Stora Enso’s leadership for innovation

Kirsi-roundLars-roundFaced with huge structural challenges impacting the very core of its business, Stora Enso was forced to re-think itself as a company. But how does one transform a business previously led by so called “untouchables”, a group of like-minded, Finnish and Swedish top executives with similar backgrounds? And what does it take to encourage and inspire people to build new paths in a company with a global reach, despite the hardships of economic downturn and structural reforms? “Importing” innovation from outside is one thing and adopting (to) it is by no means an easy way to do, but how about “modernizing” oneself from within? Come and find out about Stora Enso’s journey towards creating a sustainable culture of innovation and entrepreneurial leadership by Lars Häggström, EVP Global People and Organization, and Kirsi Seppäläinen, SVP Communications, Biomaterials division.

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Interview with Seppo Halminen, founder of PMI Finland Chapter

Seppo Halminen founded PMI Finland Chapter.Today, we would like to present to you an exclusive interview with the founder of PMI Finland Chapter, Seppo Halminen. Seppo has more than 30 years of experience in project management. Originally working in the construction sector for more than two decades, he then joined Nokia and now he is Vice President and Key Account Manager at IIL (International Institute for Learning). Seppo Halminen founded PMI Finland Chapter in 2005.

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The DNA of Innovation

Ville-KarkiainenVille Karkiainen introduces himself as a Human Capital strategist with both line and management consulting experience, including functional leadership in multi-market environments, business operations & human change. Currently Director, Culture and Transformation Programs at Hay Group, Ville provides advisory services in the following fields: human change management, leadership transformation, top team development, group facilitation, program design, culture de-code, compensation & benefits, b2b sales & key account management. Prior to Hay Group, Ville worked as a HR Director for British American Tobacco with responsibilities across Sweden, Norway and Finland.

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Entrepreneurs, get inspired by jazz strategy to run your own company

Nowadays, it is easier than ever to become an entrepreneur and more and more people decide to run their own business. For Anthony Tjan (CEO of Cue Ball), these early-stage companies must follow different strategies than older ones as they differ by their size. These last 20 years, new models of strategy based on metaphors of the musical environment have emerged and been studied. In 1992, Weick was the first one to suggest looking at jazz bands to find new models of management. Indeed, many parallels can be drawn between jazz contexts and entrepreneurial contexts as well as between jazz band leaders and entrepreneurs.

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