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Against the swarm. How to be successful by virtue of our own strength

Four radical attitudes leading to success!

BE FAST!
Perfection can take time; the speed with which you handle your project is crucial.

LIE!
Nothing is more fascinating than the lie in your head – the goal which you and others believe in.

BE ENVIOUS!
Envy is the best possible tool to gain knowledge about yourself and your own social environment.

FAIL!
The best way to develop further is to fail – assuming you always try to turn your best ideas into reality.
 

Lecturers voice

„Matthias Kolbusa is a new breed of management innovator."
Hermann Scherer, Author and Business Expert 

„Real success lies off the well-worn mainstream track. Matthias Kolbusa shows how to achieve it."
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, Chairman Roland Berger Strategy Consultants   

Press voice
„How envy and the petty objections of others can put the brakes on the trail-blazers. …“ An exclusive article by Matthias Kolbusa in the Wirtschaftswoche management blog. 
(Management-Blog of the magazine Wirtschaftswoche, 25.03.2014)
Against the swarm. How to be successful by virtue of our own strength (Matthias Kolbusa)
Ariston Verlag; Edition 2014 (24. March 2014); Hardcover; 288 pages; ISBN-10: 3424200956; EUR 19,99
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Implementation Management [Umsetzungsmanagement]. High-Speed Strategy Implementation
Current technological, demographic and globalization trends are not only leading to intensified competition; they also indicate that new business models are rapidly emerging but only to disappear again just as quickly. Timely recognition of the new changes, jettisoning of old approaches and rapid implementation of the currently required changes within a company are now decisive competitive factors. Those who best survive (and thrive) in the future will be those who dramatically increase their success rate within this change process. Building on his best-selling book 'The Strategy Scout' Matthias Kolbusa explains the decisive principles in this rapidly changing business environment.
Lecturers voice

„The pace of technology and globalization is accelerating continuously. Competitive boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. The consequence? Ever shorter strategy life cycles. Meaning that we have to implement strategy faster and faster. The speed of implementation will become a competitive advantage in itself. Matthias Kolbusa shows how this competitive competence can be developed.“
Achim Berg, CEO Arvato AG  

„Finally a book which stands out from the crowd of theories and models, talking about what really matters in strategy implementation: people, their interests and their interaction.“
Dr Michael Koppitz, Managing Director EVONIK Services GmbH  

 
Press voice
„... Kolbusa puts his finger deep into the festering wound of inadequate implementation, dissecting the typical weaknesses which exist within companies. He does not, however, restrict himself to the eagle-eyed view of the consultant but rather delivers - particularly in the concluding chapter entitled "Quick steps to accelerate implementation" - efficient guidelines for practical use. Unarguably required reading for advanced manager training.“ 
(Hamburger Abendblatt, Book of the week, Issue from 01.03.2014)
„… The author shows how to gain more control over complexity within the scope of implementation; why change management does not function and how to achieve genuine implementation "momentum" in your strategy.“ 
(Starting Up, Issue I/2014)
„... globalisation trends are not only leading to intesified competition, but also mean that new business models are quickly emerging but also quickly disappearing.“ 
(WirtschaftsBlatt, issue from 28 October 2013)
„... The author successfully demonstrates that the interaction of people and interests is of central importance for strategy implementation.“ 
(gmbhchef., Dez. - Jan. 2014)
„… In his book “Implementation management” he discusses this sensitive topic with the aim of identifying and removing the strategy hurdles which stigmatize project and change management.“ 
(managementbuch.de, Feb. 2014)
„… Inefficiency; blurred focus and bureaucracy are the arch-enemies of project work and the leg irons of innovation. In “Implementation management” Matthias Kolbusa explains how you can liberate yourself and your staff from them, maintaining a steady course when handling all key corporate tasks.“ 
(Management-Journal, Feb. 2014)
Implementation Management [Umsetzungsmanagement]. High-Speed Strategy Implementation (Matthias Kolbusa)
Springer Verlag; Edition 2013 (28. February 2014), Hardcover, 248 pages; Language: Englisch; ISBN-10: 3642420351, $ 79,99
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Implementation management. Why good strategies and changes often come to nothing

Current technological, demographic and globalisation trends are not only leading to intesified competition, but also mean that new business models are quickly emerging but also quickly disappearing. New, dynamic competitive factors include the rapid recognition of the new and jettisoning of the old with speedy implementation. Those who best survive (and thrive) in the future will be those who dramatically increase their success rate within this change process.

Building on his best-selling book, The Strategy Scout, Matthias Kolbusa explains what thes decisive principles are.

