Aalto EE Profile 3_2012 - What have you learned about wise leadership

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What have you learned about wise leadership Lars G. Nordstöm?

Lars G. Nordström is Chairman of the Board of the power company Vattenfall and Board Member of the shipping company Viking Line and the financial group Nordea Bank, among other positions he holds.
He retired as President and Group CEO of the postal company Posten Norden (now PostNord) in 2011.

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Aalto EE Profile 3_2012 - What have you learned about wise leadership

  1. 1. W hat have you learned about wise leadership,f Lars G. Nordström?Text: Riitta Sirén Photo: Johanna Hanno
  2. 2. W hat have you learned about wise leadership,f Lars G. Nordström?Text: Riitta Sirén Photo: Johanna Hanno Lars G. Nordström is Chairman of the Board of the power company Vattenfall and Board Member of the shipping company Viking Line and the financial group Nordea Bank, among other positions he holds. He retired as President and Group CEO of the postal company Posten Norden (now PostNord) in 2011.
  3. 3. 1WHAT DOES ITTAKE TO EXERT APOSITIVE INFLUENCEON A COMPANY’SDECISION MAKINGAND MANAGEMENT?
  4. 4. 1WHAT DOES ITTAKE TO EXERT APOSITIVE INFLUENCEON A COMPANY’SDECISION MAKINGAND MANAGEMENT? You must have extensive business knowledge and work experience from various business areas and positions if you want to contribute to the company’s success.
  5. 5. 1WHAT DOES ITTAKE TO EXERT APOSITIVE INFLUENCEON A COMPANY’SDECISION MAKINGAND MANAGEMENT? For me, having worked as CEO and as a board member at the same time in different companies has helped me to grasp the big picture. You must also have a genuine interest in the company, what it does and what it wants to achieve.
  6. 6. WHAT ARE THEMOSTVALUABLECAREER DECISIONSPEOPLE CANMAKE?
  7. 7. WHAT ARE THEMOSTVALUABLECAREER DECISIONSPEOPLE CAN Challenge yourself toMAKE? change roles and job descriptions. Spend some time working for the headquarters and then apply for a position in a business division or unit.
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  9. 9. WHAT HAS 3BEEN MOSTINSTRUCTIVE FORYOU DURING YOURCAREER?
  10. 10. I changed positions quite often. I did not have myWHAT HAS career path exactly mapped 3BEEN MOST out in advance; I took onINSTRUCTIVE FOR new challenges whenYOU DURING YOUR they were presented.CAREER?
  11. 11. Work itself has been one of my best teachers. I have also always been more interested in theWHAT HAS content of the job 3BEEN MOST description than the titleINSTRUCTIVE FOR or position.YOU DURING YOURCAREER? I suppose my transition in the 1990’s from one bank to its biggest competitor raised some eyebrows, but the job interested me so I took it.
  12. 12. One thing I can say, though, is that theWHAT HAS ability to create 3BEEN MOST size and to work inINSTRUCTIVE FOR environments whereYOU DURING YOUR size, scale and scopeCAREER? matter, is one of the most valuable skills I acquired.
  13. 13. WHAT WISDOMWOULD YOULIKE TO PASSON TO FUTUREBUSINESSLEADERS?
  14. 14. WHAT WISDOMWOULD YOULIKE TO PASS Question theON TO FUTURE conventional balance.BUSINESSLEADERS? Plan less, do more. Emphasize tactics rather than strategy.
  15. 15. WHAT WISDOMWOULD YOULIKE TO PASSON TO FUTUREBUSINESS Think more aboutLEADERS? the how, when and by whom than the what. Plan more for the short run; do not obsess over the long run.
  16. 16. WHAT WISDOMWOULD YOULIKE TO PASSON TO FUTUREBUSINESS Naturally,LEADERS? you should always have long-term plans in place, but in order to reach your long-term goals, you should start acting right now.
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