MAN People: The ‘Transition Initiative: Future Makers’ got under
way in May 2021. What is this initiative about?
Busse-Agster: People should be encouraged to be Future Makers and
work on issues that advance the company. It is also about driving the transition
forward, contributing to innovation issues and communicating our strategy. We are
developing various formats and instruments for simplifying knowledge sharing and
drumming up enthusiasm for our strategy. The issues we are working on are being
developed in the company as a whole, not just at head office. These very diverse
teams are vital for the success of the formats and tools.
Isis, you are
with MAN PrimeServ in Panama and part of the initiative’s international team. Why
did you get involved?
Villarreal: It is sometimes difficult to engage with change.
Now I have the opportunity to be part of the process from the start. I am part of
the Communication Team, as I would also like to help other people understand the
company’s transformation. We are pursuing an agile approach within the framework
of the Transition Initiative. Having never worked agilely before, I am learning
a great deal and enjoying it. The diversity of the team, which is made up of people
from all over the world, is a plus too – and it makes for a very pleasant atmosphere.
What can the
MAN ES world expect from the Transition Initiative?
Villarreal: There are various formats that people can take part
in, such as the TEDTalks or Time2Ask. Information on the initiative and the various
teams can be found on the ‘Future Makers’ platform on our Intranet.
The Innovation Team, for
example, has set up a Sharepoint page that brings together all the processes to
do with innovation management at MAN ES. Ideas can be shared, discussed and promoted
there. There is also a ‘Knowledge Toolbox’, and links to local ideas management
and global innovation teams. We have developed a new fast-track approach based on
feedback from former participants. Now we are trying out something new: the proposal
for a new project must be submitted in the form of a short video presentation. In
addition, we have compiled a so-called ‘Simple Show’ to explain the concept of change,
and set up a ‘Change Toolbox’, where management and employees alike will find tools
for dealing with change at team level or driving change processes forward.
You can find all these
formats and tools on the ‘Future Makers’ page in #CU.LIVE.
We are developing various formats and instruments for simplifying knowledge sharing and drumming up enthusiasm for our strategy.
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