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Leader’s Digest | January 2024

Welcome to the January 2024 edition of the Leader’s Digest, your monthly compass for navigating the dynamic terrain of business leadership. In this issue, we’re excited to explore the world of Talent Development. Whether you’re aiming to enhance your leadership style or broaden your views on team growth, this newsletter offers valuable insights and practical tips to kickstart your year.


  • Nurturing Talent: The Dos and Don’ts of Talent Development
  • Press the Reset Button: Kickstart the Year with Organizational Clarity
  • Productivity Webinar with Morten Hansen
  • Sneak Peek to the Behind the Scenes at NBF
  • Inspirational Quote by Simon Sinek

New Leadership Insights

Nurturing Talent: The Dos and Don’ts of Talent Development

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, talent development isn’t just a strategy—it’s an imperative for organizational success. Here are a few essential principles you need to embrace and pitfalls to avoid when fostering talent within your organization!

❌ Don’t Stick to One-Size-Fits-All Training
✅ Do Embrace Agile Talent Management
Recognize that employees have unique learning styles and preferences. Tailor training to align with individual roles and career goals, embracing a more flexible and adaptable approach.

❌ Don’t Neglect Employee Needs and Engagement
✅ Do Prioritize Employee Well-being
Create an inclusive culture of learning and development that caters to individual employee needs. Prioritize employee engagement to ensure the success of your talent development strategy.

❌ Don’t Ignore Soft Skills
✅ Do Focus on DEI
Prioritize soft skills like communication and adaptability. Additionally, prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives to create a workplace where all employees feel valued, respected, and empowered.

Your organization’s success depends on nurturing and developing talent. For a deeper dive into these principles, read the full blog of the Dos and Don’t of Talent Development!

Press the Reset Button: Kickstart the Year with Organizational Clarity

“Regrounding ourselves in why we’re here, what we’re about, and how we behave, especially in this first month of the year—is really important.” – Patrick Lencioni

Management thinker Patrick Lencioni and his team highlight the importance of reminding your people about the mission, vision, and values of your organization. Many have recently returned from a holiday break which makes this beginning of year an ideal time to reset and reinforce.

One practical idea from their discussion is to ask your team the following questions:
↗️ What do you want more of this year?
↘️ What do you want less of this year?

For more insights on fostering clarity in your organization and making this year even better than the last, tune into the latest At the Table podcast.

Personal Development Boost

Productivity Webinar with Morten Hansen

Free Webinar with Morten Hansen

“There’s a difference between a volume-focused and value-focused approach to work. Choose wisely.” – Morten Hansen

Would you like to learn how to boost your performance and productivity? On the 25th of January, join our free webinar with Management Professor and NBF 2024 speaker Morten Hansen to do just that!

Download the free PDF

NBF Spotlight

We have received requests from our readers to share more about ourselves and our activities—so here we go. In this new section of our monthly newsletter, we aim to shed light on what happens behind the scenes. From introducing our speakers to providing updates on event production, we invite you to join us on this journey!

NBF Speaker of the Month: Liz Wiseman

Talent development thrives under the guidance of leaders who understand how to multiply the skills and capabilities of their teams. One of those leaders is Liz Wiseman, a distinguished author and executive advisor. She has dedicated her career to teaching leadership principles to executives worldwide and has left an indelible mark on the world of leadership development.

Her impact is nothing short of remarkable. As the author of the New York Times bestseller “Multipliers” and the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Impact Players,” she brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the table. Her work has been sought after by some of the most iconic companies globally, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Tesla, to name just a few.

In her keynote at Nordic Business Forum 2024, Liz will explore the concept of #Genius Makers”—leaders who amplify their team’s potential and empower others to excel and innovate. Prepare to be inspired, enlightened, and equipped with the knowledge to transform your leadership style!

Warmly Welcome Our New Team Leaders!

Some of you might already know that at our event in Helsinki, we have over 200 students to help us provide an extraordinary customer experience. But a crucial element of our secret sauce is to also recruit a group of team leaders to lead and guide these students before and during the event.

Yesterday, we kicked off our 2024 leadership training program to coach and empower these 13 customer service Team Leaders for our upcoming NBF event. This dynamic team will develop their leadership skills together until September, when they will start leading their teams to create a world-class customer experience. We can’t wait to see them in action!

Nordic Business Forum 2024 Student Team Leaders

Stop and Think

“When we feel safe amongst our own we will naturally combine our efforts, naturally combine our talents to face the dangers and seize the opportunities.”

Simon Sinek


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