Executive MBA 8 generation has attended their fourteenth module and the last one maintained in Belgrade. Leadership, Communication and Change module was delivered by Professor Michael Hathorn last weekend.

Our students accomplished the objectives of this course: they developed insights and master tools that will help them meet their own leadership challenges in a dynamic environment; and enhanced their team projects through the application of learning achieved during the module.

During 5 day long module, we covered topics such as creating a motivating environment to support the achievement of business results, leading in complex environments, the characteristics of effective leaders in different situations, situational leadership simulations, leadership communication within individual, team and organizational levels, leading individual, team and organizational performance, leading innovation and change.

Our students were trained to apply their understanding of the characteristics of leadership and develop their own potential to lead individuals, teams and organizations in complex environments, to leverage the principle drivers of motivation to inspire others to deliver results and to frame leadership in a strategic context and create the desired future through effective innovation and change leadership practices.

The last module in Belgrade, Executive MBA 8 generation fulfilled with amazing boat tour on Danube and Sava rivers. Great experience and evening was prolonged to the dinner in Zemun.

Professor Michael Hathorn

Professor Michael Hathorn is a partner of OPTIMIS Sarl where he focuses on the consulting practice areas of Organizational Strategy, Executive Learning and Organizational Development.  At Optimis, he works with clients and his partners to create and deliver high impact custom organizational development and learning solutions. His specialty is working with top leaders and their leadership teams to drive change in the organization.

Michael has significant experience in leadership positions in industry and public sector enterprises.  At Capital International in Geneva, a privately held investment management company, he founded and headed the Training and Development function for the European businesses.  In his role as Group Director of Leadership at TNT in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Michael served on the HR Strategy Council and drove key strategic initiatives in the area of HR Transformation, established a Change Management center of Expertise and developed the Leadership and Learning Framework for the top 500 executives. His most recent conference and professional presentations were on “Leading Innovation,” “Accelerating the Development of Leaders,” “Aligning Business and HR Strategy,” “Functional Excellence,” “Mastering the Art of Innovation and Change” and the “High Performance Organization.”

In addition to his senior management experience, Michael has in-depth experience in leading enterprise transformation and change management in companies in North America, Europe and Asia. He brings a “total systems” approach to his work and specializes in choosing and adapting the methodology to the organizational culture and the business situation.   His passion is helping firms respond to the “Leadership Challenge” in the areas of strategy, leadership development, innovation and organizational change.  He brings academic rigor and pragmatic business practice together to ensure organizational results.

Michael previously served on the faculties of Louisiana State University where he taught in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. At IMD in Lausanne he has facilitated teamwork elements of the Professional Executive Development (PED) program. In addition, Michael delivers a module on Sustainable Leadership and Governance” for the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Sustainability at the University of St. Gallen and BSL. He currently contributes to the Masters of Public Management Program at Bocconi University on organizational culture, team dynamics and strategic HR.

Michael is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a BA in Political Science and an MS in Marketing.  He earned a PhD in International Business at the University of St. Gallen and is a member of various professional organizations, including the Doctoral Network (DocNet), the Society for Organizational Learning (SOL), the Silicon Valley Association (SVA) and the American Marketing Association (AMA).