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Digital Business

The web disrupted business. Many of the common ideas taught at business school no longer apply in a digital world. Innovation trumps efficiency. Adapting eats planning for breakfast. Services are the new products. Platforms unbundle, aggregate and rebundle old supply chains. Consumers change their behavior continuously. 

As a result, businesses in most industries need to rethink their strategy and be willing to fail fast & learn. Business models need to fit the new digital environment. Organizations need to learn new behaviors. Culture is mission-critical.  

Do you want me to help you navigate those challenges? I'd love to!

 
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Fast Organization

Our world is often called VUCA these days. That means volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It's an appropriate description. 

Leading a business in such times requires a specific skillset. It's comprised of the mental capacity to accept uncertainty, a management approach that uses volatility to its advantage and a leadership style that embraces failure and experimentation.

To scale that mindset, it takes a new organizational operating system. Agility needs to be the norm in a digital environment. Technology enables teams to be autonomous and connected at once. Rules made in a time when people - not algorithms - were expected to function need to be replaced in order to empower your team. The aim: Building an antifragile organization.

A digital turnaround is challenging. But avoiding it is not a viable option. The good news: You don't have to do it alone. I gladly accompany you!

 
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Principles

It is essential to understand the challenge you face as profoundly as possible (in a reasonable timeframe). Better understanding allows for better decisions. But knowledge can only get you so far. First, because every theory needs to proof worthy in practice. Plus, in a world of continuous change, you will never arrive at a point of conclusive understanding.

Hence, these principles guide my work:

My clients know their business better than I do. My value derives from my expertise and experience about digital business and organization (and from my ENTP profile). I don't tell you what to do, but develop bespoke solutions with you and your team. 

Doing is essential. I prefer to set up projects in a way we can quickly start testing our hypothesis in the real world and iterate from there. This experimental approach is equivalent to the creation of upside. Also, it fosters experiential learning. 

I enable my clients, not make them depend on me. I value long-lasting relationships with my clients. But I prefer to transfer as much knowledge as possible. This way, we can grow a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship. 

For more on my consulting philosophy, see the Consulting Manifesto for the 21. Century which I co-authored.