A Man for All Seasons
Everyone thinks differently, every project team develops its own unique dynamics – this poses many challenges for effective change management. Nobody at T.A. Cook knows this better than Bernd Zanger. For over 20 years, he has been shaping change at and with clients and colleagues worldwide. The ability to adapt and the right instincts are the secret to his success.
From Vision to Reality: Intelligent Asset Management
Predictive maintenance, digital twinning, mobile solutions, intelligent supply chain management, machine learning, Industry 4.0 - the buzz words mentioned in articles, social media, and events - were all on the agenda at T.A. Cook’s International SAP Conference on Intelligent Asset Management, held in Madrid in September.
T.A. Cook Takes Home Two Awards
T.A. Cook receives two awards as top asset performance management consulting firm. Many thanks to all the employees whose efforts are what made these two achievements possible in the first place! We’d also like to express our sincere thanks to our clients – it wouldn’t have been possible to achieve such excellent results without their close collaboration.
Man is still the most
extraordinary computer of all.
– John F. Kennedy
When the former US president uttered these words in 1963, he was praising the performance of Major Gordon Cooper, who had successfully returned from a space flight. A comparison between humans and computers back in the 1960s may be surprising, but in fact, computers did already exist. At the time, the German model TR4 was state of the art – as big as eight refrigerators and with a storage capacity of a paltry 0.2 megabytes. More than 50 years later, computers operate at a performance level that Kennedy probably never dreamed of. And yet his image of humanity in relation to machines remains as relevant as ever.
Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game
Monopoly, Scrabble, soccer, and Chess are just a few examples of traditional games. Simon Sinek refers to them as “finite games.” In his latest work, however, the management consultant explores much more complex kinds of games – infinite games. This is also his book’s title. Sinek defines an infinite game, whether in politics, business, or society, on the basis of three factors. First, there are no winners or losers, only people ahead and people behind. Second, the rules aren’t fixed and can change at any time. And third, the game doesn’t have a defined endpoint or goal. Sinek argues that although most games are infinite, many – too many – players think in finite terms. The Englishman views this as an economic problem: “Where finite- minded players make products they think they can sell to people, the infinite-minded player makes products that people want to buy.” To him, the solution is obvious: only managers who adopt an “infinite mindset” will be able to run their companies successfully. Check out the book to learn what it takes to do so.