The Transformation Matrix Is Always The Same Circle And Straight Forward!

“Change management” is important in today’s world and can bring unnecessary fear, stress, uncertainty, work and costs with it. There is a complete solution and this is what I like to share with you!

In this article, I’m trying to get started on what ‘change management’ involves, and to be clear that it is not something that can be just delegated to employees and implemented overnight. Independent of company size or segment, independent of the problem or challenges an enterprise has we always deal with people.

It is normal for every company to have smaller and larger construction sites of an infrastructural, operational, or private/interpersonal nature. This also applies to the respective partners, suppliers, customers, guests and of course employees.

In the end, we must focus on our own company and make decisions and find the best solutions, but they also must clearly reflect the enormous socio-political relevance of our industry. All solutions should continue to find and integrate clever answers to the major trends and cross-industry future topics – such as digitization, sustainability, employees, global warming, environment, and quality of life.

The transformation matrix is always the same circle, also in the ‘Change Management Transformation’.

  • Evaluate which issue is the most pressing and difficult to address in the business interest of the business and competitive perspective.
  • First, find the root problems with a team, here it is important that employees from all levels are involved from the beginning. If not, 99% of transformations will fail because employees don’t understand, engage, or believe in them.
  • Developing solutions that need to improve employee lives, workload, engagement, and customer and guest experience through change, customization, and implementation of new business processes, and make sense at an affordable business investment and reasonable ROI. Once a decision maker has determined which transformation to attack, a team of people must be tasked with finding and presenting solutions with associated costs. A decision-maker should not shy away from involving independent management consultants or other experts from associations, schools, universities, and chambers in these solution-finding processes. This is for the simple reason that no organization, regardless of size, has the resources to create entirely new, turnkey, game-changing transformational solutions.
  • After the team and decision-maker have agreed on newly designed business processes, an implementation plan with a clear time and cost plan is agreed upon. For a successful implementation, all employees must be informed in advance of what will happen.

 

Challenges may arise during the transformation process and it is strongly recommended to provide an independent point of contact for business departments and employees. This independent contractor is responsible for providing impartial assistance to all sides and evaluating the challenge. Where appropriate, new recommendations/solutions need to be found and additional new consent obtained from decision makers before the transformation proceeds and completes.

With this clear matrix, a successful transformation is guaranteed and achieved within a set budget, timeline, and employee commitment/support with minimal pain to employees and customers/guests!

So, let’s start the Change Management Transformation!

There are millions of fundamental issues that need to be addressed in any organization, but in this blog, I’ll focus on one that I personally see as having a tremendous impact on an entire country!

This begins with basic training, training and further education at schools, technical colleges, universities, and companies. A transformation urgently needs to be carried out in Germany. I’m trying to list the problems here; this is intended to be self-critical and IS NOT POINTING FINGER TO OTHERS BUT DISCLOSING FACTS!

If we don’t know and understand the problem, we can’t find the best solutions!

Index:

  • The school system in Germany – simply explained
  • The error of the German education system!
  • Our education system is blatantly unfair!
  • Germany has come to terms with mediocrity in education!
  • We literally leave our teachers alone in the classroom!
  • Too many schools are just schools and nothing else!
  • Every federal state and minister of education do what they want!
  • We don’t take the challenges of the migration society seriously enough!
  • It’s crumbling, it’s mouldy, it’s raining into our training facilities!
  • Internet, AI and digital technology are unfortunately still new territory for Germany!
  • The political and entrepreneurial system is cumbersome and sluggish – changes take too long!

 

The school system in Germany – simply explained

This is what you need to know about the school system in Germany. Because the school system is a matter of the federal states, the range of subjects, the transitions between the individual schools, and the degrees and curricula are regulated individually by the ministries of education in each federal state. Nevertheless, there is a basic structure of the education system that shows certain similarities between the federal states.

  • Schooling is compulsory in Germany. This means that every child must attend school for at least nine years and parents are not allowed to homeschool their children. Normally, compulsory schooling applies from the age of six and usually applies until adulthood.
  • Compulsory schooling consists of two parts. In a general education school, your child must first complete compulsory full-time schooling. This is followed by further attendance at a general education or vocational school. If this is not the case, compulsory part-time schooling takes effect as part of vocational training.
  • Public schools are funded by taxpayers’ money. If pupils are taught at private schools, the parents pay the respective school fees.

 

This is how the German education system is structured:

In Germany, there are five major areas of education, which together form the education system. These include pre-primary, primary, lower secondary, upper secondary and tertiary education. These are each subdivided into individual educational courses and institutions.

