We are driven by a common goal. Our differences unite us.
There are three sections of interest within the Managers’ Association of Slovenia.
- The Section of Female Managers: For the development of female management.
- The International Section: For the exchange of international experience amongst Slovenian and foreign managers in Slovenia.
- The Section of Young Managers: For the development and recognition of young managers.
Three key professional topics
Every year the Managers’ Association of Slovenia focuses on three key professional topics that receive extra attention. In 2019 the strategic goals are: connecting and grouping, modern leadership and social progress and prosperity.
By connecting and grouping we want to take manager-networking to the level where it helps them create new business, increases transfer of good practice and helps them solve challenges they are faced with.
Connecting and grouping is the basis for successful cooperation between companies, between companies and the government and between economic organizations.
The key goals we will pursue are:
- Greater openness for more cooperation with new ways of connecting
- Active co-creation of a supportive environment for a competitive economy and the development of human capital
- Expanding international cooperation
Modern leadership will address the biggest challenge managers are currently facing – human resources management, management and creating new business models.
Modern leadership is a new Manager's Association's strategic goal for the year 2018 which is supposed to bring excellence and a rise in reputation of management in the eyes of general public. We will focus on acquiring and retaining the talents, on creating a committed team and on boosting loyalty (introduction of digital mentorship with the establishment of a new application, implementing program of 100 young people which helps youth in the process of employment, closer cooperation between young and elderly in exchange of experience).
The key goals we will pursue are:
- Establishment of criteria for excellence in management
- Dissemination of best practices of Slovenian management
- Strengthening skills for development of human capital
Within the social progress and prosperity, we want to increase the awareness of interdependence and responsibility, to promote not only the knowledge about management but also about macro-environment and society.
With the Outlook and the establishment of the Observatory of MAS and with enhanced activities in the field of ethics, we want to contribute to a better society. We want to further strengthen the presence of the MAS in the field of planned economic activities in Slovenia, since several ministries have already recognized the association over the past year as an important interlocutor on economic topics and planning of economic activities.
The key goals we will pursue are:
- cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and involvement in the Council for a competitive and stable economic environment
- cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (taxes, labor market, gender balance in managers positions)
- continuing the Outlook project and ideas of enlightened management, dialogue and understanding of economic policy and the challenges of society (demographic projections, economic movements, rule of law)
We are following the example of the vigorous. We award those who stand out. We support those with potential.
The Managers’ Association of Slovenia presents annual awards to show support and respect to successful and vigorous managerial practices, individuals and companies. Great attention is given to their promotion and public recognition, since we believe that by setting examples we are making an important contribution to developing future leaders.
The awards given are:
- Manager of the Year
- The Lifetime Achievement Award
- Young Manager of the Year
- Best Business Book
- Scholarship Fund
We are making friends and building partnerships.
The whole is stronger if the connection between its individual parts is firm. The business world is a world of partnerships. The Managers’ Association of Slovenia is very open to collaboration. Therefore, in order to develop a professional and ethical management and build a competitive economy, we are joining our powers, ideas and energy with other individuals and organisations with common goals and ambitions.
CEC - European Confederation of Managers
In 2000 the Managers’ Association of Slovenia was the first managers’ organization of the countries in transition to join the European Confederation of Managers.
CEC European Managers is the umbrella organisation of national managers’ associations of the countries which are members of the EU, bringing together more than a million managers across Europe. It is a recognized social partner of the European Commission. As an independent and autonomous voice of managers, the organisation is advocating the interests of European management. The Managers’ Association of Slovenia represents Slovenian managers in the larger European area, striving to introduce the initiatives and ideas of the European management into the Slovenian environment.
More on the CEC European Managers organisation can be found here.
“Women represent 46% of employees in the European economy and on average have a higher educational level than their male colleagues. What about Slovenia? 21% of the board members are women, with only 5% of women employed as chairs of the board, whereas the state-owned companies do not have a single woman in that position. (2014)”
The purpose of the project that took place between September 2013 and August 2015 was to promote a balanced representation and participation of men and women in top management and leadership positions in the economy.
The project promoter was the Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities with the participation of The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia along with the Managers’ Association of Slovenia. The project was partly financed by EU funds within the Progress programme.
As part of the conference that took place in February 2015 in Ljubljana, a Proceedings of the conference was created, presenting a collection of data and interviews collected as part of the project Include.All. The publication offers an interesting in-depth look into the conference and presents various views on the topic of equality.
The basic documents of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia are the most important papers of our organisation.
Our basic documents are:
Commitment to Future Success: 15/2020
The document Commitment to Future Success: 15/2020 was created on the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Slovenia as a response of Slovenian managers to the demanding challenges and circumstances faced by our country since independence.
