Dr Andrei Sharonov, President of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO: Work addiction is cowardice

31 May 2017

Dr Andrei Sharonov, President of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO gave a lecture to participants of the Presidential Programme for Executive Education, members of the Kaliningrad executive pool, municipal and regional officials, including the acting governor, Anton Alikhanov, and the mayor of Kaliningrad. The event took place at the IKBFU.

This was not a lecture on business or management as such. Dr Sharonov spoke about life-long learning, using one's own potential to the full and being in contact with with the outside world in order to be efficient. The title of the lecture was very simple - ‘Me: 2.0’.

Here are some quotes from Dr Sharonov's lecture:.

  • Dr Sharonov: ‘I’ll be talking not only about how to survive in the changing and unpredictable world but also how to be successful and thriving’.

  • We live in a world defined by VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

  • Life expectancy is increasing alongside with the retirement age; the fourth industrial revolution is underway. We have to invest into life-long learning.

  • There are four stages of competence – unconscious incompetence (wrong intuition), conscious incompetence (wrong analysis), conscious competence (right analysis), and unconscious competence (right intuition).

  • Learning is an investment. The key results of learning are knowledge, skills, and competences; ‘environment’, social capital, and contacts; personal transformation and inspiration.

  • A CEO is not only a chief executive officer but also a chief energy officer. There are four types of energy – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

  • Some tips for self-improvement: remember that the first 90 minutes after you wake up are the most productive; do not check you e-mails more often then two-three times a day; remember that multitasking is a myth; distinguish between the important and the urgent; if you are having a meeting do not get distracted by your phone or anything else; abandon old routines to learn new skills; remember that learning requires reflection; externalize your thoughts.

  • Dr Sharonov emphasised the importance of personal awareness and taking responsibility for one’s own life.

  • Personal success goes hand in hand with sports.


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