We recently completed Connect, our (eighth) annual six-month leadership experience for 90 people including senior leaders from engineering, media, financial services, housing, energy and retail. These are leaders on their way up, average age early to mid forties, bright, ambitious, keen to learn.
Lars Kolind Chairman, Serial entrepreneur, Professor, AuthorTalks about Innovation, Leadership, Purpose, Social Innovation, Transformation
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Lars specialises in transforming mature businesses and organisations into agile, innovative and growth-oriented communities. He is one of Scandinavia’s most successful and best-known entrepreneurs and business leaders becoming world-renowned for his transformation of Oticon, where he was CEO from 1988 to 1998. Lars transformed the company by designing and implementing the so-called Spaghetti Organisation, which has been featured as one of the first knowledge-based, almost paperless organisations in the world. He has built about one new company each year since 1998 and he has turned around companies and made them world leaders within their fields: Grundfos (chairman), Unimerco (chairman), LEGO (mentor for the CEO), Radiometer (COO and CFO) and Jacob Jensen Design (Chairman). He is chairman-elect of the World Scout Foundation and a member of the World Scout Committee. Since 2012 he has been Professor and master of leadership and strategy at the DeTao Masters Academy in China.
A prolific speaker, philanthropist and author, his latest book is Unboss and his thesis is as straightforward as it is radical: The purpose of business is to be useful, and if the business really is useful and well run, it will end up making lots of money. His track record is the strongest proof, covering a wide range of industries including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, industrial manufacturing, design, service, real estate, finance, management consulting, energy management and e-business.
The Future of Business
Purpose before profit
"Lars makes everyone feel uncomfortable, in a good way! Lars challenges leaders to set their sights higher, to be more ambitious and to change the world for the better. He is also the enemy of cosy establish processes, treacleised management structures and caretaker leadership. As an advisor to the Chinese Government, as President of Scouting International and as a world class writer and speaker, he is setting leadership standards worldwide. He is an inspiration who’s words, values and actions give leaders the tools and the reason to change and improve."
Nick Stace, CEO, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons