Posts in September
Friday, September 23th, Slovakia…..
My partners and friends from the Hubbard College of Administration Slovakia, invited for their Annual Conference on Business Success, different international guest speakers to co-celebrate their 15th anniversary.
More than 120 managers-business owners attended the conference.
I was glad to meet again my friends of the HCA Slovakia.
The President of the HCA Slovakia , Mr Ladislav Pavlik.
Mr Pavlik opened the celebration with the 3 pillars of success in business stressing the importance on real knowledge based on practice.
He also stressed the importance to really know what the client needs and was using a family example of a father really listening to what the kid wants.
The HCA Slovakia expanded on all grounds.
Today they form a strong team of 16 stable staff.
I was evenly glad to meet our international partners-speakers:
Mr Nick Terenzi, CEO HCA Intl. who ,while on international tour to open HCAs, specially took time to come over and who stressed in his lecture the importance of continuous knowledge in order to control and to take responsibility
Mr Heimo Bucerius , Real Estate Expert and international speaker who stressed the importance of order and knowing your product as basis for sane, prosperous management.
Mr Pierre Paderni, Artist and international speaker who stressed the importance of having and communicating dreams.
I delivered a lecture on how to be a good mother in management.
The conference was the ideal moment to “baptize” the new book written by ALL STAFF of the HCA together.
We were asked to be the God Fathers of the new book.
I wish Slovakian business people growth and prosperity.
I like to thank all staf of HCA for their professionalism and care.
Especially the fantastic translator, Mr Marcel Pavlik.
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Ukraine, Odessa, September 2016. The regional government invites me as guest speaker on one of the seminars delivered to the newly appointed District Heads, The target given was to inform the local district heads about creating investment opportunities in the Odessa region and if possible enthusiast them about it. A local tender procedure choose me to do this.
Since I do strongly believe in Ukraine and its people, my enthusiasm at first was answered by the classical cynicism- typical but also understandable for the Odessa region, Little by little, however, the local District Heads could see that my enthusiasm was not founded on nothing and so the new local District Heads started to be positively affected by my enthusiasm and started to look at opportunities to attract investors.
New Year Eve 2013/2014, Kiev. Looking from my hotel room over the “Maidan” and having wandered during the day in the main streets of this beautiful city, I could sympathize with the emotional ups and downs of the Ukrainian people. I also felt pity of what was happening to this beautiful country and its strong people,
It is then in Kiev that I took the decision to help this country. I do know that if one want to help a country, one starts with the entrepreneurs and artists and those will then help the others. So I started to tour the country to strengthen its business people and went on radio and television to give a positive message to the people of Ukraine.
Today I start to observe some positive changes in economics, art and politics of Ukraine.
I remember the words of Liam Neeson (Oscar Shindler) in Steven Spielberg’s movie Shindler’s List. When his wife asks him what was the reason of his success his answer was “War”.
Do not believe I am an advocate of war, far from it. But in war, sometimes, people wake-up and pushed by the increased necessity to survive find new opportunities they would never have found before. And that is what I did observe in Ukraine in the last 3 years.
Not only did a lot of business people wake up but at the same time the whole world has heard about Ukraine. This was not necessary the case some years ago when one would have asked a Texan, Nigerian or Chinese on the street about Ukraine. Today Ukraine is known worldwide. And this BRAND RECOGNITION can be used in business. Something like: “Made in Ukraine under hard circumstances”
This brings us to foreign investment and the opportunities Ukraine opens today to local and foreign investors.
Yes an investor is looking for clear application of the law. And in Ukraine the application of the law in some occasions has been a mysterious cocktail of uncertainties. This formed a real wall in attracting investors. Clear application of the law does not mean the law in itself. In the extreme, the law can be really bad for some economic sector, but as long as the application of the law is clear and uniform, an investor can still find his way.
Meaning, corruption in itself is not the problem, it is the NOT UNIFORM application of corruption which creates the problem.
With the appointment of totally new local Heads and a new government, this unclear and dis-uniform climate tends to have been changed in the positive direction. At least this is what I do observe. And this is a positive message to investors.
On the other hand – considered today trouble area- Ukraine can apply for different international funding which it could not apply for before. Today’s European, World Bank and other Social Funds increase the possibility of local entrepreneurs to fund – at least part of – their enterprise. Intelligent investors can take advantage of it.
Ukraine has a strategic location towards Russia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and is less victim of terror attacks in comparison to its main competitor Turkey.
Ukrainian people are known to be hard and intelligent workers and with their low labor costs compared to those iN Western Europe, can compete strongly with the West.
All those elements if not creating – at least attract the idea of investing in Ukraine.
I am indeed advocating foreign investment in Ukraine in order to bring more peace and stability to this country and its economy and at the same time I am advocating the development of art. Art tends to have this positive effect on people to look for understanding instead of war.
When asked about which sectors to invest in, my tentative answer would be: art, agriculture, agro-chemical, cosmetic herbs, minerals, logistics, outsourcing of working force (building, nurses, elderly assistance) and outsourcing of brains and why not – once the war climate tempered – educational tourism or plain tourism.
But I am sure to forget a lot of other “Blue Ocean” opportunities Ukrainian entrepreneurs might have found already. I recall some entrepreneurs on my seminars coming with fantastic new ideas for export to me and for which I am determined to find investors.
And to those entrepreneurs I tend to say, the value of a company for an investor is not necessary the land, the buildings, the machines not even the clients portfolio.
The value of the company for a business angel or risk capitalist is the IDEA and the KNOWLEDGE a company possesses.
And in this we train founders, leaders, managers and every person interested to find new ideas, to make those ideas a reality with clear strategy and strong planning.
