13 February 2009

Microsoft dude talking about AIESEC

Why Microsoft partners with AIESEC? The answer in in the video (even though, most probably only AIESECers will get it completly):

AIESEC - Microsoft
AIESEC - Microsoft

11 February 2009

My teams

On the last post I just mentioned how cool the conference and my elections were, but I didn’t mention the coolest part of it (save the best for the last): selecting my team.

To be really sincere, the selection was even better than my elections (even the moment of being elected, when the water spills on your head), because selecting my team is for sure my first important decision. This decision will affect me for one year at least and AIESEC Norway for sure more than that, at least 2 year.

So, one day after being elected, I engaged in a series of interviews, both phisically and by skype, to decide who would be the people that would be my vice-presidents. In other words, these 5 brilliant individuals who would come together so that we lead the AIESEC Norway for the term 2009-2010.

Fortunately, I didn’t do it alone. I had more 4 great people who helped me to make up my mind, giving inputs, asking questions, telling their experience. I am sure, without them, I would not be so confident in the outcome of the selection (or, if I would be, I would only not be aware of the possible dangers that I could face). I need to especially thank them, the selection committee:

First, Jan-Petter Westlie, from Horton International. This was a key man in selection committee, since he was the expert leader. He guided us so well that after a few moments with him it was just natural to trust his process. Without him and the support from Horton in the competencies assessment, the selection would take a lot more time and, I am sure, wouldn’t be so clear. Secondly I need to thank Camilla Nihuus (AIESEC alumni and member of the AIESEC Norway Board of Directors) and Prashant (President of AIESEC in BI) for the support, good questions and all their time. And, the last, but the most important, to Sonam, the current President of AIESEC Norway, who arranged with all these people before hand so that it would be as easy for me to select my team as it could be.

But, enough of that, let’s talk about these amazing people who I selected to work as the main strategic heads of AIESEC Norway:

Camilla Gullberg - she was elected to take care of the corporate relationship and sales (again), since that’s her current position on the current national board. It takes a lot of passion to run again to the same position in AIESEC, since it burns you out quite a lot, because of the super-fast-passed environment, pression for results, low pay, etc. I admire her for that. I believe she is the best for the position in AIESEC Norway.

Lyubov Byessonova - I don’t believe my luck, because Lyuba applying to this position is just too much luck to be true. She is Ukrainian and is current working in AIESEC Ukraine’s national board as the responsible for communication. For the ones who know AIESEC, knows the AIESEC Ukraine is doing very well in communication. So I couldn’t be more happy with her as our external relations and communication vice-president.

Mari-Anna Johansen - her current position is the equivalent of Camilla, but in University of Oslo local committee. She was running to the same position also as Camilla. How did she end up in the team then? During the interview, it was clear that she had a passion for finance (she is dealing with that currently in her bachelor) and also talent to that area. The final and best touch: she was passionate about AIESEC and flexible enough to assume as vice-president of finance, because she knows how much she can learn being in the national board, no matter which position. I am so grateful to have found this girl, without her, most probably I would have to end up with a non-norwegian finance person and that would bring a lot of problems to me.

Rolf Schmachtenberg - I consider Rolf one of my term’s achievement as VP Talent Management. Serious. Currently he is VPTM in the local committee of University of Oslo and I could see the amount of development this guy had. Of course he is only where he is because he himself is brilliant, willing to improve and that takes action by himself. I am very grateful to have his in the team and also very happy that he is my successor. I believe I could not find a best sucessor.

Us (well, Lyuba is not a piece of paper, but she was in Ukraine during the conference):

There’s one more person, just that I don’t know him/her yet. Since there was no one selected to VP Exchange, because I was not fully satisfied with the 4 candidates, we decided to open a 2d round. I can’t wait to know who will be the 6th brilliant element in the team.

But, just to not be ungrateful to my current team, here’s one of the nicest moments of 2009, us skiing together (me and Sonam for the first time):

02 February 2009

Achieve 2009 feelings and elections

Achieve was such a different conference to me. I don’t know if it was because I was running for president of AIESEC Norway; or because I had to select the team that will work with me next year; or because I worked with very experienced people that gave me great insights; or because of the small number of people (nether less very important people) that were there; or because the organizing committee was so smiling and helpful; or because of the new people I met; or because of the old people I knew and met again; or because of Deniss, the Estonian chair; or maybe everything at once? I don’t know, but the thing is that Achieve 2009 in Trondheim was one of the most exciting conferences I had. Not tiring at all. Full of joy and fun - even when the problems came with the venue and everything needed to shift place one day before the conference actually started.

This is one of the moments that I am wordless. I just enjoyed the moment and lived it fully. And I could feel members were exactly with that feeling. I could see, maybe for the first time in large scale in Norway, their drive for the organization, their shining eyes and how much fun they had, even though it was hard work. It impressed me in several ways. I think MC, facilitators, OC, chair, LCPs, EBs and other delegates made the best they could out of it, took everything and contributed with everything. It was one AIESEC Norway, which I hope to keep for the next months to deliver in our huge goals. Because now we need to “achieve” as the conference name stated.

And, well, yes, I was elected the next president of AIESEC Norway, which throws me right to the infamous worst-paid-CEOs hall of fame. Not that I do it for the money, which obviously I don’t. I do it for basically 3 reasons:

1) what I will learn and take from leading and managing a country unit of a global organization with more than 33.000 members, present in more than 100 countries;

2) the belief I have in the organization, a true passion, a passion only possible because I experienced the product (the AIESEC experienced) and it trully changed my life by making me discover and develop my potential and what I want to do later in life;

3) the impact I can bring to AIESEC Norway, generating more results, which will turn up into more life-changing experiences like mine. Only this is a great deed on itself, I hope I am up to the task.

It’s hard to describe the feelings (including the happiness and the weight of the responsibilities), but for sure they are generally very good and, of course, lots of times very scaring. But I wouldn’t do it if it wan’t challenging and scaring, so I guess this is the right feeling.

Well, take some pictures of the conference and mine elections (in the next post, I will talk about the selection of my team):

The Talent Management team's rap...

...against the fabulous sales team song:

Members enjoying one session:

Bizarre themed parties, always present in every conference:

The organizing committee:

Captain Plenary (the dream from ScaLDS post-meeting coming true):

Random dancing:

Dressed for the election speech:

Dressed to take a bunch of water if elected:

Hugs afterwards:

and, of course, MCP elected roll call:

A lot has happened, but tell you later (this week)

Really a lot has happened since my last real post in this blog. Obama took over, and as one of the first things signed the fairpay (not fairplay) act; Peter Senge sent a letter to mr. new president of the universe from China; and, speaking of which, the Chinese year of the ox started.

These are all important metters but, to be really sincere, everyone already covered (much better than me) these things. So I will tell you what happened in my life, which the New York Times is not interested in. I will speak about my election as president of AIESEC in Norway, about the selection of my team for next year and about my one week vacation in Gran Canaria.

But, as the title of the post says, not now - later this week. I promise.