Florian Weiß 2017-07-09T12:23:26+00:00
Florian Weiß, MA MBA
Innovation, Product and Design Management

I am a pragmatic business consultant, coach and trainer with the objective to leverage the value of design and human-centred innovation. I am dedicated to improve the performance of companies by making the management of design, new business development & innovation more effective, efficient and sustainable.

Since over ten years I am working as a consultant and trainer for clients in Germany and abroad. In addition to the development, implementation and optimization of the design, brand and innovation strategy, I am providing the instruments that increase the awareness of the client‘s brand and the processes and tools that lead to better innovations.

Facts about me

  • Currently I am working as freelancer and founder of Steps to Excellence
  • 10+years of professional experience
  • Long track-record of clients in different industries & countries
  • Educated in Design Management and Business Management in Germany / Italy / Finland
  • Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Certified business trainer and business coach (by DVCT und DVNLP)
  • Highly passionate about innovation, product and design management

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TOPICS

Innovation project management

    • Leading of lighthouse projects and New Business Innovation projects (from ideation to launch)
    • Lead appropriate market research for design (explorative & validative research)
    • Facilitating design decision making as an intermediate between stakeholders
    • Support the client in development of design directions and assessing design excellence
    • Ensure the efficient implementation of the design DNA & language
Innovation departments, programs and strategies

    • Set-up of innovation, design management & new business departments
    • Integrating design into fuzzy front-end innovation function/process
    • Innovation management, -audits und -benchmarks
Design Management departments and strategies

    • Challenge business & brand strategy from a consumer & design perspective
    • Facilitating design decision making as an intermediate between stakeholders
    • Select and control the assessment of external design partners (CN, US, EU)
Organisational structure and change management

    • Clear definitions of outcomes, roles & responsibilities
    • Establish metrics and measurements (KPI‘s) to impact key financial / business drivers with design
    • Continuously improve and elaborate structures and processes
    • FTE calculation and positioning of design and innovation departments
Build and grow design & innovation competencies

    • Facilitation / conducting workshops, trainings, education programs
    • Definition of job descriptions and career paths
    • Definition and training of Design Management methods and tools
    • HR interventions and communication to foster a culture for design and innovation
 

AWARDS OF CLIENT PROJECTS

    • Deutsche Telekom AG: Design Luxembourg Award (2017) Gold in Design Management,
      German Brand Award (2017), Award Winner
    • GSK: Design Management Excellence Award (2013) Award Winner
    • Beiersdorf: Red Dot Design Award (2013) Best of the Best,
      IDSA Design Strategy (2013) Bronze and Packaging Design (2013) Silver,
      Design Management Excellence Award (2012) Award Winner
    • LEGO: Design Management Excellence Award (2009) honorable mentioned
    • VOX Industries: Design Management Excellence Award (2009) honorable mentioned
    • Roca: Design Management Excellence Award (2008) Award Winner
 

CLIENTS

CURRICULUM VITAE

NOV 2016 – TODAY

SENIOR DESIGN MANAGER / SENIOR EXPERT STRATEGIC INNOVATION

Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, Germany

    • Design Thinking coachings and trainings in the Telekom Design Academy
    • Development of the Design Thinking and Doing toolbox
    • Setup and growth of Telekom Design Academy
    • Strategic product management

 

APR 2014 – TODAY

SENIOR BUSINESS CONSULTANT (self-employed)

Steps to Excellence, Essen, Germany
Project-based consulting work for several companies and agencies, e.g. Deutsche Telekom AG, Grohe, PepsiCo. Work example (for client Deutsche Telekom AG):

    • Development of the Design Thinking and Doing toolbox
    • Setup, didactic concept and facilitation of trainings
      for the design department / Telekom Design Academy
    • Executive presentations, e.g. get buy-in and securing budget for the
      strategic shift initiative (strategic implementation of design)
    • Strategic product development

 

MAY 2005 – MAR 2014

BUSINESS CONSULTANT

PARK advanced design management, Hamburg, Germany
PARK is one of Europe‘s leading experts in the management of design. It consults, coaches & educates on how to maximize the value of design and innovation. Clients, all over the world, report lower costs, higher margins, stronger innovation and faster time to market.

