What does dynamics mean to you?
When there is noticeable progress and the feeling of “getting things done”, with an intrinsically motivated urge for change. This most likely happens in a team where people trust each other, especially when they are able to deliver substantial changes in a short period of time. The goal is to raise the calibre not only of our organisation, but most importantly of every single employee, to a new, higher level.
Where do you get your rest; what is your source of energy (sports, hobby, dedication, special place)?
Flying in my small sports aircraft 1000m in the air above Germany — seeing the world from above and switching of is just as relaxing for me as sitting at a beautiful grand piano and playing. And in all of these activities, I only need a short time to achieve full relaxation.
What is the best way to help you motivate employees?
Direct contact with our people, as well as open communication. It is best to personally experience what is necessary to overcome certain hurdles or listen to reservations about new things first-hand. And of course, it is always about values and experiencing them authentically – you cannot expect others to do things you would not do yourself. My motto is: be truly hands-on and lead by example. This is how we set the tone of our business.
What has been the biggest change in your company in recent years?
The successful introduction of a completely new brand appearance. In our 125th year, we set the course for the company’s future, following the motto “Tradition with Future”. Through our pioneering spirit and experience, we have generated a history full of tradition which is successfully guiding us into the digital age. Our focus on people – as opposed to products – is unique in the kitchen industry. Now we have to successfully establish this idea in our local kitchen studios, in over 70 countries in the world.
What cooperation has moved you forward in recent years?
With a globally operating brand in the luxury segment, it is necessary to precisely evaluate involvement in cooperative eforts with a focus on added-value. Our work with Porsche Design still has worldwide validity – it produced unique kitchen concepts. We are also considering partnerships to bring together leading brands from diferent, yet related industries. For example, our partnership with Steinway & Sons, the manufacturer of the world’s finest pianos. Their product, Spirio, brings the concert hall to your home. It has inspired me; we both see many similarities in how our customers seek the highest quality and want to experience and enjoy life at home with all their senses.
Which development/dynamic will change your industry significantly over the next 10 years?
Food, nutrition and life at home are topics that will gain significance in the coming years. Take trends like urbanisation which is being driven by a scarcity of housing space, or how “new work” is changing working conditions. For us it is vital to understand these dynamics intimately and be agile enough to determine the optimal designs of the kitchen in the future. Some areas of digitalisation and automation could improve kitchen functionality. For over 125 years, Poggenpohl’s mission, as a pioneer in the kitchen industry, has been to build kitchens for people. This is our history and we are excited to continue this tradition.