Welcome to the July edition of the PLI newsletter. Aside from the normal Board retreats and Board diagnostic studies, June was a busy month for us. Additionally, I want to introduce you to our newest faculty member, a new staff member and announce a new series in our newsletter, so let me bring you up-to-date.
First, let me introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Michaela Novotna
. Dr. Novotna is a practicing psychiatrist and founder of Therapia Viva in Prague. Her professional qualifications are indeed impressive. After receiving her Medical Doctor’s degree at Charles University, she pursued training and research in the field of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and The University of Cadiz in Spain. She is also a member of many international psychiatric associations. The reason, however, I am so pleased she has accepted my invitation to join our faculty is not just the fact that she is an exemplary mental healthcare professional, it’s her caring, insightful, and intellectually rigorous approach. In the months ahead she will be sharing her views on mental health and leadership—a topic that has been of great interest to students of leadership for many years. Welcome aboard, Michaela!
Another new addition to PLI is Mgr. Andrea Zieglerova, who will serve as my assistant and lead research and special projects. Welcome aboard, Andrea!
We also send warm wishes to Kristin LaRonca Parpel, who will be leaving PLI this month. Kristin has been with PLI for nearly two years and has been a great source of energy and enthusiasm for all of us here at the institute. Kristin has decided to focus on building her own private coaching practice and further exploring her passion for social enterprise. We wish Kristin all the best in her future endeavors. Should you wish to contact Kristin directly, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 15 June, I addressed the graduating class of the Masters in Management program at the London Business School. It was a wonderful experience and I want to thank Martin Hudak for his kind recommendation of me as their keynote speaker.
Pepper addressing the graduating class of the Masters in Management program at the London Business School
Then, on 18 July, Priscilla and I had the honor of attending a dinner at the Queen’s House on the grounds of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It was a fund-raising dinner for The Lobkowicz Collections
, as well as a celebration of the loan of the Collections’ spectacular painting by Antonio Canaletto, “The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day”, to the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration. The evening was made even more special by addresses from world-famous historian Dr. David Starkey and HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
Priscilla de Callier, Pepper de Callier and William Lobkowicz at The Queen's House, Greenwich
On 26 June, we launched our new interview program and networking event, “The Leadership Series: Discussions With the People Who Are Defining the Future
”. Our kick-off program was sold out two weeks before the event and hosted three of the most recognized and respected CEOs in the Czech Republic: Pavel Kysilka of Ceska sporitelna, Pavel Rehak of Ceska pojistovna, and Milan Vasina of T-Mobile CZ. It took place at the Kempinski Hotel in Old Town and included what had to be the most amazing array of food at what the chef called a 5-Star Barbeque. Thanks, once again to these insightful leaders for sharing their thoughts with us—they were great! Thanks, too, to Marcus Klos of Prague Connect, our event partner, for his masterful execution of organizing everything.
Milan Vasina, CEO, T-Mobile, Pavel Rehak, CEO, Ceska pojistovna, Pavel Kysilka, CEO, Ceska sporitelna and Pepper de Callier, Founder & Executive Director, Prague Leadership Institute
Now, to this month’s newsletter. We lead off with a thought-provoking piece from a distinguished PLI faculty member, Jan Muhlfeit, Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation. As is his style, Jan is very engaging as he shares with us a number of enlightening examples, anecdotes, and personal observations on leadership in the 21st century.
Our new feature in the newsletter, which we launch this month, is from the other end of the leadership spectrum: young leaders. In a series, I will ask young leaders from various parts of the world to share their thoughts on leadership, its challenges, lessons they are learning, and the things they expect from their leaders for inspiration, guidance and development. This will bring a truly inter-generational aspect to our ongoing dialogue on leadership. In the first of the series, I have asked my younger son, Rhys de Callier, Associate Director, Fluorescent Immunoassay Business Unit, Quidel Corporation, to launch our Young Leaders Series. I think when you read his article you will understand not only why I am so proud of him and asked him to do this, but why I have so much hope for his generation as leaders.
A special thanks to Jan and to Rhys for their wonderful contributions to our library.
Each month two members of The Prague Leadership Institute’s faculty, or invited guest authors, share their thoughts on a wide variety of leadership-related topics. To all of them go our sincere thanks for taking the time, and having the generosity of spirit, to share their wealth of experience.
Thank you, too, for taking the time to read our newsletter and for your support.
P.S. My book recommendation for this month: Why Smart Executives Fail
by Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. The book has been hailed as a must-read by The Wall Street Journal
, Fortune Magazine
, and The New York Times
. It is both a wake-up call to “Alphas” and a roadmap to leadership excellence in the 21st century.