Welcome to 'The Strategy Session' podcast series. In each episode, our North America Chairman Dennis Shuler will explore current strategy and leadership insights with widely respected business leaders and renowned academics.
In the current business climate where organic growth is predicated on innovation, Dick Seger is a rarity in that he has demonstrated the ability to build, encourage and sustain, remarkably innovative businesses. We have the pleasure of hearing from Dick, where he shares his belief in the ‘spirit’ that lies within each of us to dream and achieve far beyond what we might believe to be possible. Testament to that must be the fact that Verisure comprised of 6 people Dick co-founded the company in 1988, reaching a population of 10,000 at the end of his tenure...
We are delighted to welcome Liv Cardell for this version of The Strategy Session where she meets with our very own Dennis Shuler in Malmo, Sweden. Liv illustrates the path to setting up her own business, harnessing the driving force of curiosity and being an ‘organisational farmer’ – “you can’t make culture theoretical, you have to live it and cultivate it every day” – making the complex, simple.
There is no doubt that Credit Professionals have a new found confidence, not least as a profession (at last gaining the recognition of becoming a Chartered Institute in the UK) but let's not forget the cross-roads we have encountered at times, namely in 2008 and previous to that during the ‘Dotcom Crash’. The credit management professionals that took advantage of these momentous events have prospered and developed, demonstrating to their businesses the value that a professional credit manager can bring. Speaking at an institute conference some years ago I mentioned that the credit crunch was an opportunity not to be missed. There is another major event looming too...
Gavin Patterson generously shares his experiences and insights with us, including the 75% of the job you don't know about before becoming a CEO and many more. He notes, "Ultimately good strategy is about making choices... then it's about executing. I've seen plenty of great strategies that have gone nowhere, because people haven't been able to execute them due to capability... It's about a balance between the two." We completely agree. Vision into Action.
A brilliantly frank interview with Kurt Sievers. During the session Kurt shares his professional experience, advice to stay ahead in business, and illustrates the rapid transformations happening within the automotive industry - "a fascinating, thrilling and fantastic challenge". Dennis Shuler meets Kurt to talk this, and much more in our latest edition.
Dennis Shuler, our Executive Chairman for Kinetic North America spoke exclusively to Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever - one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world about his commitment to creating, “…a better, more inclusive model for business.”