Continuing our tradition at this time of year of mixing fun and learning about excellence, we are happy to share this little kiss with you.
Last year, we posted about how innovation in the public sector brought postage to the general public, facilitating the introduction of Christmas Cards. The year before, we were happy to report on a Christmas Crises Averted. In 2017, we published a tale of a journey to excellence in Dickens’ Christmas Carol having previously looked at The Excellence behind Rudolph in 2016, and a Case Study on Santa in 2015.
Wishing you a Happy Christmas and Holiday season and all the best for an excellent year in 2020
Feliz Navidad – Joyeux Noël – Buon Natale – Frohe Weihnachten – Veselé Vánoce – Boldog Karácsonyt – Glædelig jul – Vrolijk Kerstfeest – Hyvää Joulua – Wesołych Świąt – Feliz Natal – Καλά Χριστούγεννα – С Рождеством – З Різдвом Христовим – Maligayang pasko – Nollaig Shona – God jul – Mừng Chúa Giáng Sinh – メリークリスマス – สุขสันต์วันคริสมาสต์ – חג מולד שמח – मेरी क्रिसमस – 聖誕快樂 – 圣诞快乐 – 메리 크리스마스 – كريسمس مبارك – كريسمس سعيدة
Dublin, Ireland, 17 August, 2020
We are pleased to announce the induction of Andrew Kakabadse and Teresa Kemppi-Vasama into the Excellence Hall of Fame. Due to the ongoing battle against COVID-19, their induction will be celebrated next year in combination with 2021’s inductees.
Professor of Governance & Leadership, Henley Business School
Andrew is one of the world’s foremost experts on governance, boardroom effectiveness, top teams, and government. He has been listed in the world’s Top 50 business thinkers on two occasions (in 2011 and 2013). After starting his career as an environmental scientist and working both in the public sector and with an engineering consulting firm, Andrew joined the faculty at Cranfield University’s School of Management (where he is now an Emeritus Professor). His research has focused on governance and the performance of boards and executive teams. He has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world and has been a Visiting International Fellow at the Centre for Creative Leadership.
You can learn more about him here.
Executive Chair Kemppi OY & Board member of Cargotec and LUT University
Teresa started her career in Andersen Consulting (Accenture). She then moved to the Finnish Red Cross where she grew her role and worked her way up to management. After over a decade with the Red Cross, she started to work in her family’s welding equipment business, Kemppi (an innovative pioneer in the wielding industry). In 2014, she was appointed as its Executive Chair. She was honoured as a Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in 2015 and, in 2017, she was awarded with one of the ten first “Finland 100 Years Medals” by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce. She serves as on the board of Cargotec and of Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT University), is Chair of the Association for Finnish Work, and she serves as Vice Chairman of the Industrial Society of Lahti. You can learn more about her here.
About The Business Excellence Institute
Headquartered in Dublin, the Business Excellence Institute is the only global membership body for business excellence professionals in the world. With members on 6 continents, it promotes excellence and works to help organisations, from small family businesses to federal governments, achieve it.
About the Excellence Hall of Fame
The Excellence Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to recognise and celebrate people who bring excellence to life and have made outstanding contributions to the organizations in which they have worked, the discipline of management, or to society at large. Previous inductees include Henry Mintzberg (world-leading thinker on management and business strategy), Clara Shih (Founder of Hearsay Systems and Board Member of Starbucks), Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch (CEO of US China Education Trust), Raomal Perera (Serial entrepreneur and INSEAD professor), Eileen McDonnell (CEO and Chair of Penn Mutual), Feargal Quinn (Founder of Superquinn) and Martin Naughton (Founder of Glen Dimplex).
We wish all our members, clients, and their families who observe Ramadan peace and well-being.
Here is a quick “ABC” on how to cope with a crisis:
||Acknowledge the challenges faced
||Be calm and transparent – don’t try to shield people from reality, it almost always creates problems
||Communicate and create a safe space for others to voice concerns and questions
||Don’t damage your credibility by promising things you cannot deliver
||Eat and sleep enough – look after yourself so you can look after others
||Focus on what you can control and take actions accordingly