E.g., 12/15/2018
E.g., 12/15/2018

Closing Keynote

Is It Worth Defying the Rules of Business? (If They Exist)

István Lengyel
Former CEO, Kilgray Translation Technologies
Wednesday, 29 March | 11:30-12:30

How many companies, how many businesses are special? All of us are, and all of us aren't. Founders, managers, and employees put their best efforts into work. Nobody is a born manager; we all learn techniques to be more successful — we all grow and develop. We learn the same way as kids do. Those who are more curious test their limits. Occasionally they get pushback and occasionally they fail. (Maybe more than occasionally!) But usually it is better to try and fail than not to try at all.

But is there a "right" way to manage a company? How important is it to follow the "rules"? Is there a need for strategy? Do you have to take the professional approach? Or is it all just a game of compatible and incompatible human minds?

Over the last 12 years, István served in multiple positions at Kilgray and worked with people from many countries with diverse backgrounds, styles, and personalities. He learned good ideas from peers, at conferences, through trial and error, and in reading management doctrine. Kilgray transformed multiple times as the market also changed, and not always in the way the executive team planned or imagined it would.

István's presentation will be a celebration of the businesses in the language industry. He will reflect on some of the basics (think: what you read in the management literature) but will focus mainly on sharing stories: his and yours. He'll consider vision, the nature of change (from multiple perspectives), and results. He'll look at definitions of success and recipes for building a team and company with integrity, curiosity, and passion. And he'll leave delegates with food for thought, ambition, and hope.

Istvan István Lengyel studied economics, translation, and interpreting and holds a PhD in translation studies. He started an automated translation company when he was 21 which closed after one year. He then went to work for MorphoLogic, a natural language processing company, where he was responsible for financing R&D. A year and a half later he joined two peers to establish Kilgray Translation Technologies, where he held various roles, including sales management, product management, COO and most recently CEO. He left the company in 2016 but is still a shareholder. After a few months, he moved to Spain and joined On Global Language Marketing where his role is to develop the business, and his motivation is to gain insights about the role of an LSP in the current translation landscape. Besides his interest in the language industry, István is very interested in understanding how trading modern art works and how it could be improved.
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