The tempo of economic changes taking place today has forced a revision of many traditional approaches to management. Together with some of the most distinguished figures of business, politics and representatives of the most influential scientific institutions, the Executive Club and the Amicus Europea Foundation initiated the European Executive Forum, dedicated to issues of leadership and management.
Participants in the forum searched for an answer to the question of what management concept is really needed in Europe today, in order to overcome the recent impasse. During their discussion they shared their leadership concepts and their own experience of politics and business. The themes tackled at the conference are without a doubt going to help contemporary leaders face the challenge that every organization, operating in an unpredictable market environment, has to face today.
The congress prompted the initiative of creating a regular meeting for an exchange of knowledge on best business practices, a cyclical presentation of the latest trends in management, and at the same time a platform for the exchange of experience and supplying the most up-to-date knowledge on leadership. The forum was attended by distinguished politicians, business leaders and scientific authorities, and was provided with substantive support by such institutions of science as INSEAD, IESE and the leading Polish higher education institutions i.e. Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Leon Koźmiński Academy, University of Warsaw of Technology Business School and University of Warsaw.
On the first day of the forum Aleksander Kwaśniewski greeted the guests on behalf of the organisers, while Minister Olgierd Dziekoński spoke on behalf of President Bronisław Komorowski, delivering his message to the forum participants and attempting to present methods of both supporting and analysing leadership competences. His emotional speech created a place for an active dialogue with the audience.
Professor Manfred Kets de Vries, Chairman of the faculty of the Raou de Vitry d’Avaucourt in INSEAD and Clinical Professor for Leadership Development and Director of Global Leadership in the same institution provided a sample of analytical methods and supporting leadership competences in a two-part, very emotional speech, which in fact was an active dialogue with the guests.
The panel working under the title of “Past and future leadership” was moderated by President Kwaśniewski, with three Prime Ministers as its members: Giuliano Amato – Prime Minister of Italy in 1992-1993 and 2000-2001; José María Aznar – Prime Minister of Spain in 1996-2004 and Jan Krzysztof Bielecki – Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Council , with business circles being represented by the President of PKN Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, whose opinions complemented the vision of leadership presented by a panel dominated by politicians.
The discussion on the historic context was continued by the panel, aimed at producing clear analyses, such as an answer to the question “What kind of leadership does Europe need today?” chaired by Professor Rosati, supported by politicians such as Alfred Gusenbauer , Chancellor of Austria in 2007-2008 and representatives of scientific circles Professor Michał Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and business circles; Grzegorz Hajdarowicz , President of Gremi Media Management Board, publisher of “Rzeczpospolita”; and Adam Pieczyński, Member of the Management Board for News Programmes in the TVN Group.
Professor Alastair Nicholson, Honorary Professor of the faculty of Management at the London Business School and other panellists, i.e. Mirosław Bieliński, President of the Energa SA Management Board, Professor Jerzy Hausner, Deputy Prime Minister in 2003-2005, currently a Member of the Monetary Policy Council, and Professor Piotr Płoszajski, Head of the faculty of Management Theory at the Warsaw School of Economics and Włodzimierz Kiciński, vice-president of the Management Board, KGHM Polska Miedź deliberated on the issue of the crisis of leadership, lack of positive role models and authorities in the panel entitled “Where have all the leaders gone?”. The members emphasized the great role played by trust in leadership, especially at a time of economic crisis.
The first day of the conference ended with a speech by its special guest, Mr Joschka Fisher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1998-2005. Minister Fisher spoke of a global vision of dangers and challenges that Europe/the European Union is facing today. He also talked about how apparently remote events, such as revolutions in the Arab, world may have an impact on the future of the EU and why they cannot be simply left unacknowledged.
During the evening Gala the guests were presented with a show by Studio Buffo, whose performance embraced popular songs from around the world which combined well with the European character of the congress.
On the second day of the conference, the emphasis was more on the issues of business leadership. During the first panel, Professor Krzysztof Obłój, Manager of the faculty of Strategic Management at University of Warsaw, made historic concepts of leadership familiar to the guests, insofar as this was possible in so short a time. In the theoretical part he was support by Professor Witold Bielecki, Rector of Leon Koźmiński Academy and Professor Maria Romanowska, Manager of the faculty of Economic Management of the Warsaw School of Economics. Also Maciej Filipkowski, Vice President of IT and Mobile Division in Samsung Electronics Poland and Zbigniew Krzysztoń, Director of the HR Department in PGNiG SA shared their experiences relating to the issues of effective leadership in business.
The global context of leadership was discussed in a very interesting debate chaired by Professor Witold Orłowski, Director of Warsaw Technical University Business School, who is one of the best known Polish commentators on global developments in the economy. Among the panellists who attended the debate were guests of unquestionable achievement within global business, administration and political structures, such as Olga Grygier-Siddons, President of the Management Board, PwC Poland, Jarosław Pietras, Director General of the EU Council, Pedro Pereira da Silva COO of the Jeronimo Martins Group, Country Manager for Poland and Portugal and Dr hab. Herbert Wirth, President of the Management Board, KGHM Polska Miedź.
Professor Andrzej Koźmiński, President of the Leon Koźmiński Academy was accompanied by panellists who represented sectors in which the element of leadership and vision is a key ingredient of success – the IT and Private Equity sectors. The IT sector was represented by Ronald Binkofski, Director General of Microsoft Polska and Aster Papazyana, Director General of Dell Polska, while the Private Equity sector was represented by Michał Chałaczkiewicz, Director of Montagu Private Equity. Dr hab. Radosław Koszewski , Director of the IESE Programme, was also a member of the panel which discussed the issue of whether this is in fact “The end of the world of managers”.
The second day of the conference also hosted the panel, which concentrated on the psychological aspects of leadership under the title “Leading with emotions”, which was chaired by Wojciech Eichelberg, Director of Psychoimmunology Institute, accompanied by some excellent business theoreticians and managers, such as Professor Zbigniew Dworzecki from the faculty of Economic Management of the Warsaw School of Economics; Linda Hand, Senior Vice-President and Head of European Operations Services for Evalon and Paweł Jaguś, President of the Management Board of Quamak S.A.
A debate summarizing the two days of the conference, moderated by President Alexander Kwaśniewski, attracted a lot of attention. The list of panellists included Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Chairman of the Prime Minister of Poland’s Economic Council, Joschka Fischer, German Minister of Foreign Affairs 1998-2005, Alfred Gusenbauer, Chancellor of Austria 2007–2008, Dr Jan Kulczyk, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kulczyk Investments and Professor Krzysztof Obłój, Manager of the faculty of Strategic Management of University of Warsaw, which ensured a discussion of the highest level.
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