Companies give their managers a poor report card/Significant need to improve analytical and communication skills – “Collaboration – The key to success” study

June 22, 2021 | News Germany

To be successful in today’s competitive environment, companies must remain adaptable and work in an agile manner. “Leaders in particular are expected to model these skills,” says Wilhelm Goschy, CEO of Staufen AG. But companies know that many of their employees in managerial and top positions have catching up to do in this regard. “The study shows that, so far, in only 24 percent of companies are executives generally open to digital tools, such as those used to manage projects,” Goschy said. A third of the companies also complain about the lack of teamwork skills among their own top employees, and truly inspiring and motivating employees only succeeds in 8 percent of the companies.

Many managers take over the tasks of others

Staufen Board Member Goschy sees one reason for this behavior among many managers: “They themselves want to get ahold of a problem and in doing so underscore their competence.” According to the study, 50 percent of managers have problems prioritizing and delegating tasks. When working from home or in virtual teams, many managers also fear losing control of their employees. “Instead of empowering the team to find the solution themselves, many managers simply offer it up,” observed Dr. Andreas Romberg, Managing Director of Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH. “But this behavior leads to frustration among employees, because they are unable to grow. As a result, they may shut down and complain about too little communication as well as a lack of trust.”

Making adaptability part of the corporate culture

The ability to work in a team, communication, motivation – coupled with an openness to digital collaboration tools – are the competencies that play an important role in transforming companies. And that managers need to improve in order to move their company forward. Social competence also includes dealing with mistakes. But not only do many managers have a problem admitting their own mistakes, a third are unable to appropriately deal with employees’ mistakes.

“In the future, managers must focus less on being decision-makers and more on empowering others and ensuring smooth collaboration in a continuous improvement work system,” says collaboration expert Romberg. “If a company is unable to succeed with this new understanding of leadership, it will be difficult to make adaptability part of the corporate culture.”

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About Staufen AG –

Inside every company there is an even better one. With this conviction, Staufen AG has been advising and qualifying companies and employees for more than 25 years. Markets are on the move – the competitive pressure is enormous. Staufen helps to quickly bring about the right changes, increase productivity, improve quality and increase innovative strength. With the appropriate strategies and methods, the international transformation consultancy ensures rapid and measurable success. In order to leverage the potential available in every company, Staufen consultants establish a lively and sustainable culture of change together with executives and employees. The Academy of Staufen AG also offers certified, practice-oriented training courses. From the international locations, more than 320 employees serve customers all over the world. In 2021, Staufen AG was recognized by “brand eins” as “Best Consultants” for the seventh year in a row. According to the renowned industry study “Hidden Champions 2020,” the consulting firm is Germany’s best Lean Management consultancy and was honored several times with the “Best of Consulting” award by the “Wirtschaftswoche” journal.

About Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH

Real collaboration in global value creation networks. This guiding principle is implemented by Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH through its consultants, all of whom have many years of experience in the fields of lean, collaboration and leadership, as well as an interdisciplinary software development team. The spin-off of Staufen AG pioneered the need for digital performance management and virtual collaboration support back in 2014 and implemented it in the first ValueStreamer® generation for pilot customers. The software solution ValueStreamer® is a logical step towards meeting the digitization requirements of companies regarding management tasks, control and collaboration. All of the Staufen Group’s digital Shop Floor Management (dSFM) activities are bundled in the Staufen.ValueStreamer GmbH. This enables global collaboration in virtual teams – also in the context of the range of Industry 4.0 approaches. worldwide for over 25 years. In real time. Agile.

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