What does the work of Alumni der Universität Bremen e. V. mean to him?
An enormous potential of alumni that should be used even more. Encoway stands for low hierarchies, for the early promotion of talent, and another form of division of labor. An open and friendly atmosphere is natural – lived community and collaborative discussions as well. That means that the boss will sometimes make coffee, and the apprentice’s ideas are heard: These internal structures are important here. In order to see the person behind the business a little better, Christoph Ranze also answers completely different questions. When asked for his goals and visions for the company, he gets excited about growth and chances. 20 % growth had always been possible in the last years – the boom of the industry ensured many new assignments. There is currently lots going on on the European market for engineering!, says Ranze. Digitalization allows for incredible growth spurts. Bremen as a location has a tremendous competitive advantage. The main factor for encoway’s success: motivated and competent employers.
When asked for his personal role models, he turns thoughtful. It is rather characteristics that are exemplary and that impress him. Ranze, who as a passionate sailor used to regularly sail on the Alexander von Humboldt already when he was young, is most impressed by courageous people. That is true, for example, for captains bringing their ships around Cape Horn. He thinks of role models such as Paul Homan, who typifies courage and, at the same time, has an odd soft spot for young people.
But also the employees at encoway inspire a lot of respect in him when they – contrary to himself – are “fantastic methodologists!” and thus complement him well: He is a passionate person who tends to go with his gut feeling. Internally, he is seen as a motivator, as he lives his job with enormous devotion.
What would he have become had he not taken this particular career path?
Well, since he was very lucky and had not gone out to sea too early, he is exactly right where he is, says Christoph Ranze. He would have definitely become self-employed in any case. Coming from a family of farmers, hauliers, and innkeepers, entrepreneurial plans, investments, and ideas have always been considered extremely important in his family. He has always been surrounded by doers and creators.
What does the ideal employee look like? And: What type of employer does he want to be?
Ten years ago, he would have answered this question more easily: I am looking for specialists with a drive. But over the past few years, his focus has shifted to management training. The managerial team was tested: Everyone expecting high performance of their employees needs to challenge stereotypes themselves and look out for their own development. One has to look at things differently as a manager. The most important thing now is to support the rethinking of managerial styles – away from hierarchies and towards managing as coaching that places people into the focus and asks: Who are you? Where do you want to go? What are you passionate about?
At encoway, in essence, diversity is most essential – there is higher mobility in the company due to this diversity. He wants to be contagious. There are almost no more classic application procedures. Those interested should take some time and visit the company.
What time would the historically interested Christoph Ranze most like to visit in a time machine?
Actually not that far away – namely to his eighteenth birthday. Not to far-away worlds but simply to relive everything the same way with the chance to add or leave out a word here or there. To modify certain decisions – with the knowledge he has today. To take some short-cuts along the way, but also to sometimes take more time.
However, as the father of three children he already lives one dream or another quite intensively now. He loves mountain climbing and races in charity rallyes, which is why he will soon travel to Tajikistan! On far-away plateaus and for a good cause, he will put time, energy, and money into the project. Fun, encounters, and adventures – a mixture that determines Christoph Ranze decisively.
If you want to further look into encoway, you can browse through their website at www.encoway.de or talk to the alumnus directly.
Thank you VERY MUCH for the interview, Christoph Ranze.
Editorial note: The views and opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee. They are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editors.