Can words change the world and uplift the next generation of young leaders?
Can words create bridges between Millennial and Gen Z workforce who collaborate with baby boomers?
Can words heal, teach, inspire, share knowledge, motivate people around the world to pursue new career options and learn the finest of the management thought?
YES, YES and YES!
This sound triple Yes! is a result of my personal experience as I participated at Global Peter Drucker Essay Challenge.
Global Peter Drucker Essay Challenge is an international writing competition where students and young professionals can take part, and through attendance of Global Peter Drucker Forum gain numerous benefits.
The aim of the Challenge is to involve the young generation to address the management challenges of our time in light of Peter Drucker’s management philosophy with the Human Being in the Center.
Peter Drucker Society of Europe had been organizing the Challenge annually since 2010, uplifting the new forces of management strategy and international business.
This year Global Peter Drucker Forum will be held in Vienna on November 29 - 30, 2018 with 80 top speakers confirmed – management thinkers and business leaders. Some of the confirmed speakers are: Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo; Marshall Goldsmith, top executive coach; Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor; Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Alex Osterwalder, best-selling author and creator of Business Model Generation book; Young K. Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics; Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of Michelin Group.
What is more, the participants at this renowned conference will experience even more special event, because this November the Forum celebrates the tenth anniversary and the event takes place at Imperial Palace Vienna.
Therefore, all the reasons to be motivated to submit your essay for the competition should already exist.
The theme of the essay challenge is How to Stay Human in the Robot Society and this is the 9th time the Challenge is being organized.
How did the competition look like for me? What would I advise you to do?
First, I submitted the essay for this competition in the summer of 2016 after thorough preparation and crafting my reflections and research on Peter Drucker’s Management philosophy.
I had the experience of reading Peter Drucker’s work which I referenced in my essay. Likewise, I shared my personal experience of an entrepreneurial journey in the essay by combining the perspectives of a generation of Peter Drucker, the generation of my parents and my own generation in different countries and even continents. I used that time-machine metaphor because I explained how universal is the human pursuit for meaning. By quoting Drucker and other authors, by sharing statistics about entrepreneurs now and the perspectives for knowledge-workers of the future, I created an essay that was professional and personal; informative and engaging, which left a lasting impression on the jury.
Then it was announced in September that I won the 2nd place in the category for Professionals. I was unbelievably happy and grateful because this achievement meant that I would attend Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna, as an essay scholar whose costs of travel, accommodation and attendance to the Forum were covered. Just imagine, you are in the same room - learning and networking from the remarkable organizers of Peter Drucker Society Europe; top professors and policy makers in the field of management, business strategy and innovation, as well as leaders from Fortune 500 companies and hidden champions that endorse the legacy of Peter Drucker and live with their teams getting competitive advantage through innovation.
Last but not least, you become laureate with 19 other young people aged 20-35 who are ranked 1-10 places at Global Peter Drucker Essay Challenge and who belong to categories Students and Professionals. It is the world where an Indian, American, French, Russian, Swiss, Serbian and many more nationalities share their perspectives and become friends for life.A cherry on the cake when winning the 2nd place at Global Peter Drucker Forum was the annual subscription that I received for Harvard Business Review that brought me closer to top voices in innovation, leadership and management. Ut4RX
So how can you become part of Global Peter Drucker Essay Challenge?
It is important that you meet several of these criteria:
You must be between 18-35 years old (inclusive of both ages);
You must have been selected no more than once (or not at
all) among the top 10 since 2010.
When it comes to the Essay Requirements you can belong to:
Student category – You are a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or PhD); or you are seeking your first opportunity after the completion of your last degree.
Professional category – You are a manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes; or you are a licensed professional; or you are an entrepreneur or business owner; or you are a social volunteer or community leader.
To which factors you should pay more attention during an essay challenge?
Your essay should meet the following criteria. It should be between: 1500 to 3000 words (excluding footnotes and any graphics) as PDF or word document; it should be in English and font size 12.
You should submit it by June 24, 4:00 PM CET and your name must not be mentioned in the essay.
The entries must be produced exclusively by you for the specific purpose of this competition, and must not have been published elsewhere. No group work is allowed.
Likewise, you should also bear in mind that the prizes have been even more lavish in 2018.
This year Global Peter Drucker Forum celebrates the tenth anniversary, so you have even bigger reason to win prizes:
•A cash prize of € 1,000 (to be handed over at the Awards Ceremony) – 1st Place winner
•Free participation in the 10th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on November 29 - 30, 2018 (including conference bag and brochure; buffet lunches and coffee breaks at the conference venue) – Places 1 - 10
•Funding of travel expenses (airfare or train plus 3 nights lodging at a hotel of Organizer’s choice) – Place 1 – 5
•Invitation to pre-conference events (Nov. 28): Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) and Speakers reception at the City Hall (with partner) – Places 1 - 10
•Invitation to the Gala event on Nov. 29 with awards ceremony (with partner) and a guided tour at Schönbrunn Palace – Places 1 - 10
•Opportunity to contribute in a session and /or an interview by important media (selection by session chair/media representative) – Places 1 – 3
Hope this outline was useful to you and in case you have any more questions feel free to connect with me and colleagues from Global Peter Drucker Forum. Pay attention to the deadline and requirements and start writing your story on the topic: How to Stay Human in the Robot Society?
Your perspective matters. Your background and know-how needs to be heard among the business leaders and innovators of the future.
So do not hesitate for a moment and apply for the essay challenge, the competition closes on June 24, 2018 and here you can submit the essay. Good luck!
Photos: Global Peter Drucker Forum, private archive