Part of our help is to find the necessary money energy with the classical 3 Fs: Family, Friends and Fools. Now in most difficult situations one realizes that the family already helped a lot; a lot of friends tend to lose this status in difficult situations when help is asked; remains the fools who invest in ideas, knowledge and opportunities.
And Ukraine today has a climate of spring for those fools.
I do wish Ukraine and its people success in attracting investors.
Marc J. de Turck
Marc de Turck talked about the importance of clear goals and ideas, he gave some trends to help the local entrepreneurs, he also gave some very practical advice on how to find and negotiate with investors. He also mentioned the emotional tone scale of L.Ron Hubbard as an important tool in attracting founders, goal makers and investors to the region.
For me this seminar was useful in dependence with the job I am doing now – Chief of the Cabinet of a Minister. In my everyday life I meet different people with different personalities and have to take different decisions. I am sure, now this will be easier for me.
I want to thank you for the knowledge you gave us.
The training gives us the opportunity to look from a side with enriched look otherwise common things from our everyday life. Some of those things we feel and realize internally and all this actually can be systematized. Gives us tools for managing of various situations.
F.T. Development Manager
It was pleasure for me to take part in this seminar, on which I learned, systematized things, what I met in the past and intuitively recognized in my personal and professional relationships.
Thank you for your attention and for the interesting seminar you presented to us.
I wish you a lot of achievements and personal success!
Fascinating and interesting performance by the lecturer. Categorically discharging and entertaining though it was not so deep. In each new contact one can learn something useful and practically applicable. I would define what I learned today as “each new thing is a well forgotten old one”.
Marketing and PR
Interesting techniques concerning emotions and the tone scale.
P.G. Chief of operations
I think that the fact two lecturers were so artistic very much help to direct the attention of the participants and to learn the matter.
The seminar is very useful to understand the basics of behavior of people who have bigger responsibility toward their subordinates and to help their work in making important decisions.
Thank you for the way of presentation of the lecture and my view about the management has changed in another direction, having in mind how we can look at the team and team work.
It was very useful for me to have practical and specific example in the management of an organization.
My personal benefit from the seminar is big and I hope I will implement it in the future.
For me today’s seminar was interesting because I explained to myself some behavioristic, emotional and other phenomena about the people around us. I liked also the systematization of the approaches which can be used to gain results in already created problematic situation as well as methods for avoiding such situations.
L.P. Head of Business Development and Sales
For me the seminar was very interesting, in a great extend it “opened my eyes” about the reasons why people behave in a certain way. In the last part the emotions came a little bit too much for me. The concept is very interesting and I would like to read the book.
M.K. HR Director
I want to express my good feelings towards both of the lecturers. They are two wonderful lecturers not only in theory, but also in the practice. All the information we received (despite it more difficult perception) is involved in our everyday life (in personal and professional aspect).
The good systematization will help us to see from a different angle the colleges beside us and to be able to understand them.
Thank you for the wonderful presentation and I hope we will have future meetings!
I hope to be able with the help of the seminar to handle the conflicts between my colleagues (and the anger in me).
From the seminar we received useful and interesting information concerning basic principles for conflict resolution, how to define and recognize the emotions from the Tone scale and the characteristics of the social and anti-social personality. It might be added some preventions for conflict appearance. Wonderful lecturer with perfect qualifications of an orator and body language.
V.I. Sales manager
Thank you to Mr. Marc De Turck and Mr. Imre Toth for the presented subjects. For me this was a new theme and field of knowledge.
I wish success to the whole team and I am looking forward to see you!
Thank you for the wonderful seminar.
The lecturers were extremely communicative, they well complement one another.
I have learned a lot of new things that I hope will use successfully.
I hope to be able to successfully apply in practice the presented principles which enriched what I knew so far. The examples given at the seminar will bring about successful realization. Thank you.
R.K. Chief of “Operations”
Thank you for the precious moments! The skill to communicate is something which we as human beings easily lose and fall into conflicts. To be able to handle them even when they seem bigger or higher than us is as important as knowing the ways in which we can fall in them. I am happy I’ve been with you and see you again!
D.P. Senior administrator HR
From the seminar I learned a few techniques for finding out the emotions of my opponent. Directions for leading of conversation in a different environment (good or hostile). Specification of the characteristics of the anti-social personality was also useful. As a recommendation: to put little more stress on the conflict itself – techniques in its resolution in different situations – boss-subordinate; between colleagues and so on.
R.D. Sales Manager
Impressions that I want to share with you exceed my expectations. The way of presenting the lecture from both of lecturers made me feel like a part of their team.
Enthusiasm they gave us kept it interesting all the time. The things I’ve learned will be useful for me not only in my work as Chief of the Cabinet, but also in my life – especially personal life.
I wish to the team to be always at good level and I longing to see you on the next seminar.
N.T. Chief of Cabinet
The seminar was useful for me because I learned how I can “order” even better my way of life – professional and personal. Thank you!
M.S. Trade Director
I received a good preparation for my work with the living human being. The exposed theory plus the practical drills will help me for more success with people.
Perfect: The seminar on conflict prevention and resolution was:
- Not loaded with terminology;
- Delivered in an entertaining way;
- Logically structured;
- Interesting in the communication with the participants
Thanks to the training team! Perfect organization, professional approach, interesting point of view of the problems discussed. Provoking the interest of the workers in the sphere of business to this issue is praiseworthy. I wish you success in every new challenge! Always be so open and ready for all the managers who want to be one step ahead in the dynamic business environment.
Fantastic speaker. Gives lots of energy and important data in a humoristic way. I never slept on his seminar and I stayed until the end, what I normally not do on seminars.
J.D. CEO, Building company