Meet the team: Erik
Erik Kepper – Head of Strategy & Organization Development
In this series of “Meet the team” we will introduce you to all our team members, one by one. This is done by asking a standard set of questions, including the Question for the Future of that month! This time we will introduce you to our head of Strategy & Organization Development, Erik!
Why do you work at Minkowski?
For many reasons. Sometimes you have a click that you cannot well define. Be futures (yes plural!) ready is like honey for a vision-oriented strategic creative. But the human focussed strategy approach appealed especially to me. After many years of practical innovation and experience in the change business I firmly believe that magic lies for maybe 20% in a strategic plan and 80% in people. Like Minkowski states: ‘organizations don’t create the future. People do!’. So, I would love to be of real value for our clients by functioning as a professional outsider and by turning my creative, strategical, observational and challenger skills into use. Moreover, I always look at three checkboxes when considering working with a company. Great people, Great work, Great place? Minkowski gets a big fat YES to all three!
Question for the future: What core beliefs and fundamental principles guide your life?
There is always so much more that we don’t know! So be curious, humble, open to new truths and always realize that we all see the world through our own lenses. Next to this I try to find my ‘flow’ as much as possible. Flow is the state where you operate with all that you have in the present. To reach this state you have to find your ‘why’. To follow a destination that is truly yours. That makes it a lifetime achievement to really become who you are. This applies to people personally as well as organizations. Make meaning and focus the essence of your journey. Don’t be caught up by all the little distractions.
How do you make history by changing the future?
While I am writing this my initial thoughts on it already lie behind me. A super short piece of history. For me that means that we can make history (how small it might be) every day by just starting on something that you really want for the long term. Like Minkowski I also believe that there is not one future. There are many possible ones. That might be a reason for people and organizations to stop and freeze. I hope to help organizations and their people to find their authentic’ why’ that makes them uncomfortably excited and then make a mantra of the phrase: ‘if it scares you it might be worth the try’!
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