  • The elementary area is aimed at children aged just a few months up to primary school age. This includes, for example, attending a crèche, a kindergarten and the preliminary classes at a primary school. Although most children attend such a care offer, a visit is not obligatory.
  • The primary cycle refers to attendance at primary school. This usually includes four, in some federal states also six, class levels. After completing primary school, a recommendation for attending secondary school is made based on the respective grades. This recommendation is not mandatory in all federal states. However, sometimes an exam or probationary period must be passed.
  • Secondary level I includes attending the Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium. Each type of school has a different curriculum that leads to different qualifications. There are also schools that offer two or three courses. In addition, there are integrated comprehensive schools where students can choose between different difficulty levels of subjects.
  • At the upper secondary level, pupils attend vocational or general education full-time schools. This also includes vocational and dual training. If you have not yet learned a trade, students have the opportunity here to obtain their general higher education entrance qualification or their entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences.
  • Tertiary education offers those with the right qualifications access to universities and technical colleges, where academic degrees can be obtained. It also includes vocational academies and dual universities. There, students are given the opportunity to continue their professional education or to attend courses of study that qualify them for a job.

 

Special needs schools also offer educational opportunities for students who need special education training. Germany has had an inclusive education system since 2009. This means that children with and without disabilities should be taught together at general schools.

The error of the German education system!

As we know, the proud educational nation of Germany cannot compete with the leaders in Pisa – the backlog in the renovation of schools is almost one of the smaller problems. Educational success is still strongly linked to social background. Here we analyze the ten biggest mistakes in the German education system.

We sleep through the early years

In many cases, it is already decided in the first few years whether an educational biography will be successful or not. This applies to the children who are not well supported at home.

According to a study, the lack of staff in day-care centres is becoming an increasing problem, despite all efforts, and is affecting the quality of care and educators. For child-friendly care, 106,500 additional full-time skilled workers are needed in day-care centres nationwide. This is the result of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s “Country Monitoring of Early Childhood Education Systems”. There are clear differences between the federal states. The west is in a much better position than the east.

A central factor for the quality of the day-care centre is the number of staff: according to the analysis, in 2018 one specialist looked after 8.9 children between the ages of three and six as of March 1st. In the case of the youngest children under the age of three, there was one educator – the vast majority of whom are women – for every 4.2 children. Even this statistical, more theoretical value is not enough, said study author Kathrin Bock-Famulla. One teacher for 7.5 boys and girls in kindergarten groups (three to six years) and one teacher for three crèche children (up to two years) is recommended.

Around a third of the working time is not devoted to pedagogical tasks.

In everyday life, however, the care ratio is still significantly worse than the personnel key shows. Because: Around a third of the working time is allocated to tasks that are not directly educational – such as discussions with parents or educational documentation. As a result, educators cannot deal directly with their daycare children. It looks “adjusted” like this – according to the “skilled worker-child ratio (FKR)”: A kindergarten teacher has an average of 13.3 boys and girls in the kindergarten groups (three to six years) nationwide. In the west one force is responsible for 12.2 children, in the east one force for 17.7 children.

In the ranking, Baden-Württemberg is the best in terms of the number of employees, followed by Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, and Bavaria. North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous federal state, is roughly in the middle. The weakest is the personnel situation in the East.

The situation is worst in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Hamburg. There, one worker must look after almost 20 boys and girls in the kindergarten groups, if you look at the ratio of workers to children. Even for Baden-Württemberg, a skilled worker-child ratio of one to 10.5 children among three to six-year-olds is determined.

“If we want to keep the educators in the system and recruit new specialists, the framework conditions urgently need to be improved,” said Bock-Famulla of the German Press Agency. The market has been swept empty and the profession needs to be made more attractive.

The elementary schools are no better. Another study recently showed that the teacher shortage will increase massively by 2025

Our education system is blatantly unfair!

In Germany, education is strongly linked to social background, all too often the opportunities that fathers and mothers did not have are also blocked for their children.

A PISA evaluation shows that only just under 15% of school leavers with parents without an Abitur complete a university degree in Germany, a rate well below the OECD average. The OECD is an international organization for economic cooperation and development whose goal is better policies for better lives – policies that ensure prosperity, justice, opportunity, and quality of life for all. (36 members)

A professor’s child has more than three times the chance of being recommended for high school than a skilled worker’s child – with the same competence and cognitive abilities, as can be seen from the igloo study on the reading skills of primary school children in Germany.

This is not only blatantly unfair but also stupid. In times of demographic change, Germany cannot afford not to give young people the best possible support and let their talents go unused. But that’s exactly what we’ve been doing for decades.

This can be incredibly improved with the help of digitizing the entire curriculum for everyone and in all subjects.

This includes digital chats, training videos, tests, games, task groups, news, best practices, performance reviews, motivation, coaching, etc.

On the smartphone, easy to administrate and on a secure platform.

This is a solution that we can focus on and involve and understand all generations!

Germany has come to terms with mediocrity in education!

The catastrophic performance of the Pisa study in 2001 has changed something for the better in German education policy.

In recent years, however, the reform momentum has slackened. Germany has pushed ahead with the expansion of day-care centres and all-day schools but spends too little money on day-to-day operations.

The countries have agreed on educational standards, but in school reality, the differences are still huge.

In an international comparison, the German students achieve a place in the upper midfield with their skills. However, the distance to Pisa leaders such as Singapore or Finland remains large.

Germany is lagging far behind a Pisa special evaluation in terms of digital school equipment. This can and will have long-term negative consequences for companies and thus for prosperity, justice, opportunities, and quality of life for everyone. (Which can already be observed)

German educational policy and industry accept this situation with a composure that we would never accept in other areas.

This has to do with the fact that education is not controlled by the German Ministry of Education. Instead, 16 different ministers of education are elected in 16 federal states by different political parties and coalitions, who are responsible for their federal states only as long they have been elected to power by the people.

The same training content nationwide, from daycare to university, from elementary school to vocational school, which, with the additional help of various digital solutions, will train the next generations across the country equally, will not only save a lot of money but also put Germany at the top of the global training platform.

Personally, I believe that the training content should be the same in all subjects nationwide. Only political and religious matters should be completely separated and regulated at the state level, as this is also directly related to the ever-changing integration of foreigners and the governing political parties in the states.

Just imagine, a German national soccer coach would act according to the motto: “Let the Germans not be so stupid, mediocrity is enough!” (And look at how much money Bundesliga clubs spend on digitization to improve the human sporting to ensure success)

We literally leave our teachers alone in the classroom!

“In Germany, schools are organized like a factory building,” said OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher in an interview with the Reaction Network Germany (RND).

Schleicher, who heads the Pisa study, added: “Teachers are too often treated like assembly line workers whose opinions are not asked for.”

In other words, the teachers should teach as accident-free and complaint-free as possible so that no parents complain. But otherwise, nobody is interested in their ideas and what they do in the classroom. Can this be a way to the best quality?

“There must be an end to the lone fighters in the classrooms,” demands Schleicher. “Teachers have to prepare lessons together much more and exchange teaching concepts in a targeted manner on platforms.” He says: “Other countries are much further along – right down to regular mutual classes.”

And that is the main CHALLENGE!

If we don’t start using much more efficiently available digital technologies and AI for education, we will lose more and more of our global competitiveness.

Our professors, teachers, children, students, trainees, managers, supervisors, workers, and part-time employees at the state, district, city, company, association, or chamber/trade level must be involved in this.

This must be promoted by us with politicians, industry leaders, and chambers and involve the trainers and trainees.

Too many schools are just schools and nothing else!

In the ideal education system, not only would the shortage of teachers come to an end.

Teachers are strongly supported by educators, social workers, psychologists, and others who, as multi-professional teams, can shape school life together with the students. Schools would not just be a place of learning, but a place where students would enjoy spending their time and being involved.

The perfect school is also a home!

As in later professional life, the workplace will be an important part of the home for most people!

Education, development, integration and working together are important for every job, whether in the private sector, as an employee or as a civil servant. And this is where we lose touch with the younger generation today.

Most schools, colleges, and jobs are far from that ideal, but I’ll add independent, shocking facts from well-known institutions later this month.

Hiring more teachers, trainers, social workers, psychologists and other bodies and training and supporting them better is no longer enough. In addition, this will impose a huge financial burden on the state and all corporations, which they cannot afford in today’s global political and financial climate.

We need to give our teams the digital tools to learn and understand their work right the first time. The need to work effectively as a team, communicate quickly and build a healthy community within the relevant environment. Imagine everyone communicating and organizing together on a secure platform to solve problems quickly and perform their tasks at the highest level. Not on today’s social media platforms which are unsafe and dangerous.

Ensure our valuable teachers, students, workers, and the entire workforce are talking about the right things at the right times to develop the right daily behaviours that ultimately lead to the right results. It’s as simple as that. But we need to provide a necessary tool to enable and maintain it, for everyone to do it together on a secure digital platform.

Every federal state and minister of education do what they want!

That’s what the Basic Law says, it’s a long-established tradition in the Federal Republic. That shouldn’t be a problem if the countries coordinated as closely as possible on essential issues.

But the differences are so great that for families with school-age children, moving to another federal state for work-related reasons can become a nightmare. In addition, there is a huge injustice in terms of final exams and certificates: the average Abitur grades differ greatly when comparing countries.

With these grades, everyone applies for the same training places, jobs and study places.

From the point of view of the prime ministers and ministers of education, it is understandable that they do not want to give up their most important competence.

ONLY:

Then they must and should come up with the necessary resources on their own to agree on more uniform curricula, training plans and a Germany-wide central school certificate, central high school diploma, central apprenticeship certificate, and minimum standard for the university degree.

This must be achieved with the help of integrating a set of low-cost, real-world, breakthrough digital AI technologies that are key to completing a successful complex digital transformation into existing processes.

Otherwise, they lose their legitimacy.

I am not here to criticize or abuse anyone!

I AM VERY SELF-CRITICAL AND MAKE LONG-TERM BUSINESS & PERSONAL DECISIONS BASED ON MY OWN PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE EXPERIENCES (INCLUDING DECISIONS THAT RISE FROM MY STOMACH). STILL, I RELATE 90% TO DATA & FACTS BECAUSE EVERY DECISION OTHERWISE I MAKE WOULD BE GAMBLING!

We don’t take the challenges of the migration society seriously enough!

Building, expanding and further training with complete integration of everyone is an absolute MUST!

This is and will be another big problem for any performance-driven leader not only in schools, vocational schools, and universities but also in any organization in highly competitive markets like hotel, hospitality, retail, logistic and auto, pharmaceutical, chemical industries etc. both in public as well as in the private sector. This also affects the medical sector, police, army, customs and other state institutions.

There are schools where only academic children sit together. Other schools are attended almost exclusively by boys and girls with poor starting opportunities.

They often come from difficult economic circumstances. There are also language problems if no German is spoken at home.

The troubled schools, in which these problems occur together, must have enough teachers and good equipment so that they can really cope with their tasks. In the best case, this would make them attractive to everyone – and there would be a better mix in the education system.

In reality, however, troubled schools, in particular, are often struggling with a shortage of teachers. The teachers with the pedagogical back-breaking jobs are usually paid less than those who teach at middle-class high schools.

That’s the wrong lane we’re driving on right now!

Making and winning back this great challenge of training and education such as further education in a migration society is by involving all people.

This must not be a question of language, culture, or origin.

A focus on achieving this will and can only be through the integration of a set of low-cost, real-world, breakthrough AI technologies that are key to completing a successful digital transformation and built into existing training, education, and professional development processes.

This will also greatly improve the lives of teachers and trainers, and make students, trainees, employees, workers, and civil servants more involved in German society and any corporate culture.

It’s crumbling, it’s mouldy, it’s raining into our training facilities!

Aren’t our training cities the basis for how good our employees of tomorrow will be?

Nowadays, it can be uncomfortable for a child to go to the toilet at school. Or even worse: must.

Of course, there are schools that offer a nice and pleasant environment. But in too many cases the condition of the buildings is deplorable. “There is mould in the corners, the plaster is crumbling, the toilets are unusable, and you’re greeted by windowpanes or even half the ceiling of a lecture hall,” says Udo Beckmann, chairman of the Association for Education and Training (VBE). to the RND.

The teacher union leader adds: “These are the conditions under which children learn, educators teach, and the future of tomorrow is to be shaped in one of the richest countries on earth. This is a farce.”

According to a survey by the German Reconstruction Loan Corporation, the investment backlog in school buildings in Germany is 42.8 billion euros. (42,800,000,000 euros.)

I’m not here to criticize or scold anyone!

But we as leading managers and board members of companies, associations, schools, universities, politics, and chambers must think about how we can solve this problem!

And not pointing the finger at others who have made the wrong decisions over the last three decades, because that is cheap in hindsight, and we also have a responsibility for it. BUT NOT OUR GENERATION UNDER 26 YEARS OLD!

If I just look at a few construction projects in Germany, where the republic has dug gigantic or is still digging and building – unconsciously supported by the taxpayer billions!

