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SESSION 4 | APRIL 6, 2022 - the recording is already available!


How to create a work environment that fosters innovation and contributes to the growth of the organization, rather than inhibiting it?

Christine McCarthy

Christine McCarthy

General manager of the TEC Leadership Institute, speaker and trainer. She has over 25 years of experience in organizational development and a PhD in global leadership competences. Her mission is to help leaders align their personal and organizational cultural and functional divisions so that they can thrive in a changing world of business. She conducts workshops to build authentic cultures focusing on developing agile skills, values and behaviors of teams and leaders.

Description of the session

Companies wishing to compete effectively on the market need innovation - be it product and technological, or process and organizational. They must constantly improve their offer and production methods to create unique value for the customer and scale up their operations.

Development and implementation of the necessary changes ceased to be the domain of individuals, the so-called "Change agents", and it has become a task involving the entire organization. Therefore, an organizational culture is needed that gives space for experimentation and rewards valuable ideas, and does not punish mistakes for mistakes, but allows us to draw valuable conclusions for the future. What elements constitute a culture of innovation? How can leaders create it and communicate its values?

In this session you will learn:

When is organizational culture an asset and when is it a burden in a fast and changing business environment?
How to find out if culture is conducive to change and innovation rather than being a barrier to them?
What constitutes a culture that tolerates ambiguity and bias in dealing with incomplete information?
How do you find the balance between customer orientation and creating a stable environment for employees?
Building a culture of trust and security that fosters innovation and challenging the status quo - tools, methods and good practices

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Witold Jankowski

Witold Jankowski

President of the Board, ICAN Institute

Lecturer and business practitioner, one of the most experienced strategic consultants in Europe. He is the founder and president of ICAN Institute and also the creator of the "ICAN Management Review" magazine and the co-founder of "MIT Sloan Management Review Polska".

As a propagator of spreading knowledge and continuous development, he initiated many groundbreaking meetings with world authorities in the areas of leadership (including Marshall Goldsmith, Dave Ulrich, Heike Bruch, Daniel L. Shapiro), sales (including Neil Rackham, Andy Zoltners, Jeffrey Gitomer) and innovation (including Andrew McAfee, Hal Gregersen, Alex Osterwalder). He cooperates with the best research and training centers in the world . He is an advocate of the concept of evidence-based management, which is management based only on proven management practices supported by research.

Ewa Stelmasiak

Ewa Stelmasiak

Expert of well-being culture

Ewa STELMASIAK, MS, MSc is an expert in personal and organizational well-being, specializing in well-being leadership and culture.

Book author of “Leading for wellbeing. How to create supportive work cultures in a hybrid world” (available in English this fall), co-author of two other books “Organizational Well-being – What? How? Why?” and “Challenges of the XXI century. Healthcare and medical education”. Founder of The Wellness Institute of Poland (est. 2012).

Stelmasiak is a consultant and trainer for companies including many multinational brands. Her services encompass the co-creation of well-being strategies, leadership training and inspirational talks. She works in Polish, English and French.

Ewa graduated from universities in Poland and in the United States. She gained certifications in worksite well-being management (National Wellness Institute) and wellness coaching. Ewa serves on the advisory board of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP).

Stelmasiak has been an invited speaker at many international conferences and lectured in Warsaw, New York City, Minneapolis, Athens and Budapest, including at the Business Insider Global Trends Festival and the World Congress on Controversies in Neurology.

Ewa has 13 years of experience in employee satisfaction, communication and employer branding in a multinational corporation. Her work has been featured in numerous business, medical and lifestyle media, including national radio and television.

dr Maria Mycielska

dr Maria Mycielska

Expert and lecturer at ICAN Institute

A sociologist, doctor of economic sciences, for almost 20 years he has specialized in the field of organizational culture and leadership. She uses her own managerial experience gained in Poland and Great Britain in international corporations.

She led development projects in 16 countries around the world, incl. in India, Thailand and China. He works with organizations and leaders as a consultant and individual trainer. She supported many recognized companies, incl. Deloitte, E&Y, Crédit Agricole, Reiffeisen Polbank, Estée Lauder Companies, ING, Żywiec, Abbott, Shell, Fujitsu, Philips, Dell Computers, SAS Institute, Volvo Auto Polska. He has many international certificates and training, consulting and coaching accreditations (International Coaching Community, London).

She is the author of many publications, including a research paper on the impact of leadership on the organizational climate and two academic textbooks. Her latest book, A Practical Manual of Managing Company Culture. The experiences of companies in Poland ”combines the theoretical approach to organizational culture with its practical implementation in Polish companies.

Conference programme

09:30 - 10:25
Networking session
10:25 - 10:30
Welcoming the participants and starting the conference
10:30 - 11:00
Witold Jankowski
Witold Jankowski
Organizational culture: new rules of the game
  • Three mechanisms of coordination of behavior in the company: hierarchy, strategy, culture
  • What changes has COVID-19 introduced to the dynamics of hierarchy - strategy - culture?
  • Flat structures, flexible strategies to compete: new challenges for companies
  • Growing importance of organizational culture as a coordination mechanism
  • Organizational culture as a source of competitive advantage
  • The impact of culture on the company's financial results and its assessment in the eyes of customers and potential employees
  • New generation employees: what distinguishes them and what is their influence on modeling organizational culture?
  • The five tasks of a leader in the context of shaping culture
11:00 - 11:15
Q&A session
11:15 - 12:15
dr Christine McCarthy
dr Christine McCarthy
Adaptive organizational culture and leadership, i.e. organizations focused on the future
  • Features of future-oriented organizations
  • When organizational culture is an asset and when a burden in a fast and changing environment business?
  • How to find out if culture is conducive to change and innovation rather than being a barrier to them?
  • Adaptive organizational culture in six stages - how to implement it step by step?
  • Building a culture of trust and security that fosters innovation and challenging status quo - tools, methods and good practices
  • What constitutes a culture that tolerates ambiguities and bias towards incomplete actions information?
  • How to develop a leadership profile that fits the future?
  • Agile responses to constant changes and emerging customer needs
  • Redesigning the organization to create a market-oriented ecosystem (MOE)
  • How to overcome the conflict between command and control? Why is it worth doing this if you want to be a better leader?
12:15 - 12:30
Q&A session
12:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:45
dr Maria Mycielska
dr Maria Mycielska
The role of leaders in culture management that opens up the potential of the organization
  • How does organizational culture work in today's world?
  • Is there a universal culture that leads to market success?
  • How do leaders create culture and the culture of leaders?
  • The ten domains of leadership that influence people's behavior
  • What does it mean to open up opportunities while drawing boundaries?
  • To what extent are competition, perfectionism or power needed in the organization and what to replace them with?
  • Is it “profitable” to be a leader who creates a constructive culture?
13:45 - 14:00
Q&A session
14:00 - 14:45
Ewa Stelmasiak
Ewa Stelmasiak
Creating cultures of well-being for organizational effectiveness and positive impact
  • Why is creating a culture of well-being an organizational imperative?
  • What are the five key approaches to well-being in an organization?
  • How to build a supportive work culture in a hybrid world?
  • How does leading for well-being differ from other leadership styles?
  • What is the role of a well-being leader?
14:45 - 15:00
Q&A session
Summary and end of the conference