Soft Skills Academy

Creative Tech Serbia 05.12.2022.
Time 4 - 8 PM
Language Serbian / English
Location Miljenko Dereta Space
Price Free

Soft Skills Academy

At the beginning of December, SGA in cooperation with the companies Tim Centar and Rezilient, will present a three-day academy dedicated to soft skills necessary for high-quality personal and team work. The Academy will have two separate programs - one dedicated to leaders and team leaders, and the other dedicated to employees regardless of their position. The program is intended for the members of the SGA and Creative Tech Serbia supercluster.

“Soft” skills are personal character traits or qualities that each of us possesses. Generally speaking, they include our attitudes, habits and the ways we interact with other people. They are much less tangible than “hard” or technical skills, and unlike them, they are not learned through formal training programs. You need to acquire, nurture and improve soft skills, but above all be ready to put effort into their development. Soft skills are crucial in everyone’s professional development, and they can determine the extent of your professional development.

This intensive three-day program will be held in the period from December 5th to 7th (every day from 4 to 8 PM). It is primarily intended for members of our association members and those of the supercluster, and will be realized through two separate modules: one dedicated to leaders and team leaders, and the second one which is intended for employees in local companies from the creative-tech domain. The SGA has been preparing a program dedicated to soft skills for a while, and now it is finally realized through the program Creative Tech Serbia and in partnership with the companies TIM Centar and Rezilient from Novi Sad.

Participation in the academy is free for members of SGA and the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster, while the number of participants is limited. We kindly ask all those interested to fill in the online form no later than November 30th. (IMPORTANT: All participants are obliged to attend all days and sessions of the program!).

Among the topics that will be covered in a series of two-hour workshops are psychological safety and managing emotions at work, managing yourself and others, managing the situation, presentation and negotiation skills, assertiveness, giving and receiving feedback, personal effectiveness and many others. Among the lecturers will be leading domestic trainers from HR and other fields, such as Relja Dereta, Nana Radenković, Milica Novkov, Jana Kukić, Ivana Mrđen, Jelena Anđelić, Anja Radočić Vučićević, Nikola Čavić, Svetlana Marčeta and others.

When we talk about the leadership segment of this program, leaders will acquire skills that will help them create a team culture based on emotional literacy, clear boundaries and expectations, inclusiveness that empowers all team members, and the ability to quickly adapt to new circumstances in uncertain circumstances. Leaders today face a multitude of challenges—solving problems, making decisions, motivating team members, all in unpredictable and rapidly changing circumstances. Such a context requires leaders to learn to lead themselves and their teams under great pressure. So they need to develop mental and emotional strength to deal with it.

The academy program will be rounded off on December 8th at the SGA Soft Skills Meetup, which will be open to all interested audiences. Then Zoja Kukić will talk to us about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and you will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive lecture by theater director Paul Bourne, coming from the Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain.

TIM Centar is a consulting company for human resources, which has 15 permanent consultants, specialized in certain HR areas. TIM Center started providing psychological support to employees in 2011. Since then, they have been further developing our program every year, while Rezilient is the result of their many years of experience in supporting companies and employees to be more resistant to stress and more satisfied with their work and life.

This activity is launched by the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster, with the support of USAID Serbia and ICT Hub Belgrade (through the Serbia Innovates project). You can read more about the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster here.

Jana Kukić,
Consultant, Rezilient
About the lecturer

Jana Kukić is a master psychologist, psychological counselor and well-being coach at Rezilient, with experience in educational, advisory and coaching work. The focus of her work is empowering individuals to overcome emotional and practical problems that are an obstacle to better functioning at work and other areas of life.

Jelena Anđelić,
Training & Coaching Consultant, Tim Centar
About the lecturer

Jelena Anđelić is a senior HR consultant and trainer with a degree in Business Administration and extensive experience working within international corporate systems. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing communications, internal communications, development of company culture and employer brand, change management in the global and local environment.

Ivana Mrđen,
CEO, Rezilient
About the lecturer

Ivana Mrđen is a master psychologist and CEO of the company Resilient with many years of consulting experience in the field of HR, as well as experience in the development of startups. Now, together with hes team, she spreads the word about the importance of caring for well-being, supporting the mental health of employees through digital and interactive solutions based on expert (psychological) support.

