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Ferdinand A Kovacic | +43-664-169-1903 | ferdinand@kovacic.consulting

Modules | General Skills

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    Enabling Orientation

    Orientation and Connectivity Models. How do we enable orientation and an understanding for connectivities and linkages in an interconnected and dynamic world. Designing and customizing practical frameworks for business and organizational orientation.

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    Contextual Analysis

    A schematic and systematic look at context and complexity, and their distinct implications on strategy, innovation, organization, leadership and management. Zooming out and slowing down before making decisions and taking actions.

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    Adaptive Competencies

    Learning to think in terms of dynamics, navigating through different organizational cycles and developing adaptive personal and organizational capabilities. About hypes, trends and megatrends. Loose-fit|right-fit organizations: how to build resilience and robustness for the long run. The art of timing and pacing. And much more.

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    Multi-modal Intervention Mix

    Looking for patterns, structures and interdependencies. Using practical, applied system thinking to gain the biggest leverage. Progressing from analysis to a careful mix of low-cost, effective interventions. The Art of the Mini-Max Intervention.

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    Strategizing »full 2 lean«

    Strategizing »full | lean | agile«. Approaches, methods, tools and road maps ranging from whole-scale to incremental. Right strategies for specific contexts.  With a focus on fast, small-scale, iterative and practical direction finding.

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    Business Model Canvas | Value Proposition Design

    Two evergreens worth looking at. Quick tools for fast analysis. Thinking through the key dimensions of a business or social enterprise [BMC]. Delivering value from a customer’s point of view [VPD].

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    Effectuation

    An entrepreneurial, resource-focused and super-practical framework to manage search, change and development processes in rather uncertain and complex situations when goals are not (yet) clearly known.

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    Functional Strategies

    Strategies and strategy development for business functions and their alignment with overall company strategies. Navigating the maze of functional and cross-functional themes.

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    Organization Design

    An introduction into Organization Design. Practical frameworks and dimensions of OD.  Organizational Health, Organizational Fit and Good Design Principles.

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    Boundary Spanning

    The art of connecting. Holistic leadership and practical organizational skills. Effective collaboration across silos and how to make it happen.

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    Matrix Management

    »Making The Matrix Work«. Collaboration skills for complex organizational structures. With special focus on middle management challenges and capabilities.

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    Organizational Agility

    A practical look at concepts and tools to increase self-organization while maintaining alignment and direction. Scrum, Design Thinking and a diversity of micro-methods.

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    Cultures + Identities

    About cultures and identities, and why they still matter. Descriptive models and cultural dimensions. How cultural assumptions influence strategies, organizations and ideas on leadership. Practical implications and learnings.

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    Leaderhip

    Models, frameworks and leadership dimensions. How culture influences our idea of “good leadership”. Identifying and living leadership behaviors for and in your organization. A complex and controversial, yet fun topic.

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    Enabling + Living Change

    A look at the entire spectrum from whole-scale to incremental change. Dimensions, designs, mindsets, roadmaps. Mindset change through system change. With a focus on agile approaches and project-based learning. Searching for a calm, practical, down-to-earth approach.

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    Human Resources

    From recruiting to retention. About talent identification and development, performance management, succession planning. And much more. An overview and comprehensive tool kit.

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    Team Effectiveness

    What constitutes an “effective” team? What are the main dimensions to take care of? About goals, roles, conflicts, decision taking, collaboration and feedback. Includes the topics of agile and international teams.

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    Meeting Effectiveness

    Planning and running better Meetings. Collaboration without waste. From Meeting Manifest to Meeting Canvas and effective actions. With a special focus on the challenges of remote meetings.

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    Kanban

    Enabling personal and professional balance and productivity. An effective process and visualization framework to gain back and maintain control over competing priorities.

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    Strategy Execution & Delivery

    Making things happen requires linking strategy design with strategy execution. Dimensions and principles. Thinking through and developing a coherent and holistic implementation approach to increase likelihood of success.

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    PPP Practical Project Management

    The many practicalities of Project Management. The basics of PM. Dealing with unclear goals, unrealistic targets, multiple stakeholders, project crises and other obstacles. An overview.

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    General Business Skills

    How to systematically develop General Business skills step by step. Understanding the basics of value chains, production processes, corporate functions or general management dimensions. Finance for Non-Financials. A cross-functional and base-line introduction.

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    Project-based Learning

    Mixing Doing and Development. How to integrate project delivery with personal as well as organizational learning. A small investment with material long-term benefits.

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    The Embedded Economy

    Economy as an embedded concept. Ecological ceilings, social foundations and their indicators. The art of drawing systems boundaries. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Circular Economy concept. An introduction.

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    TESEI Total Economic, Societal and Ecological Impact

    Total Economic, Societal and Ecological Value. A simplified yet practical orientation framework. Ethics & Aesthetics for a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. 

