Head Coach of Turkish National Women Volleyball Team

Talk Title: How Can Sports Inspire Business About Leadership?

Abstract: How can sports inspire business about leadership?

Giovanni Guidetti is a prominent figure in volleyball world with his unique leadership style. He is a agile leader that practices forceful, enabling, strategic and operational leadership with balance. He spent all his career in multicultural environments and owns his success to his ability to create a culture of trust, rapid learning, adaptation, to embrace diversity and to empower team members to take responsibility. In this talk, he’ll talk about the foundation of his authentic style that unleashes the fullest potential of his players mind, body and spirit and what we can learn and adopt from a high performance sports team to have successful companies.

In this introduction to Haier’s Rendanheyi, we will find an organization driven by three guiding principles and trace its transformation journey of nearly forty years. Haier is an important guide to large scale organizational transformation because of its continuity over four decades, the boldness of its transformation activities, and the scope of employee involvement.

Bio: Giovanni Guidetti is believed to be one of the best head coaches of all times in woman volleyball. Born in Modena in 1972, he started his professional coaching career at the age of 23 and coached national teams all around the world, including United States of America, Bulgaria, Germany and Holland. He lives in Turkey since 2008, working as the head coach of VakıfBank club. After winning 5 Turkish League, 3 FIVB Club World Championship and 4 CEV Champions League titles with his club, he has also been appointed as the head coach of Turkish National Team in 2017. Under the leadership of Guidetti, Turkish National Team has been qualified for 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games and the team reached quarters for first time in Olympics history. Besides his successful coaching career, Mr. Guidetti is a famous activist. He is pioneering various projects to fight against gender discrimination, using volleyball as a strong tool to empower girls all around the country and tear down the barriers for girls for equal access to sports. He is the founder of a social movement platform called “Yarının Sultanları”. (Generation Next) The mission of the platform is to provide equal opportunity to the girls in the socio-economically disadvantaged regions of Turkey through volleyball. He visits the villages of disadvantaged regions with his assistant coaches and train the girls who have never played volleyball. In 2019, he has been officially appointed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the advocate for gender equality. This is the first time sports person has been chosen to become United Nations advocates in Turkey.

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