How to lead your team into the future

In over 25 years of working with entrepreneurs and managers to better align their businesses with the future, we have learned that even the best vision is useless if you don’t communicate it effectively. And in such a way that it arrives in the minds, hearts and hands of your employees and is consistently aimed at as a vision of the future in day-to-day business. Because without implementation, your vision remains only a dream.

That’s why the work really starts here. 10 steps can be learned from the successful visionaries, which massively increase the chances of success: (Article is in German)

  • Leave your comfort zone
  • Take ‘Vision’ literally
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate.
  • Stop everything that does not support your mission and vision
  • Help your employees to recognize their contribution
  • Give your employees more freedom and responsibility
  • Encourage positive thinking and action
  • Identify an accountability partner for your vision
  • Be well organized
  • Stay persistent.

Do we need more courage to be visionary for our future?

I believe that especially today, when our economy, society and technologies are changing rapidly, at a time when nothing is predictable and no business is safe, we need more people with a strong vision for the future: for themselves, for their companies and for humanity.

Today, I published an article on this topic in the creating corporate cultures blog of the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Read the full article here (in German)

Making Vision Work

In our speeches and keynotes, we often ask three questions:

1. Who believes that a clear vision, a vision that inspires, is known to everyone in the company and to which everybody can align his daily work brings a great competitive advantage to a company?

Result: approval of 100 percent.

2. Who works in a company that has such a vision?

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We need vision: How to use your most powerful leadership tool

Successful transformation needs a clear vision. Even in turbulent times, it gives a company the orientation, orientation and clarity it needs to respond to external changes and not only survive the change, but actively participate in shaping it. It gives each individual employee an answer to the questions “Where do we want to go, who do we want to be in the future, what do we want to achieve in X years?”

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Challenge your assumptions: How will the future of mobility REALLY look like?

There are many forecasts and scenarios for the future of mobility. On which can you really build your vision and strategy as an entrepreneur or manager? How will we really be mobile in the future? Rationally we all know that we can not predict the future. And yet, we all have this – perhaps somewhat naïve – desire to be able to foretell it. In my work with leadership teams, I often do a little experiment at the beginning of the collaboration: I ask each member of the executive board to note for themselves which are the three most important market changes of the coming ten years are. Then I ask a second question: Which changes will not occur, event though the are currently discussed? Where will the market still be exactly like today? Then we compare the opinions. The result is almost always: chaos – at least to a degree.

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