Lecturers voice

„The pace of technology and globalization is accelerating continuously. Competitive boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. The consequence? Ever shorter strategy life cycles. Meaning that we have to implement strategy faster and faster. The speed of implementation will become a competitive advantage in itself. Matthias Kolbusa shows how this competitive competence can be developed.“
Achim Berg, CEO Arvato AG  

„Finally a book which stands out from the crowd of theories and models, talking about what really matters in strategy implementation: people, their interests and their interaction.“
Dr Michael Koppitz, Managing Director EVONIK Services GmbH  

Press voice
„... Kolbusa puts his finger deep into the festering wound of inadequate implementation, dissecting the typical weaknesses which exist within companies. He does not, however, restrict himself to the eagle-eyed view of the consultant but rather delivers - particularly in the concluding chapter entitled "Quick steps to accelerate implementation" - efficient guidelines for practical use. Unarguably required reading for advanced manager training.“ 
(Hamburger Abendblatt, Book of the week, Issue from 01.03.2014)
„… The author shows how to gain more control over complexity within the scope of implementation; why change management does not function and how to achieve genuine implementation "momentum" in your strategy.“ 
(Starting Up, Issue I/2014)
„... globalisation trends are not only leading to intesified competition, but also mean that new business models are quickly emerging but also quickly disappearing.“ 
(WirtschaftsBlatt, issue from 28 October 2013)
„... The author successfully demonstrates that the interaction of people and interests is of central importance for strategy implementation.“ 
(gmbhchef., Dez. - Jan. 2014)
„… In his book “Implementation management” he discusses this sensitive topic with the aim of identifying and removing the strategy hurdles which stigmatize project and change management.“ 
(managementbuch.de, Feb. 2014)
„… Inefficiency; blurred focus and bureaucracy are the arch-enemies of project work and the leg irons of innovation. In “Implementation management” Matthias Kolbusa explains how you can liberate yourself and your staff from them, maintaining a steady course when handling all key corporate tasks.“ 
(Management-Journal, Feb. 2014)
Implementation management. Why good strategies and changes often come to nothing (Matthias Kolbusa)
Springer Gabler Verlag; Edition 2013 (30. June 2013); Hardcover; 272 pages; Language: German; ISBN-10: 3658022361; EUR 39,99
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Practical Handbook for Real Estate Investment. Types of investment; optimization of returns, risk minimization

This practical handbook encompasses a comprehensive, informative discussion of the various types of investment (e.g. funds, real estate stock companies; pension funds; real estate investment trusts or also direct investment by private individuals) – including the legal basis and specific tax aspects. The handbook’s great practical relevance is highlighted by the chapter “Real estate investment instruments”, which provides in-depth information on profitability calculations; assessment processes; rating processes and analytical tools.

The new edition has been comprehensively updated and expanded. It now includes sections on procedure; increasing performance in the areas of tenant acquisition/retention; German REITs and benchmarking in asset and property management.

Guest article by Matthias Kolbusa: Increasing performance in tenant retention and acquisition: On excellence in tenant retention to facilitate long-term tenant acquisition.

Practical Handbook for Real Estate Investment. Types of investment; optimization of returns, risk minimization (Jürgen Schäfer (Editor), Georg Conzen (Editor))
Beck Juristischer Verlag; 2. Edition (7. December 2010); Hardcover; 652 Pages; ISBN-13: 978-3406605635; EUR 98,00
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Strategy Scout. How to Deal with Complexity and Politics During Strategy Development
There is a much better chance to politically establish a strategy in your company if strategy development is already tactically thought-out and all involved persons are included in an intelligent manner. This book demonstrates how to shape this process to ensure that a sustainable strategy is generated that ensures economic stability, uniquely positions the company and can readily be implemented. After all, strategy for its own sake is worthless - what counts is implementation and results. The centre stage of strategy process is taken by the intelligent use and combination of methodological tools. Numerous case studies from enterprises and medium-sized businesses illustrate strategy work in a vivid and clear manner.
Press voice
„... Numerous case studies on large and medium-sized companies make the book's strategy work liverly and entertaining.“ 
(gmbhchef., October/November 2012 issue)
„... An entertaining book which presents a consistent, practical concept for the development and implementation of corporate strategies.“ 
(io newmanagement, March/April 2012 issue)
„... “Der Strategie-Scout” proposes different avenues – uses case studies to illustrate methods that lead to the defined goal. ...“ 
(Impulse, Das Magazin für Unternehmer, November 2011)
„... In a refreshingly colourful way, Matthias Kolbusa shows how “dry” methods can be used in practice and be combined in everyday strategy-making. ...“ 
(managementbuch.de, book recommendations)
„If you want to gain some insight into what a management consultant does, the “Strategie-Scout” by Matthias Kolbusa will serve you well. ...“ 
(€URO, 03/12 issue)
„Literature on strategy does not have to be dry. Matthias Kolbusa delivers the proof in his book “Der Strategie-Scout”. Executives will learn how to master those models that a project ...“ 
(Absatzwirtschaft, 04/2012 issue)
„... Using many case studies from corporations, the author shows how processes should be designed in order to create a sustainable strategy.“ 
(WirtschaftsBlatt, issue from 17 February 2012)
„... He makes this complex management topic refreshingly colourful, clear and easy to understand and relevant for all kinds of business areas.“ 
(www.entwickler.de, book tips)
„... Written in an accessible, concise and succinct way, the individual topics and chapters are comprehensible and very readable even if you’re not an economist. ...“ 
(CLUB OF ROME, Newsletter 07/2011)
Strategy Scout. How to Deal with Complexity and Politics During Strategy Development (Matthias Kolbusa)
Springer Verlag; Edition 2013 (6. November 2013); Hardcover; 211 pages; Language: English; ISBN-10: 364235985X; EUR 64,19
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„A great process! The combination of methodology, moderation skills and dialectic mastery of factual, social and political complexities is fascinating. The result? Unusual strategies and really good implementation planning.“

Christoph Steffens, CFO, STRATO AG
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