Jan Hanuš

On May 5, 2016, the current Director of Emco and father of Falafel, a vegetarian fast-food chain, Jan Hanuš, used his extensive business experience to lecturer the MBA topic “How to help inefficient companies become profitable again?” As a crisis manager in the traditional Czech meat
company Kostelecké uzeniny, Jan Hanuš helped the company to change a significant business loss into
profit. By restructuring and business optimization of the company, Jan Hanuš saved an iconic Czech brand in the smoked meat business, and built for it a successful chain of fast food companies based in hot-dogs or Parkys.

During the inspiring lecture, Jan Hanuš focused on the most important factor that determines the success of any company: its employees. He perceives a company as a homogenous unit of people with the same goal and common values.  Who is winning in business? According to the Hanuš , the most important are three common values of the employees: motivation, constructive team work and honesty. Jan Hanuš suggested that these values are more important than any financial factors and they represent a key to the success of any company or organization.   

The second part of the lecture was dedicated to questions and answers. Over 40 visitors debated following themes related to the management of employees:

  • Trust vs. distrust
  • Motivation vs. bonuses
  • Soloist vs. team player
  • Expensive vs. cheap employee
  • Communication vs. panic
  • Competences vs. tasks

These topics sparked a lively reaction from the audience, and initiated an extensive discussion lasting over an hour and half.


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