Welcome to the September edition of The Prague Leadership Institute’s newsletter.
I hope this finds you having had a wonderful summer with family and friends. It’s been a busy summer writing, creating and presenting workshops and having a film crew follow me around filming our weekly series for YouTube, but it’s all been great fun. Here’s a link to our latest installment.
Now, on to our guest contributors this month, Miroslava Durankova and Martin Burda. It would be difficult to come up with a better example of two ends of the career spectrum than we have this month. For the past four years I have been advising an exceptional group of young people in Slovakia. The group’s name is Manageria
and they comprise some of the most talented and dedicated young leaders-to-be I have ever worked with. Miroslava is an excellent example of the cohort that will become the leaders of tomorrow. In her contribution to our Young Leaders series, she displays a maturity beyond her years in a discussion of how expectations of others have been instrumental in bringing out the best in her. On the other end of the leadership spectrum is a man for whom I have a great deal of respect, not only as a professional, but as a person. In 1998, Martin was the portfolio manager of the best performing off-shore bond fund in the world, and today he is Chairman and CEO of Investment Company of Ceska sporitelna, the oldest asset management company in the Czech Republic, with 5 billion Euros under management. Not the stereotypical financial executive, Martin makes the 27 kilometer daily commute from his home to his office on a bicycle. Perhaps it was while commuting that he developed his thinking on the matrix organization, which he so eloquently and insightfully shares with us in this month’s issue.
Thank you Miroslava and Martin for your wonderful contributions!
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. This month’s book recommendation is As A Man Thinketh
by James Allen. I first read this forty years ago and picked it up again recently. It was like being reunited with an old friend after a long absence. The small size of this book belies its powerful impact on one’s self-awareness.