When you hear the word “management”, which pictures come to mind? It is likely the response is a middle-aged male in a corporate setting who makes decisions about what others are meant to do. However, this does not reflect how organizations run in practice. In the real world, professionals are those who practice management on a daily basis – in meetings, in projects, in sales, in production. Management does not refer to the top-down act of organizing people and processes. Management rather consists of a set of soft skills expected from professionals of any level nowadays, despite the misleading name. Acquiring these soft skills makes work more fulfilling, be in line with the organizational vision and equips workers to succeed in the rapidly changing world of work.
Knowledge has many facets. Nowadays, information on management and related skills saturates the market. However, this is neither high-quality, nor is it based on any form of proven practices. At CQ Net – Management skills for everyone!, our aim is to break through this agglomeration of fads and fictive promises and to make high-quality and university-level management knowledge available. We do this by building a bridge between theories and practical implementation and by making access to our products affordable and low-key. We love to teach and even more, we love to see good management practices. In this blogpost, we will explain how our multi-level strategy works and how our products tie into our mission.
The world is changing - in business and beyond. Management skills sound like they may only be useful for executives and CEOs, but in fact, they have turned out to be far more fundamental and universally useful than classical narratives promise. Beyond that, management skills are expected in the world of work. How can professionals live up to these shifting dynamics, without the time or money needed to pursue an MBA? Amidst the many online offers and bogus advice given on the Internet, there is little that can be trusted. This blogpost explains why we at CQ Net – Management skills for everyone! do what we do, and why it matters in the world today. We seek to make university-level management skills available and affordable to everyone. Why? Because they matter, because you matter, and because the paradigm of management and work is changing and we must change with it.
The industrial sector is an important pillar of the French, German and Swiss economy. Every year the Industry Day Southwest provides a great opportunity for industrial companies from the Baden-Württemberg region and across the German border from France and Switzerland to strengthen business relationships and learn from each other. We will be participating at the 10. Industry Day Southwest at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre on July 12th. Our main focus will be to introduce Evidence-based Management as means for managers and professionals to move from speculation to impact and develop their companies to the next performance level.
High quality knowledge is one of the most important assets for managers and professionals nowadays. You and your organization can only be successful when decisions are taken based on a wide range of evidence, including the most recent insights from research and science. This approach is called Evidence-based Management (EBM or EBMgt) and has its origin in the healthcare sector which started some time ago with taking decisions by drawing on evidence rather than opinion. However, when you start to gather information to solve a business problem from outside your organization you'll mostly rely on two different sources.
The social sciences have been an important driver of human progress throughout history. Research findings are still an important source for decision-making for professionals around the world. However, the reputation of social sciences has started to suffer as critics argue that they are lacking in usefulness. We argue that they do have a point and that some social sciences indeed face an impact crisis while others thrive. Furthermore, we have a look at the state of social sciences and how to overcome the impact crisis.
A while ago, I was talking to a friend who had a background in physics and told him I’d just received an MSc (Master of Science) in Psychology. He smirked slightly and I asked what he was smiling about? “Well, it’s not really a science though, is it,” he replied.
The consulting industry is currently undergoing a radical change. Traditional strategy, restructuring, and implementation consulting agencies are more and more under pressure. The causes are manifold and can be anything from not meeting client requirements to new scientific findings and easier access to current knowledge via the internet. Alternative consulting approaches are focusing on the traditional consulting model’s weaknesses and become more and more important. We summarized four reasons for a reorientation of traditional consulting agencies.