Welcome to our April newsletter. It has been an unusually long winter in Prague, but we are finally seeing the promise of spring, as I hope you are wherever this finds you.
This month will see us sharing the message of The Human Element of Leadership (THEL) in a speech to a project management conference being held at Tomas Bata University in Zlin. Early next month I will be conducting a workshop on THEL for a global conference of NGOs taking place in Prague.
Now, to our authors for this month: Our first contributor is a distinguished member of our faculty and the CEO of ING Insurance CZ/SK, Renata Mrazova. When the topic of leadership is discussed in CEE, it isn’t long before Renata’s name will be mentioned as an example of holistic, caring, and very effective, performance-oriented leadership. We, apparently, are not the only ones to realize this, because the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, has asked Renata to write the Foreward to the Czech edition of her new book, Lean In
. We are honored that Renata has offered to share it with our readers before the launch of the book next month on 7 May in the beautiful conference hall of Ceska sporitelna’s Rytirska Palace. Lean In
challenges us to rethink commonly-held prejudices and stereotypes regarding womens’ success. This is not an ideological polemic on womens’ issues. It is a very down-to-earth, well-reasoned, and human look at Sandberg’s life journey and how it relates to the dialogue of gender context in the 21st century. I know you will find Renata’s piece enlightening, as you will Lean In
This month’s Guest Author is someone who is well-known to the executive community in CEE, Alice Punch, former senior consultant with two respected global executive search firms, Korn Ferry and Egon Zehnder, and later the Group Human Resources Director for Zentiva, the generics business of global pharmaceutical leader, Sanofi. Alice has seen executives from a number of perspectives in her career and been a trusted advisor. This month, she shares some truly provocative thoughts and observations on the reality of true leadership in her piece, “Leadership: Be Careful What You Wish For”.
Thanks, Renata and Alice for these wonderful contributions to our archive!
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 not a book. It is the current issue of Aspen Review
, the quarterly publication of Aspen Institute Prague. This issue addresses some extremely interesting, and timely, issues, such as the renationalization of Europe and the future of capitalism in an interview conducted by Maciej Nowicki with bestselling author and political scientist, Francis Fukuyama, of Johns Hopkins University. The Aspen Review
is available at selected bookstores in Prague and Warsaw, or by subscription at firstname.lastname@example.org
This publication is a touchstone for political, economic, and cultural issues in Central Europe and well worth the investment in time.