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Lars Engelhard

STRATEGIST

I am a visionary strategist, consulting for C-level Management and Investors with a willingness to question traditional approaches in our fast-paced and complex world. My talent is to develop the right framework, organizational structure and culture for your unique business environment and vision. With a full understanding of complexity, I align teams and unleash your organization's full potential.

No plan survives first contact with the enemy - Helmuth von Moltke

Economists claim various military phrases like "conquering market shares", erecting (market entry) barriers and create the illusion of simplicity by excluding third party interrelations of our complex world.
I strongly disagree with such simple thinking! To make it even worse, a good strategy is taught to be a well-planned and detailed roadmap, where milestones precisely track progress towards success. Come on, this is historic, or even pre-historic thinking. Our world is increasingly complex. How can anyone claim to be able to outline a detailed and fixed roadmap in any process that is expected to break new ground?! Since so many economic aspects are derived from military thinking, we should be studying Helmuth von Moltke, a German field marshal from World War. According to his quote previously stated, we should quickly reconsider our todays so called ‘best practices’!

When entering a bold strategy or vision that is breaking new ground, only the beginning of our journey can be planned and prepared in detail. A good preparation consists, at least, of a skilled team and the common understanding of the shared vision or mission. I rely on a diversified and yet overlapping set of skills in my teams. Too many external factors are beyond our control. In such conclusion, Moltke inspires me to consider the extensive preparation of all possible outcomes along our ongoing venture. Don't confuse this with 'risk-mitigation' mechanisms. Observing and adjusting is a completely different approach of 'way-finding'. It takes advantages of opportunities instead of exclusively focusing on risk and failure. My experience confirms many psychological advantages. When we compose a diversified and complementing team of the right people in our mission, they will know how to adapt. And they will adapt with composure, not panic.

If we dare to re-think strategy development, we need to admit that a long-term fellowship is necessary to guarantee best results. Our fast-paced world, globalization and increased interdependencies are challenging our roadmaps every single day. They need to become responsive and adapted along your journey. My successful strategy consulting does not end with the final presentation to the C-level Management. It is a target agreement upon a shared venture.

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Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair of the Club of Rome, invited me to join this ambigious project in late 2015. 'Come On!' shows what can be done to develop a more sustainable world. Members of the club are optimistic that fabulous opportunities exist to guide the world towards sustainable prosperity. In my previous academics and business profession, I observed various notable changes in our society encouraging him to interlink technology, politics, economics and sociology.

Earth is currently accommodating about 7 billion people. Caused by our habits and living, we would need two of them to remain in balance. The United Nations predict humanity to grow up to 11 billion people in 2100. Therefore, it is time to reconsider our habits, alliances and politics.

Challenged during an international authorship meeting with our world's elite in 2015, one of our founding members was invited to analyze current shortcomings and rethink our current mechanisms of national and international politics.