I recently worked for a company with a long-established structure and workforce. The task was to restructure the personnel department in such a way as to keep it running smoothly on the one hand and to prepare the company for the future on the other. The HR department included some staff who preferred taking care of administrative tasks and others who really wanted to change something and were also very well suited to do so. Furthermore, the management had decided that the business model needed to be reconsidered. A corresponding department was thus set up to take on the issue of business model innovation.
In the course of my consultation, I set up a new department on the basis of these considerations, which are the transformation engine of the company. On the one hand, the external world will be analysed and converted into a new business model. And on the other hand, this new business model will be translated into new structures, competences, processes, tools. The newly devised organisation includes an HR department that primarily deals with administrative tasks, and an innovation department that transforms the entire company from the outside and inside. All the talents required for this process were already available in the company! So now it is ideally prepared for the future. A true win-win situation!