All entries for January 2011

January 25, 2011


Writing about web page Oedipus Rex at Enron: Leadership, Oedipal struggles, and organizational collapse

Might be useful for Anna.

Leadership & Psychology...has to do with Emotional Intelligence (in a way)


Jan I did not take a note for the time.

11th February


What time?

January 24, 2011

Will the corporation survive/A special report Water





January 21, 2011

17 January Meeting

Meeting Minutes-Paul’s Excellent 7



WMG Common Room

Meeting Called By: Paul’s Excellent 7

Type Of Meeting: Progress

Name of Meeting Facilitator: Yanik

List Of Attendees:


Vagelis K.




1.   General Business

Discussion of managing various commitments and where we are. Jan looking into booking syndicate room permanently. First ‘proper’ meeting.

2.   Absent Members

We were disappointed that only four people made it today. We contacted everyone, or they emailed us. Mostly, they had forgotten.

3.   Yanik

No progress on project, last week spent on PMA and module. Have been reading Sustainability blog for ideas. Will be working on project during the next week.

4.   Jan

Re-did study plan. Has done initial literature review, hard to narrow focus from lean, leadership and stakeholders. Main interest with latter, so got rid of lean. Taking a stakeholder management approach, so all stakeholders benefit, not just shareholders – this is where leadership comes in…strategy. Lean still has a place.

Now trying to define problem regarding level of stakeholders – primary, secondary, or difference between. Next problem – work out research methodology. Further work on literature required first though. Not sure about scope – UK, Germany, Europe? SME’s/big company?

5.   Vagelis

Gave advice – keep your initial lit review based on problems, not solutions. Has already submitted proposal! Wanted to use EFQM to measure competitiveness of Greek SME’s, not possible in time limits though. Greek organisations not competitive compared with rest of world, less so than previously. Only 7% of them better than the average American company.

Will look at literature on competitiveness. Wants to now try to create framework for getting Greece competitive, and how EFQM then might compare – identify methods/tools to improve. Hopes to introduce into Greek SME for one month, and get feedback. Aware he might meet resistance within company.

6.   Edelen

Has article on Chinese growth – unsustainable. Country will suffer, rising social tensions. Due to lack of innovation and creativity, sustainability. Will link to Mexico. Has links to Jan (sustainability of business) and Vagelis (improving competitiveness locally).

Hopes to find necessary info in literature, but otherwise might use case study approach. Innovation hard to ‘implement’, need to find a way of doing so - a plan for responsible development.

Summary Of Discussion:

General progress discussed.


Most of those who attended are in good shape, and finding to time to work on the project. We had a very good meeting, and wish the others could have been there to benefit too.

Action Items:

Everyone needs to carry on with project work, remembering that the deadline we set for proposal submission is next Wednesday (26th).

Also, Jan is looking into booking a syndicate room for us to regularly use on Monday evenings.

Next Meeting: 7pm in WMG Common Room (unless Jan says otherwise). Yanik will be late, he is already attending a lecture from a guest speaker from 6pm till 7.30 (part of the Distinguished Lecture Series – Lloyds Bank CEO, if anyone else is interested).

January 07, 2011

2nd Meeting


Excellent 7 members

Some Topics:

Strategic Sourcing Process Improvement-Ponthy


CSR & Excellence-Yanik

Anna-Leadership-Narrow her topic (She is going to be the first 1 to participate the next meeting)


Reading about the topic

To do it in some cluster of the industry

Background:Software Engineering/Culture(Arts)/Finance

Vagelis:Has done some research (Literature Review)

Jan:Leadership & Lean (Brazilian Enterprise) Balance Stakeholders

Next meeting:17 January 6:30p.m.

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