Management –the Only Remaining Competitive Advantage
12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas MichelMichel 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
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
12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas MichelThere 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
12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas MichelConversations 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
12.04.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas MichelMany 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»
06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasImpact 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
06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasInsights 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
06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasFor 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
06.03.2018 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasAn 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
12.11.2017 | Agility Insights AG, Lukas MichelSuccess 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?
20.04.2016 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasToday, 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
18.12.2015 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasHow 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
30.12.2014 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasWhen 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
22.12.2014 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasWhen 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!
09.12.2014 | Agility Insights AG, Michel LukasPurpose 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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