February saw the kick-off of the first London Business School Management Forum Series in Milan, hosted by the Italy Alumni Club in association with GI Group. The event was held on Thursday, 11 February 2010 and was attended by over 100 Alumni Club members, guests and alumni from other business schools including Harvard, INSEAD, IESE and Columbia. The event was also attended by local trade and management associations.
This year’s event hinged on the topic of career management: how to be an entrepreneur of your own career in a time of change. The high profile speaker panel, including Roberto Savini, President of the Italy Association of HR Directors and Sandro Sartor, CEO of Diageo Italy and a London Business School Alumnus discussed thought provoking issues such as the state of the management arena - a view from the top of the manager role and how this will evolve in the future. The discussion also touched upon career management and periodical check-ups - alternatives to the so called standard career paths.
A lively debate provoked proactive contribution from the delegates, with interesting and informative perspectives from the School’s Alumni panellists Daniel Winteler, CEO Alpitour and Sandro Sartor. Winteler provided a thought-provoking perspective on the demands on a successful manager, and there was a consensus among the panel that the purely ‘reactive’ manager is obsolete - the ability to be creative and continuously innovate at all levels will determine the future success of managers and their companies; Average careers are a thing of the past and new approaches to self determination and career entrepreneurialism will mark the distinction between success and failure.