Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 5, Issue 2

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

Dear Readers,
Pepper de Callier
Welcome to this issue of the PLI newsletter.  We have a lot to cover, so let’s jump in straight away.

First, I want to welcome two new and outstanding members of our faculty, Mel Carvill and Milan Vasina.  Mel is one of the founders of PPF Partners and is a member of PPF Group’s top executive team.  An impressive thought-leader, Mel previously served with Generali Group in a number of senior positions, such as Head of Western Europe, Americas and Middle East and Head of M & A, among others.

Milan Vasina is the CEO of T-Mobile CZ.  He has been with Deutsche Telekom group for 18 years and has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of their top leaders, who is known for his ability to create cohesive, engaged teams and deliver top performance in challenging times.

Welcome aboard, Mel and Milan!

I would also like to bring to your attention another one of our distinguished faculty members, former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Jan Muehlfeit.  Jan has now decided to write a new chapter in his life and career in which he will help individuals and teams unlock their potential.  Good luck, Jan!

Now, to the newsletter.  As many of you will recall, in the previous, recent newsletters I asked our contributors to tell us about a book, a person, a song, a poem—something that had a significant impact on their lives.  The stories were wonderful and can be read in our newsletter archive.  We received such a positive response to these that I decided to continue with the format, but change the request.  I have now asked our faculty members and invited guest contributors to answer this question in as many, or as few, words as they wish: “What is it that you know now that would have been helpful to know then.”

And, to kick things off, two respected members of our faculty, Muriel Anton and Mel Carvill, contribute two very different, but very insightful, and engaging answers, which I know you will enjoy reading.  Thanks to Mel and Muriel for your wonderful articles!

Each month a member of The Prague Leadership Institute’s faculty, and/or an invited guest author, 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 this time is a light-hearted, but insightful look into failure and its role in success, as it could only be addressed by the creator of the Dilbert cartoon, Scott Adams.  How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big; Kind of the Story of My Life is a fun read that might give you some useful insights.


PLI Faculty Member

What do you know now that would have been helpful to know then?

That we can’t predict the future and success comes from early detection and the flexibility to change.

With the hindsight gained after the crisis it all appears so obvious: the idea that we could use financial models to predict the future seems absurd. However, that’s what I spent many years of my working life concentrating on. I wasn’t alone. As the mathematics of finance became more sophisticated and computing power allowed the development of stochastic models we believed we could predict the future with confidence. On reflection, the sophistication was inversely related to common sense.
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Things That Would Have Been Helpful to Know Then

Muriel Anton

Top 5:
5) Trust the process
4) Do fewer things better and faster
3) When leading teams:  smart managers give answers, smarter managers ask questions
2) If you have an idea your passionate about, don't wait for approval, lead the change. 
1) The capacity for peoples’ creativity and ingenuity will surprise you... If you give them the opportunity! 
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