Home office and virtual meetings habe become our reality. Experience shows that virtual meetings need more preparation and good leadership to be effective.

Based on our experience in virtual collaboration we offer special support in the following areas: 

Offering second opinion on innovative ideas and concepts in the role of a sparing partner

Developing specific documentation canvases for virtual calls or workshops 

Setting up specific roles to improve efficiency in online meetings

Sharing best practices and facilitating conversations

As a leader of your department the communication of your services and products internally and externally are vital.

You have to shape the strategy of your department to ensure its future as well as its current operational success. Business continuity in times of crisis is of your concern and responsibility. Simple processes and systems have to be set in place, aligned to business needs. Business continuity management is your key challenge, especially in times of the pandemic. Another of the key aspects to improve is project portfolio management that saves resources and accelerates projects. 

AHT has been supporting departmental leaders in various ways. Next to coaching and strategy development, we work as embedded consultants within the teams.

AHT offers the following services for department heads, squad leads or similar leadership functions:

Workshops to define department strategy and implementation
Roadmapping workshops to define fact base for e.g. technology decisions
Alignment of simple business process and process optimization
Learning development and knowledge management implementation
Change management concepts and implementation
Team collaboration and communication improvements

  • dokControll implementation - A low-tech document management: Each team member can find everything at their colleagues shared drive sections

  • Access to information and document controlling

  • Innovative Intranet search and content curation concepts

  • Skill management
  • Project Portfolio Management

  • Project management improvement

  • Risk assessments and risk management program using COSO framework

Department leader as the Crisis / Business Continuity Manager

Business Crisis, Compliance and Continuity Management: The business management practices that provide the focus and guidance for the decisions and actions necessary for a business to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and transition from a disruptive (crisis) event in a manner consistent with its strategic objectives. The current pandemic clearly showed the importance of BCM.

Classic natural, technological and human induced events such as the current pandemic (2020-2022), the Fukushima powerplant disaster (2011), the Northridge Earthquake (1994), the Exxon Valdez oil spill (1989), the Bhopal chemical release (1984), and the World Trade Center attack of 2001 have provided lessons learned that emphasize each of these factors and the need for coordination and cooperation within and between organizations, and between all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors.

Business continuity standards like NFPA 1600 were established as an acceptable "legal standard of care" owed by businesses to their employees and the general public and serves as a "safe harbor" to minimize potential legal liability. Compliance and knowledge management play a major role.

The business continuity manager (BCM) and his team have to ensure compliance with these new standards and have to implement and maintain a functioning system.

  • Crisis prevention planning

  • Risk management / Compliance

  • Knowledge availability in crisis situations - Compliance with ISO Update 2015, ISO 30401 or DIN SPEC 91443

  • Business continuity planning

  • Compliance management

  • Crisis communication management

  • Recovery management