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René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE and former CEO of Deutsche Telekom, was the first guest at the new French-German leadership discourse and answered questions about leadership and career.

The new series of events of the ESCP Business School was moderated by Professor Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg, Chairman and Founder of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership and Affiliate Professor at ESCP Paris.

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Stress Test 2020

The crisis triggered by corona virus is the ultimate stress test for politics and business. Within a matter of weeks, the world was faced with a degree of uncertainty unseen since World War II.

The most important skill now is uncertainty competence. Whoever still dreams of a return to security and predictabiity will fail. The key to success will be to navigate the fog of uncertainty. It is not only a matter of “managing a crisis” but of “overcoming a crisis”, even if this sometimes means nothing more than “surviving a crisis”. What does this mean for business executives? Klaus Schweinsberg is a global consultant for leaders in complex leadership situations. In this book, he describes what matters when things get really critical.

A wider truth about Germany

In the light of court cases against Bayer’s U.S. acquisition Monsanto and falling share prices, the fate of the chemical giant grants interesting insights into Germany’s corporate culture, writes Frederick Studemann in the Financial Times on 17 May 2019. On the one hand, Bayer is a model of how to deal with the challenges of global mergers, on the one hand, the high number of lawsuits offers an eloquent testimony of the pitfalls of pursuing new technologies. Bayer is not the only example for that matter, just think of Volkswagen or Deutsche Bank. Frederick Studemann quotes Klaus Schweinsberg on Germany’s ambivalent attitude to innovation and modern technology – desired on the one hand, but rather not at home, which also reflects on Angela Merkel’s ending era.
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Angela Merkel is losing the support of Germany’s business leaders

The Financial Times reports on dwindling backup of chancellor Angela Merkel by german business leaders and quotes Klaus Schweinsberg:  Still many doubt her overall sympathy for business. “Rationally she understands the necessity of markets, but deep down she believes in the state,” says Klaus Schweinsberg, a professor of business who advises a number of top German executives.

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World Economic Forum 2019

Klaus Schweinsberg commented in interviews with german news televsion n-tv on this years World Economic Forum, describing it as a “a marketplace of ideas”: in contrast to former years more and more consultants, small enterprises and non-profit organisations can be found among the participants. He therefor does not expect any political solutions from the Forum. The interview is available in german on the n-tv website.

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