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SESSION 3 | MARCH 2, 2022


A changing business environment rewards agile, resilient next-generation teams.
How do they differ from traditional bands and how to create them?

Prof. Deborah Ancona

Prof. Deborah Ancona

Outstanding professor of management and organizational studies, founder of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Its pioneering research has resulted in the concept of X-Teams as a tool to drive innovation in large organizations. Ancona's work also focuses on the concept of distributed leadership and on developing tools, practices and coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at all levels. She is the author of "X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed" (Harvard Business School Press) and the related Harvard Business Review article In Praise of the Incomplete Leader.

Description of the session

The time of traditional bands closing in their silos is over! When faced with sudden changes, the need to make quick decisions and solve complex problems, teams cannot act separately from each other. Projects in the organization overlap more and more, which requires an interdisciplinary approach from employees.

That's why we need a new type of band! X teams are oriented to cooperation with other departments and create a network of contacts inside and outside the company, which allows them to approach challenges in an innovative way. Thanks to cooperation, X teams efficiently use business opportunities and carry out tasks that would be impossible to achieve within a traditional team.

In this session you will learn:

How is the role of teams changing in the networked world?
What are X teams and how do they differ from traditional teams?
How to build X-Teams - what attitudes and skills of the members of such a team are necessary?
What kinds of leadership competencies at all levels of the organization do X teams require?
What are the elements of the 4C model of leadership in a changing business environment?
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.

Anna Łakomy

Anna Łakomy

Knowledge Management Diagnostics Director, Consultant & Trainer at ICAN Institute

She is a certified NeuroColor consultant and trainer. He specializes in identity research. She has gained her experience by managing international research projects with mixed methodologies, building relationships with key clients and in the product management. Since 2017, she has been responsible for the development of the diagnostic line in the ICAN consulting projects department.

She graduated in sociology at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences as well as PR and Marketing at the University of Warsaw. She is also a scholarship holder of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and a PhD student at Complutense University in Madrid.

Wojtek Mendyka

Wojtek Mendyka

CEO Meaning Makers

Over 20 countries, 10 years and clients from the Fortune 500 list. Wojtek permanently cooperates with the biggest and the best in their industries, creating and conducting trainings on building an effective message in leadership and sales. Founder and head trainer at Meaning Makers where he teaches how, by understanding and using the principles of the human brain, you can interest, engage and be remembered by clients and recipients. In a world full of uncertainty and overload of information, Wojtek helps leaders, experts and sales departments speak so that they are listened to, by shaping a message that effectively communicates value, reaches the recipient and influences his decisions.

Conference programme

09:00 - 09:55
09:55 - 10:00
Welcoming the participants and starting the conference
10:00 - 10:30
dr Witold Jankowski
dr Witold Jankowski
Strategy, Process and Teams: How a fast and uncertain environment influences the strategic role of teams
  • Team effectiveness as a hidden and underestimated source of competitive advantage
  • Change of orientation: from process organization to project organization and the growing role of teams
  • Organizational hierarchy of the company versus external networks: where are the inconsistencies and how they can be solved at the company and team level
  • Teams in flexible innovation processes: what needs to be changed
  • Teams in digital transformation processes: main problems and dilemmas
10:30 - 10:45
Q&A session
10:45 - 11:45
prof. Debora Ancona
prof. Debora Ancona
X-Teams and three leadership skills to lead in a rapidly changing world
  • What are X syndromes? What characterizes them and distinguishes them from traditional bands?
  • Three foundations of the operation of new generation teams: external activity, extreme execution, flexible phases
  • How to create X-Teams: necessary steps, checklists and good practices
  • What attitudes and skills of the members of such a team are necessary?
  • How do X-Teams contribute to the growth of innovation in the organization?
  • What are the best situations for X teams and how to use their full potential?
  • What skills do leaders need to effectively lead X teams?
  • Leadership Signature: How to discover and communicate your unique leadership style?
  • How to design agile organizations that use leadership at all levels to adapt to changing times?
11:45 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00
Wojtek Mendyka
Wojtek Mendyka
Meaning-making, i.e. a counter-intuitive approach to giving meaning and communication in the face of changes, uncertainties and challenges
  • What is meaning-making and what do you need to know about the decisions your recipient, customer, or employee's brain is making?
  • How to move the status quo and convince the brain to change?
  • Why might your message of change cause resistance, and how can you deal with it?
  • Which 4 guardians of the status quo do you need to overcome and how to do it?
  • What to do to make the change more permanent and more understandable to the brain?
  • ... and what does the story of the supporting character of "The Shawshank Redemption?"
13:00 - 13:30
Q&A session
13:30 - 14:15
Anna Łakomy
Anna Łakomy
Smart teams from high C
  • Collective intelligence - genie in a bottle or a tool of the leader of the future?
  • "Factor-c" - building and destructive factors
  • Replace lemons with lemonade for effective diversity management
  • Team resistant to changes and turbulence - transition from the information age to the conceptual age
14:15 - 14:30
Q&A session
14:30 - 14:45
Q&A session with prof. Debora Ancona
Summary and conclusion of the conference