The port as background
The Havenhuis, designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, provided the perfect backdrop for the day. The building symbolizes the dynamic, reliable, ambitious and innovative nature of the port of Antwerp. These are also some of the values embodied by Port of Antwerp, the site manager of the port, which were critical to its most recent transformation. As the host of the event, Erwin Verstraelen, CDIO Port of Antwerp, recounted the port's very inspiring story. Besides Erwin, other speakers included Tim Claes (CCO Realdolmen), Peter De Prins and Kurt Verweire (Vlerick Business School). The latter two gave a presentation on the ‘Six Batteries of Change,’ an integrative and inclusive framework for change implementation in the 21st century. Collectively, they provided a balanced combination of theory and practice, with academic insights being directly applied to each participant's own business case. We are pleased to present highlights from each speaker to get you thinking about these topics.
Finally: training that delivers the best value for money. Excellent topics, interaction, pacing and, above all, the ability to implement them directly on the work floor. Great!
Cindy Vanderstraeten, De Watergroep
The digital transformation 4.0 in practice – Tim Claes
- The digital transformation is in a state of transformation. We are currently at version 4.0, which is centered on injecting a both-and digital attitude.
- From now on, technology will be a permanent guest at every business discussion. It has taken on an unmistakable strategic dimension.
- Technology is not isolated: there are interfaces with individuals, organizations and business, as advocated in other flows like Service Design Thinking and Agile.
- Digital Business Agility provides guidelines for introducing a both-and attitude in practice. Hyperawareness, informed decision making and fast execution are the three imperatives that keep recurring. These terms from Michael Wade indicate what a company needs to survive and thrive in today's business environment. Hyperawareness involves being extremely alert to your internal and external environment, and specifically to changes that are brought to light by opportunities or threats. Informed decision making is all about collaboration and empowering individuals to make evidence-based decisions as soon as possible. The last imperative, fast execution, means making quick decisions in practice, dynamic mobilization of resources and continuous monitoring of options and progress with respect to the goals.
The transformation of Port of Antwerp – Erwin Verstraelen
- Life is for those who dare. Sometimes, bold decisions are required to be able to bring about genuine change at all levels. For that reason, the top management had to re-apply for their job during the transformation. This is the only way for those who are versatile enough to remain.
- Always paint a picture. Don't get stuck in the dreaming and planning phase. Go from the abstract to a concrete application as soon as possible to make it easier for people to assess the question of ‘what’s in it for me?’. In this context, Port of Antwerp created a virtual port assistant, APICA (Antwerp Port Information Control & Assistant), to clarify its ideas as far as the future of the port is concerned.