Prepare for Excellence

This one day, highly interactive workshop will be held on Friday, March 27 in Dublin (Dun Laoghaire). Attendees will explore leadership, strategy, communication, risk and innovation to develop an understanding of what organisations need in order to embark on their journey to excellence. The workshop includes a discussion on how excellence assessment helps organisations on the journey and a challenging simulation.

When Where Price
27 March, 10:00-17:00 Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Members €317, Non-Members: €381
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Season’s Greetings & Best Wishes for an Excellent 2020

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

Excellence Hall of Fame – 2020 Inductees

Dublin, Ireland, 10 December, 2019

The Business Excellence Institute is delighted to announce the successful nominees, elected to the Excellence Hall of Fame for induction in 2020. In alphabetical order by first name, they are; Anastassia Lauterbach, Andrew Kakabadse, and Teresa Kemppi-Vasama.

Anastassia Lauterbach

Anastassia Lauterbach

Andrew Kakabadse

Andrew Kakabadse

Teresa Kemppi-Vasama

Teresa Kemppi-Vasama

Anastassia Lauterbach – Founder, Lauterbach GmbH, Board Member of EasyJet and eKomi

Anastassia is one of the world’s leading experts on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and in their implications for corporate governance. After earning a doctorate in Psychology, she joined Munich Re from where she went on to work for McKinsey, DaimlerChrysler, T-Mobile, and Deutsche Telekom (where she served as a board member). She then worked for Qualcomm before founding her own company. She has served on a number of other boards, including for Dun & Bradstreet, and is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey, a founding member of the NASDAQ Advisory Council of Next Gen Board Leaders, and an advisor to UN’s International Telecommunications Union.

Andrew Kakabadse – 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.

Teresa Kemppi-Vasama – Executive Chair, Kemppi Oy

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 management. After over a decade with the Red Cross, she started to work in her family’s welding equipment business, Kemppi. 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.

The Induction Ceremony is a Black Tie Gala Dinner with a “fireside chat” that will take place in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday, 26 March, 2020. Induction Ceremony Gala Dinner tickets can be purchased here


About The Business Excellence Institute

The Business Excellence Institute is a membership body that promotes business excellence as a multi-disciplinary profession, excellence in management, and the use of innovative approaches to personal and organizational development. It works with individuals and organizations ranging from small family businesses to federal governments to help them deliver outstanding results for all their stakeholders. It has members on 6 continents and while predominantly practitioner focused, it also has academic members.


A Christmas Challenge

Last year, we were happy to report about a Christmas Crises Averted, continuing what is now a tradition mixing fun and learning about excellence at this time of year. 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.

This year, we examine a few innovations which helped spread the joy of Christmas and outline a Christmas Challenge that is worth accepting.



Michael Sutton, one of the Institute’s Fellows, and his co-author Kevin Allen (former advertising executive turned educator) have recently published a book on game-based learning… Emotify, The Human Element in Game-Based Learning, Serious Games and Experiential Education.

In the book, the authors propose an actionable work plan, based on tried and tested research, for those who wish to harness the power of game-based learning. It covers a spectrum of topics ranging from basic concepts to pragmatic approaches for marketing in order to help readers succeed in their game-based learning endeavours.

You can purchase Emotify on Amazon (note: the Institute is not an Amazon affiliate and will not earn any fee on any purchase):

Emotify - The Power of the Human Element in Game-Based Learning

Nele Leosk and Eric Anderson elected Fellows of the Institute

We are delighted to announce that Nele Leosk (Estonia), and Eric Anderson (Canada) have been elected as Fellows of the Institute.

Nele Leosk

Nele Leosk FBEI


Nele is a researcher and consultant in the government innovation and digital governance domain with experience supporting public sector modernisation initiatives in over forty countries across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. She has served as the as Programme Director of eGovernance Academy in Estonia and as an expert for the Estonian’s parliament’s Foresight Centre. She has also worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia and in the Finnish Institute of Public management and has consulted for the OECD and the UNDP.

Nele holds BA in Philology and Educational Sciences (Tallinn University), an MA in Public Communications (Tallinn University), a Masters of Research in Political & Social Science and a PhD in Digital Governance (both from European University Institute, Italy).

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson FBEI


Eric is a business excellence professional with three decades’ experience working in a wide variety of functional roles including, marketing, operations and IT. He has a detailed knowledge of logistics and quality management and has built on this to support the public sector in areas of transportation, natural resources, health care, and justice, He has lived for extended period of time in Turkey and Switzerland and has worked in the Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Eric holds holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, a Diploma of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, an MBA from Royal Roads University in Canada, and a Diploma of Management Consulting from the Graduate Management School of Grenoble (France). He is a Certified Management Consultant.