Become the digital leader in your industry.

Your company is in the midst of a digital assault?

You have started redoing your processes, have begun to develop digital services or to complement existing products with digital features?

 

And, you are still wondering how artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and predictive analytics, perceptual computing, connectivity, virtual reality and other trends emerging from Silicon Valley will affect your company?

 

Yet, it is only a matter of time before the proverbial creative destruction by young upstarts from start-ups, platform-based transactions and the sharing economy will change the pattern of your industry or even eliminate current players?

We (DigitalLeadershipJourneys) will help you think through and achieve
digital leadership in your industry.

Our customized, one-week learning journeys to the Silicon Valley – alongside workshops for your managers in cooperation with high-tech firms, start-ups, and research institutions – will crystallize your thinking toward the digital future in three steps.

Step 1

Pre-Trip Workshop with CxOs and influencers’ to identify current issues to embrace the digital revolution in your industry and its effects on your company.

Step 2

One-week Digital Leadership Journey to the Silicon Valley, with workshops customized to your company

Step 3

Post-Trip Workshop to implement your managers’ learnings from the Silicon Valley in your company

Step 1: Pre-Trip Workshop

In this session we will facilitate a discussion of the following critical questions:

  1. What are your market dynamics globally today, and where are they going over the next years?
  2. What actions have your competitors (and start-ups) taken in the last three years to upset those global dynamics?
  3. What have you done in the last three years to react to the changing dynamics?
  4. What are the most dangerous things your competitor could do in the next three years to upset those dynamics?
  5. What are the most effective things you could do to bring the desired impact on those dynamics?

In addition to facilitating and making explicit the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution, the goal of the pre-trip workshop is to identify “intrapreneurial” ideas within the organization and to start a process of selecting and implementing the most powerful ideas.

Step 2: One-Week Digital Leadership Journey

During the one-week trip to the Silicon Valley, we offer the following possibilities and put together a customized program for your managers. The goal of the customized program is to provide experiential learning through workshops with reseachers and experts from:

  • Stanford University and other leading universities and research labs on current topics
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Big data and predictive analytics
  • Sharing economy and platform-based transactions
  • Data visualization and imaging procedures
  • Perceptual computing and image recognition
  • Autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity (cars, vans, ships, trains)
  • Machine connectivity and the internet of things
  • Drone technology
  • Virtual reality
  • App programming
  • Cooperation technology (future of work)
  • Generation Z students to realize their way of working, their way of communicating, and the technologies they use

All workshops begin with an introductory talk by an expert in the respective field.

We (DigitalLeadershipJouneys) are able to put together a program for companies of any industry, based on the pre-trip workshop on current issues in the sector. Here are four example programs.

One-week program for managers in transportation and logistics

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Kick-off workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan (German Accelerator). Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Big Data and Predictive Analytics in transport. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality and Internet of Things in transport.  Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Artificial Intelligence in transport. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

 

Thursday

Friday

Additional Information

    • Visit an accelerator/ incubatoraccelerator/ incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread
    • Workshop with an expert on Digital Business Models in transport and logistics. Venue: the expert’s company
    • Workshop with an expert on Connectivity and Self-driving Vehicles. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Air Mobility and Reverse Logistics. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay
  • Sunday: Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto. Get-together and dinner in the evening.
  • Saturday: Departure and flight home

One-week program for managers in health care

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Kick-off workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan (German Accelerator). Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Big Data and Predictive Analytics in health care. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality and Internet of Things in health care.  Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Human Simulation Software, Virtual Reality Diagnostics and Virtual Robotic Surgery. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

 

Thursday

Friday

Additional Information

  • Visit an accelerator/ incubatoraccelerator/ incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Business Models in health care. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Workspace Solutions in health care. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare: Will AI redesign health services? Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay
  • Sunday: Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto. Get-together and dinner in the evening.
  • Saturday: Departure and flight home

One-week program for managers in the construction industry

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Kick-off workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan (German Accelerator). Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Smart Factory: Big Data and Predictive Analytics in construction. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Smart Factory: Virtual Reality and IoT in construction.  Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Next Generation: 5D Building Information Modeling (BIM)Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

