Professor Vlatka Hlupic has been voted one of the HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2016. It is the second year that her work has been recognised in this way, and this year she is ranked on the 14th place. The prestigious top 30 list was compiled by HR Magazine and announced during a ceremony at Claridges in London on 19 September 2016.
The awards were based on a combination of nominations from readers for the work that had inspired and had the most impact on how they approach their role; research conducted by Ashridge Business School and an input from an expert panel of executive head-hunters and HR Director readers. The nominated candidates were judged according to personal influence, practical relevance, visibility, originality, and influence during the past year.
Vlatka is Professor of Business and Management at University of Westminster, CEO of The Management Shift Consulting Ltd, Founder and CEO of the Drucker Society London and author of “The Management Shift: How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization for Sustainable Success”, an award-winning best-seller and one of Forbes’ top eight business books 2014.
Her book advocates a new way of thinking and working to meet the needs of today’s technology-driven, knowledge-based businesses, and shows how the future of work can be implemented today. It combines theory and practice in demonstrating how companies can make changes in their leadership styles to improve employee engagement, remove barriers to innovation and uncover the hidden strengths in people and their organisations.
Vlatka is also a renowned professional keynote and TEDx speaker and has appeared on 30 public platforms in 2015/16. She has published over 200 articles in journals, business publications, books and conference proceedings, and has won several awards for her contributions. She is also an associate editor, guest editor and a member of editorial boards for a number of international journals, and her expert comments have appeared in many business publications and newspapers.
Commenting on the award, she said: “I am delighted to have my work recognised in this way. I feel extremely proud to be part of this prestigious HR community of thinkers”.
“Helping individuals, companies and society create happier, more purposeful and successful workplaces is my passion – it’s my life purpose. It gives me drive, energy and motivation, and it’s hugely satisfying to see the practical impact of my ideas.”
“What I have seen in many companies are over-controlling management styles and systems that employees find stifling and demotivating. Companies need a better understanding of human psychology and motivation. I call it humanising management – treating people with respect, and distributing power and decision-making. The results, in terms of performance and success, can be astonishing. It’s why I wrote The Management Shift book.”
Vlatka is currently writing a new book following her research into the mindsets and leadership styles of 50 CEOs in some of the world’s most successful companies. This new book will provide further practical lessons for other organisations to make the shift towards enlightened leadership.
Through her consultancy, The Management Shift Consulting Ltd, Vlatka and her team are helping various organisations in the public and private sectors to shift their performance to a higher level, using the tools and methods she developed over more than 20 years of her academic and consulting career.