The Change Breakfast was started by Ralf Langen three years ago. Managers and executives in the areas of HR/organizational development, change management, strategy, and communications meet regularly and can exchange information on change and other relevant topics in an informal discussion. The discussion topics at previous Change Breakfasts included “High-Performance Culture,” “Global Mindset,” and “Authentic Leadership.” Respected scientific and business experts kick off the Breakfasts with a short presentation on the respective theme
October 2014: Culture Change
Guest speaker: Dr. Heiko Hilse, Vice President Human Resources at the Infineon Institute
"Cultural change" was the topic of the last Change Breakfast, which was held on October 10th, 2014 in Berlin. Dr. Heiko Hilse gave a keynote speech on the multi-annual and multi-dimensional cultural change in his company Infineon AG which was successfully undertaken after the massive crisis in 2010. Thereby, Infineon concentrated on the skills and strengths that led the company out of the crisis in order to provide a high-performance culture within the company to establish and anchor "leadership" by means of a change lever.
The keynote speech gave cause and offered connecting factors for all participants for an intense debate about the key question: How can culture be changed, and what levers are available to change workers within the company? The spectrum of answers to these questions ranged from institutional facilities such as a corporate university/academy or an HR institute via the activation of managers as change leaders up to agile forms of cultural renewal, which runs in accordance with the culture changing power of internal organizational networks and communities. For the first time, the two-hour discussion in the breakfast group was visually documented by Marie Jacobi from Berlin, who did a live record.
January and March 2014: Resilience
Guest speaker: Dr. Christina Berndt, Süddeutsche Zeitung
The currently much discussed term and phenomenon "resilience" was the topic of the Change Breakfast, which was held on January 31st in Berlin and on March 21st at OSRAM in Munich. In this context we have looked at what resources managers and employees must possess in order to be psychologically resilient and to strengthen their health, help them cope with the increasing acceleration and the higher demands pressure in companies and organizations. And what criteria companies do meet that are both robust and capable for change and are referred as so-called "High Reliable Organizations" for several years.
The keynote speech was held by Dr. Christina Berndt, scientific editor of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung und author of the Spiegel best-selling book "Resilienz - Das Geheimnis der psychischen Widerstandskraft. Was uns stark macht gegen Stress, Depressionen und Burn-out".
July 2013: Social Media and Change Management
Guest speaker: Sean MacNiven, SAP AG
The use of social media has increased in recent years, not only in the private sphere, but also in the corporate world. More and more companies are using the social web as a communication and participation channel and thus face new opportunities and challenges.
At the last breakfast, which was held at Amazon in Munich on July 19th, 2013, we talked about the role the social web plays in particular in connection with change. Sean MacNiven, Global Head of Communications Innovation & Infrastructure at SAP AG and proven expert of the Social Web, has introduced the potential and possible applications of Social Media for organizations in times of change.
November 2012: Think Positive
Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. Utho Creusen, Honorary Professor Catholic University, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
"Think positive!" was the topic of the Change Breakfast, which was held on November 23rd, 2012 at Telefónica Germany/o2 in Munich. We talked about positive approaches in Change Management, addressing constructive and creative skills in organizations. The school of positive psychology in the tradition of Martin Seligman or also Mihály Csíkszentmihályi provides important fundamentals and insights to these approaches.
Professor Dr. Utho Creusen of University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt gave us impetus for our discussion from the view of practice-oriented research. He is one of the most important representatives of positive psychology in Europe and gave intensive consideration to the "Positive Leadership" approach, based on findings from positive psychology.
February 2012: How do managers learn?
Guest speaker: Markus Obenauf, Vienna University of Economics and Business
At the Change Breakfast we discussed the question “How do managers learn?”. Because of increased demands on leaders and managers, a continuously extension of their competences becomes necessary. Many educational institutions are now offering different learning formats on “Executive Education” and “Management Learning” for leaders and managers. Which learning pathways they choose, which learning instruments are implemented, how the characteristics and the forms of individual learning are structured and which challenges arise, was discussed at the event.
July 2011: High Performance Culture
Guest speaker: Prof. Sonja A. Sackmann, Chair of Work and Organizational Psychology in the Department for Economic and Organizational Sciences at the Universität der Bundeswehr München
The topic was “High-Performance Culture.” Performing at the highest level requires considerable individual preparation in addition to optimal environmental conditions that allow individuals and teams to continually develop their high-performance skills in preparation for moments of particular need.
The recent financial and economic crisis has led many people to reexamine their performance habits. Organizations must gain momentum in order to rise up out of the paralysis brought on by the crisis and return to a space of energy and vigor – but, at the same time, the increasingly apparent phenomenon of exhaustion and burnout, caused by the overburdening of employees, particularly among managers, has encouraged many to take a closer look at both the concept and practical reality of high-performance cultures.
November 2010: Global Mindset
Guest speaker: John Otto Magee, Coach and Author (Philadelphia/Bonn)
March 2010: Authentic Leadership
Guest speaker: Dr. Psych. Jenny Wesche, Research Assistant and Trainer at the LMU Center for Leadership and People Management (Munich)
November 2009: Leadership and Change Communications
Guest speaker: Colette Dorward, Inhaberin von Comma Consulting (London)