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Dialogue: the key to success

We like engaging in communication. We seek frank, give-and-take dialogue with those with top-level competency And we stand behind our arguments. If you too enjoy straight talk on hot topics, we invite you to join us at the Leader Talks.

Successful value creation and simple strategy – an interview with Prof. Felix Oberholzer-Gee

For many people, strategy is a difficult concept to grasp – something they associate more with magic than with science. And yet it is not that difficult to put together a targeted strategy. It is however important to get it right, because profit follows value, as Felix Oberholzer-Gee makes clear. Why are the best development opportunities to be found in our immediate vicinity? Why is the willingness – of customers to pay, and employees and suppliers to sell – the most important factor in value development? We demonstrate why some companies are so much more profitable than their competitors. The renowned Harvard Professor for Strategy Prof. Felix Oberholzer-Gee discusses with Georgiy Michailov, Managing Partner with Struktur Management Partner, how to redefine the value matrix for good strategy.

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From a service attitude to greater entrepreneurial resilience – an interview with Sabine Hübner

20 years ago, people were already talking about service. And, as Sabine Hübner notes, people will still be talking about service in 20 years’ time. This is a perennial topic, but one that must be redefined and put to the test again and again in relation to constantly changing conditions, the influence of digitalisation and much more. Not least in times of crisis. But how can you successfully generate a real competitive advantage from service, increase your resilience and think of service as being an integral part of your company’s corporate culture? As Germany’s No. 1 service expert (according to the television channel Pro7), Sabine Hübner discusses this question with Benjamin Klenk, Partner and shareholder of Struktur Management Partner, in our “Leader Talks”.

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Individual resilience, organisational resilience: an interview with Prof. Dr Jutta Heller

Resilience has become a buzzword. The concept is not about getting through crisis unscathed, it’s about cultivating effective crisis management capabilities within your organisation. Your individual crisis competency as well as that of your company. Germany’s most prominent resilience expert, business coach Jutta Heller, will be taking on questions from Managing Partner Georgiy Michailov at an upcoming Leader Talk on such points as childraising, leveraging experience, decision-making freedom and fostering a culture of trust. The two will be drilling down on the necessity of crisis prevention, shared vision, common values and cross-functional collaboration among several other aspects.

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Break a rule, break free: An interview with Sven Gábor Jánszky

Making out the future, shaping the present: Knowing how to proceed post-pandemic!

This past year serves as a prime example to the world of how entirely unspectacular phenomena can inaugurate processes of ineluctable, disruptive change. Many things taken for granted just one year ago are today unthinkable. Time indeed to look ahead. The question on everybody’s mind is how things will proceed post-pandemic (worst case: no “post”). Partner Jan Rodig talks about the situation in an interview with Sven Gábor Jánszky. Jan, who is known as one of Germany’s leading future researchers and is chairman of Europe’s largest future studies institute, talks to our digitalisation expert on the future for SMEs, touching on rule-breaking, innovation and (of course) digitalisation.

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Radical leadership for radical times: an interview with Dr Reinhard K. Sprenger

What kind of leadership is needed for phases of radical upheaval like the one we are in, and will be needed in future? What defines good leadership? And with everybody talking about flattening hierarchies, what are managers actually needed for? Reinhard K. Sprenger systematically and radically challenges conventional views on leadership. One of his key axioms: “We don’t need managers taking up space in a room. We need managers that open up spaces. In an exclusive interview with Dr Reinhard K. Sprenger, Georgiy Michailov, explores further powerful insights and arguments around issues of leadership and conflict management.

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Artificial Intelligence: an interview with Chris Boos

Using artificial intelligence for real-world decision-making. AI pioneer and entrepreneur Chris Boos talks with Benjamin Klenk (Partner at Struktur Management Partner and expert for e-commerce and digital transformation) in an interview about the definitive signs that we are now in a paradigm shift in management and business decision-making. Since founding a bona fide AI factory named arago GmbH nearly 25 (!) years ago, Chris Boos has been occupied with the hands-on creation of what everybody is only now starting to talk about: Artificial Intelligence.

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Clear thought processes for better decision-making: an interview with Dr Rolf Dobelli

The error of overestimating oneself. Are we really as knowledgeable as we think we are? Can we really move as quickly as we think we can? What benefits can we derive from science in improving our decision-making? In his book The Art of Thinking Clearly, Dr Rolf Dobelli discusses key logic and thought errors we make. He talked in an interview with Managing Partner Konrad Fröhlich of Struktur Management Partner about decision-making quality, the courage to make mistakes and how to avoid crisis situations by taking selective perception seriously as a risk.

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Decision-making in extreme situations: an interview with Prof. Dr Gerd Gigerenzer

Is gut feeling more reliable than Big Data? The research of Prof. Dr Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, has attracted worldwide attention for the insights revealed on how people approach risk and decision-making in extreme situations. Though unwelcome to the disciples of global homo oeconomicus and Big Data, Director Gigerenzer has demonstrated how relying on gut feeling can absolutely be the right way to go in highly tricky situations, even when facing extreme risk. Partner David Suedi of our firm had the privilege of interviewing Dr Gigerenzer on this very topic: decision-making in extreme situations.

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Ultimately, real leadership at its core is self-leadership!

Podcast discussion by Dr Reinhard K. Sprenger and Georgiy Michailov on “the New Work” paradigm, with Michael Trautmann and Christoph Magnussen.

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