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For the past couple of years, we have been talking about how successful so-called mono stores are in Germany. And among industry experts, we know very well that most of them - not all - shouldn't still be operating from a pure profit point of view. So brands cannot solely be driven by financial gains as they keep opening new retail stores.
Close friends ask unpopular questions, and yet it’s those questions that help you grow. A while ago, a friend of mine pointed my nose at something very fundamental: How does my work – identity-based strategic consulting linked with concepts of change – relate to employee and management coaching? It might seem like an easy question to answer, but I believe it’s worth it to take a closer look.
According to an OECD study, the world economy will quadruple by 2050. The reason for this advance can be found at the intersection of science and technology – it’s like a magic pill that creates new growth opportunities for people around the world. And that is fundamentally a good thing – every one of us has the right to develop personally and shape the world and its future to our liking.
The Oscars of the Sports Industry are around the corner and just as in Hollywood, sports enthusiasts wonder again this year: Who will attend ISPO? Already last year, Burton Snowboards’ announcement that they would not exhibit in the future caused much fanfare. Other long-term partners such as Amer Sports Group and Oberalb Group explained in late 2017 that they, too, would pull out.
You can´t stop progress. It is an integral part of our society and will continue to inform our ways of living and living together. This, moreover, rings true for the motor of progress as well – our curiosity and questioning minds, especially regarding technological advances. Companies have increasingly assumed a key function in processes of change as they take on new responsibilities, and thus become role models for policy and law makers as well as political institutions.
It´s no secret – the sports industry is dominated by men, and this correlates with the global status quo. Recent statistics show that women hold only 22.5 % of the managerial positions in the sporting goods industry across Germany. For DAX companies, it is only 8.7 %.
Be honest – when was the last time that you experienced good customer service? Perhaps when you called Cox or the Social Security Administration? Be it in Germany or America, customers are more familiar with the music on hold of certain companies than with the names of their representatives. In my personal experience, customer service is simply painful – or can you think of one exceptional company at the top of your head?
Are you a specialist for diving and you offer your customers the diving holidays? Or are you in retail and understand your expertise to be in a special kind of team sport, in providing exclusive offers for locals teams and in customizing of their gear etc.?
Summertime is time for vacations, and I travelled for a few weeks myself. It is an occupational habit (if not, hazard) of mine to stroll through all the local stores of my travel destinations. My impressions during my recent trip to Germany boil down to one simple fact: I am bored.
Whenever we have conversations about the generation dubbed “Millennials”, I hear prejudices of „Baby Boomer“ and „Generation X“ towards that younger generation, nothing more. Voracious consumers of media outlets, detached from reality, aloof and irresponsible – these are just a few of those notions among many negative ideas about them. The fact is, Millennials are different.