A number of Czech thinkers, business leaders and strategic minds delivered a speech at the Anti-Panic Conference, an interactive conference and discussion on the current crisis. They provide guidance and practical advice on how to cope with the current challenges we all face. The conference took place on Thursday between 2 pm and 4 pm and can be streamed online on the Antipanic.live event website, iHNed.cz or on Facebook.
The current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic have already had a significant impact on businesses and entrepreneurs. The affected countries adopted tough measures and now calculate what consequences will a state of emergency have on their economies. The situation at hand, however, also brings many innovations and opportunities, according to representatives of the Czech business community. Business owners and representatives can take inspiration on how to deal with the current difficult situation from a broad selection of speakers. Among the main speakers of the conference were, for example, the head of Česká spořitelna Tomáš Salomon, doctor and entrepreneur Tomáš Šebek, vice-president of the Confederation of Industry Radek Špicar or Madeleine Albright, a former US Secretary of State. The speakers advised how to avoid panic under the influence of negative news and focus on what is now essential in their business.
Politician Madeleine Albright spoke about examples of positive solutions in the current crisis. Tomáš Šebek, a doctor and a frequent participant in international missions of Doctors Without Borders talked about the benefits of so-called telemedicine, ie the remote provision of health services using technology. Šebek deals with this topic within his website uLékaře.cz, which works as an internet medical counselling centre.
A significant part of the conference was dedicated to lectures by business representatives. To point out, Pavel Šiška, the leading partner of Deloitte’s Czech branch, discussed the importance of making rapid changes inside companies. “Especially in large and complex organizations, the speed in engaging new ideas will now determine their success and failure,” Šiska stated. In his opinion, the current crisis shows that businesses should pay greater attention to digital technology. Moreover, among other speakers of the conference were the head of Czech Google Taťána le Moigne, Vice Chairman of the Board of Alza.cz Tomáš Havryluk or Tanja Vainiová, manager of the ABB engineering company.
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