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IKOR Managing Director: "You grow strongest on your tasks"
The European technology consultancy, started 25 years ago in a garage in Münster, is celebrating its anniversary. In the third part of the interview series - about IKOR's growth, identity and unique selling points - Managing Director* and long-time employee Lars Ackermann discusses successes and failures as well as learnings and beliefs. And he reveals his birthday wishes for IKOR.
"Our successes and failures have brought us to where we are," you recently said at the IKOR summer party. We've already talked about unique selling points and successes in previous parts. What was your biggest management fail?
What did you learn from that?
Ackermann: I've learned that you can only work in reality if you completely eliminate the subjunctive - "one would have to" - from your vocabulary. If you want to lay the foundation for success, you have to save wishes, faith and the subjunctive. I've also learned that it's always about people. Successful cultures - a universal theme - must find people with the right attitude, expertise, inquisitiveness and willingness to learn, combined with unconditional customer orientation. Inspire this culture and great things can then be achieved.
What is your credo?
Ackermann: You don't lower your standards or ethics, even when other people might. I will never compromise my integrity. Handshakes and the spoken word are binding elements. For me, it's also important to be courageous and do things differently. To paraphrase Steve Jobs, "Stay hungry, stay foolish. "In the beginning this was just a hypothesis, but the growth and development of IKOR has proven it in the meantime.
What is your birthday wish for IKOR's 25th anniversary?
* Lars Ackermann was IKOR's managing director until January 2023, when he moved to the top of X1F. The technology solutions provider includes several brands, including IKOR.