Thanks for the congrats and likes in the Social Media. For those who asked or wondered:
De facto starting in September I’ll be globally responsible for IT Innovation in my company.
There were also some more important announcements this week in the Internet about the fact that there will be a major reorganization of Bayer.
Perhaps have you seen the announcements (www.bayer.de/en/covestro.aspx): Bayer decided to concentrate on Life Sciences and to spin us (MaterialScience) off. Our new company is called Covestro.
And the „Co“ stands for… TaDa … Collaboration! Which of course has a more generic meaning but makes me very proud anyway.
In 2009 I started promoting Social Collaboration as a one-man-show. Now, with our Social Strategy we have many ambassadors and a network of Change Agents that work decentralized with the users in their area.
The other measures of the strategy (Profile Days, Promoting Lighthouses, Communication, Reverse Mentoring, Increase Accessibility, Executive Ambassadors…) have led to the situation that Social gets more and more settled, adoption has reached a critical mass and is running and growing on its own.
Our social KPIs are steadily increasing from the beginning.
This was a good point in time for me to take over a new challenge, though I’ll never give up to support and promote Social and I will also utilize it for my new job and look at it from the IT Innovation perspective. Social Collaboration underlies maybe even more than other areas the need to continuously innovate and renew. The borders between internal and external will continue to weaken over time and a high demand for IT Innovation will occur.
At Bayer I already was MaterialScience’s chairman in the group-wide Innovation Committee.
Now we can build our own IT Innovation Organization, which amongst other topics will be tailored to the specific requirements of our business.
Regardless where you (will) work at Covestro, the times are very exciting now. There are many opportunities to reshape things, challenge the status quo and proceed in an agile way.
I’m looking forward and counting the days until September, 1!
The journey has begun.