Typical management patterns are trained in universities, library schools and in-house trainings and appear to be oddly stable within their existing logic. These patterns are shaping leadership and corporate culture. Sometimes it seems as if they are the more unshakeable in their cultural core, the more the superficial change and reform rhetoric runs rampant. But how – in any way – can these patterns and methods enable change at all, are able to empower the staff and the members of the library, can facilitate agility and flexibility in mental and organizational terms. If the next (or future) library is a transformation hub itself; a performance, learning and working space; a platform for the diverse society and a bastion of democracy, we might need to transform (or shift) our management and working skills as well. We’re in need to break patterns to the unexpected – and more than this, to enable what is needed!
Working on »second-level competitive advantages« is actually necessary to be future-oriented. The elements of these new competitive advantages are »passion and unfolding potentials«, »utilizing collective intelligence« and a »freely breathing organization«. Not only when reconstructing our results obtained from research projects with more than 80 pattern breakers, but also in the scope of our consulting services for different organizations, we have learned that experiments are powerful tools to work on this strategic challenge! Experiments differ from the known thinking in terms of projects. Experiments have an open, sometimes surprising outcome – in contrast to known logic.
Dr. Stefan Kaduk, Founder and Partner, Pattern Breaker Management Consultant, Munich, Germany
Friday, 14 September, 3:30 pm
Campus, Room A
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