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Your Unique Competitive Advantage: The Lean Knowledge Organization

The lean concept implies relentless attention to detail, commitment to data-driven experimentation, and charging workers with the ongoing task of increasing efficiency and eliminating waste in their jobs. But how can this be applied to knowledge work, which has strong tacit components, it is not repetitive and can’t be unambiguously defined?

Research reveals, however, that a substantial amount of knowledge assumed to be tacit doesn’t have to be; it can be articulated and captured in writing if the organization makes the effort to pull it out of people’s heads. Moreover, all knowledge work includes some activities that have nothing to do with applying judgment and can be streamlined by training employees to continually find and root out waste. Even when knowledge is genuinely tacit, creating systems and rules to guide workers’ interactions can lead to more-effective collaboration.

Turning a knowledge operation, which has far fewer repetitive, codifiable processes, into a lean system is not easy. But it can be done, and the system will be tough for a competitor to replicate. This is its real power.

Research defines the following tasks for a lean knowledge organization:
1. Continually rooting out waste should be an integral part of every knowledge worker’s job.
2. Strive to make tacit knowledge explicit.
3. Specify how workers should communicate with one another.
4. Use the scientific method to solve problems as soon as possible. The people who created the problem should fix it.
5. Remember, a lean system takes years to build.
6. Leaders must blaze the trail.

For more information, please, read the article on HBR website:

47th International Gas Conference and Exhibition

The International Gas Conference has been a great success for decades among the participants of the Hungarian natural gas industry. This annual event is organized for almost 450 participants; therefore it is the largest regional gas conference in Central Eastern Europe. Through the presentations of the key players in the gas industry, participants have the opportunity to engage in professional discussions on the gas market conditions, learn about new trends and jointly analyse ongoing changes.

This year, the main organizer of the conference is the Hungarian Energy Traders' Association, which by being inter alia dedicated to the professional advocacy of natural gas trade licensees in Hungary, actively assists the development of domestic natural gas trade.

This most important and prestigious event of the Hungarian gas industry provides an excellent opportunity to discuss recent developments. Lessons are going to be shared from international and Hungarian market changes, while identifying market trends and future opportunities, thus promoting the successful operation of the Hungarian natural gas market.

During the event, participants will also exchange views regarding the current technical issues of gas sector regulation.

Meet us at the 47th International Gas Conference and Exhibition in Siófok, on the 10th and 11th of November 2015!

Smart Future Forum 2015 at Széchenyi István University

The Smart Future Innovation Cluster coordinatedly unite the assets and possibilities of the cluster world, already having considerable history in Hungary, and the corporations and institutions tied to energetics, seeking to uncover synergies in developing and implementing smart grids.

The cluster is organizing the Smart Future Forum 2015 at Széchenyi István University, on the 1st and 2nd of October 2015. Meet us at the Forum, and let's discuss the key opportunities and challenges of smart grids in Hungary!

The detailed programme is available in Hungarian on the conference website:


Dr. Zoltan Csedo Re-elected at London School of Economics and Political Science Alumni Leadership Forum

Dr. Zoltan Csedo, Managing Partner of Innotica Group, has been re-elected to a further term of office as Vice Chair of Group Leaders' Support Committee at London School of Economics and Political Science Alumni Leadership Forum, on the 11th-12th of September 2015.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. Founded in 1895, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni.

The international LSE alumni community comprises more than 128,000 people drawn from almost 200 countries, represented by 80 official country groups/networks and 9 special interest groups. The Group Leaders' Support Committee advises alumni group leaders in effectively running their groups and delivering engaging programmes for alumni worldwide.

Graduated from the LSE in 2003, Dr. Csedo is an active member of both international and local LSE alumni communities, serving as Sub Ambassador Europe between 2011-2013, and he has just started his second term of office as Vice Chair of the Group Leaders' Support Committee.

Excellence in Leadership Development: Energising Leaders Through Technology

A recent published report reveals what is the driving change in leadership development today, the benefits that are being delivered by adopting new approaches, the barriers to learning innovation and the actions learning and development are taking to address the challenges they face. The report has been launched by UK based bechmarking agency, Towards Maturity, in cooperation with KPMG.

Data from 2,000 leaders and managers highlights that whilst 40% find their classroom experiences essential or very useful in helping them do their job, they are also strong self-directed learners:

  • 91% find collaboration with others essential/very useful
  • 80% are willing to share, but 23% need help getting started
  • 55% are motivated by networking technologies
  • 70% find Google or other search engines essential/very useful
  • 40% belong to networks and communities 
  • Over 70% are using mobile devices for learning

The full report can be downloaded from Towards Maturity website: