I was uprooted from my position in Munich to run the Operations team in Region Europe South, based in Rotterdam. It was January 2015. The brief up-turn years of country-based rules and beliefs and managing France, NL, Spain, Portugal and North Africa as one Country. Apart from the cultural differences that were obvious, bringing systems and processes together was a huge challenge. By the end of 2017, the team had delivered on safety, quality, service, and efficiency targets. Yet there were only two of the original six members of the management team left. Why?
Now it’s September 2019. I have just read about the inexorable rise of Artificial Intelligence that it will wipe out large percentages of white collar jobs. The author asserts that the cutting of positions will happen rather quickly, whilst the re-filling of positions with different skill sets will take time as it will not be immediately obvious to companies. What does this have in common with my first paragraph?
I figure that most people reading this, who are in management roles, have positons that span geographies, cultures and systems.