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Lars Kolind

Chairman, Serial Entrepreneur, Professor, Author

Speaker Themes

  • Leadership in Uncertainty

  • Innovation and Disruption

  • Personal Leadership

About Lars

Lars is a prolific speaker, philanthropist and author, his book is Unboss and its thesis is as straightforward as it is radical: the purpose of business is to be useful, and if the business really is useful and well run, it will end up making lots of money.

Speaker Biography

One of Scandinavia’s most successful and best-known entrepreneurs and business leaders, Lars became world-renowned for his transformation of Oticon by designing and implementing the so-called Spaghetti Organisation, which has been featured as one of the first knowledge-based, almost paperless organisations in the world.

Lars has built about one new company each year since 1998 and he has also turned around companies and made them world leaders within their fields: Grundfos (Chair), Unimerco (Chair), LEGO (mentor for the CEO), Radiometer (COO and CFO) and Jacob Jensen Design (Chair).

Lars is Chairman-Elect of the World Scout Foundation and a member of the World Scout Committee. Since 2012 he has been Professor and Master of Leadership and Strategy at the DeTao Masters Academy in China.

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"Lars makes everyone feel uncomfortable, in a good way! Lars challenges leaders to set their sights higher, to be more ambitious and to change the world for the better. He is also the enemy of cosy establish processes, treacle-ised management structures and caretaker leadership.  As an advisor to the Chinese Government, as President of Scouting International and as a world class writer and speaker, he is setting leadership standards worldwide. He is an inspiration who’s words, values and actions give leaders the tools and the reason to change and improve."

Nick Stace, CEO, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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