Managers under the spotlight - Cristian Matei, Advanced Thinking

Cristian MATEI

Founder, Advanced Thinking Switzerland GmbH & Advanced Thinking Ltd.

Cristian serves as Senior Leadership Advisor, Coach and Consultant, having extensive experience in working on all continents with Executive Boards requiring expert assistance in improving organizational performances.

Cristian is a former Global Head Learning & Development and MBB at General Electric, former Global Head Operational Quality & Continuous Improvement and MBB at Alstom and former Re-engineering Coordinator at ABB.

He owns a Ph.D. in Organizational Architecture Re-engineering & Business Transformation and a double Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification with Six Sigma Academy in States and Alstom Group in France & Switzerland.

He is a key-note speaker, Judge and Board Member with over 120 international events and Mentor at the ETH Zurich University.

In 2011 he was named the “Operational Excellence European Community Contributor of the Year” at OPEX Process Excellence Award. In 2019 Cristian won with Apa Nova Veolia the OPEX Process Excellence Award for the “Best Business Transformation Project in the World” and in 2020 co-authored “DARE! – behind the scenes of the best Business Transformation Project in the World” which became Amazon #1 Best Seller for Business Process Reengineering, Change Management and Project Management. In 2022 Cristian was named the "Operational Excellence Global Community Contributor of the Year" at the OPEX Week World Business Transformation Summit 2022.

As part of the CCE-R initiative meant to bring member managers under the spotlight, we had the opportunity to address Cristian few questions from both human and professional perspectives. Enjoy the interview down below!

1. What does a working day look like for you?

Even structured or unstructured, together with my Colleagues, we continuously review the movement & balance of the entire organizational "ensemble", especially the relationships with the existing & potential Customers, the permanent development of each of us and – therefore - the permanent development of the Business.

2. How is Cristian Matei outside the office?

I enjoy simple life.

3. Tell us about one important project you’re working on this year.

Even our Methodology supported the Best Business Transformation Project in the world in 2019 with Apa Nova-Veolia, there is always room for improvement. On the Research & Development side of our work, we are trying to finalize the next version of our Strategic Management Methodology - ATOM (Advanced Thinking Organizational Management), designed to transform - in practical terms - all Organizations in silos-free ones.

4. What was one big innovation your industry has benefited from over the last few years?

Disruptive technologies, any kind of. If properly used, they can revolutionize the Operational Management across industries.

5. What’s one great challenge the industry you’re operating in is currently facing?

Offering customized solutions according to the different cultural and managerial needs of each Organization.

6. What’s your current hobby?


7. What’s your favourite book?

Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution by Michael Hammer and James Champy

8. What piece of advice would you give to a newly appointed CEO?

When offered the Job, carefully assess if you are able to balance – at least – the key Stakeholders’ different needs. If yes, start & lead a strategic dialogue while giving to all employees the possibility to continuously redesign & improve their own future.