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Taking advantage of the diversity bonus

In Collaboration, Diversity, Employee networking, Internal communications, Self-organisationby Elisabeth Schuller

Companies can significantly benefit from a diversity bonus. In order to do this, they need to bring together professionals with diverse backgrounds and diverse mindsets. When it comes to selecting the right people for teams and projects and to making meaningful connections, a long-term strategy helps. It is primarily Human Resources’ responsibility.  Until only a few years ago, a high …

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The IT department as a driver of digitization

In Digitization, Employee networkingby Elisabeth Schuller

Businesses need to work increasingly collaboratively and across departments to unlock the potential of digitization. Personal exchange and communication play a decisive role here. Information technology is turning into a central hub for revolutionary changes. IT departments have to reorient themselves accordingly. They become the designers of transformation and new business processes.  Digitization requires collaboration between colleagues across departments and …

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Interview with Dr. Jens Braak, physicist and owner of a management consultancy, on the topic of "Coincidences as a success factor"

In Serendipityby Christian Fleckl

“He who invites coincidences opens the door to luck” For Dr. Jens Braak, coincidences are a crucial part of career success. It is true that one cannot quantify the likelihood of lucky coincidences. But that’s not important for him either. Much more important is that one can invite luck if one is aware of the random factor. For the Mystery …

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Technology alone is not enough – the digital world needs human contact

In Collaboration, Internal communicationsby Christian Fleckl

In the beginning, everyone saw it through the rose-colored glasses. Digitalisation opens up many new possibilities in everyday working life. However, more and more people find the dominance of technology disturbing. Especially because personal communication suffers as a result. Executives have a special responsibility when it comes to achieving a good balance between digital and personal exchange. Does technology help …

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Mystery Minds releases new solutions to humanize the digital world

In Employee networking, Innovation, Silo thinkingby Christian Fleckl

Enabling personal exchange and dismantling silos – these are the goals associated with Mystery Lunch. The platform for “blind dates” during lunch, however, was just the beginning. The company, founded four years ago as a start-up, is taking the next step: it is now operating under the name Mystery Minds GmbH and presents a new portfolio of tools. These bring …

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“Women in leadership positions show macho posturing for what it really is”

In Flat organisation, Leadership, Meaningful workby Stefan Melbinger

Employees are the most important resource at a company’s disposal – at least, that’s the official line. In reality, organisations are frequently dominated by an arrogance of power that leaves many employees reeling. According to Professor Stephan Laske, board member of German change management firm Transformation Management AG (TMAG), the guiding principle “Rank always wins” leads to a form of …

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Mystery Lunch goes on an HR Roadshow all across Germany

In Employee networkingby Christoph Drebes

Talent management is the topic of the hour. This is a great opportunity for HR professionals whose expertise is more in demand than ever. But they need the right technology to unleash their potential. At the HR Roadshow, a joint series of events organized by the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups (BVDS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung (DGFP), current HR developments …

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Employee Engagement Summit in London: Do you inspire your employees – or settle for simply motivating them?

In Employee networkingby Corinna Drebes

Employee engagement is about more than motivation. It’s about creating a network of colleagues who strive for the company’s goals. It’s about dissolving hierarchies for the good of the entire organisation, and it’s about genuine inspiration. These aspects and more were the subject of lively debates at the Employee Engagement Summit in London in May 2018, where experts from Spotify, …

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Internal Communication: Networks for Improved Employee Motivation

In Collaboration, Employee networking, Internal communicationsby Christoph Drebes

For most leaders, “internal communication” is first and foremost about anchoring the strategic goals and messages of the company in their employees’ minds. But “good communication” is about so much more: the exchange of ideas amongst peers, the networking of employees and a value-oriented company culture. All of these factors play a massive role in an organisation’s capability for innovation. …

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Work 4.0: A Threat to the Labour Force or a Space for Creativity Without Borders?

