The Thought-Leader Series 2nd semester!

Thought Leader Series AU-IBT Logo

I started the Thought-Leader Series last semester, and the first three guest lectures turned out successfully. Based on this success, I again this semester open the doors at Aarhus University Institute of Business and Technology for four interesting guest lectures.

Svend Aage Faerch Nielsen is the CEO of Ege, a Danish flooring and Carpet manufacture, and he will speak at AU-IBT the 8th of November. The 8th of November Bjarne Aarup the CEO of EG also known as the EDB Group will speak for the students. We are also lucky to have the sponsor of our Auditorium visiting. The 15th of November, Kenneth Iversen the CEO of Unimerco will speak in the Unimerco Auditorium at AU-IBT. The Thought-Leader Series last guest lecture of this semester is the Mayor of Herning Lars Krarup, who will speak the 22nd of November.

I am personally looking very much forward to meet the guests of this semesters Thought-Leader Series, but I am also excited about meeting the students attending the event, and hear their intelligent and challenging questions.

If you have been tempted to attend one of the guest lectures or all of them, then find more information at our facebook group seen below.

Emaximize your surroundings and let the funthusiasm guide you…

Emax Auditorium - Photo by Stik i Rend Film

Read the full story of the greatest entrepreneurial event of 2010, Emax Nordic 2010.

It is Saturday noon and an excited group of people of different Scandinavian nationalities are arriving in Svendborg. Some have been in the staff team before where others are there for the first time, but common for all is that they are excited for what this event will bring. Everyone is politely saying hallo to everyone and already at this stage do people seem to get along quite well.

As everybody has arrived the training session for what is going to be the greatest entrepreneurial event in 2010 has begun. The main goal of the training session is besides getting informed about all the necessary details of the event, to develop 3 core values that form the purpose of our presence at Emax Nordic 2010. Klass Brynte was in charge of the training session, and through different games and challenges the core values was created and the team that was going to give the participants an experience for life was formed and united.

To make Emax Nordic 2010 a successful event we need: Communication, Professionalism and Funthusiasm.

Emax Nordic Arrival at Svendborg College - Photo by Mads Laumann
Emax Nordic Arrival at Svendborg College – Photo by Mads Laumann

The Emax Staff team was ready for the arrival of 180 wonderful participants and Sunday afternoon the first bus finally arrived. The atmosphere was a little strained to a start, but as people got to sit together the air was soon filled with noise from the networking participants. From there it did not take long for people to find different games and activities to keep them entertained and everyone seemed to enjoy the sunny afternoon. It seemed pretty clear when talking to a random samples of the participants that they were here to win the business simulation, but they were soon to discover that the Emax team had others plans for their stay.

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Emax Nordic 2010 was officially opened by Board member of Foundation for Entrepreneurship, CEO of Nordea Bank, Mr. Torben Laustsen, who welcomed the participants to a week of inspiration, motivation and great fun. The auditorium was heating up and it would be fair to credit the Emax Staff who were dancing, clapping and going nuts in the favour of the participants.

During the day the participants were introduced to the business simulation game, but before that, teams were created and team building games and exercises took on. An important lesson from the team exercises is: if you make people touch each other, you will bring them closer together. “Suddenly a simple conversation with strangers does not seem that frightening anymore.” However the highlight of the day was the lecture with Caroline Ahlefeldt, who impressively succeed in bringing life to the word funthusiasm. She rocked the stage for half an hour and gave all the participants, motivation and inspiration to get the most out of Emax. She sure inspired every single one in the auditorium and brought with her what I would like to refer to as the true Emax Spirit.

Emax Spirit - Photo by Mads Laumann
Emax Spirit – Photo by Mads Laumann

Next day the entire team as well as participants were still high on the energy from the meeting with Caroline Ahlefeldt and after a delicious breakfast, the first day of business simulation could begin. Tuesday was also the day of several great workshops hosted by six great lecturers: Lykke Rix, Klass Brynte, Josefine Arenius, Carsten Borch, Thomas Groennemark, and Henrietta Clayton Smith. The workshops touched different entrepreneurial topics such as leadership, idea training and coaching, but all with the same purpose of educating the participants to become greater entrepreneurs.

In the evening time there were arranged a ferry trip from the harbour of Svendborg. The ferry trip was a great opportunity for the staff as well as the participants to relax after a day of a lot of information and shared knowledge. Many spend the time as a getaway from the speculations of the business simulation, and from all the discussions of tactics.

A night of Wildness

“I have personally never in my life seen over a hundred people go nuts like that.” After the ferry trip and a great barbecue at the harbour all the participants went to party at the Hostle. Over a hundred great entrepreneurial spirits were dancing their butts off on the grass simply driven by the great developed Emax spirit. The participants were dancing all night long, but were ready and awake, the next morning for a day of even harder challenges.

Day of the great finally

The day started 7:30 with the news that the Police had paid a little visit around midnight because of complaints from the nearby neighbours. Apparently the Emax spirit is not shared by everyone!

However Wednesday was the last day of a truly adventure and the participants had to play the last two parts of the simulation game. As people had talked strategy throughout the entire week the subjects had slightly started to change. People were still taking the game serious but the funthusiasm had spread and everyone seemed to be emaximized.

During the day there were two lectures. One regarding Immerterial Values and one under the name of The winning Helix by first Magnus Hakvåg and second Christina Anderson. It was clear that even though we had to do with the foremost entrepreneurial spirits of Scandinavia, the participants were tired and the lectures were tough. But everyone managed and when the long day of educational lectures and business simulations were over the ladies and the gentlemen finally had the opportunity to prepare and get dressed up for great gala-evening.

Alexander Hold with the Emax host Josefine Arenius
Alexander Hold with the Emax host Josefine Arenius

The gala were hosted at Svendborg hotel in a nice environment with room for dining and partying. The evening offered three courses dinner, great entertainment, disco dancing, live music and of course the announcement of the 2010 Emax Nordic winners. Great congrats to the winners of this year’s Emax Nordic 2010.

The participants as well as staff were dancing all night, but just like another Cinderella story the ball ended at midnight.

The final conclusion

When the participants arrived they came with the believe that they were here to win the simulation game, and they were. But as the event evolved they realized that the event was about so much more. What started to be the main focus turned out to be a minor part of a greater purpose, and other factors such as having fun and making friends became vital. I strongly believe that Emax has changed the life of many of the participants. It surly has changed mine and I have realised how important it is to create and maintain your network.

Remember Network is Power and Emax is where entrepreneurs create network.

Help me share this article with your friends and network and encourage you surroundings to sign up for Emax Nordic 2011 taking place in Norway.

Thank you.

Feel welcome to place a comment to this article and do not forget to see the Emax Video for the event of 2010.

Michael Alstrup CEO of JBS

Thought Leader Series

Today was the first Thought-Leader seminar, in the planed series of three guest lectures this spring.

For today’s event I had invited Michael Alstup, who is the CEO of the famous Danish Brand JBS. JBS is Scandinavia’s largest producer of underwear, and has been for many years. Michael Alstrup spoke about his personal experiences from the very beginning and up until today, where he is the CEO of a successful growing company.

Considered that it was the first time a Thought-Leader seminar were held at the Aarhus University Institute of Business and Technology, the amount of participating students were only a little above expected. However all participating student were very active and interested in the lecture performed by Michael Alstrup.

Michael Alstrup had been asked to answer a question about how he saw the current world situation, which he simply replied to: “Development and Survival is all about taking action.” Here ended his speech with the keyword: “NETWORK,” which was the lecture he urged everyone to understand.

Personally I found the lecture very interesting, and according to the responses from the participating students, I am not alone when I say that Michael Alstup did a great lecture, and were very inspiring. The positive responses have definitely given me additional energy to continue the success with the Though-Leader series.

Alexander Hold with Michael Alstrup, CEO of JBS
Alexander Hold with Michael Alstrup, CEO of JBS