POSITIVE LEADERSHIP – The Key to High Performance

Date: 17 June 2020, 18:00–20:00 (Start 18:30)
Location: Vienna Expat Center, Schmerlingplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Speakers: Stefan Andexer, Dr. Markus Ebner, Marcus Pietrzak, Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas (moderator)
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What sets average companies apart from those that are highly successful? And what do managers, whose employees unfold their full potential, do differently?

Professor Martin Seligman, one of the best-known researchers in the world, stated some two decades ago that psychology was mainly concerned with people’s suffering, but knew very little about happy and successful people. He therefore called for scientific investigation into happines, success, extraordinary achievements, i.e. generally positive life histories. He called this research approach “Positive Psychology”.

An area of organizational psychology works with these approach and investigated numerous high-performance companies worldwide. The result: Positive leadership is the key to above-average performance.

In this VGL Forum’s keynote, Dr. Markus Ebner, one of the leading experts in this field, will show how positive leadership works, which visible effects this management style has on companies, and which simple smaller and larger practical tools can be implemented immediately in everyday business. Many practical examples and exercises enrich this presentation. In addition, you will learn how to use this approach for yourself in order to recognize and use your own strengths (better).

Kicking off with this keynote by Dr. Markus Ebner (speaker, coach and author), he will be joined by Stefan Andexer (Lidl Austria) and Marcus Pietrzak (IBM Austria) in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas, in which they will discuss their own experiences with positive leadership as well as answer questions from the audience in an open Q&A session.

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Stefan Andexer

Stefan Andexer

Stefan Andexer has been Head of HR Development at Lidl Austria since March 2016. He is responsible for training and further education, skills diagnostics, global mobility, and apprenticeship training for around 110 apprentices. Already in 2008, after studying “International Economics”, he joined Lidl as a sales manager. He later changed to work for Lidl’s sales organization. In these functions, he was able to make use of his passion for HR and test new management approaches in practice.

Dr. Markus Ebner

Dr. Markus Ebner

Markus teaches economic and organizational psychology at the University of Vienna and the University of Klagenfurt, works as a coach and trainer for numerous companies, and owns a management consultancy. He has specialized in Positive Psychology and is one of the leading experts on the subject of Positive Leadership in the German-speaking countries. His work has received numerous awards. His book “Positive Leadership” was placed on the economic-relevant German bestseller lists in 2019; the English edition will be published in 2020.
Marcus Pietrzak

Marcus Pietrzak

Marcus is the Leadership & Executive Development Leader at IBM CHQ. He has been Leadership Development Leader for the past 15 years. In his global role, he blends extensive international experience from broad consultancy experience and a range of additional responsibilities: from creating and managing programs for aspiring managers, for executive leaders, to driving culture change initiatives – e.g. Positive Leadership in Europe. His expertise is grounded in a Master’s degree in I/O Psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and in HR Management and Organisational Development. He also teaches Leadership topics at the University of Vienna.

Marcus joined IBM in 1999 to work as a Client Solution Executive in IT Outsourcing for Global Services and later on as Management Development Leader. Before joining IBM, he ran his own business in the area of Personnel, Organisational Development and Training for several years.

Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas

Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas

Barbara is a senior researcher and lecturer at different universities in Austria and abroad. Besides, she is Visiting Professor at the University in Valencia/Spain. Her research focuses on New Ways of Working and particularly leadership strategies for complex environments. Barbara is the project leader for Vienna Global Leaders and Eunepa’s different leadership programs. Besides, she is a passionate dancer and fell deeply in love with West Coast Swing.

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