The 12th Peter Drucker Forum to become a virtual management think-tank for top figures to debate ways out of the crisis, 28-30 October 2020
What leadership skills are needed for high-pressure decision-making in a crisis? How can resilience and self-renewal in a society be fostered and increased? Because of travel restrictions this year’s Global Peter Drucker Forum, normally held annually in Vienna, will take place exclusively online.
In today’s context, “Leadership Everywhere“, this year’s theme, couldn’t be more topical: In a crisis such as the pandemic, lack of or poor leadership can inflict lasting damage on society and the economy. “Peter Drucker warned against applying effective management methods to things that shouldn’t be done at all,” says Forum founder and president Richard Straub. “What is needed are leaders who use common sense and sound judgment to come to pragmatic solutions. Technocratic overzealousness in the face of a complicated crisis just makes matters worse”.
Current challenges and perspectives for the future will be addressed by a panel of A-list speakers, including Lego Group Executive Chairman Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Michelin CEO Florent Menegaux, IDEO Chairman Tim Brown and Sara Mathew, Chair of Freddie Mac.
Eric Cornuel, EFMD Global President, will speak at the opening plenary Is Leadership Rising to the Occasion? Also, on board during this session will be well-known business executives such as McKinsey’s Gemma D’Auria; James Li from Huawei; Alex Adamopoulos from Emergn; Sunil Prashara of Project Management Institute; Zhang Ruimin from Haier Group, as well as Eduardo P. Braun, renowned leadership consultant and author in the role of the moderator.
Star management thinkers on the speaker’s roster include Barbara Kellerman, Gary Hamel and Scott Handy. Leadership gurus Stanley McChrystal and Simon Sinek will add specialist input, as will Austrian top managers Georg Kopetz and Sabine Herlitschka.
Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, and Vienna’s Social and Health City Councillor Peter Hacker, are guests of honour and opening speakers.
In all, the Forum represents two and a half days of inspiration and discussion, consisting of Zoom sessions with regular breakout sessions, exclusive “Thinkers Corner Dialogues” and a continuous networking lounge to guarantee high levels of interactivity between speakers and participants. A livestream is also available.
A special session will be dedicated to the recently deceased Clayton Christensen – not only one of the world’s most influential business academics, but also a long-standing friend and mentor of the Drucker Forum. The session will feature a conversation between Roger Martin, one of the leading management thinkers, and Scott Cook, founder and CEO of INTUIT, about the influence of Clayton Christensen on his thinking.