Professor Vlatka Ariaana Hlupic has been voted one of the HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2015. The prestigious top 30 list was compiled by HR Magazine and announced during a ceremony at Claridges in London on 21 September 2015. Awards were based on nominations from readers for the work that had inspired and had the most impact on how they approach their role; an expert panel comprising 50 members then judged the nominated candidates according to personal influence, practical relevance, visibility, originality, and influence during the past year.
Vlatka is Professor of Business and Management at Westminster University, CEO of The Management Shift 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. 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 20 public platforms in 2014/15. She has published over 160 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: “It’s very rewarding 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.”
She added: “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 my book.”
Vlatka is currently undertaking research into the mindsets and leadership styles of 50 CEOs in some of the world’s most successful companies. The results will appear in a new book, providing further practical lessons for other organisations to make the shift towards enlightened leadership.
She has also started work on the launch of a global petition for humanising management, supported by many leading management thinkers and professional associations.