Top managers discuss the digital transformation

First discussion group WOMEN & LEADERSHIP 4.0

Duesseldorf, 10th Oktober 2019. Top managers from business and industry took up the invitation to the first discussion group WOMEN & LEADERSHIP 4.0, which was initiated by our Partner Ursula Opper. It marked the kick-off a top-class exchange between female leadership executives from a wide array of companies and industries that should be held several times a year in the future.

The impulse topic of the evening "The digital transformation’s impact on companies, customers and markets – What’s next?" was competently highlighted by Cecilia Floridi, Managing Director of dataLab. GmbH with numerous practical examples and it provided ample room for a lively and practice-oriented discussion. According to Barbara Gregor, CFO of thyssenkrupp Materials Trading, digitalization is "more than just a buzzword; it’s an issue that all of us deal with in our actual everyday business."

The rapid pace at which markets are changing, the complexity of requirements as well as opportunities, the required dynamics in decision-making processes and agile management methods were some of the factors discussed that define corporate reality today.

Everyone also agreed that managers are especially challenged in this environment of exponential change to develop and live out values, to strike a balance between dynamics and stability, and to be open-minded and cooperative. In addition to technological change, cultural change can also be seen in companies very frequently. Transparency and networking are top priorities. Change in hierarchical structures, the creation of modern workplaces as well as the establishment of a positive error and learning culture are essential for agile, i.e., dynamic and adaptable corporate management. 

The managers who met for the first time in this round were enthusiastic about this evening’s interactive and open discussion and they gained some new ideas and aspects for their own work. It was a competent exchange at eye level, a network meeting of decision-makers with a diverse and broad horizon of experience, which – at the express wish of all participants – should continue to take place. The group of participants will also intentionally be kept small in the future to ensure an intensive and confidential exchange of ideas among the participants.


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