More than 70 workshops, over
3,000 participants, nearly 40 sites from Gothenburg to
Beijing and from Johannesburg to Dubai: these are the statistics racked up by
the strategy journey around the globe undertaken to explain the importance of
the new corporate strategy, answer questions and work out implementation measures
“We are in the
process of turning MAN Energy Solutions into
a system provider so as to support our customers in their business with
complete solutions from a single source. We are refining our portfolio and
developing digital offerings, and want to advise proactively,” says Uwe
Lauber. “It is tremendously important for all colleagues in the company to know
and understand our joint plan so that we can all implement it with full force.”
Carrying out the Strategy Roadshow on this scale was only
possible thanks to the commitment and hard work of colleagues at the sites, and all the way up
to the SBU Management and Executive Board. It was a great team Performance.
The exchange of ideas on the key strategy
topics was therefore at the heart of the workshops, as was the question of how
to turn the strategy into concrete action at regional and business area level,
and make implementation a joint success. The workshops were individually
tailored to the sites to take account of local aspects, as well as the
perspectives of employees from production and administration.
The exchange of ideas on the key strategy topics was at the heart of the workshops.
With the Roadshow at an
end, the consensus is that the mammoth undertaking has paid off. More than 95 percent of participants gave positive
feedback, singling out the open exchange of ideas and the information provided
first hand by management and the Executive Board for particular praise. “I have learned a lot about the ‘Future in the Making’ that we are working on,” is what one participant from Singapore wrote. “I especially enjoyed the interactive exercises,
and was very positively surprised by the open discussions,” says a colleague from Velká Bíteš.
So it looks like a major objective of the
Roadshow has been achieved too: ensuring that the exchange was honest and
transparent with criticism welcome, since it was important to identify possible
stumbling blocks as well. “We discussed the prospects of the new
strategy, but also talked candidly about where the shoe pinches and what we need
to improve when it comes to inter-site cooperation,” says Frank
Burnautzki. “The exchange of ideas with colleagues was enormously instructive and
key issues that are of concern to many sites in equal measure, from the unsuitability
of some structures for implementing the strategy to unclear and unwieldy
processes. We now have a very clear picture of exactly what we need to tackle
and will do just that,” Uwe Lauber points out.
Colleagues appreciated the open and at times critical
exchange with the Executive Board and management
Wilfried von Rath is sure
that shaping the company’s new orientation together sparks something off: “In the workshops, we saw
strong motivation for pursuing the new direction together. We are rolling up
our sleeves and all mucking in together – that’s the spirit that could be felt everywhere.
Implementing the strategy will enable us to grow together even more strongly
across sites, business areas and departments.”
The very way in which
the roadshow was organized is the best proof of this. The strategy workshops
were initiated by Group Strategy, but their implementation was a global project
involving a large number of participants throughout the company. “Carrying out the Strategy Roadshow on this scale
was only possible thanks to the commitment and hard work of colleagues at the
sites, and all the way up to the SBU Management and Executive Board. It was a
great team performance,” says Per Hansson, Head of Group Strategy.
More than 95 percent of participants were of the opinion that the open exchange of ideas and the information provided first hand by management and the Executive Board paid off.
In 2019, the small sites with fewer than 25 employees will
also get to enjoy the Roadshow – by webinar. Beyond that, the task now is to
implement the joint plan step by step: “Adoption of the
strategy and our new brand identity are only the beginning of our journey. Now
it is all about practical application,” says Uwe
Lauber. “In the course of which we will all show how energy is an intrinsic part
of us – not just our name.”
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