. Towards the end of the year, managers and employees make a deal with themselves. Those that have reached 80% of their performance targets mentally “go to the beach” as they don’t see that they can reach the threshold of their … Read more

Management Model Design

Management Model Design

12.11.2017 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas Michel

Success requires both: a great business model AND a sound management model. The management model is what enables an organisation to actually deliver what its business model says it will deliver to customers... Read more

Bringing Humans Back to Work: Is Democracy the Answer?

Bringing Humans Back to Work: Is Democracy the Answer?

20.04.2016 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

Today, most businesses have found themselves operating in turbulent times -there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ anymore. Over the past years, evidence has emerged of a new way to operate businesses. My research unveiled people-centric management and a high ability to act as the new way to better navigate in this … Read more

When Knowledge Takes the Helm

When Knowledge Takes the Helm

18.12.2015 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

How existing capabilities help leaders better cope with the challenges of a turbulent environment...
The Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013 in Vienna has clearly concluded that current managerial practices in many organizations are ill suited to cope with an increasingly complex world. Moreover, they make … Read more

Solutions for management in turbulent times

Solutions for management in turbulent times

30.12.2014 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

When the business environment changes rapidly, increasing complexity makes organizations inflexible and missing employee engagement threatens performance, then it is time for a stop: a pause for the management team to reflect, think and learn fast rather to embark on the next distorting change program or leadership quick-fix. The pause … Read more

Management Design –Transformation for Turbulent Times

Management Design –Transformation for Turbulent Times

22.12.2014 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

When tight goals deliver more mediocrity, when narrow risk limits lead to faulty decisions, when rigorous performance management increases stress rather than performance, when intense communications still does not make sense, and when leaders hide behind emails, then your design of management is likely outdated. Today, most organizations … Read more

Sense making: don’t put your sensors on mute!

Sense making: don’t put your sensors on mute!

09.12.2014 | Agility Insights AG, Michel Lukas

Purpose needs to be found not provided!
Entrepreneurs, leaders, and managers are equally challenged by the increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguities of their market environment. I learned that one calls this VUCA time.
Sense making is one of the techniques that helps organiz… Read more
 
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