Welcome to the August issue of the Prague Leadership Institute’s newsletter.
July saw an event take place in Prague that gives us reason for optimism in the realm of civil society and values-based leadership. It was the formal launch of Aspen Institute Prague. Former United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, brought 22 former Foreign Ministers to Prague to celebrate the event and to hold her annual Aspen Ministers Forum. To those of you who may not be familiar with the Aspen Institute please take a look at their website and I think you’ll get a sense for why there is so much excitement about the creation of Aspen Institute Prague
. It’s not always easy to measure the impact of an organization like Aspen, but in my column below I share some thoughts on just that topic.
In keeping with our Young Leaders series that launched last month, I would like to introduce you to our latest contributing author, Martina Gambles Kazdova, who is Finance Director, Czech Republic and Slovakia for BRAMMER CZECH, a.s. Martina and I met through Vodafone’s Odyssey Program, a mentoring program for senior women executives here in the Czech Republic. Martina is my mentee this year, and I think you’ll see one reason why we are proud to have her in the Odyssey Program when you read her column this month: Leadership Through My Eyes
. Thanks, Martina for this wonderful perspective on leadership.
In the May newsletter I mentioned a strategic partnership we entered into with YouTube, but I was asked not to go into detail about it until everything was in place. Now we are ready, so here it is: we have agreed that PLI will produce a series of one-and-a-half to three minute inspirational videos that will be posted on the PLI YouTube channel every Monday for twelve months. The series will be titled Common Sense Wisdom: Thoughts To Live
By with a subtitle that explains the content of that week’s video. We have already shot the first fifteen segments with a great film crew, headed up by Ivan Vlasyuk. In each segment I will share a quote or give an example of something that has been a source of inspiration and motivation over the years. This is proving to be more time-consuming than I ever thought it would be, but it is very fulfilling and fun. The series will launch on 3 September, so please give it a look and let me know what you think.
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: Many of my Czech friends have read Talks With T.G. Maseryk
, by Karel Capek, but for those of you who haven’t, I heartily recommend it. Written by one of the Czech Republic’s favorite authors and wonderfully translated by Michael Henry Heim, this is a wonderfully human view of what enduring, values-based leadership looked like in the real world of the Founding President of Czechoslovakia.