Developing management competencies for tomorrow here and now

Developing management competencies for tomorrow here and now

Sabine Amend, speaker at the INTERCHANGE '15, about changig demands on executives in an increasingly global and complex world.

Small, medium-sized and very large companies ask themselves: If the world changes in the next 10 years at as fast a rate or faster than in the past 20 years – what will we be facing? What competencies must managers master in order to endure in this turbulent world? The challenge for HR and managers is the complexity of the situation: A lot is going to change very quickly - but just how is virtually impossible to predict. Several factors will come together. Global and local interactions will cause surprises and critical, new conditions for organizations. How can companies react? What role will management have? Will foresightful, future-oriented action even still be possible? And if so, how?

Let's start with a snapshot of the present to find answers to these questions:

Global leadership – unlimitedly complex?

A manager from Southeast Asia with international experience is responsible for employees in several Asian countries and western Europe. She works for a German corporation. Now, for the first time, she is working in an American/multicultural environment in southern California: The German corporation purchased a company with locations in several regions of the USA. The firm's goal is to expedite the standardization of processes – while at the same time keeping the impatient, individualistic American employees motivated. Initial tensions between the expectations of the German head office and the realities in the USA are already showing. How can the manager operate optimally in this multilayered situation?

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Reflection time for managers - The new definition of the leadership role in a highly-globalized world

Reflection time for managers -  The new definition of the leadership role in a highly-globalized world

Anna Corbet, speaker at the INTERCHANGE '15, about managers' need for "time outs" for reflection and course correction to run the highly complex day-to day management successfully.

Time pressures rule a manager's day, especially the daily business of managers active on a global level. Fast-paced change requires quick decisions and targeted change processes. In addition to demanding professional expertise and leadership tasks, managers are faced with the challenge of constant change, locally as well as globally.

Today, multimedia-based communication, remote management or the need for increased networking are only a few of the challenges that managers must master as a matter of course. Demands with regard to self-management, flexible management competencies due to internationalization and the often highly-complex day-to-day management business require an enhanced handling of one's own leadership role and leadership potential.

However, reality often paints quite a different picture

Employees are promoted into leadership roles and must master the jump to being a manager on their own. Frequently, they keep their entire line-up of tasks and fulfil their management role on top of those. As team leaders, the already manage their co-workers in global locations. People in such leadership positions rise up in the company, and with the move, the demands and expectations put on management, as well as the complexity of management tasks, increase. Management, strategic developments, and initiation and supervision of changes, often on a global level, now take the forefront along with several other issues. Operative tasks should be increasingly delegated. Several managers in middle management frequently still cling too strongly to the operative business, thus becoming trapped in the vortex of performance and time constraints. Discussions from practical situations show that clinging to the operative level is not always the result of day-to-day demands, but rather serves as an anchor of security in an environment of increasing global complexity.

Managers are like top athletes

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