In Employee networking, Innovation, Silo thinkingby Stefan Melbinger

Work 4.0: A Threat to the Labour Force or a Space for Creativity Without Borders?  Big data, robotics, artificial intelligence – all of these are technologies with the potential to permanently change our working world. The concept of “Work 4.0” plays a central role in this conversation. While many associate it with a fear of widespread job loss, others embrace …

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From a “Work-Life Balance” to Genuine Fulfilment in Life

In Collaboration, Flat organisation, Meaningful work, Self-organisationby Corinna Drebes

Work-life balance is a key consideration for the average employee – yet the concept itself is a questionable one. Is a strict demarcation between “work” and “life” really the most meaningful way of addressing the subject? In reality, “work time” is also part of our lives – and arranging the two in the way that suits us best is a …

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Interview with Judith Quint, HR Development at the German Insurance Group Barmenia Versicherungen, on the Use of the Mystery Lunch Solution in Her Organisation

In Employee networkingby Stefan Melbinger

“A tool for seeing the bigger picture and strengthening corporate culture.” Barmenia Versicherungen is one of Germany’s largest independent insurance funds. As one of the Wuppertal region’s biggest employers, it employs more than 1,500 employees at its Wuppertal location and more than 3,400 employees across the country as a whole. Employees’ ability to successfully reconcile work and family life is …

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“Companies need someone to play the role of matchmaker”

In Collaboration, Employee networkingby Christian Fleckl

Collaboration is a key concept of the modern business world. Whether we’re talking about the development of new products, change projects or internal business processes, success is largely dependent on effective collaboration between employees. Management consultancy is committed to the guidance and development of people, organisations and collaborative relationships at an international level, and co-owner Michael Thiel has over …

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Social Intranet: Personal contacts form the basis for virtual networking

In Employee networking, Networkby Corinna Drebes

Strategically connecting employees, managing knowledge, optimizing communication: In times of digital transformation, companies associate a series of eminently important goals with a social intranet. In particular, change projects should be implemented more successfully – today a decisive basis for securing future viability. In practice, however, many initiatives that sought to make social collaboration possible have failed. Companies have to do …

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From Baby Boomers to Generation Z – The Best of Both Worlds

In Employee networkingby Stefan Melbinger

The “baby boomer” generation is often accused of having a loose – at best – grasp on technology. This, of course, is an unfair representation: the internet was still a largely unknown entity when most of the pre-1965 generation commenced their working lives. Generation Y, on the other hand, can scarcely imagine a life without it, having grown up in …

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Flat hierarchies: A fashion theme fails because of its implementation

In Employee networking, Flat organisationby Christian Fleckl

Flat hierarchies have become a fashionable topic in today’s corporate world: Employees at all levels should be involved as comprehensively as possible in decisions – and be able to make them independently wherever possible. As attractive as the idea may sound, it has hardly become a reality to this day. The top-down principle still retains the upper hand. What advantages …

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From silo thinking to swarm intelligence – and thus creating digitization

In Employee networking, Silo thinkingby Christoph Drebes

One for all and all for one – wouldn’t this mentality be desirable in everyday working life? But the reality is different in most companies. Often departments go their own way, interfaces to other areas are missing. At the latest with the emergence of digitalisation, now also large corporations want to get out of the silos and work like start-ups. …

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Serendipity – creating new innovations using the "principle of chance"

In Innovation, Serendipityby Christoph Drebes

Nobody likes the principle of chance when it comes to the success of their own business. However, in many areas, innovation and product development are almost impossible without surprising discoveries. The good news for skeptics of pure chance: the famous last grain can be brought about. Scientists use the English word “serendipity” to describe the development of new, disruptive ideas. …

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HR Trends 2017: Networking dissolves silos and advances projects

In Employee networkingby Stefan Melbinger

The year 2017 will be the acid test for human resources managers. They face the challenge of successfully implementing major topics such as digitization and collaboration. The networking of experts is becoming a decisive and overriding task which also management is increasingly getting involved in. For companies, closer cooperation between departments is becoming more and more important in order to …