How Agile Practices have become an element of General Management

What we today know as “agile practices” have been developed in the software industry. Today “software is eating the world” (Wall Street Journal, 2011) and meanwhile is dominating all other industries. But on its way up, software companies went through big crises. Much had been promised to customers in the 1980s and 1990s, but comparably little was achieved. The complexity of assignments had been …

It’s the Operating System, stupid! – A quest for a European Humanistic Management Movement

by Hans Stoisser (with contributions from Lukas Michel) THIS BLOGPOST WAS FIRST PUBLISHED AT THE DRUCKERFORUM’S BLOG   “Enough! Enough of the imbalances that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves,” writes the Canadian management thinker Henry Mintzberg.“ A society out of balance, with power concentrated in a privileged elite, can be ripe for …

A different Global Society

“Enough! Enough of the imbalances that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves,” that is the first sentence the Canadian management thinker Henry Mintzberg wrote in his new book “Rebalancing Society”. He refers to our “unbalanced society”, where the relationship between public and private sector has become distorted. An overall dominating private sector has …

Global Peter Drucker Forum 2014 – #GPDF14

“In the last 20 years the system seems to have been broken down“, says Clayton Christensen, one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth. “Our toxic mindsets make us believe that efficiency matters most“, reckons Gary Hamel. Roger Martin sees the foundation of our Democratic Capitalism at stake and puts forward that “today more than 50% …

The economy an organ of society? – The European Economic Model as an answer

Society consists of different spheres, each of it with its own logic and “culture”. During the last decades the economic structure started to dominate all other spheres until it almost completely disconnected from society. This might be seen as the root cause for our ongoing, long-lasting (economic) crisis. The economic structure has to change and adapt again. …

Is Shareholder Value Thinking a thing of the past?

I’ve just got a link from McKinsey, the management consulting firm, to a recent statement of Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and former Medtronic CEO, on rethinking capitalism. “I don’t subscribe to the notion that companies do exist to create value strictly for the shareholders. I think they are there to create value for the …

Nelson Mandela and Change Management 3.0

The South African transition from the apartheid regime to a multi-racial democracy in the early 1990s was one of the most successful change management projects in history. It is commonly agreed that Nelson Mandela was the leading figure and without him things would have gone differently. Although the greatness of Nelson Mandela stands out, present-day change …

Management 3.0 – Software development meets General Management

I am not a software developer. But last week I attended a management course conducted by a software developer and attended solely by software developers. I made a big discovery. WE SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE! My background in management is Peter Drucker and the St. Gallen Management School. I had the privilege to get trained …