Anthi Theiopoulou is a pioneer in the development, transfer and integration of knowhow in the Greece. OLSET was founded in 2015; based in London it provides software that enables organisations to apply Organizational Learning at any scale. Doing More With Less is her first book; it was published in 2016 to provide a simple way of explaining the science behind the OLSET software.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I don’t only write. Writing is a by-product of my other activities which are primarily research, consulting, business, transfer of knowhow, social innovation, being a politician, a mother and much more.
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
The best review about me and my work I ever had came from my exemplar: Peter Senge – MIT professor and the guru of Organizational Learning. When we were working together in the Group of 25 for the Evolution of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) he said that I was the “light of SoL”. Coming from his lips it was the greatest honour I ever had.
How did you choose a title for your book?
The title of my book changed several times until I found the one that represented the content of the book best: Doing More with Less; Organizational Learning and the OLSET tool.
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Yes, writing a book is not an easy thing. There is a price to pay. For example in my case, my eye sight became worst after writing the book.
It is only a certain percentage of people who read books. Thus, if someone wants to make an impact on this world, should follow many strands at the same time.
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Finishing it. It is easy to write when someone is inspired. But then transforming all these inspired texts into a complete whole book took a lot of effort.
How do you remain sane while working?
By doing a lot of meditation. The Raja Yoga meditation approach of the Brahma Kumaris – an Indian based organization – helped me a lot and provided me with the patience and determination needed to finish the book.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In my research. I know that when it will be finished it will do a lot of good to both business and society. The vision of making Organizational Learning accessible to all is what keeps me going.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
I had the fortune of going to a Greek school. Back in those days the Greek school curriculum included learning the philosophic and scientific theories of all the famous Ancient Greek scientist like Plato, Socrates, Euclides etc. I believe that knowing their theories was instrumental in enabling me to have a constantly learning stance and put things into their right perspective.
Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
Yes. The book titled “The Fifth Discipline” by Peter Senge, first published in 1990, is a must read for anyone who wants to understand organizational development.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT anthi AND HER BOOK?
And, you can meet Anthi on the OLSET website here: http://www.olset.org/
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