 

Thursday

Friday

Additional Information

  • Visit an accelerator/ incubatoraccelerator/ incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Construction Organization.   Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Workspace Solutions in the construction business. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Drones in the construction business. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay
  • Sunday: Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto. Get-together and dinner in the evening.
  • Saturday Departure and flight home

One-week program for business schools

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Kick-off workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan (German Accelerator). Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Big Data and Predictive Analytics. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality and Internet of Things.  Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Drones in the construction business. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

 

Thursday

Friday

Additional Information

  • Visit an accelerator/ incubatoraccelerator/ incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread
  • Workshop with an expert on Autonomous Driving and Artificial Intelligence.  Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Workspace Solutions. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Experiences of German Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop with Dr. Johannes Ziegler and Ram Srinivasan: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay
  • Sunday: Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto. Get-together and dinner in the evening.
  • Saturday Departure and flight home

Step 3: Post-Trip Workshop

Having identified key challenges in the pre-trip workshop, and subsequent inspiration during the Silicon Valley trip, the goal of the post-trip workshop is to create a laundry list of potential projects – followed by prioritization and business case planning with your company’s executive team.

The duration and depth of the post-trip workshop will depend on the magnitude and urgency of the digitalization process. Like all our services, we will make the workshop bespoke to your company’s needs.

Meet the Team.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Armbrüster

Principal & Senior Executive Trainer at Prof. Armbrüster Leadership Services

Thomas Armbrüster is a professor of business administration and knowlewdge management at the University of Marburg, Germany, and the owner of Prof. Armbrüster Leadership Services GmbH. He studied management and mechanical engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at the Technical University of Berlin, holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, worked in leading consulting firms, and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He has been an advisor and leadership trainer for companies in the transport, the pharmaceuticals, the automotive, the construction, the software, the health care, the steel, and the media industry. He cooperates with Stanford University, with Mannheim Business School, and with various companies in the Silicon Valley.

Ram Srinivasan

Chair of the Steering Committee at German Accelerator Tech

Ram has over 35 years‘ experience in engineering and marketing management over a spectrum of high technology companies (Enterprise, B2B, B2C) across multiple segments (Big Data, Analytics, IoT, Mobility etc.) Currently he is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the German Accelerator. He was a Venture Partner at Wellington Partners in Munich as the eyes and ears in the Silicon Valley for deal calibration and operations counsel. At Fireclick he was the founding CEO and was acquired by Digital River. Previously he was a member of the executive team at RightPoint (acquired by E.piphany), Red Brick Systems (IPO), Informix, and Hewlett-Packard.

Ram’s technical intuition allows him to cut through technology and focus on business challenges crying for elegant solutions. His penchant for solving gnarly business challenges while mobilizing multi-disciplined teams together rapidly to attack new markets is appreciated by organizations he consults with. Ram focuses on delivering results with a unique blend of intuition, discipline and creativity. Ram has post graduate degrees from UCSB and Indian Institute of Science with a bachelors from NITK (National Institute of Technology).

Dr. Johannes Ziegler

CEO of miaplaza

Johannes Ziegler is the CEO of Miaplaza Inc., a company headquartered in Menlo Park offering interactive educational content for children ages 5 -12.  Prior to Miaplaza, Johannes was the CEO of Synesis Inc, a management consulting firm based in Silicon Valley. Through his work at Synesis, Johannes helped senior executives at major corporations including IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, HP, Netscape, Cisco, 3Com, and Applied Materials improve customer orientation and agility in their organizations. Earlier in his career Johannes Ziegler worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company’s high tech practice, and as a researcher at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he co-authored „Survival of the Smartest,“ the book that introduced the principles of „Organizational IQ.‘
Johannes Ziegler has lived in Germany, China, and California. He studied technical cybernetics at Stuttgart University and holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Augsburg University.

Our founders and principals have been associated with the following organizations.

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Let’s Get in Touch.

German Office

Prof. Armbrüster Leadership Services
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Silicon Valley Office

Digital Leadership Journeys
425 Sherman Ave, Suite 310
Palo Alto, CA 94306