Past Events Lead Creatively: Discussion Series


The Lead Creatively: Discussion Series is designed to stimulate discussions with distinguished researchers and scholars in order to disseminate to students, executives, and the larger society cutting-edge and management-relevant knowledge about creativity and leadership.  

Below you may explore all past events , organized by theme.


April 12, 2019 | Outreach and Creativity: Libraries, Archives, and Museums by Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Historically libraries have been repositories of knowledge, secure places for the preservation of books, manuscripts and more. How do libraries adapt to the newly available flood of information via the internet in order to remain relevant? The role of the curator is crucial in figuring out ways to showcase the material through old and new technologies. Through digitization, exhibitions, and public programs the curator can give new life to a traditional institution and provide the public with a variety of inspirational events that instill new life to the institution.

Dr Georgopoulou’s talk  offered a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities involved in rejuvenating traditional organizational structures through a combination of digital technology, managerial extroversion, and curational creativity


March 22, 2019 | | "Creativity and Aesthetics: The Case of Michelin-starred Chefs”  by Dr Marc Stierand, Associate Professor of Service Management & Director of the Institute of Business Creativity at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, HESSO/University ofAssociate Profe Applied Sciences Western Switzerland.

Aesthetics play a critical role in the development of new products, services, and customer  or user experiences. Creative leaders rely on their aesthetic sensibility to integrate multiple and often competing imperatives into novel and compelling solutions.  Drawing on his extensive research in the world of international haute cuisine, Dr. Marc Stierand shared his reflections on how Michelin-starred chefs engage in intricate forms of aesthetic composing that express their unique creative identity.




14 May, 2020 (Online ) |  HR and Coaching WORKSHOP: Coaching Others for Creative Performance and Adaptability  by Richard E. Boyatzis, H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business; Professor, Organizational Behavior Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Adaptability is at the heart of desired change. Without a willingness and desire to adapt, a person, management team and entire organization enters a defensive posture and rejects new ideas. In the process, they become closed to scanning the environment and staying in touch with what their customers and competitors want, need and are doing. In strategic terms, it is called “competition neglect.” Without steady innovation and adaptation to new conditions and opportunities, performance withers.

Adaptability, or flexibility, and even disruptive innovation seem antithetical to organizational functioning, which often depends on stability, consistency and reliability – doing on the whole the same thing, but slightly better. With our focus on financial metrics and specific goals, leaders and executives engage neural networks and hormonal systems that defeat this desire. They close a person and groups down from openness to new ideas and change.

The greatest challenge for a top executive is not to be adaptive themselves, but how to create an atmosphere in which others can be adaptive. Based on 30 years of published longitudinal, behavioral studies, fMRI studies and hormonal studies, Professor Boyatzis will lead the participants through the dynamics of helping people become open to learning and change. He will lead the audience through examples of what effective helping and coaching to stimulate adaptability and openness feels like, as well as understanding the neural processes that foster or inhibit it. He will share key stories and discoveries in his new book, Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth, co-authored with Professors Melvin Smith and Ellen Van Oosten.

This session addressed the following:

  1. The dynamics of adaptability, what helps and what hinders it emergence at work.
  2. Understanding the psycho-physiological role of the Positive Emotional Attractor and the Negative Emotional Attractor in motivating adaptability or encouraging the status quo regression.
  3. Projects and efforts that help create a culture of coaching and development to supplement a culture of creative performance.


May 23, 2019 | Prudence and Creativity: An Odd Pair? by Dr Haridimos Tsoukas, The Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Business and Public Administration, University of Cyprus & Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Behavior, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK

In his speech Dr. Haridimos Tsoukas  presented examples from the business community and talked about how a prudent leader can be or should be a creative leader.



16 June 2020 (Online)   Leading in a post pandemic world by Richard E. Boyatzis , H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business; Professor, Organizational Behavior Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University

An interactive panel discussion designed exclusively for senior leaders members of SEV and Alba. Professor Richard Boyatzis, one of the most influential leadership thinkers in the world, answered the questions of senior business leaders in Greece about the new challenges and opportunities confronting leaders today and in the next decade.

October 23, 2019 |  Leading the digital transformation” by Dr. Gianvito Lanzolla, Professor of Strategy, Cass Business School, City, University of London.

What does digital transformation mean for leading in the digital age? In this talk, building on his research with several born-digital companies which have successfully scaled up and with incumbents companies which have embraced the digital transformation, first, Professor Lanzolla highlighted the fundamental changes that the pervasive adoption of digital technologies trigger in a company’s skillset, culture, incentives and structures. Then, he discussed the implications and the new imperatives for leading people and organizations in the digital age.

Septembe26, 2019 | Strategy in times of digital change: simple rules and impromptu action by Dr. Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos, Professor of Strategy and Marketing, Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

Facing increasing complexity, managers need to simplify decision making: simple rules, few clear guidelines (e.g., setting priorities, seizing opportunities, exit decisions) foster swift and concerted action. Rather than predicting it, companies need to discover the future as they improvise small, unplanned steps to market surprises. While in the past, firms have been addicted to routine behavior, complicated decision tools, and elaborate plans, they begin to discover what has been always the norm in jazz bands: educated spontaneity, active listening, common aims, ‘yes-and’  coordination, and rotational leadership.

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