Business Consultant – Innovation & Design Management (01.2010 – 03.2014)

    • Revenue responsibility
    • Planning and facilitation of complex workshops and trainings
    • Conception, planning and execution of conferences
    • Responsible for internal knowledge management (incl. database & workshops)
    • Partner-/client management & consulting (up to Category Director / VP)
    • Program and project management, resource and budget management
    • Responsibility for own clients & projects in Germany and abroad
    • Team leader responsibility (4 FTE‘s)
    • New Business Acquisition
Junior Business Consultant – Innovation & Design Management (08.2007 – 12.2009)

    • Responsible for own client project in Germany and abroad
    • Preparation and conducting client presentations of own projects
    • Planning & facilitating of workshops
    • Managing agency projects (e.g. conception, planning and organizing conferences and an European student network)
Trainee – Innovation & Design Management (05.2005 – 07.2007)

    • Supporting the director in client projects
    • Managing of sub-projects
    • Collecting, analyzing, structuring and visualizing of complex information
 

MAY 2005 – MAR 2014

BUSINESS TRAINER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR

GROW design management education, Hamburg, Germany
Grow offers the only while-you-work education in the area of design management. A professional educational program, powered by PARK, and developed straight from practice, Grow educates professional designers, marketeers and current design managers in leading best practices.

    • Development, didactic conception and coordination of the education program (1-year program’s)
    • Development and didactic conception of the e-learning system
    • Train and coach participants (director level) in Mesign Management
 

AUG 2001 – APR 2005

INNOVATION & DESIGN CONSULTANT (self-employed)

Florian Weiss, Cologne, Germany / Milan, Italy / Helsinki, Finland
Project-based consulting work for several companies and agencies.

JUN 2000 – JUL 2001

DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER

Emergency Hospital Bergmannsheil, Bochum, Germany
Graphical / interface designer and photographer to support medical research for the world’s oldest and largest emergency hospital.

APR 2014 – MAR 2015

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

    • study program: Business Administration, executive studies (1,5 years)
      focus: Business Psychology / Marketing Science
      degree: Master of Business Administration (1.65)

 

JUL 2004 – JUL 2007

MASTER OF ARTS

 

SEP 2001 – AUG 2004

BACHELOR OF ARTS

 

AUG 1992 – JUL 2000

ABITUR

Heinrich-Böll High School, Bochum, Germany
degree: Abitur, comparable to British A-level, overall grade 1.7

AUG 2014 – MAY 2017

MASTER COACH, DVNLP

NLP Sommerakademie, Bad Sulza & Hamburg, Germany
duration: 260 hours
certifier: DVNLP – German Association for Neuro-Linguistic-Programming
title: Practitioner, DVNLP (2014) / Master, DVNLP (2017) / Master Coach, DVNLP (2017)

SEP 2013 – MAR 2014

SYSTEMIC BUSINESS CONSTELLATION CONSULTANT

V.I.E.L. Coaching & Training, Hamburg, Germany
duration: 78 hours
certifier: Dr. Klaus-Peter Horn, V.I.E.L. Coaching & Training
title: Systemic Business Constellation Consultant

FEB 2012 – AUG 2014

COACH, DVCT

V.I.E.L. Coaching & Training, Hamburg, Germany
duration: 177 hours
certifier: DVCT – German Association for Training & Coaching
title: Coach, DVCT

MAY 2011 – FEB 2013

TRAINER, DVCT

V.I.E.L. Coaching & Training, Hamburg, Germany
duration: 305 hours (2nd year support as co-trainer)
certifier: DVCT – German Association for Training & Coaching
title: Trainer, DVCT