The Speaker for New Leadership,
Innovation and Ambidexterity
More than ever, organisations are caught between core business and shaping the future, between efficiency and impact, between tradition and disruption. This increasingly puts management and employees to the test. This balancing act seems like the ambition to become…
Olympic champion in weightlifting
AND at the same time
World champion in ballet.
World champion in weightlifting AND at the same time Olympic champion in figure skating.
Can this balancing act between tradition & innovation work at all? And can established organisations develop the innovative power & agility of start-ups and new-techs? The answer is clear:
The solution is called: #Ambidextrerity. It is the ability to be efficient AND innovative-flexible at the same time.
Only those organisations will survive
who master both:
today’s efficiency AND
the impact of tomorrow.
Only those organisations will survive that master both: today´s efficiency AND the impact of tomorrow.
How can I help?
Through my corporate experience (BMW Group) and as a specialist author, I combine practice AND theory. In my Keynotes I reveal how opposites strengthen the company. I also reveal how ambidexterity can be effectively implemented. I reveal which steps and measures are necessary. Und last but not least: I awake enthusiasm for the “both/and-thinking”.
Both/and-thinking, the courage to change and the balancing act
between opposing poles accompanied me all my life.
and the balancing act
Hello, I am Christian Schwedler,
I studied and graduated as an architect, but this was just the beginning. My career has taken me across three continents through various jobs and adventures.
My expertise comes not (only) from textbooks, but directly from practice: in addition to my freelance work, I am an internal consultant in a DAX company in the area of strategic research and development.
But let’s take it one step at a time:
From Berlin to Sydney: With music & courage into the world of concrete and sunshine
I financed my studies as a fun-punk musician with a record deal at Universal Music. I performed at national TV-shows and played in front of 100,000 people at the Brandenburg Gate on New Year’s Eve.
After I graduated from University and considering the German construction industry was in recession, I decided to pack my suitcase and fly to Australia – without a job offer in my pocket. My very first job as an architect began on the Australian Sunshine Coast followed by a second job in Sydney. After two years I decided to move to London to work with star architect Norman Foster. At a time when many people still dismissed it as a niche subject, I got involved with digital tools, as an early adopter of 3d-printing and 4d-design.
After meeting my Chilean wife in London, we moved to Santiago de Chile, where I set up a digital visualisation studio. Admittedly, without any knowledge of Spanish, the first few months were tough, plus an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 (we were on the 12th floor) added more to the adventure.
Back home. In my luggage: inspiration, a thirst for action and a mission.
I returned home in 2012, packed with the impulses and experiences from eight years abroad. It was clear to me that I wanted to devote myself even more intensively to the topics of the new world of work and transformation. My current job in the strategic control centre of a DAX company is the ideal prerequisite for this. It gives me an unfiltered insider’s view of the transformation of industry.
The common thread in my CV?
The rejection of status quo fondness and comfort zones! Instead: constant game shifting and opportunity thinking. I now pass on the experiences from my career. In an authentic way.
NEWS ++ coming soon: My book #2 on the topic “Tensions between Core Business and Disruption” will be published by HAUFE publishing in spring 2024.
My first book “Speed-Dating mit der Arbeit von Morgen” was published on 22.2.22:
When our working world is turning upside down:
How do you keep your perspective – without doing headstand?
Tomorrow’s work offers many opportunities, you just have to recognise them in the jungle of possibilities: Can artificial intelligence also create jobs? What skills will be needed? How can you use New Work for more joy, flexibility and fulfilment?
This book works like speed dating: you get many insights in an entertaining and compact way.
Comments on the book:
»How we work is changing rapidly. Christian Schwedler encourages everyone to be a pacesetter in this change« Karsten Kossatz, founder from independesk
»Important impulses – especially for employees.« Heinrich Birner, Geschäftsführer ver.di München & Region
»A date evokes excitement, curiosity and joy, but not fear. Christian Schwedler’s journey of discovery creates exactly that: desire and courage for our job future« Niao Wu, founder from onyo, Digital Female Leader New Work 2021
I regularly share my ideas and impulses on various channels. Enclosed are some exemplary excerpts.
Please send requests for guest articles / interviews to: firstname.lastname@example.org
My keynotes provide fresh impulses, uncover surprising connections and awake a desire for the future. All this in an entertaining mix of vivid examples, exciting stories, depth of content and interaction.
