Feedback from Roundtables 2015
The 2015 event took place at Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan between 26 April – 1 May 2015.
"The Yokohama RoundTables event was amazing, and life changing in so many levels. It was a highly insightful exercise with like-minded managers from all over the world, where everybody brought something to the table. The collective experience, knowledge and skills were immeasurable and the facilitation by Professor Jonathan Gosling, Ian Sutherland and Daniel Heller led to a perfect environment for self-reflection and mutual coaching. The ripple effect is still ongoing and I am convinced it will not stop.
It was a privilege to work with Professor Jonathan Gosling, Ian Sutherland and Daniel Heller. Similarly, it was an honour to listen about rebalancing society from Professor Henry Mintzberg."
Ramon Romerogallego, Veterinary Field Manager, Food Standards Agency and Executive MBA Student, University of Exeter Business School
"I really enjoyed Round Table in Yokohama. I spent five years working in Japan at the beginning of 2000, the RoundTables was for me a great reunion with the Japanese culture and tradition. Moreover I was also very impressed with the fact that we had practical experience in all aspects, including the business field, which is essential for us, to behave and succeed in the global world."
His Excellency Bernard Srajner, Ambassador to the EU, PMBA Bled, Slovenia
"There were a number of valuable lessons that I learned after undertaking the RoundTables: Management is a practice that requires managers to continually explore and evaluate the personal dilemmas in choice making and managers are always confronted with information imperfections, uncertainty and social impacts of their actions.
The RoundTables embed skilful reflections that allow for remembering and reflexivity. This meant that the approach to the roundtables was one that allowed more time for seemingly ‘redundant thoughts and irrelevant questions’. The use of Friendly consulting allowed for new insights into problems that I face and required questions to be asked differently."
James Njenga, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, University of the Western Cape and EMBA Stellenbosch South Africa
"I want to express my thankfulness for an awesome week in Japan. It was well planned and co-ordinated.
Thank you for all your efforts. It was definitely a life changing experience for me."
Mano Kisten, Regional Financial Manager, First National Bank South Africa and EMBA Stellenbosch South Africa
"Managing Around the World RoundTables in Yokohama has given my life a truly different perspective. Thanks to the international audience and receptive environment I was provided with an unique chance to get a global view on problem solving, had a possibility to receive a different perspective on my life and work challenges as well as an opportunity to exchange the ideas with people with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, experiences and points of view.
I have learned a lot about fantastic Japanese culture, its specific approach to successfull management and leadership which has significantly enriched not only my management skills, but also (and more importantly) my personal relationship to other people and the family."
Tomáš Černý, Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets Central & Eastern Europe, PMBA Bled, Slovenia