1986: After a not so great time at the school for chemical technology, I began my apprenticeship in the production department of one of the world’s largest chemical companies. Everything was new. In the first days I ran behind my then instructor like a dachshund. After only a few weeks I got very good feedback.
Very fast understanding of production processes. Reliability. Thinking along. Common sense. Even today, I am grateful to my instructors.
Then I realized that one thing drives me: everything I do could be done a bit better, even more professional.
And this drive determined my further development.
After my apprenticeship, I began seamlessly with my evening class as a master craftsman. This training quickly helped me take responsibility for a shift team. As a finished master craftsman, I immediately continued. My evening design took place at the school for higher eduction in chemistry. And again I was able to become more professional. I was soon allowed to take my next career step as a production manager.
The demands increased. Investment calculations, cost management and other economic issues soon exceeded my technical horizon. It didn’t work. So I started studying corporate management – again to get a little better.
The following years were marked by a fast-paced corporate career. Cost accounting, controlling and logistics were just as much a part of this as supply chain management and purchasing.
Leadership responsibility for more than 100 employees demanded a lot from me. Again, I felt like I was missing something. So I studied work and organizational psychology again in the evening. This completely changed my view of employee management, corporate culture and changes in organizations. I learned that real change does not happen on paper or on glossy presentations, but in the minds of the people in the company.
In more than 25 years of corporate career and ten years as a management consultant in the SME sector, I have experienced many change projects. Large and small. I learned the most from a merger that I was able to witness live. I saw how much energy and money was burned by a lack of business culture and change management. I got to know the phenomenon „Cultural Clash“ closely. Today, I help medium-sized companies successfully master changes with my organizational development approach. Business transfers, company acquisitions and company sales as well as shareholdings are massive changes that should be handled correctly in the run-up to the transaction and after the transaction (post merger integration) in order to save so much time, money and nerves.
That’s what I do. And there is nothing more beautiful for me.
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