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Thursday, June 27 • 09:15 - 10:00
If You Really Want to Make a Difference, Be the Flexibly Robust Leader

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The latest trend in Scandinavian Leadership 
If you really want to make a difference as a leader, both for your employees and your bottom line, forget about standard management principles - Be the Flexibly Robust leader, instead.

Being a leader today requires self-knowledge, not just in terms of your profession, career, and experience, but in terms of yourself as a human.

I clearly remember how it felt giving my very first orders in the armed forces in the 1980s: "Atteeeention! - I will now give the order to ....". Once the task was carried out it was easy to imagine that it was because I was a great leader.

Danish corporate culture is known for its low power-distance. This influences the way many Danish managers act: Issuing commands is very much becoming a thing of the past. It is being replaced with an appreciative and coaching style of leadership, combined with psychological and philosophical approaches.

In this you have a special position as a leader: On the one hand, you have to be both your employees' whip and their caring leader, while on the other hand you have to take care of your own balance. One of the latest bids for a "tool" to care for this balance is "resilience". I see resilience as an expression of your ability to regain balance, when you are about to topple as you have slipped right out at the tip of the rocker and it is so violently tipping, that you are about to fall off ... But why wait until you are pushed to the edge, at risk of falling off? Why not prevent unbalance instead?

I believe that:
  • *   The ability to prevent, lies in strengthening your robustness - not the classic common sense of robustness, but the robustness of knowing your own point of view, your strengths, and your fragilities.
  • *   Working with chaos or taking control ... there is an ongoing discussion about whether one is better than the other. Personally, I am mostly into "framed chaos". Both chaos and control have their strengths and benefits, but they certainly have their weaknesses and risks, too.
  • *   For you as a leader, it is a core competence to be in - and be with chaos. You must be able to stand on deck, in the strong wind, without falling for the temptation to tie yourself to the mast of the ship.

In order to handle this necessary balance, you need to know yourself and your personal foundation - your values. You must be genuinely robust - or as my wise friend and working partner, prof of philosophy Ole Fogh Kirkeby call it; Flexibly Robust.

Speakers
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Ole S Rasmussen

Founder, Executive Coach at Langer & Rasmussen (Denmark)
Ole S. Rasmussen is the founder of the management consultancy, Langer & Rasmussen based in beautiful Jutland, Denmark. Ole has more than 20 years of management experience from the armed forces (e.g the Danish Queens’ guards), and the different levels of private and public organizations... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 09:15 - 10:00
Room 705 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

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