Every day I come across in the sphere of “new work” inspiring people, trends and best-practice examples – both online and offline. And once a month I put together the information that I consider helpful, controversial, relevant or just worth reading.
Horrible job: an issue of German magazine brand eins that is right up my alley
“Leadership is in a ‘what’s-the-use’ crisis”, that’s the upshot of the article in brand eins, entitled “Die Chefsache” (“It’s a Boss Thing”). For those people who have been concerned with new leadership and organization models for a long time, this won’t be newsworthy.
But the fact that brand eins features this topic again is proof that the change of mindset is still a topical issue – and shows not only that we still have plenty of work to do, but also that a lot is already being done. The articles are very worth reading in themselves and we at Haufe were particularly impressed by the article entitled “Sinnvolle Unordnung” (“Meaningful Mess”), which provides shrewd insights into the work and structures at our company.
Pilot project: DB managers take a leaf out of the start-ups’ book
The “Start-up Safari” is apparently the Deutsche Bahn answer to fossilized organizational structures, as Maria Fiedler reports in the online version of German national broadsheet Tagesspiegel Online. Managers need to become more creative and to be able to take decisions more swiftly. The solution: If you don’t know how to do something, learn from someone who does. We’ll just have to wait and see whether short trips to Silicon Valley and five-day mini internships at a start-up will provide the basis for radical change and who will turn around whom. But in principle it’s great to see just how many different ideas and approaches emerge from the quest for more agile structures and for success-critical innovations.
Tech-Trends 2015: Enhance life, transform business sectors, save the world
I admit you may not be able to save the world, at least not immediately. But technological developments are one of the most powerful drivers of radical change in our time.
The 18 experts on the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies have established the top ten technologies that this year will give momentum to the most important changes. I can’t wait to find out whether the 18 experts are right and to see the effects that decentralized manufacturing and modern robotics will have in the end on the way we work.
For my own sake: Talking to Hermann Arnold
In his interview series ArbeitsVisionen 2025(“Work Vision 2025”) Guido Bosbach invites scientists, managers, HR specialists, freelancers and payroll employees to present their visions of work. This month Hermann Arnold, founder of Haufe-umantis, split his vision of what work will be like in 2025 for this series of interviews into the following headings: agility, network, self-defining advancement.
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