Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting
To provide more opportunities for members of the ECLF community to connect in a meaningful way, we are launching a new meeting format called “Focus on Thought Leadership”.
Complementing our annual summit and our traditional Focus on Practice meetings, we are planning for 1-2 additional events per year which will last two half days, from noon to noon. They will provide the opportunity to meet and discuss issues relevant to your profession with leading scholars from renowned universities, think tanks, and research centers. There will be no additional costs for ECLF members.
The first of such meetings will take place from October 10-11 at Oxford University. In a series of interactive sessions with top faculty members from SAID Business School, we will discuss technological trends, the resulting scenarios for business and society, and the implications for leadership and organization.
As space is limited, seats will be allocated on a first com first serve basis, giving priority to senior primary members.
Together with Oxford Saïd’s faculty we will explore contemporary areas related to technological transformation and the challenges they present for strategic leadership and organisation:
Chris Kutarna on Global Mega Trends
Now is humanity’s best moment - and its most fragile. Global health, wealth and education are booming. Scientific discovery is flourishing. But the same forces that make big gains possible for some of us deliver big losses to others—and tangle us together in ways that make everyone vulnerable. We are living in a second Renaissance and we can flourish—if we heed the urgent lessons of history. During this first scene setting session we will explore how.
Trudi Lang on Scenarios Thinking
Often organisations have a single strategy approach to technology based on the analysis of forecasts, trends and the assumption that tomorrow will not be that radically different from today. Scenarios thinking is a practical approach that enables executive teams to think in new ways and create credible stories of the future that challenge conventional wisdom and in that way identifies potential disruptors that could emerge. This allows strategy to be stress tested and, if necessary, modified to withstand or harness disruption.
Marc Ventresca on Leadership and the Humanities
As we grapple with all the challenges that disruption brings, where can we look for ideas to inspire our leadership practice? The humanities study human society and culture including ethics, creativity, communication, philosophy, politics and history, all of which can provide inspiration and creative solutions for today’s challenges. Our discussion will focus on how the humanities can inform leadership and what practical interventions can be applied.
Eleanor Murray on Making Change Happen (Executive Panel Discussion)
We will wrap up the FoTL meeting with a panel conversation between selected ECLF members and Eleanor, who specializes in how change is constructed in organizations and systems. What approaches work, what else could be done in the light of fresh perspectives? How should leaders resilience-proof their business, to anticipate and respond to the spectrum of current and future disruption?
You can download the detailed schedule of the meeting here.
TRAVELThis link will help you to travel to the City of Oxford.
Our Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting will take place at Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
Marriott Courtyard has just opened a brand new hotel in 8 minute walking distance to Oxford University.
Please make your reservation directly with the hotel.
We were able to reserve a dicounted block rooms for our group at a rate of GBP 158 including breakfast, which will be only available until September 1, 2019.
Please mention the code ECLF when booking your room. After this deadline, rooms are not guaranteed, and regular rates apply.
For all questions regarding logistics please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACTFor all questions related to the event please contact email@example.com.
Please register by September 15, 2019 by obtaining a "ticket" via eventbrite.
Special Terms for this Meeting
- Space for this meeting is limited
- Registrations will be treated on a first come first serve basis
- Priority will be given to primary members
- All others will be waitlisted until the registration deadline expires (September 15)
The meeting is free of charge for ECLF members.
Provided space is available after the registration deadline, the folllowing terms apply:
- Guests from member companies pay a 50% discounted fee of USD 600.
- Guests from non-member companies pay a nominal fee of USD 1,200
If you are not a member and would like to receive an invitation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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10th Focus on Practice Meeting
With its 123 major companies and a presence in more than 30 countries across 4 continents, Otto Group has always put an emphasis to create a highly networked organization that allows for a constructive balance between corporate governance and the diverse needs of businesses and regions. As a major player in the massively disruptive retail sector, the company went early through massive digital transformation processes, leading to a unique strategy for future growth.
Managing the transition from a paper based mail order organization towards a fully digital retail group requires massive cross-boundary collaboration - a topic that will be seamlessly connecting with the theme of our recent annual summit.
Our 10th Focus on Practice meeting will provide insights on how to use collaboration to initiate, push and manage cultural change and digital transformation in a big organization, with special emphasis on cross-boundary knowledge management.
We particularly will discuss:
What kind of platforms are helpful
What kind of communication is needed
What kind of cultural change process is necessary
What role does knowledge management play in this context
As always at our FOP meetings, we will deep-dive into the experiences of our host and compare them with practices and ideas from other ECLF companies.
Please REGISTER by November 30, 2017 by obtaining a "ticket" via eventbrite.
Otto Group Corporate HQ
Loft 6 Event Space
Werner Otto Strasse 1-7
Enter GATE 2 (Bannwarthstrasse)
We have secured a room contingent at the
The price is € 220 which includes room, dinner, and breakfast.
Please take care of your own reservation using the code "ECLF".
Reservations must be made latest by November 30, 2017; rooms will be released after this date.
The meeting is free of charge for ECLF members.
Guests from member companies pay a 50% discounted fee of USD 600.
Guests from non-member companies pay a nominal fee of USD 1,200
Please REGISTER by obtaining a "Ticket" via eventbrite.
Please note that this is a member only event, limited to senior executives from large organizations. If your company is not a member, please do not register without first contacting ECLF at email@example.com
Hosted by member companies, ECLF annual summits are the highlight of the year, bringing together ECLF members from more than a dozen of countries to engage in an intellectually and socially inspiring dialogue which is the hallmark of ECLF's culture.
Each conference is dedicated to exploring a strategic challenge of the practice.