The challenge to lead teams remotely is not new. But during COVID-19 remote work has not been a matter of choice anymore but rather a fact of everyday leadership-life. Also, remote work has been taken to entirely new levels as it not only meant “classic” remote communication from office to office where all parties can rely on professional infrastructure. Rather, remote work often happens from home office to home office, thus creating additional layers of complexity.

And even now, a couple of months into the crisis, remote work is still the only feasible way of communication and collaboration between German headquarters and Chinese subsidiaries as regular business travels between the two countries are not possible. Considering the probability that this situation will not change any time soon, ‘remote’ indeed seems to become the new normal which companies and their leaders need to adapt to.

To maintain efficient and effective communication in challenging times, companies without doubt need to strike the balance between ‘hard’ (IT, data security, labor law, etc.) and ‘soft’ (culture, people's competence, informal networks, etc.) elements. Addressing only one aspect negatively impacts effectivity and hampers true value creation. Two simple examples: If remote collaboration becomes too tedious due to IT and data security the best leadership cannot help it. Likewise, even the best infrastructure and most sophisticated policies cannot compensate for insufficient leadership.

During this interdisciplinary seminar, the speakers will provide insights from leadership and legal perspective in a Sino-German context. This includes proven leadership methods as well as pragmatic tips for maintaining proximity and team spirit while being socially distanced. The speakers will also explain how to contain legal risks regarding data protection, IT security and labor law. Finally, existing tools for remote collaboration (e.g. zoom, MS-Teams) will be evaluated from a management and legal perspective.


Dr. Florian Kessler

  • Managing Partner of WZR China
  • 20 years of professional experience in German and Chinese Law
  • 15 years on-site experience in China
  • Master degree in business law 
  • Ph.D. in international law 
  • Arbitrator at China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Visiting Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law

Michael Teubenbacher

  • CEO CPC Consulting 
  • 16 years' experience in developing leaders and organizations
  • 9 years' experience in China context
  • Master's degree in international business 
  • EFQM assessor and trainer
  • Expertise in Leadership, Organizational Development and Change Management
  • Cross industry experience (automotive, banking, logistics, telecommunications, healthcare)

Date: 23 September 2020, 6.30 p.m.
Partners: WZR Beijing Ltd. / CPC Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
Venue: German Centre Beijing | DRC Liangmaqiao
11th Floor, Unit 1101A, DRC Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Office Building, 19 Dongfang East Road, Chaoyang District, 100600 Beijing, PR China
Language: English
Registration: or send an email to for registration. 

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