About This Blog
The changing dynamic of the market seems to be doing what it does best: change. With that change, we have seen the innovation of mobile development, social apps and cloud integration. Additionally, one can’t overlook a now globalized marketplace with increased competition and varied consumer behavior. This has required leaders in the commercial and nonprofit arena to re-evaluate how the context of today can be best utilized for their benefit. Not only in business but with the internal structure as well.
This blog is focused on creating better leaders that can accomplish more and do it quickly and efficiently. Taking into consideration the diverse functions of today’s society, we know that there seems like a million strategies for doing better business. It is important to not just suggest good options but explain the benefits and disadvantages along with a proper blueprint for carrying it out.
In a nutshell, this blog is about recognizing that we can work a lot smarter if we understood how to do so. Effective leaders create and use networks to shape their customer relations, form partnerships with service providers and academic institutions along with keeping their employees engaged and performing adequately.
With business globalization and rapid breakdown of barriers to entry, businesses are facing the challenge of satisfying a global consumer base. As products and services must be delivered to an incredibly assorted target audience at a pace more rapid than ever before, release schedules and product modifications is mandatory. This is where creating, nurturing, using, and sustaining networks proves critical. The effective leaders of today and tomorrow realize this need and are employing their networks to:
- adapt to local conditions in the required cultures,
- find ways to squeeze profits from business operations, merge fragmented services within the organization, integrate required resources, strengthen relationships and
- accommodate new high-value-added services and business models to move from professional services to technology platforms with a professional service component
Hence, on this blog you will find a healthy combination of professional observations and thoughts on current trends, case studies of successful establishment and use of networks, some pithy musings, occasional rants, and selectively curated content for leaders.
Holding a bachelor’s in engineering, a master’s in business administration, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree, Dr. Gerd Ehrhardt has a proven record of multiyear and multilevel experience across globalization services, localization marketing, sales, and human resources, and possesses comprehensive capabilities in innovation and change management.
With a passion for leading cross-functional and cross-regional projects to build new interrelationships and intensify cooperation and engagement, Gerd’s personal forte is the ability to collaborate with business partners to:
- expand their geographic reach,
- define and implement standard processes, leverage networks of relationships, enable and scale-up skilled resources, drive innovation and
- launch their new products, solutions and services
Having worked in Germany, France, the USA, Jordan, and Singapore, Gerd now shares his expertise to support the leaders of today to tackle the challenges of a globalized marketplace. When not aiding leaders in leveraging their network of relationships, you can find him going for long runs and reflecting on conversations and experiences and strategic objectives. Connect with Gerd on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or on this blog.