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Modules | Global Skills

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    Globalisation

    International business environments and “The New Normal”. The Triad of globalisation, digitalisation and politicisation. Economic, business and political shifts. Between Connectography and Globaloney. Key strategy topics in internationalisation. Shocks, megatrends and dealing with complexities.

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    Institutional and Organisational Environments

    Expecting and understanding institutional and organisational differences. Looking at Liberal versus Coordinated Market Economies. Or rentier systems and neo-patrimonialism. Models of organisations: stakeholders, power, decision making, property rights.

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    Political Risk and Mitigation

    A systematic look at sources, types and the nature of political risks at the local, regional and geo-political level. Proactive mitigation and negotiation strategies. Non-Market engagements, and honest corporate citizenship and shared value approaches.

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    Country-level Analysis

    Analysis of a potential target country in which to operate. Market research and market entry preparations. Use of practical yet systematic analysis frameworks. Identification of valuable information and research sources. From research to networks to exploration | learning journeys. With a sober look at country-related risks.

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    Industry-level Analysis

    An in-depth look at the competitive landscape of local and peer competitors. Matching value offer and competitive sensitivities in different industries from a cultural, administrative, geographic or economic perspective. Incumbents versus international competitors: (dis)advantages of global competitors.

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    Firm-level Analysis

    How to compete and add value. Using a strength-based view on firm-specific resources,  capabilities and core competencies.  Applying Adaptation, Aggregation and Arbitrage strategies. Determining the organisation’s globalization readiness. Right-sizing company expectations.

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    Portfolio Matching

    Matching country and market with the firm’s/organization’s value offer to achieve scale and relevance. Performing a market attractiveness and prioritization analysis. Clustering geographies and value offer portfolios. Determining the overall risk portfolio.

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    Organization Designs

    Organization Designs for Emerging Markets. Moving beyond structures. Designing and managing internal as well as external connectivities. Thinking about functional area strategies and operations. The role of the (regional) Headquarter. Effective set-up and use of Shared Service Centers.  Organizing for and around volatilities.

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    Route-to-Market

    Planning your local presence. Analysing local structures and dynamics. Developing EM Sales and Channel Management strategies. Taking a patient, long-term life cycle view.  Assessing affordable investments and macro-micro risks. Aligning RTM with the changes in market maturity.  Maintaining your brand, quality and reputational control.

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    Distributor Management | Focus EM

    Selecting and recruiting of distributors. Thoughtful designs of distributor’s functionalities and life-time co-operations. Building and maintaining operational effectiveness. Developing appropriate monitoring and control processes. Establishing mutual training and communication processes. Understanding and agreeing on pricing and margin management.

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    Supply Chain Management

    Understanding Emerging Market Supply Chain characteristics. Developing collaborative SCM orchestration. How to match innovation, business and supply chain strategies. Building long-term strategic supply chain resilience. Assuring operational effectiveness along internal and external supply chain nodes. Integrating and  training external partners.

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    Global Cultures

    The ability to manage across cultures. Defining social and cultural identities: ideas of man and nature. Describing cultural environments: descriptive models, cultural dimensions, global environments and clusters. The workplace as culture stomping ground: on strategy, leadership, decision finding and organizing. Practical implications for versatility and communication skills.

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    Leadership in a Global Context

    A look at leadership in the international context. Conventional notions of leadership and management. Leadership as a cultural and context-dependent phenomenon. Institutional and organizational environments and their potential impacts. The GLOBE Study. The art of boundary-spanning across leadership expectations.

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    HR Capabilities | Talent

    Thinking about people development as »talent at all levels«. Combine proactive, long-term strategic processes and designs (> »Corporate Academy«)  with practical, on the spot operational implementation. Assuring top management team diversity. Building vocational and managerial | leadership skills for front-line workers and supervisors. Grow skills and talent from within, at home, abroad and with key partners. Foster appropriate diversity and inclusion.

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    Managing Global Teams

    Understanding advantages and special challenges of working across distances, cultures and countries. Building and leading global and dispersed teams. Leadership versatility in a global context. How to manage communication and maintain trust. Remote project management. Technology as enabler and its limits.

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    Corporate | Organizational Academy

    You got that far? Fantastic. What do you think of it? Interested? For business propositions  | inputs | exchange of ideas |  cooperations | pro bono get in contact at: https://www.kovacic.consulting/contact/

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    Frugal | Innovation

    A practical look at innovation leverage points: creating or redesiging products + services for local needs; adjusting the business model to local environments; cost containment; and the thoughtful integration of new technologies. With a special focus on »frugal innovation« to serve the poor and emerging middle class people in Emerging and Developing Countries.

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    Factfulness | Life on Four Income Levels

    Studying and learning from Hans Rosling’s great book »Factfulness«, the Gapminder project [www.gapminder.org] and the concept of Life on Four Income Levels. Instincts at work and how to correct our mental landscapes on global facts: gap | negativity | straight line | fear | size | generalization | destiny | single perspective | blame | urgency. Get the book and study their website.

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