Event report – The Management Shift: the Why, the What and the How of the high performing organisations

Do you feel engaged and passionate about your work? Does your organisation use predominantly traditional mechanistic practices or emerging management practices resulting from The Management Shift? How well do people work together?

These are interesting and pertinent questions which make each of us reflect and try to find adequate answers. In the context of the European Commission’s Library Days, library staff attended a lecture by Professor Vlatka Hlupic, where she addressed those and other questions and shared key insights from her book ‘The Management Shift’, which was listed by Forbes as one of the top eight business books of 2014.


Professor Hlupic explained why a shift to high-performing organisational cultures is crucial. ‘Command and control’ management causes companies to underperform. She persuasively argued that companies, as well as public sector bodies, must change in order to remain competitive.

Hlupic showed how the ‘6 Box Leadership Model’, which she developed over nearly 20 years, can pinpoint the areas where a company can transform its culture. She argued that organisations now need to adopt a leadership style that focuses on people, purpose and knowledge sharing.

vlatka2According to Professor Hlupic this shift occurs when a firm’s culture moves from ‘orderly’ to ‘collaborative’. Individual mind-sets must change as well, from ‘controlled’ to ‘enthusiastic’. Every small change could lead to a big impact and every individual has the power to start a process. Every individual can make ‘positive ripples’.


University of Westminster professor and consultant Vlatka Hlupic is the founder and CEO of London’s Drucker Society. She speaks at major conferences and has written more than 160 academic articles, including Harvard Business Review’s ‘To Be a Better Leader, Give up Authority.’

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