Svetlana Marčeta,
Consultant, Rezilient
About the lecturer
Svetlana Marčeta is a psychologist with a special focus on mental health and well-being. After a multi-year career as an HR consultant, together with her colleagues she created Resilient – the first online platform for the well-being of employees in the region. As part of Rezilient, she deals with the implementation of psychological support programs in companies and raising awareness of the importance of taking care of the mental health of individuals, teams and society.
Nikola Čavić,
Founder & CEO, Gamebizz Consulting
About the lecturer

Nikola Čavić is the founder of GameBiz Consulting, an agency specialized in working with companies in the video game industry sector. Nikola is also one of the founders of the Serbian Games Association. Prior to that, he held the position of Development Director at Nordeus for seven years, where he played a key role in the business development of their most successful product – Top Eleven, as well as in the corporate development of the company.

Prior to Nordeus, at CCP Games in Reykjavik, he was responsible for the sales and global distribution of EVE Online during his 5 years at the company.

Nana Radenković,
Co-founder, Nova Iskra
About the lecturer

Nana Radenković is one of the co-founders of Nova Iskra, the first creative hub in the Balkans, where she is focused on designing various training formats and programs for individuals, organizations and companies interested in taking active roles in transformation processes – both their own capacities and ways of doing business. and through creating new ways they could learn, live and work in the future. Through ten years of experience working within Nova Iskra, it pays great attention to partnership and network activities aimed at strengthening the innovation and creative ecosystem not only at the national but also at the regional and European level.

Relja Dereta,
Co-founder, Epic Assistants
About the lecturer

Relja Dereta has 15 years of experience in almost daily public performances, from training in various fields to dance performances. He has combined his experience as an Argentine tango instructor, activism trainer and speaker trainer into a unique, comprehensive system of developing communication and public speaking skills: guiding speakers through the entire process, from concept design, to speech structure development to public speaking. it becomes a source of pleasure and inspiration, not stress and discomfort.

Since 2010, he has worked individually with over 400 speakers to prepare their speeches. He advises world experts in formulating their ideas and has collaborated as a trainer and consultant with a number of global and regional companies and institutions (Microsoft, World Bank, Telenor, VIP mobile, Philip Morris International, Comtrade, Nordeus, Direct Media, British Council, Sberbank, Erste Bank, Societe General, Publicis – Saatchi & Saatchi, OSCE…). He is active in the startup community in Belgrade, where he cooperates with relevant institutions and helps entrepreneurs communicate their ideas.

His individual clients come from various fields, from the spheres of natural and social sciences, business, activism, art… Many of them are in the highest managerial positions, and he helps all of them in their common challenge: communicating their rich experience and complex ideas in an effective way. audiences.

Anja Radoičić Vučićević,
Owner & Counselor, Aurinko
About the lecturer

After graduating from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, she worked as a programmer for eight years. Working in teams, she realized that she prefers working with people to code, and that she enjoys working with organizational systems more than software. Therefore, in 2015 she enrolled in transactional analysis education and began her journey towards the profession of a psychotherapist.

Initially, she focused on working with people in a business context, such as assuming a leadership position, working on assertiveness, establishing healthy boundaries in the work environment. Over time, this work opened up some deeper personal topics.

Paul Bourne,
Arstistic Director, Menagerie / Lecturer, Cambridge Judge Business School
About the lecturer

Paul works in creative engagement in three key sectors; as a theatre director and producer, as a teacher in entrepreneurship and as a consultant in arts and business training and project management.

Paul is the Artistic Director of Menagerie, a Cambridge-based theatre company, formerly Artistic Director of The Frankfurt Playhouse and Center Stage New York. Over the past 25 years he has directed and produced over 80 professional productions in 10 different countries. 

In Executive Education his key areas of interest and research are working alongside artists exploring creativity in the workplace, enterprise thinking, collaborative working, communication impact and transformational leadership. His work as a master coach in EPIC Presentation Skills has been utilized by Chief Executives and Board Members of Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Fairtrade and Philip Morris.

Paul also teaches Enterprise and Creativity as an Associate at CEDAR in Cambridge, on the MBA and Executive Education courses at Moscow School of Management and Stockholm School of Economics. 

Milica Novkov,
Owner & CEO, Tim Centar
About the lecturer

Milica Novkov is a graduate psychologist, director and founder of Tim Cenatr and Rezilient, with fifteen years of rich experience in coaching and psychotherapy with employees of all levels and different industries. As a trainer, Milica improves employees’ knowledge and skills in the areas of communication, stress management, presentation skills, teamwork, work efficiency, and motivation.