Where in the end no one is or was responsible for the cost explosion:

  1. Stuttgart 21
  2. Berlin Brandenburg Airport “Willy Brandt”
  3. Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport
  4. Datteln IV coal-fired power plant
  5. Emscher Canal
  6. The main building of Bielefeld University
  7. Light rail and car tunnel in Karlsruhe
  8. Halle (Saale) main station.
  9. Demolition of the Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant
  10. Berlin City Palace
  11. Fifth lock chamber on the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel
  12. University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein

 

I’m not saying that these projects aren’t good, but I’m saying that if such projects were planned and carried out more professionally and transparently with experts in the future, and without corruption, we would have enough billions of euros to take care of our training facilities, digitization, Sustainability, employees and to maintain and secure the quality of life!

What I say:

Unfortunately, there are still too many decision-makers who love to make big speeches but are unwilling to really grapple with or understand the problems and are willing to find solutions and do what they are paid to do.

Internet, AI and digital technology are unfortunately still new territory for Germany!

This is the HARD, BRUTAL TRUTH!

Chancellor Angela Merkel was often ridiculed when she said the sentence in 2013: “The Internet is all new territory for us.”

For most, however, it is still the case today – even though digitization is changing people’s lives and the world of work at breathtaking speed.

It was not until the end of 2016 that the then Federal Education Minister Johanna Wanka (CDU) proposed a digital pact to the federal states to bring schools into the internet age. The federal and state governments wrestled for a criminally long time about questions of competence. Since then, money has been flowing for technology and infrastructure. Now it’s about training the teachers and developing and implementing clever pedagogical concepts.

However, this follow-up financing ends in 2024 and now there is no one (to my knowledge!) – who takes care of long-term follow-up financing!

According to a GLOBAL FINANCE study “Most Technologically Advanced Countries In The World 2022”, among the nations competing for AI capital, investment, knowledge and innovation, Germany is only number 13!

This score is an amalgamation of factors such as technical knowledge, a willingness to develop new technologies, and the ability to create and drive innovation. The last metric is the percentage of GDP that a country spends on research and development, which serves as a representative indicator of how important technological development is to a given government.

South Korea, the USA, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan, Netherlands, Finland, Israel, Singapore, and Norway perform much better.

Just one small core study: The digitization of medical practices and their connection to the secure Internet is not yet a sure-fire success. According to Gematik, the company responsible for telematics, around 100,000 medical and dental practices and hospitals in Germany are still unable to accept follow-up orders or work with digital technology. (means they only use fax, paper or phone)

If this is the German healthcare sector – believe me, the figures on the use of digital & AI in tourism, training, education, agriculture, and other segments are no better…

The political and entrepreneurial system is cumbersome and sluggish – changes take too long!

The example of AI, digital technology and the Internet shows that the German system is developing in one way – TOO SLOWLY.

The federal government, states, chambers, industry and schools/universities often need too much time before they come to an agreement with one another, be it on standards or otherwise.

In all the cases in which the government and federal government also want to have a say, further and further rounds of negotiations are added.

The legal number of members of the German Bundestag sitting in Berlin (and I’m not talking about all the hundreds of ministers in 16 federal states) depends on several factors:

Number of Members of the German Bundestag:

  • Total 656 in the year 1990
  • Total 598 in the year 1996
  • Total 736 in the year 2022

 

Too many cooks oversalt the soup!

The German-wide population has grown by 4 million to 84.5 million since 1990, which is a growth of 6%, but the number of MPs at 23%, and certainly their salaries much more, I would question if this is the right direction.

For every responsible manager in small, medium or large companies, associations, chambers of commerce, schools or universities, this development would create questions, horror and fear!

How can decisions between politics and business be possible faster together, since politicians always have the next election in their heads?

The private economy, the hotel industry, gastronomy and tourism as a whole, plus the large industries, have problems getting proper, quick support from politicians and politicians often don’t know who to turn to for transparent, independent advice and then spend billions of EURO to huge global consulting firms. Where former politicians often sit on the board without the right expertise.

Among other things, this has led to the fact that the supply of internet, AI technology and digital solutions in Germany is very poor and needs to be improved URGENTLY. This is, at least quite clearly, in direct comparison to many other industrial nations.

We have a real supply problem, which many companies knowingly and many unconsciously put at a huge competitive disadvantage.

If we don’t work together constructively on this problem, we will have much bigger problems in less than five years.

Conclusion

It is clear that some decision-makers are still afraid, do not know how or have not understood that a long Change of Management Transformation is coming to Germany and Europe and at the moment there is no light at the end of the tunnel!

Let’s bring an entire industry and politics together and let’s think ahead and agree on solutions which can help with basic training, training and further education at schools, technical colleges, universities, and companies.

And we all will win!

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