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The third weekend of the CC Leadership Academy took place on April 17, where representatives of the Hunting Territory held a workshop for interested students. During Saturday, István Görgényi, Tibor Pollák and Balázs Rákóczi gave an insight into the Hunting Territory framework during an interactive presentation. The fact, that examples were presented from both technological infrastructure development and elite athlete team leadership – to which participants were able to relate along their own experiences – exemplifies the universality of the methodology.
The central idea of the weekend seminar was built around the fact that the overlaps of individual activities and responsibilities within the organization are also the zones of cooperation and potential conflicts. The possibility of conflict arises from the fact that man is a territorial being, that is, he/she needs a sense of independence and freedom of choice in his/her activities. Goals, information flow, resources, decisions, workflows, and knowledge sharing are all areas where the territorial orientation of human can be observed. So in these areas we can expect conflicts, but it is also the place of potential cooperation. Although, according to the Hunting Territory, competition and cooperation are not mutually exclusive, the focus of the session was on how to develop the latter, that is, cooperation. Through real-life examples, the participants reviewed the processes of team formation, the ways of cooperating with the competitors, the possibilities of stimulating motivation within the team, as well as the creation of an atmosphere that supports cooperation.
Sydney Olympic victory
István Görgényi, the creator of the Hunting Territory method, illustrated the practical applicability of the method and its potential through a personal story. In 2000, he became the coach of the Australian women’s water polo team. In the years leading up to the Olympics, he faced a number of challenges, but using HT’s tools alongside with applying his characteristic social-psychiatric approach, his team was able to become an Olympic champion.
Westel-Pannon tower building dilemma
An example from the early 2000's illustrated the process of collaboration and the gains that come with it. From the case report of Tibor Pollák, the participants of the weekend seminar learned how the infrastructural competition of Pannon GSM and Westel was transformed into a successful cooperation. As a result, not only did they experience significant financial benefits, but a telecommunications system was set up in Hungary to provide world-class coverage. The importance of trust and confidence-building was decisive in the story of Tibor Pollák, but through his example, the participants could also learn about initiative and proactivity first-hand.
Overall, over the weekend, students had the chance to share their relevant personal leadership experiences in the light of cooperation and competition. In this way, they felt closer to the knowledge they had passed on, and thus had the opportunity to incorporate what they had learned into their ongoing projects. From the next school year, the Hunting Territory team will personally support the students of MCC in developing their leadership competencies.