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Current challenges: Acting and thinking, autonomy and the need for security

At the beginning of the, the speakers shared their current thoughts. Timo briefly addressed the existing separation between thinking and acting, which must be overcome. Rebekka then shed light on the current situation at Digitec Galaxus between autonomy and the need for security.

Basic concepts: Agility, transformation, self-organization, responsibility

The began with a discussion of basic terms such as agility, transformation, self-organization and responsibility, but without defining them directly. The aim was to promote a common understanding and joint reflection.

Scalability in different company sizes

The central question of the was whether self-organization and shared responsibility can work in companies regardless of their size. Rebekka was of the opinion that larger companies tend to have rigid structures and detailed process documentation in order to avoid chaos. According to Timo, it is also important to emphasize that self-organization always forms structures and that these must be visible so that they can be consciously worked with. After all, clear processes help even a one-person company to function better. Larger organizations ultimately benefit from self-organizational approaches if they find a conscious approach that suits them.

The role of managers

Another key question was whether managers are still necessary in self-organized structures. The speakers came to the conclusion that managers continue to play an important role, but in a different form. Instead of leading in a directive manner, they should act as coaches and supporters who help the teams to make their own decisions and take responsibility. Timo was also of the opinion that managers are still needed, but not as managers who make decisions for others.

Cultural change and continuous learning in self-organization

In conclusion, it was emphasized that self-organization and responsibility require a cultural change, which above all takes time and commitment. Companies must be persistent and committed in order to successfully integrate principles of self-organized cooperation.

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