Welcome to our December newsletter. I hope this finds you planning a relaxing time with friends and family over the holidays.
November has been busy, so let me jump right in:
First of all, it is with a great deal of pride and happiness that I welcome a new member to the PLI faculty, Jitka Schmiedova. I have known Jitka for five years and in that time have grown to respect her as an innovative and dedicated human resources professional and a true thought-leader in executive development. Currently, Jitka is a member of the Board and Vice President of People and Property at Vodafone Czech Republic. Jitka’s background
is truly impressive, but one thing in particular I would like to share with you is that in 2011, she, as the only executive from the Czech Republic, was selected by the United States Department of State as a participant in the “Women in Leadership: Advancing Women as Corporate Leaders and as Entrepreneurs”. As a member of this program, Jitka joined other women executives from around the world as guests of the State Department for an intense one- month tour across the United States. They met with dignitaries such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and various governmental and business leaders across America. The purpose of their meetings was to discuss leadership at the operational and Board levels, organizational culture, mentoring, and best practices in four sectors: entrepreneurial, corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit. Welcome aboard, Jitka! We are fortunate to have you on our faculty.
In her piece for this month’s newsletter, Jitka literally walks us through her career transitions and shares with us the insights and lessons learned from her richly diverse industry sector experience.
Our next article comes from Guest Author, Lenka Hejdukova, who is a director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Audit. Lenka comes to us through Odyssey, a highly selective, senior-level executive women’s mentoring program. In her piece, she takes a novel, tongue-in-cheek look at an imaginary VIP Lounge for executives and what the membership criteria might be.
Jitka and Lenka, thank you for your wonderful contributions to our leadership archive!
Finally, I am honored to join the Supervisory Board of Economia, a.s
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 this month is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
by Patrick Lencioni. This New York Times
bestseller is written as what the publisher calls a “leadership fable”. It’s a fictional look at what a new CEO faces in the way of a dysfunctional team and how she deals with it. I can say two things about this book: The author does a masterful job of weaving, what my experience has shown to be, real-world dysfunctions in senior teams, into the story and it is full of useful insights about how to deal with them. This one is a “keeper” for my library. PdeC
If the topic of self-confidence
is of interest to you, you’ll want to see our latest installment of Common Sense Wisdom: Thoughts to Live By
, on our YouTube channel