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Staufen Study – Success in Change

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Many of you have known Staufen for years and appreciate us for things such as our pragmatic nature. And like my colleagues, I too feel drawn to your offices, production halls and development labs — the very places where value is created. Some people see this attitude as the ability to implement things effectively, but for us, it is simply a matter of focusing on our clients. And no matter how efficient a company becomes, it cannot afford to forget that it needs to regularly reflect on its own actions; it must critically examine positions it had always considered to be positive and correct.

This study called "Success in change" was written to assist businesses in taking this critical approach to corporate self-image. To prepare the study, we spoke to over 650 top-tier managers at German companies.

At first glance, the title may be unclear: it might seem like a purely abstract and vague distinction as to whether the criterias for success are in transition or whether transition was successfully mastered. But the opposite is true. Our study and the Change Readiness Index (CRI) that resulted are not some academic paper created to conform with the status quo. The purpose was to learn as much as possible about your everyday work life in terms of one critical issue — the most important of all when it comes to the future: adaptability. It is the key to respond appropriately to megatrends such as digitization, individualization and globalization.

As Lean management consultants, we also want people to look at themselves critically to see whether and to what extent our work for you affects adaptability as a factor of your success. Without wanting to spoil any of what awaits you in this study, the results are unequivocal: companies that have extensively implemented Lean approaches and have already made good progress towards becoming a teachable organization also stand out because of their high adaptability.

This is why Professor Daniel T. Jones appeals to readers in the interview he gave for this study (page 10): "Trust your employees and listen to them!" And he's right: direct communications in good faith can inspire in people the desire for change and optimization. And those who succeed at this task will also enjoy success in transition — both as a company and personally.


Wilhelm Goschy,


Click here to read the full study