Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 10

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

Dear Readers,

Pepper de CallierWelcome to the PLI October newsletter.  Autumn has always been an inspirational time for me—the brisk scent of fall in the air, soft sunshine and shorter days with chilly evenings—to me it’s a perfect time for reflection and personal growth.

This autumn has had an active start for us at PLI.  We have a full schedule of speaking engagements, seminars, and workshops for the fourth quarter. I recently conducted our first video-conferenced seminar for Nokia in Kazakhstan, and I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of the technology. Through the Global Speakers Bureau, which represents me, I was contacted regarding working with 10 leaders in Saudi Arabia. In addition, I have been asked to keynote the Middle East HR and Strategic Management Conference, which is being held in Cairo in March, 2013. Our weekly video series, Common Sense Wisdom: Thoughts to Live By, continues on YouTube. Here's a link to our latest installment, Failure is an Attitude.

This past week we were notified that CNBC reporter, Stephani Shelton, recorded a piece on my latest weekly column, titled Serendipity’s Role in Your Career, which appears in the Prague Monitor on Mondays.  Stephani’s reports are heard worldwide on the CNBC radio network and we are thankful for her interest in our work. Here is the link to her report.

This month’s Guest Author is Drahomira Mandikova, Corporate Communications Director at Plzensky Prazdroj.  Drahomira is a member of Odyssey, a senior-executive women’s mentoring group, which is sponsored by Vodafone.  I have invited some members of the program to contribute their thoughts on leadership.  In her article for this month’s newsletter, she discusses the leader’s role in creating an inspirational environment of innovation. Drahomira is an excellent example of high-caliber executives who are attracted to it as participants, to which her article is wonderful testimony.  Thank you, Drahomira, for this thoughtful contribution to our leadership library.

Each month a member of The Prague Leadership Institute’s faculty, 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.


Guest Author
Drahomíra Mandíková

Innovation and Leadership

Drahomíra Mandíková
Director of Corporate Affairs and Communication at Plzeňský Prazdroj

Harvey Firestone, an American businessman and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, once said, "Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."

This statement, which dates back to the past, remains very true and is becoming more and more relevant. In times when a new creative idea and the ability to implement it represents a competitive advantage and is essential for a business’ long term success, many companies seek ways to encourage an innovative culture.

What is innovation and an innovative approach for a company, anyway? Is it about the products or services it provides to its clients or customers? Or is there something more to innovation? And what is the role of leadership in terms of supporting an innovative environment within a company?  ...
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