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Why invest in change management?

Finding the right interplay between project and change management

If your company wants to be successful, it will have to undergo constant change. This means finding your company's specific balance between preserving tradition, adapting to new realities, and innovating for the future. Change projects get started. The rest seems to be routine. We can handle project management. So why do we need to invest in change management?

Working with others

Optimizing social skills within teams

Sound familiar? An employee who does a good job on their own, but always has trouble when working with the team? How does this make itself felt? The other team members avoid working with them, they're kept out of the loop, and they lag behind in joint team activities. Criticism bounces off them and they're not interested in getting into a fight. How can you get this employee on board and increase their teamwork?

Successful negotiation means intentionally handling resistance

During negotiations, both sides experience resistance, contrary positions, and conflicts of interest. This is normal because otherwise we would not need to bother negotiating. Handling resistance ideally leads to consensus, but usually it leads to compromises. If the resistance hardens, negotiations drag on for too long or result in lasting conflicts and thus the failure of the negotiations.

Having professional conversations with employees

A key element of staff development

Appraisals are among the most effective management tools and are a key means of goal-oriented, cooperative management. They help to strengthen the ties between manager and employee, thus increasing performance and the use of resources for the benefit of both sides. Used properly, therefore, annual reviews or appraisals should always be an instrument for developing the employee, since the feedback and assessments of their managers can help employees engage in self-reflection and commit to further development.

Setting goals: still worthwhile in these times?

Our world is in a constant state of change, and that includes the world of business and our private lives. As a result, the demands placed on each of us as individuals are also always changing. Complexity, speed, agility, and digitalization are terms commonly heard in many companies these days.

By comparison, phrases like setting goals or management by objectives seem almost antiquated. This then raises the question of whether helping employees set and pursue goals is even worthwhile any more.

Holding employee return briefings

Under certain conditions, frequent sick days can be grounds to terminate an employee. To keep it from reaching that point, managers need to speak with such employees in a timely manner.

Real-world scenario: frequent sick days
„One of my employees frequently calls in sick for one or two days at a time. Her high absenteeism rate not only costs my department, but also means her co-workers have more work to do and are increasingly dissatisfied. I need to talk to her about this. What’s the best way to handle this and what should I pay attention to?“

Effective solutions – “Confidential Dialogue”

Effective solutions – "Confidential Dialogue"

Your supervisory staff would like to develop and advance. While there is hardly any time left alongside the supervisory duties, challenges are growing steadily. Your staff becomes more and more aware of the ineffectiveness of their applied tools and practiced leadership behavior. There is a need for new ideas and ways to achieve the set goals and to motivate the team. This is where the confidential dialogue sets in - efficient, always work-related and time saving. It helps to dissolve old behavior patterns and to clarify silo thinking – the basis for solution oriented actions. This makes new decision and success strategies possible.

Top achievements through effective cooperation

Team development on the Baltic Sea

Management teams are supposed to achieve a highly effective and cooperative team performance as quickly as possible, in order to secure and expand the economic success.


How to find the right Trainer?

What should you consider when seeking a qualified Trainer for your training?

A beautiful high-gloss brochure, an appealing Internet or the gut feeling alone are seldom sufficient to make the right choice. You select a trainer based on your in-house materials planning and the training objective. The right trainer contributes to the success of the training by taking into account your goals as the basis of the training concept. Content, approach, method, didactic and tools are customized to the objectives of the respective target group to guarantee an immediate implementation of the acquired knowledge. Putting the theory into praxis is therefore easy and can be realized quickly.

How to prepare effectively for the trainer briefing!

Part 2 of the series: "How to find the right trainer!"

After you have selected a qualified trainer, e.g. based on the checklist (see "SIM Aktuell" Issue 3/2011), your next step is to convey the reasons and goals of your planned training to the trainer in a result-oriented way.

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