About the author


Lars Kolind, born in Denmark in 1947, is a mathematician and a leader. He served as director at Denmark's National Research Laboratory from 1981 to 1984, became COO of Radiometer A/S - a world leader in scientific instrumentation - from 1984 to 1988, and was responsible for the dramatic turnaround of troubled hearing aid manufacturer Oticon, which he led to world leadership during his ten years as CEO from 1988 to 1998.

Kolind is involved in public work within the fields of education and social welfare. He was a founder of The Danish Competency Council, which published the world's first national accounts on human capital in 1999. He also founded The Danish Business Network for Social Cohesion and The Copenhagen Center, a government agency that fosters partnerships between the public and private sectors in Europe to fight social exclusion.

Kolind serves as non-executive board member or chairman of a number of corporations, including world-leading pump manufacturer Grundfos, Unimerco Group, Zealand Pharma, Kristeligt Dagblad, and BankInvest Ventures. He is a principal of the Q Thought Leader Network and he serves international Scouting as deputy chairman of the board of The World Scout Foundation. Kolind is an adjunct professor of leadership at the Aarhus School of Business. He has received several awards, including Denmark's Man of the Year in 1996, and his work is used as classic management cases at many leading business schools around the world.

Invite Kolind to speak

Lars Kolind is a much sought after speaker at national and international events on innovation and management throughout the world. If you plan an event where you would like to invite Kolind to speak, please send him an e-mail at lars@kolind.dk.

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