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Justin Featherstone

Justin Featherstone, Freelance leadership consultant,
United Kingdom

Justin Featherstone is a leadership consultant, expedition leader and infrequent television and radio presenter. He has worked with a variety of public sector and commercial organisations in both the UK and abroad and specialises in developing values-based leadership and organisational culture. He is also an occasional lecturer at the University of Exeter Business School. A former Major in The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, he deployed on various operations over his 18 years’ service, including commanding a Company in Southern Iraq in 2004. His last posting was as the principal leadership Staff Officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry and leadership in Iraq and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. An Associate of the Centre for Leadership Studies Professional Network of the University of Exeter Business School, he is also a member of the Alpine Club, an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and has achieved the City & Guilds Membership Award in Leadership and Management (MCGI). In 2011, he spent time living with the Cabecar Indians of Costa Rica for research to support his dissertation for an MA in Leadership Studies at Exeter University.

Module: Managing Self through Development of the Reflective Mindset

20 May, 2016, Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jim Berry

Jim Berry, Assistant Professor, University College London - School of Management,
United Kingdom

Jim Berry is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) with the University College London - School of Management, where he has won several teaching awards as well as being a top rated researcher. He earned his PhD in Organizational Behaviour from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continues to teach negotiations in their global MBA programs.

Jim is primarily engaged in the areas of creativity, innovation, negotiations, leading change, and strategic planning. His research is focused on how leaders can maximize the creativity of their employees and stakeholders to innovate and provide strategic direction for their organisations. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Research Methods. In practice, he has facilitated leadership, change management, innovation, and strategic planning efforts for groups including: Apple, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Goldman Sachs 10KSB, Honeywell, Lufthansa, and the Red Cross, among many others. Jim brings a diverse background to his work, previously: founding a software company, starting a strategic consultancy group, leading technology R&D efforts, coaching Olympic athletes, and writing anti-terrorism textbooks.

April - Module: Building an Adaptive Mindset around Change & Creativity

21 April 2016, Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sharon Turnbull

Sharon Turnbull, Ph.D., Independent leadership and management academic, United Kingdom

Sharon Turnbull has a Ph.D. in Management, an MBA and is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and was recently elected as a Fellow of the RSA. She is a Visiting Professor at the FELU, the Universities of Gloucestershire and Worcester, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Lancaster, and a Fellow at the University of Durham. She has also been Cycle Director of the International Masters Programme in Practicing Management, a global leadership programme. As Director of the Centre for Applied Leadership Research at The Leadership Trust, Sharon researches, writes and presents new ideas in the field of leadership. Her current research focus is on worldly leadership – uncovering ancient and indigenous leadership wisdoms for a more sustainable world. She is also interested in responsible leadership and leadership for sustainability. Prior to joining The Leadership Trust in 2003, she led MBA and executive programmes, taught and researched at Lancaster University Management School for almost ten years, following a commercial career in HR and Management Development.

Module: Managing Context through Development of the Worldly Mindset

7 September, 2016, Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Melita Balas Rant

Melita Balas Rant, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana

Melita Balas Rant is an assistant professor of management and organization at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, and academic director at the Centre for Business Excellence. She teaches courses on Organizational Analysis and Design, Building Leadership Capacity and Strategic Leadership and Accountability. Over the last decade, she has worked in close proximity with fast growing, highly innovative and internationalized CEE companies analyzed and consulted their strategic and organizational changes and challenges and leadership practices. Apart from the world of business, she has been working also for the public sector. In the period 2008-2011, she served in the shoes of a Director of the Executive MBA at the IEDC-Bled School of Management, and IEDC-CEEMAN Research Coordinator. Among other activities, she has been leading and coordinating the Hidden Champion’s research project on behalf of CEEMAN and IEDC, though courses on Personal Development and Leadership Skills at the IEDC Executive MBA program, Performance Appraisals, and Leadership Capacity. Currently she co-directs FELU MBA program, design tailor-made business and executive programs for companies and public sector enterprises.

Module: Coaching oneself through Exchange of Leadership Wisdom

6 October, 2016, Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Miha Škerlavaj

Miha Škerlavaj, PhD,
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana and BI Norwegian Business School

Miha Škerlavaj is a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at BI Norwegian Business School and an adjunct professor at the University of Ljubljana. He is an engaged teacher and awarded researcher in the field of proactive and prosocial behaviors at work, interpersonal relationships and organizational development and change. Among many other venues, he published in prestigious international publications such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Leadership Quarterly and the Human Resource Management, and a book Capitalizing on creativity: Fosterming the implementation of creative ideas at work. His research appeared in media such as The New York Times and Harvard Business Review official FB page. He has extensive practical experience through workshops, trainings and consulting assignments. He teaches PhD, MBA, executive, and master of science programs. He is involved in research collaboration projects with international organizations and is also hired to hold invited talks for practitioners on ODC, OB and innovation management-related topics, such as prosocial motivation, job crafting, creativity and innovation management, time management, and change management. More at his blog http://www.mihaskerlavaj.net, Twitter @SkerlavajMiha or LinkedIn mihaskerlavaj.

Module: Managing Relationships through Development of the Collaborative Mindset

22 November, 2016, Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Chris Howe

Chris Howe, Chief Executive, Change-Maker ISL Ltd. and Senior Partner IWNC, China

Chris Howe, his role has often been to work with a board to help it establish a future direction or with a senior executive team that has already established a direction and needs help to determine the best means of implementation. He is currently sitting on an international expert committee sponsored by the UN exploring management development strategies for the International Atomic Energy Authority. In 20 years of consulting in more than 40 different countries, he has worked with organisations of all shapes, sizes and industries. Some of them have been local and many have been global. Some have been struggling to reverse a trend of decline, whilst others have been grappling to control the pains of rapid growth. As a professional speaker, he has addressed a wide range of audiences across the globe. In the last three years, he has spent approximately one-third of his time in China working with senior teams from a variety of multi-national businesses as they grapple with challenges. His early career involved 9 years with IBM, in a variety of sales and management positions. He then joined the major Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers in a broader managerial role to help restructure their business for the dramatic changes that then impacted financial markets. In 1989 he was inspired to take his experience of change management and use it to help a wider variety of companies adapt to an ever more competitive business environment.

Module: Managing Change and Continuity through Development of the Action Mindset

9 December, 2016, Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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