Where managers ground themselves: Market Swabian executives exchange ideas
Created: 12/29/2022, 6:09 p.m
By: Joerg Domke
In market meetings, executives have recently been meeting for a sociable and informative get-together.
© Gerald Fortsch
In Markt Schwaben there has recently been a regulars' table as an exchange platform for executives.
The initiator is an old acquaintance in the community.
Markt Schwaben – Folk music typical of the country, performed live on this rainy December evening, penetrates through the glass sliding door into the next room in the Schweiger brewery in Markt Schwaben.
A good dozen men have come together there who have something in common that is not at all apparent at first superficial glance: They are all very busy professionally, albeit in very different industries.
They all work during the day, and not infrequently at night, with colleagues and business partners all over the world.
English is everyone's first working language, even if they work at their desks in their own homes, which has long since become the norm for them and their companies.
The managers here are "mobile workers," as one of them puts it.
Not everyone uses the term “home office”, which is now widely used, because there are subtle, legal differences, as the saying goes.
Sitting here, another thing they have in common, is Markt Schwabener or people who have just arrived.
Or professionals from surrounding communities who earn their money in leading positions at global software companies.
Developing drives for a well-known Bavarian car manufacturer and carrying out crash tests, developing technology for online payment barriers, working on new types of batteries for storing electricity, specializing in aircraft de-icing, fighting crime or customs technology.
The host is the former mayor
Right in the middle is the host, if you will.
Bernhard Winter, the former mayor of Markt Schwaben.
His commitment to Sunday meetings over the last 30 years is well known in town and is appreciated by many.
Older people also remember storytelling circles to which the psychologist invited in the 90s to bring old Swabian stories to light again.
Bernhard Winter, initiator of the regulars' table.
But this is a project only known to insiders so far.
Bernhard Winter calls the round “a manager round table”.
Some of those present were once at one of his coaching events, learns the local press, which is allowed to be there for the first time this evening.
A small group has existed for a good three years, the other is much younger.
Remarkable: The male figures, who are often newcomers, do not need long to strike up a conversation on this evening in the midst of this acoustic cloud of folkloric music.
Some already know each other.
The “you” is almost the law here.
They have also been together occasionally on another Winters project.
A year and a half ago, when we went on a multi-day trip to Bielefeld together with disabled people.
Something that Winter will be offering again next year, by the way.
Make new friends and network
There, in East Westphalia, but also at the regulars' table in the brewery, they are there to be able to get to know completely different people - but they tick similarly, as one says.
You can even make new friends here, for which there is otherwise little or very little time, is listening.
But the general exchange of experiences with executives from other industries also seems to have motivated one or the other.
One manager of a globally operating software company based in Poing, who otherwise operates worldwide and is responsible for 600 employees, tells how volunteering in a local football club in the youth field helps him to be a bit grounded.
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This evening, a lot revolves around the topic of working from home (the term is just allowed here).
The consensus that Corona probably gave this type of work a final boost was striking.
Three or four years ago it was all unthinkable, says one.
In the meantime you can see that it works.
Sometimes even better than expected.
Not only the employees, but also the companies themselves see working from home positively.
Some companies don't even have enough office space to accommodate everyone at the same time as they used to, someone reveals.
And even more: Hiring companies that could not offer applicants home office options now ran the risk of no longer being able to fill the vacant position.
Online supply in the community is now sufficient
The online supply in Markt Schwaben, which is indispensable for such activities, is now stable and sufficient, according to the local media.
Markt Schwaben's Mayor Michael Stolze likes to hear that.
After all, modern broadband coverage has long been a hard location factor in 2023, he is confirmed.
For this evening, Winter had come up with the idea of having a head of a local but also international company, Safelog, give a lecture.
I have to improvise because of illness.
Three others jump in and tell what they are dealing with.
Among other things, it is about battery technology that wants to make do with materials that are available worldwide, such as iron and salt.
It is said that without the development of alternative storage systems there would be no energy transition.
In the meantime almost two and a half entertaining hours have passed.
The musicians in the brewery have already packed up.
They agreed to meet again in a good three months.
Then again with a speaker.
Meanwhile, Winter wants to continue working on expanding his manager round table with another nuance: a female manager circle.
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