5. General Questionnaire Cosmin Sandu

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5. General Questionnaire Cosmin Sandu

  1. 1. General Questionnaire I see this year, as being part of the 13/14 MC1. What is team of AIESEC Romania, as a year of personal andyour inner professional discipline. I see it as a year where I willmotivation use all my passion and experience in order to developto apply in a stronger network for the MC and for the country as “You do not merely want to well, by sharing all my lessons, that I’ve had as Sales be considered the best of thethe MC of best. You want to beAIESEC member, Vice President External Relations and considered the only one thatRomania President of AIESEC Craiova. does what you do.” In all my AIESEC experience I was inspired by Jerry Garcia2013-2014? Poto to create external relations for my organization; now I’m inspired by my experience and results, which will make me able to create a powerful network for AIESEC in Romania. Ethical, authentic, collaborative, globally minded. What AIESEC is adding to all these characteristics is a I would like to ask another question:2. What is the ? strong sense of purpose in people. Romania still has AIESEC can take people andleadership people who own these characteristics but what is make them better leadersthat the World missing is their sense of purpose in or for Romania, or& Romania is purpose that they find in other countries. and finally AIESEC can take leaders andexpecting leave. make them better peoplefrom AIESEC? What our members should realize is that on our shoulders stands more than a position of OCP, VP, LCP, it is a responsibility. 3. Having in mind a SWOT analysis for AIESEC in Romania, what’s the role of AIESEC in Romania? Based on that, how can AIESEC in Romania be more relevant? • Strong membership • Weak iGIP culture • Strong iGCDP culture • Decrease in GIP (in & out) realizations in the last 3 • Strong brand for oGIP EPs terms • Project based structure • Lack of marketing knowledge and implementation • New Financial model • 5 out of 14 LCs are bringing 60% of the country • Planning process (MCP+LCP team) results • 4 LCs without membership criteria • Weak or no relationship with our universities • Inefficient educational • 77% of romanian students system (not covering would go to work abroad students needs) • Low highschool graduation • ERASMUS funds cut rate – 43% • 2013: European Year of • Weak opposition parties in Citizens (1.000.000 €) the Parliament
  2. 2. My personal feeling is that Romania, as a country, still needs to be “colonized”, still needs to learn from others how to see the positive things in here, we still need to learn how to fulfill our potential (it is a statement well known: “Romania is a country with loads of potential!”), we still need to learn how to appreciate our values, our top talents and stop “sending” them to live their life and give their best for other countries than Romania. That’s why looking at the short SWOT analysis, correlating each of the underlined points, we can draw the conclusion that our main product (iGCDP) can lead us to growth and change in our educational systems (our projects cover the needs of students). Furthermore, another turning point can be in iGIP, where potential growth can benefit from the impact brought by our mature iGCDP. Moreover, impact can be brought by increasing our oGCDP culture, by having internationals to share life-changing experiences that they have in Romania. AIESEC as an organization itself is relevant through its purpose and programs and this is how I see growth in our programs, by growing more and more in iGCDP in all the LCs.4. AIESEC Romania is halfway towards our 2015 midterm ambition. Evaluate our keyachievements from 2010 and key things that should happen in the next 3 years. In the first two years, AIESEC Romania’s approach towards the 2015 midterm ambition was directed towards creating a proper mindset and educating the country towards the meaning and strategic direction of 2015 and downscaling it into more specific objectives and activities. This was done by downscaling information and strategies from IC, developing frameworks of creation and implementation for projects and structures (in the term 2011-2012), creating a GCDP/GIP driven mindset and creating specific products that contribute to the 2015 ambition (in the term 2012-2013). We can draw the conclusion that the past two terms have been terms of consolidation, meaning that AIESEC Romania has the guidelines and the tools that are needed in order to perform. What we need to focus on in the next three years is simply doing the things. The key thing that should happen is: action. This can be translated in terms of tracking the activities of the country and making sure the planning is followed, starting to use the tools, frameworks and guidelines created in the past two terms instead of creating new ones and pushing the mindset of action through each activity that we have: national conferences, education cycle, LC visits, personal example of the MC team and so on.5. What will be the changes that will increase the volume of AIESEC in Romania ELDrealizations for 2013-2014 term (have in mind the connection between our products andexternal environment)? GCDPi – being a product in maturity, there aren’t a lot of changes to be made to this programme, as it is running itself. In order to grow even more in realizations, what the MC can do is provide more flexibility (in terms of specific timeline, partnerships, implementation) regarding GCDPi projects, especially in terms of national initiatives, by providing a general framework that each LC can customize accordingly, thus allowing them to match easier and deliver more experiences.
  3. 3. GIPi• Scaling GIPi projects and initiatives at national level (idea of project, general framework and implementation guidelines).• Reshaping GCDPi projects to fit the corporate market (especially on Education for students or NGOs) and generate GIP (example: Teaching Romanian Youth).GCDPo• Focus on redeveloping regional or national ICPSs for EPs (well prepared EPs with the right expectations)• Continuing recruitment on specific opportunitiesGIPo• Focus on redeveloping regional or national ICPSs for EPs (well prepared EPs with the right expectations)• Continuing recruitment on specific sub-products.• Shifting corporate products to generate exchange.TMP• Creation of project and initiative teams for all exchange products (TMP generator).• Profile-based recruitments (increase in retention rate and TMP pool).TLP• Involving potential TLPs in project development (increasing knowledge and leadership pipeline).• Local Leadership Development Seminars.• Middle management preparation for TMPs (potential TLP candidates).• Downscaling LEAD to TLP in national conferences.6. What will AIESEC in Romania remember about 2013-2014 term? Describe which will bethe key milestones you commit to strive for during next term. AIESEC in Romania should see the 2013-2014 term as one of action, one in which the MC team and the entire country are leveraging on the previous terms, implementing the strategies and activities developed by the last two MC teams. The trend is that each new MC tries to establish a new basis of processes that needs to be continued by the next generations, but the bottleneck is the fact that we are continuously reinventing the processes, without giving them time to be implemented and consolidated properly. In my vision, this new MC term should be about continuity, about acting upon strategies, instead of developing new ones. More specifically, what we need to do is to look at the Experiential Leadership Development phase and analyze the products according to life cycle. Analyzing the past four terms, AIESEC in Romania has one programme in maturity (GCDPi), one programme in growth (GCDPo) and two programs in decrease (GIPo and GIPi). According to this analysis, there are two programmes with potential to grow: GCDPo (already in growth phase) and GIPi (which even though is in decrease can be developed by customizing GCDPi). Summing up, the milestones for 2013-2014 term be: growth on GCDPo and GIPi.
  4. 4. 7. In 2014, AIESEC in Romania is the winner of the Global Excellence UBS award.Explain why. Starting with the term 2011-2012, AIESEC in Romania developed a lot in terms of frameworks and processes and has focused on developing products according to the AIESEC Experience. Adding another MC term, focusing on implementation and generating results based on the previous strategies and the quality of our processes, will make the country perform on all the AIESEC programmes, thus being a strong candidate for the UBS award.

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