The Commitment is a warning by Slovenian management, pointing out that two decades later Slovenia is in a situation that calls for immediate systemic changes. It is a sign of responsibility for the future of Slovenia, voluntarily taken on by Slovenian managers. It is an incentive for a broad social debate about the country Slovenians want to live in, about what we are prepared to do for it and how the country should be managed to reach common goals.
“The quality of life for the citizens of Slovenia will be on the level of the 15 most developed European countries by 2020”as clearly stated by Slovenian managers.
Code of Ethics of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia
The decisions taken and the type of management used by managers are key factors in the efficiency of sustainable development of a company. The participants that are building the business ecosystem often have conflicting interests. Therefore it is of extreme importance that those in charge of managing those organisations act by using the principle of “bonum commune”: the right to manage and direct capital should only be in the hands of those working for the common good.
The purpose of this code is to offer guidelines for Slovenian management concerning ethical decision making when faced with the conflicting interests of different participants. It includes ten principles regulating four relational areas: relationship to oneself, relationship to other individuals, relationship to society as a whole, relationship to the natural environment and two levels of ethics: an ethical relationship between an individual and the company and an ethical relationship between the company, the country and society. The code includes all legal aspects (is in compliance with the existing legislation), aspects of justice (even when not defined by the legislation), dependability on the social environment, sustainable development (considering future generations) and responsible coexistence (looking at the company and the organization as a whole).
By becoming a member of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia you agree to respect and follow the guidelines within the Code.
dr. Edward de Bono - citat
“We have developed a mode of thinking for finding the truth, which is useful in the natural sciences, but we have not yet developed a mode of thinking for the creation of value. Certain individuals, like inventors and innovators have already done that, but the culture as whole never has. That is the main defect of our thinking.”
Dr. Edward de Bono
Research on the digital index of the Slovenian economy, 2016
The research, which included more than 200 Slovenian companies, was conducted in the summer of 2016 in cooperation with AT Kearney. The aim of the research was to determine the attitude of Slovenian management towards digitalization and the level of digital development in Slovenian companies.
Key research findings:
- 85% of the leading staff in Slovenian companies include digitalization on their daily agenda;
- 25% of Slovenian companies have a formalized digital strategy;
- 50% of the leading staff in Slovenian companies believe digitalization will bring about changes in the value chains;
- 23% of the leading staff in Slovenian companies expect a 3% revenue growth due to digitalization in the company.
Gaining new knowledge and researching the unknown have a huge influence on understanding and managing the environment we are operating in. Therefore we support, conduct and cooperate in different research studies in the area of management.
Analysis of the economic performance of the Slovenian economy and a comparison of this performance with the companies led by members of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia, 2016
The research was conducted by the company Bisnode in May 2016 It’s aim was to analyse the economic performance of companies, led by the members of our association compared to the general economic performance in Slovenia.
Key research findings:
Companies led by members of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia:
- have a 30% higher added value compared to the Slovenian average;
- create a 46% higher revenue per employee than the Slovenian average;
- create a 181 % higher profit per employee than the Slovenian average;
- have a 20% higher average salary per employee compared to the average Slovenian salary;
- the companies that are members of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia collectively create 35% of the entire revenue of the Slovenian economy.
The members of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia stand out very positively with regard to essential leadership skills, such as flexibility and creativity, results orientation, and maintenance of a positive and ethical attitude.
Research on charismatic leadership, 2015
Visionary reflection, the ability to motivate other people, excellence and clear communication are attributes of leaders with charismatic personalities. They are often unseen, however they have a tremendous impact on achieving economic and social success.
The research on charismatic leadership is the biggest research on this topic in Slovenia. The MQ Magazine and the company Profiles International Slovenia conducted a research between June and October 2015 on the charisma of Slovenian managers and compared those findings to the management staff abroad.
The research included 1,392 evaluators who were given the task of evaluating 137 leaders on the basis of a 360-degree questionnaire.
Key research findings:
- 9.2% of Slovenian leaders were evaluated as being highly charismatic. Out of those there was a higher percentage (11.4%) of females than males (8.1%).
- A higher percentage of charismatic leaders (12%) can be found in companies with systematic assessment of the quality of relationships between the company and its employees (the Golden Thread (Zlata nit) research). The percentage of charismatic leaders in the rest of the companies is 8%.
- Slovenian managers excel at focusing on results and taking action. However, they face challenges in motivation and support of employee development, as well as in their ability to listen to employees. These factors stood out as making the biggest difference between the highest and lowest ranking managers in the research.
- The members of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia stand out very positively with regard to essential leadership skills, such as flexibility and creativity, results orientation, and maintenance of a positive and ethical attitude.