Saturday, October 21, 2006

A school with a view at the foot of Triglav and on the shore of lake Bled

IEDC, School with a view, has celebrated 20th anniversary. A truly remarkable achievement with a profound and global reach. As Ms.Danica Purg says, the Dean and Director of IEDC, »In two decades, more than 35,500 managers from around the globe have participated in our programs and the School has significantly contributed to management development in Central and Eastern Europe.” The program was reach. A special thanks was given to the innitial supporters of the project, specially to Marko Bulc who Danica called the founding father of the school. The keynote speaker at the ceremony were Dr. Ichak Adizes, a renowned management guru and one of the world’s leading experts in change management, while the round table featured renowned professors and business people: Prof. Jean-Pierre Lehmann, professor at IMD Lausanne and founding director of the Evian Group of industrialists, Dr. Erhard Busek, Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for SEE and former Vice Chancellor of Austria, Prof. William Fischer, IMD Lausanne, Wilfried Grommen, General Manager for Citizenship, Microsoft, EMEA, Paris, Bert Heemskerk, Chairman of the Executive Board, Rabobank the Netherlands, Hiroshi Nagata, Ex Vice President Mitsui & Co, Prof. Pedro Nueno, IESE Barcelona. All the speakers were very inspiring, yet, a simple message of Adizes will stick with me for ever. “We need trust and respect and the rest will follow”.
However, looking at the podium I could not avoid raising a question to myself «Do only man have problems with leadership…since only they were addressing this issue«… and there could be more truth to this that it seems at the beginning. We are in the era that needs new tools for leading fruitful life and Jin energy is the one helping to develop those tools. Men seem to have some troubles using the Jin energy… so, the answer could as well be” YES”. We need a balance and understanding of both Jin and Jang within every individual. We need constructive discussions to take place among men and women. Only than we can hope to seek a better balance in life and in the world overall.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another Important InJo Event

The 1. European workshop on Innovation Journalism (InJo) is over. 62 registered participant, all major Slovenian media houses present, presence of 7 countries, the network of 6 co-organizers, 15 supporters from a business sector, one full day of activities .
In addition, we were recognized as a reliable partner of VINNOVA for the organization of a Regional Conference on Innovation Journalism (June 07) as part of the preparation for the European Commission’s Minister Conference on Innovation Systems and Cluster Development in Stockholm in 2007. The conference is initiated by the EU Commission, through the PRO INNO Europe Cluster Alliance, and organized by VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. The aim of the conference is to produce a common policy, development strategies and action program for cluster development and innovation systems for the EU. More about that see on www.innovationjournalism.si/InJoconference0607 .
The key note speaker of the workshop was Stanford researcher and Innovation Journalism program director David Nordfors who clearly stressed the importance of news media as an actor in the interaction between innovation and public attention within public innovation policy and research.
With this workshop Slovenia reinforced her role among the leading countries on development of progressive innovation ecosystems. The workshop proved one more time that Innovation Journalism is a new global paradigm and an important building stone for progressive business ecosystems that can ensure a sustainable long term growth. At the same time the concept needs a lot of local support in order to become a daily mind set. It needs a lot o dialog, trust, mind challenges and manifestation. It needs an open space, a decentralized environment where creativity and innovation can really get wings and roots.

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Innovation at the Yearly Managers Meeting

October 5th and 6th the Association of Managers of Slovenia had it's yearly summit with a special ceremony for the Manager of the Year Award. This year’s honor went to Mr.Colaric, President of the board of pharmaceutics company Krka. This was one of the most fruitful Fall meeting in the history of the association. Specially, the second day way attended well. And this is really good news since the topic of the second day was Innovation. Mr. Potocnik, EU Commissioner for research, H.P. Tschirky, prof. em. Of technology and Innovation management from ETH, and the round table (J.Potocnik, T.Fink, H.P.Tschirky, F.Bobinac, G.Liarokapis, S.Smuc, V.Bulc) opened several views and issues regarding the innovation process. The discussion was lively and it went towards identifying resolutions based on the best practice experiences. Probably the most important messages that came out were: EU, including Slovenia, has to continue intensively investing in innovation. But at the same time we should not neglect the importance of Mother Earth and people and creative individuals. In addition, we all agreed that we need to do everything to get innovation issues and stories on the first pages of newspapers, on the prime time. Only with a cross functional co-operation we will be able to move forward faster. Really cool event and I hope that more and more (young) managers will continue to actively participate is such important topics and willingly take actions within their realm of work.