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MasterClass: Return of the Vikings – Nordic leadership in times of extreme change

The Nordic countries are trending internationally and taking the lead in many different categories. What is it that makes us so successful?

Culturally, politically, philosophically, the Nordic countries have been at the forefront of much that is new and interesting in the Western world. Today, they also draw attention to their leadership approach and business practices. Year after year, the Nordic countries rank first when it comes to being the happiest people on earth. Dozens of books are written about Danish ‘hygge’ and Swedish ‘fika’. Is this just a trend or is there something more going on?

Chris Shern, Managing Director of Henley Business School Denmark, is an American based in the Nordics who has worked for more than two decades in truly Nordic organisations. This outsider-on-the-inside perspective has given him a unique opportunity to reflect upon the qualities of Nordic leadership. Chris has interviewed a diverse range of leaders with a very different perspective on Nordic leadership to support and complement his own experiences and conclusions. He has summarised his findings in the book ‘Return of the Vikings’, which was released during spring 2018.

In this MasterClass, we’ll explore the roots and characteristics of Nordic leadership, what is meant by extreme change and why the Nordic leadership approach is better equipped than others to meet the challenges of a chaotic future. Mika Anttonen, Chairman of the Board at St1, who was one of the many interviewed for Chris’ book will join us and provide a real-life example of Nordic leadership.


15:30   Sign up and coffee
16:00Welcome words 
Annu Matula, Managing Director, Henley Business School Finland
Jirimiko Oranen, CEO and Partner, T-Media Relations
16:15Return of the Vikings: Nordic leadership in times of extreme change
Chris Shern, Managing Director, Henley Business School Denmark
17.00  Networking break
17:40Case St1: Leadership and the global warming challenge
Mika Anttonen, Chairman of the Board, St1 Nordic Oy
18:15    Panel discussion

Please note that the venue for this event has changed, join us at Ravintola Sipuli in Katajanokka.

Keynote speakers

Chris Stern - Henley Business School Finland

Chris Shern

Chris is a cultural adventurer. He has lived and worked internationally for over 20 years. Chris was employed by Scandinavian Airlines for many years in a variety of leadership roles across three continents. Currently, he is Managing Director of Henley Business School Denmark and Managing Director of IME – International Management Education. Together with Henrik Jeberg, he is author of the book ‘Return of the Vikings’, which was released during spring 2018.

Mika Anttonen, St1 - Henley Business School Finland

Mika Anttonen

Mika is the founder and principal shareholder of St1. He began his career as a private entrepreneur in the fuel trade in 1996 and rapidly built up a diverse Nordic energy company which today pursues its vision to become a leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. St1 is investing heavily in renewable energy research and production, ranging from industrial wind power to advanced biofuels and geothermal heat. Mika is currently Chairman of the Board at St1.

Limited seats are available (150 seats), first ones to sign up secure their seats.

NOTE: In case the registration will be cancelled after 27 September 2018 or the registered person doesn’t arrive to the event, a cancellation fee of 50€ will be charged from the person registered.

Registration for this event has closed, if you would like to join us, please be in touch with Emmi Pesonen; / +358 50 368 8888.

Jennika Rantanen - Henley Business School Finland

Jennika Rantanen

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