People, as well as organizations, are often telling stories of what they do and how good they are at doing it. However, the focus should rather be on doing things so well that stories will be created out of them. At her Leadership for Change Lecture in the Faculty of Management (University of Tampere), Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP) emphasized the importance of story-doing rather than story-telling in constructing a sustainable society. Doing is the story.
Activist and project coordinator Ruby van der Wekken visited the University of Tampere in January 2018. In her Leadership for Change Lecture, van der Wekken talked about her work at the Siemenpuu Foundation, Helsinki Timebank, Oma Maa Food Cooperative and the Global Justice Movement.
How do complex challenges appear from the perspective of city leadership? This was the topic of the LFC Lecture by Dr. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Professor of Practice in the UTA Faculty of Management and former Mayor of the City of Tampere. Dr. Ikonen shared the insider’s point of view with the audience presenting her ideas on leadership in the public sector and the role of the mayor in city leadership. At the end of the lecture, Dr. Markku Sotarauta, Professor in the Faculty of Management, commented on Dr. Ikonen’s lecture from the perspective of current academic research.
Tuuli Kaskinen, Executive Director of Demos Helsinki, visited the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere as a guest lecturer for the Leadership for Change lecture series. Kaskinen discussed the role of systemic modeling and shared value thinking in leading complex change processes. She gave the audience advises on what modern leaders should keep in mind during decision-making process.
Lauri Veijalainen, the CEO of Stockmann Group, visited the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere as a guest lecturer on the Leadership for Change (LFC) lecture series on 23 November 2017. The lectures are organized and facilitated by the LFC master’s students. Here, you can read a report of the event written by Team Veijalainen.
The first Leadership for Change Lecture in 2017 was given by Esko Aho. Mr. Aho explained that during his time in the prime minister’s office, Finland was in a state of crisis. Since such incident had not occurred before, he had to take many steps and actions without a guideline or legacy. He also emphasised the importance of conceptual rather than personalised leadership.