New working world: 11 important influencers


The digitalization and its consequences on the new working world confront organizations with a broad spectrum of challenges. Agile leadership, new working models and organizational structures as well as a confusing jungle of buzzwords and technical terms leave many decision makers irritated and puzzled. But at the same time there is a small movement of innovative, influential and progressive minds offering orientation on the way to a new working world. This article of the Workpath magazine thus offers an overview of the most important influencers and their specialist fields. Their publications and projects inspire a generation of leaders, change agents and employees.

Niels Pfläging

1. Niels Pfläging

#leadership #organizational transformation #network organization

Niels Pfläging describes himself as a leadership philosopher, management exorcist and advisor. He is the founder of the international open source network BetaCodex, which tries to support enterprises with the transformation of their management models. Furthermore, he works with the topics workplace learning and organizational development in his think tank Studio Red42. In the Workpath Magazine Niels Pfläging earlier explained why flat hierarchies are not the solution to achieve more efficiency and efficacy and how value creation should be designed instead.

Read more on Niels Pfläging´s LinkedIn profile and in his books

Marion King

2. Marion King

#organizational development #mindfulness #new ways of working

With Les Enfants Terribles Marion King created a school and platform for a new and more mindful  way of working. The founder wants to show hereby that a new collaborative way of working, human leadership and a mindful use of resources can eventually be the right answers to a complex and fast-paced working world. She furthermore is convinced that working can be fun while at the same time being responsible and efficient. In the Workpath Magazine Marion King already talked about leadership and organization in a new working world.

Read more on Marion King´s LinkedIn profile

Lea Steinacker

3. Léa Steinacker

#innovation #digitale media #new business models

As CIO of the Wirtschaftswoche magazine Léa Steinacker develops strategies and formats for the digital presence of the business magazine and also leads the implementation of those. Innovative ideas, new business models and content on diverse digitalization topics are brought on the agenda by her. In 2018 the Forbes Magazine honored her by listing her in the 30 Under 30 Europe: Media & Marketing.

Read more on Léa Steinacker´s Twitter profile

Sven Franke

4. Sven Franke

#collaboration #employee participation #participative leadership

The New Work Award 2017 confirmed again that Co:X founder Sven Franke is one of the leading minds of the movement towards a more modern working world. As facilitators for organizations and processes, sparring partner for leaders as well as staff council members, author and keynote speaker Sven Franke works amongst other things with the topics cooperation, individual´s potential and collaboration culture. For the Workpath Magazine he moreover talked with Johannes Müller about the future of incentive and compensation systems. With the format Augenhöhe, he created one of the most visible projects with diverse case studies of a new working world.

Read more on Sven Franke´s LinkedIn profile and his X:Blog

Marcus Raitner

5. Marcus Raitner

#agile transformation #management #digitalization

Marcus Raitner is Agile Transformation Agent at the BMW group. He is particularly concerned with and expert for the topics leadership, agility and digitalization. In Marcus Raitner´s opinion, leadership should be agile, digital and above all human. That means leadership in a new working world should offer orientation and not control, so that self-leadership can be ultimately facilitated. In his guest article in the Workpath Magazine he further describes how organizations can tackle continuous improvement and tomorrow’s business in a world of constant change and complexity.

Read more on Marcus Raitner´s blog Führung erfahren!

Lars Vollmer

6. Lars Vollmer

#modern management #self-organization #organization of the future

Lars Vollmer is founder and CEO of – a think tank and leading network for the new working world and modern management. The author and speaker wants to inspire others to develop a new understanding of business and society. He advocates less “business theater” and more instead of longer work as well as a big step towards more self-organization.

Read more on Lars Vollmer´s website

Christoph Magnussen

7. Christoph Magnussen

#workplace design #future technologies #new work methods

The founder of the digital consultancy Blackboat works with his clients on integrating the right information technologies into organizations in order to digitalize operations and make a new working world possible. No matter if it is cloud solutions or collaboration tools, Christoph Magnussen wants to foremost inspire others with a new way of working. In his podcast On the Way to New Work he speaks with many representatives of the new working world and offers interesting insights into leading organizations.

Read more on Christoph Magnussen´s website

Stephan Grabmeier

8. Stephan Grabmeier

#change management #agility #ambidexterity

As Chief Innovation Officer at Kienbaum Stephan Grabmeier designs digitalization and change in organizations with a strong focus on employees and leadership culture. He furthermore engages in agile ways of working and innovation in the work system. He is convinced that ambidexterity can succeed as organizational principle: innovation and core business can be combined, organisations can be stable and agile and new ways of working can be designed in a way that is digital as well as human.

Read more on Stephan Grabmeier´s blog

Marc Wagner

9. Marc Wagner

#innovation culture #company rebuilding #transformation

Marc Wagner is Managing Partner and Global Head of Transformation, People Management & Integral Business at Detecon International. As such he is responsible for topics like e.g. new work, future HR and innovation culture. Besides this he also is an expert on transformation, change management and company rebuilding.

Read more on Marc Wagner´s LinkedIn profile

Tijen Onaran

10. Tijen Onaran

#digitalization #network strategies #female leadership

Tijen Onaran is the founder of Global Digital Women. The networks wants to bring together inspiring digital minds of our time. Moreover, it wants to offer female digital leaders an opportunity  for exchange and more visibility. In her column for the business newspaper Handelsblatt Tijen Onaran furthermore writes about the digital future of Germany. Because in her opinion whoever does not take advantage of the great variety of the digital industry, will certainly be left behind.

Read more on Tijen Onaran´s website

Johannes Mueller

11. Johannes Müller

#agile leadership #network organization #transformation tools

Johannes Müller is founder and CEO of Workpath. The Munich-based company develops intelligent software solutions for agile goal and performance management processes and a transformation of leadership and organization culture. As expert for Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) and agile management the mission of Johannes Müller is to enable agile network organizations that are composed of self-organized teams. With Workpath he thereby wants to contribute to the transformation of the working world.

Read more on Johannes Müller´s LinkedIn and his Twitter profile

Amendment to the nomination process

The process that led to the selection of the above-mentioned influencers consisted of three steps. Firstly, over the time of 3 months, proposals for important influencers in the new working world were collected from members of the New Work movement. This happened offline during different events like the Workpath OKR Forum as well as online with the most active members of our online community. In a second step, an editorial department summarized the more than 70 proposals from the community  in a list. Also, a catalogue of criteria was created. Those criteria were for example “expertise in a special topic of the New Work field”, “valuable contributions towards the New Work debate” or “visibility and influence on social media”. The list and the catalogue of criteria was then send back to those nominators that agreed upfront to continue to be part of the process. Finally, the nominators could evaluate the nominees from the list with regard to the criteria catalogue on a point scale. The 11 influencers with the highest scores were then chosen for the article.

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