New Whitepaper: Transformation & Leadership
Interim Managers publish success factors for a successful transformation
Bad Honnef, November 2021. Executive Interim Managers Peter Kuhle and Eckhart Hilgenstock have compiled their knowledge from years of transformation experience and published the whitepaper “Transformation & Leadership – gaining clarity and momentum in complex changes.” In 10 success factors, Hilgenstock and Kuhle summarize what leadership means in the transformation process and the challenges that may arise. Peter Kuhle explains, “As experienced interim managers, we have transformed numerous companies, recognizing typical pitfalls and untapped potentials – and we know how responsible leaders should act in critical phases of change.” Eckhart Hilgenstock adds, “That’s why we have gathered our expertise and want to share it with companies going through transformation, provide impulses, and create awareness among decision-makers about the significance of leadership in transformation.”
An Adventure Journey into Uncharted Territory
According to Kuhle and Hilgenstock, transformation is not a walk in the park but an adventure journey with unknown dangers and obstacles. However, it also presents significant growth opportunities and prospects for improving one’s market position if the goals are successfully achieved. Yet, success, according to the interim managers, heavily depends on leadership behavior. “A transformation requires an adventurous, transformative, and participative leadership style, agile work methods, crisis experience, and resilience,” elaborates Kuhle. Depending on the digital maturity and readiness for change of leadership and employee teams, leaders must approach the transformation project differently. “You don’t transform an organization with just one approach,” says Hilgenstock, “instead, leaders need finesse to guide each team through the transformation according to their mindset stage.” Thus, the transformation of an organization consists of many smaller transformations within individual areas.
Having the Right Answers at Hand
In a concise eight-page document, the interim managers provide valuable insights for transformation leaders. They pose and answer crucial questions, including: What skills exist within the workforce? What skills are needed? And when is the right time to conduct necessary qualifications? Are external competencies necessary? How important is communication? How should leaders deal with resistance and the dual burden of the transformation process? In what ways can change agents be deployed? What organizational culture is desirable? And finally, what role does data integration play in the change?
Download the whitepaper for free
Interested parties can freely download the whitepaper “Transformation & Leadership – gaining clarity and momentum in complex changes” (German version only) here.
About Peter Kuhle: Peter Kuhle is an Executive Interim Manager and Senior Advisor from Bad Honnef. He supports companies in critical phases of growth and transformation. He brings extensive experience in sales & service, transformation & efficiency, and various management roles at renowned corporations and medium-sized companies. His key areas of expertise are sales, direct sales, after-sales, service, and technical customer service. He is the recipient of the “Interim Management Excellence Award” and shares his experience in various business media. More information: www.peterkuhle.com
About Eckhart Hilgenstock: Eckhart Hilgenstock is an Interim Executive (EBS) with proven digital competence. As an internationally experienced consultant and coach, agile and sensitive, he brings structure and rhythm to his clients’ businesses. He assists companies in making their sales processes more efficient, increasing order intake, and improving the customer experience. As a Digital Transformation Manager, Hilgenstock guides employees through the change process, successfully manages complex projects, and structures processes towards a profitable business rhythm. More information: www.hilgenstock-hamburg.de