Network is Power

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I have wanted to use that title for a long, long time. However, I haven’t felt that I had a story precious enough to be told under that heading!

Now I got the story for you. It is not extraordinary fancy and unbelievable. However, it is down to earth everyday value of a precious network.

So here is the story: It all started with a message on Facebook from a girl from the JA-YE Alumni network in Norway! (oh yeah I moved to Oslo) – She asked if I wanted to come out Saturday and show around a newcomer in Oslo. As always I’m pretty keen on getting out and meeting new people, so of course I said YES, right away.

But hold on! – How did my dear friend from JA-YE Alumni know of this new guy in town?
She had been contacted by a mutual friend of ours from the JA-YE Network, who had been studying with the new guy. She had been so kind to contact her network in Oslo, on behalf of the new guy and had managed to set up an afternoon tour.

So how did I get into the picture? – Well my dear friend was so kind to invite me along; I believe just random kindness´.

So we met up in the afternoon and went for a stroll around town. Went for a late afternoon lunch and ended up staying out all night sharing stories, business ideas, and contacts. What was so Awesome, was that we all just got along, basically from the get go! – And so you see the POWER of NETWORK!

As said in the beginning. There is nothing special or extraordinary of this story. However, had it not been for effort of network and the goodwill of others to put in a little care and kindness; I would never have met mr. new guy and I would for sure have missed out for a great evening. You make new friends every day, you just got to remember to be open minded and welcoming to strangers around.

I don’t know what this new connection will lead to. But, I’m sure something cool, or at least a good party in town. Let’s see. Network is Power and with care and effort, it will lead to great things.

Regional Collaboration NCM OSLO 2013

JA-YE Alumni Europe NCM OSLO 2013

It has been forever since I last shared anything on the blog. However, now is the time and there is a reason why!

I’ll like to share with you a great event I attended recently. Every year the Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Alumni is gathering all its national coordinators, for what is known as the National Coordinators meeting, or NCM.

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Ice-Breaking JA-YE NCM OSLO 2013

This year’s event was hosted by the Norwegian Alumni in Oslo, Norway and a total of 17 different nations were represented. The purpose of the event was to enrich collaboration across borders and to maintain an international network in-between the national networks. The fact is that collaboration across boarders might be a challenge due to cultural differences. However, many of the challenges faced on a national level is often shared by sister groups in other countries and everyone will actually benefit from sharing these experiences and try and solve the issues together.

The European Board and the Norwegian Team
The European Board and the Norwegian Team

A big thanks goes to the Norwegian Team, who put together an inspirational, well organised and all over successful, fun and amazing event. Not just was the choice of lectures, sightseeing, dining and sleep of the highest standards. The logistics of the entire event was also managed to perfection and participants from all over Europe could enjoy Oslo and its beauty to its fullest.

Anne Stine UE Alumni Norway
Anne Stine UE Alumni Norway

From one year to another

Fireworks New Year 2010

The end on the year is near and in fact today is the last day of 2010. As everybody does at this time a year I will also try to look back at what I have accomplished in year 2010, and what goals and expectation I have for 2011.

Year 2010 was the year where alexanderhold.com was born, which I so far feel really good about. A couple of thousands have read one of my articles and have studied my CV. I have been able to make a few new connections through this media and I have great expectations for alexanderhold.com in the New Year to come.

Looking at my CV there is only registered four events in 2010, which might seem like a little. However I have been quite busy during 2010 and I have spent a lot of time expanding my horizon and cultural understanding by traveling.

My first trip went to Spain in the beginning of the year, visiting different production companies, among which Gerresheimer was one of them. The trip was great experience and became possible in connection with a great friend of mine. I have had several of these experiences in 2010, where I through a friend or a connection have been challenged with things that I have never tried before. I have been shooting clay pigeons, windsurfing, sailing optimist, visited high class societies, and in general had unforgettable experiences; All possible because of good friends and great connections.

During the summer I experienced the capital of Norway, Olso, which was a great experience and opened my eyes for a very beautiful city and a neighbour country with several opportunities.

I spend a week in the capital of Britain, London, where I enjoyed several attractions and visited the parliament, West Minister, which I strongly recommend to all visitors of the impressive capital. I met up with an old American connection during my stay and spend a pleasant time in great company. Further I love the theatre and London was a great opportunity to fulfil that enjoyment.

Year 2010 was also the time where I spend a week as a volunteer in the Nordics largest entrepreneurial event Emax Nordic, where 200 youngsters form the Scandinavian countries compete in a business simulation game and extend their Scandinavian network. The experience was amazing and without no doubt something I would do again if I will have the opportunity.

For the first time I visited Eastern Europe which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. My stay in Vilnius, Lithuania brought a lot of great experiences and several strong connections in the European countries. The annual JA-YE Alumni Conference is one of the events that I have a strong connection to, and which will remain an important event for me to participate in.

My latest journey went to Barcelona, Spain, which is a city and society that have so many great values and should be admired for it. My impression of Barcelona was way greater than expected and it is for sure a city that I would like to explore further, because I believe that the rest of the world can learn a lot from the way of life, which is lived in Barcelona.

Year 2010 was not just a year with great traveling experiences; it was also the year where the Thought-Leader Series was founded by me at the AU-IBT. 6 interesting and successful CEO’s have visited me at the university and the experience of getting this project up and running has been a great challenge. That is also why I have decided to continue the success and I will present 6 guest lectures for the third season of the Thought-Leader Series at AU-IBT. I look very much forward to it, and expect a lot from the CEO’s visiting, the students attending, and from myself as the host and founder.

Looking back at 2010, I feel proud of my achievements and look forward to 2011, which will bring even more great experiences and adventures. Not just do I have the Thought-Leader Series in sight, I do also have the preparation and planning of a two semester study trip abroad. I can only be glad that I have so many great opportunities and I look forward to be challenged in the New Year.

Happy New Year! to you, your friends and family, as well as your connections and acquaintance. May the New Year bring you joy and happiness with whatever you do!