I share my impulses at leading top events such as the Handelsblatt Change Congress, with international corporations, as well as with traditional medium-sized businesses. All keynote topics listed below are freely combinable and can be individually adapted depending on the event, target group, interaction and lecture length. My keynotes are held in German or English.
Stabilise day-to-day business and drive radical innovation at the same time
» Why ambidextry, where does it come from and who needs it?
» In 4 steps to ambidexterity: the ambidextry canvas as a practical tool
» How opposite forces strengthen the company
» Case studies and insider insights: learning from the best
» Why ambidexterity can be fun and successful (an inspiring motivational view)
How do established organisations reach the innovative power of start-ups and new techs?
» Why strengthen innovative power? An assessment of the current situation.
» Do I need a startup garage for real innovation?
» Not all innovation is the same: the perfect innovation portfolio.
» The Magic Triangle: the four building blocks of success for true transformation.
» What can each individual contribute?
Keynote New Leadership
New Leadership in the balancing act between core business & transformation
» The rollercoaster ride of New Leadership: The current challenge.
» Why excellent management leads to failure
» Context is king: optimising core business or driving change?
» Egg-laying pig in a poke?
» How do I take my leadership to the next level?
Enthusiastic clients from international Corporates to medium-sized companies:
»Change starts in the mind. Christian encouraged and inspired us. Explore!”
Samuel Canter, Leader Produktionssystem, BMW Group
Warema Renkhoff SE
»It was a pleasure to have Christian Schwedler at our offsite! Thank you for all the inspiration and encouraging us to think “out-of-the-box”. It was definitely an absolute enlightment !”
Marion Fischer, Marketing Director, WAREMA Renkhoff SE
HANDELSBLATT MEDIA GROUP
»Christian enriched our Change Congress with his practical lecture.”
Lina Cremer, Solutions by HANDELSBLATT MEDIA GROUP GmbH
»Thank you for your refreshing insights into ambidextrous leadership. Messages were spot-on and resonated with everyone.”
Daniel Prümers, Co-Founder BELOW2 Inc.
Kompetenzzentrum Digitale Wasserwirtschaft gGmbH
» At our annual conference, Christian Schwedler’s opening keynote inspired the participants and created an atmosphere of optimism.”
Dr. Ulrike Düwel, Geschäftsführerin, Kompetenzzentrum Digitale Wasserwirtschaft
»The participants of our event “8th GERMAN TRAINING FORUM” gave your keynote “Speed Dating with the training of tomorrow” the top rating of 4.77 / 5. My team and I also received fresh impulses from your contribution. Many thanks for the excellent cooperation.“
Niels Köstring, Geschäftsführung AUBI-plus GmbH
Federal Employment Agency
»Christian is inspiring and simply top expert in the topic of ambidexterity. His canvas sums up the parameters and challenges very well and therefore provides a good tool to take on the road.”
Simone Angress-Pletsch, Führungsakademie der BA
German pension insurance
»Christian inspired 140 executives of DRV Nord, made them think and sparked their desire for change. Thank you for the exciting keynote.”
Marko Haas, Abteilungsleiter Unternehmensentwicklung und Personal, Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nord
»Christian Schwedler gave a keynote speech at our Kick-Off 2023, which was broadcast via live stream from the studio. It was a direct hit as an introduction to the event. Vivid examples made the topic of ambidexterity understandable to our employees. The exciting dramaturgy of the keynote thrilled everyone.” Joachim Maßow, Prokurist, WipflerPLAn mbH
Infineon Technologies AG
»Thank you for the inspiring and rousing lecture, which enriched our subsequent reflection. Especially your external view was very important for us.”
Ralf Sambeth, SVP & GM at Infineon Technologies
Institut für Management Entwicklung mbH
»Thank you Christian Schwedler for all the inspiring impulses! At the leadership conference your keynote gave just the right kick – Fit For Future – Leadership with both hands …. and Fun.”
Marion Schopen, Managing Partner bei ime Management-Entwicklung
»Christian manages to put his finger in the ambidexterity wound and at the same time shows inspiring solutions. Many thanks for the valuable impulse.
Dr. Hauke Thaden, Geschäftsfeld Innovation & Data Science
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Diving into the new world of work is like jumping
off the diving board from a five-metre tower.
First you hesitate, then you want to turn around,
and afterwards you realise that you haven’t
forgotten how to swim after all.