Millennials going global. Reflections from Shanghai

In one of my previous articles I talked about the Millenials and how I find inspirations in their thinking and professional choices. I am very happy to have Nicolai, my oldest son, and his girlfriend, Jinyu, as my guests.

Nicolai and Jinyu met in the small University city of Utah, Cedar City, USA, and graduated in May 2013. This last year they spent in Norway and now in Shanghai to learn each others cultures and languages.

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Jinyu in Europe and Norway for the first time ever. Here celebrating the Norwegian Constitution day on May 17, 2013 with Nicolai.

 

– We are both very international and love traveling, meeting new people and explore different cultures. Exploring each others cultures and languages has been a natural and exciting milestone after graduation.

Jinyu just started in an interesting Management trainee position at Abercrombie&Fitch.

– I will be trained for HR, visual merchandising, diversity and some other crucial perspectives of fashion and retail industry. We just opened the very first flagship store for China here in Shanghai. It was very busy and successful! And I learned a lot.

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Abercrombie&Fitch first flagship store for China just opened in Shanghai

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People waiting for the new Abercrombie&Fitch flagship store opening in Shanghai

 

– Nicolai, what was the biggest change for you moving from Norway to Shanghai?

– It was a big step for me to live with Jinyus parents as they don’t know a word of english. This became the excellent opportunity for me to practice my Chinese. I am now a lot more comfortable communicating in Chinese and I have also adapted the big differences of the culture. Regular daily activities such as going to the grocery store, taking public transportation and eating in restaurants are challenges and make me adapt the culture and language.

Nicolai just came back from a Business trip to Thailand where he was presenting a new Athletic concept for Business Leaders. Time will show if his sales pitch was convincing enough to expand the concept he is working on. He just ran his first race in Shanghai, and next is marathon in Singapore in the end of May.

Nicolai running his first race in Shanghai.

Nicolai running his first race in Shanghai.

 

– Jinyu, are there changes you have noticed in Shanghai since you came back from your studies in the US?

– Shanghai is changing every single day! It grows so fast that locals can’t even keep on track. This is a radiant and young city that has so much to offer. The one thing that I have realized is that before foreigners were here just for leisure, but now more and more of them are coming for job opportunities. According to the latest population report, there are over 300,000 expats living here as residents, most of them come from Southern Europe like France, Italy and Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

KVINNER OG LEDELSE. MINE RÅD TIL KVINNER OG MENN PÅ KVINNEDAGEN

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Dette ble også publisert på Ledernytt for et par dager siden.

Du har kanskje noen råd du vil supplere med? Del med oss!

Debattene florerer rundt kvinner og ledelse. Vi skulle så gjerne se flere kvinner i ledelse. De fleste enes om at vi fortsatt har mye å gjøre både fra virksomhetene og på et mer personlig plan. Her er noen personlige råd jeg selv har fulgt på min vei – håper de virker for flere.

Hiv deg inn i dansen med gutta, men ikke la de ta føringen hele tiden.

Jeg observerer at mange jenter og gutter inntar tradisjonelle roller og handlingmønstre – sikkert ubevisst. Unngå ”flink pike” syndromet. Alt må ikke være så perfekt hele tiden.

Vær modig, stå frem og skill deg ut med noe spesielt.

Tenk strategisk selv om du er ansvarlig for et mindre prosjekt.

Kommuniser tydelig. Utfordre gjerne etablerte “sannheter” – de fleste liker å bli utfordret. Husk at du har den kompetansen andre mennesker velger å tillegge deg.

Bygg sterke nettverk, fysiske og virtuelle. Allier deg med de som vil deg vel og lytt på rådene du får.

Mulighetene forsterkes og utvides gjennom sosiale medier. Sørg for å utnytte også denne areanaen godt.

Lær å bli komfortabel med det ukomfortable og stå i situasjonen.

When the going gets tough the tough gets going!

Jeg observerer at jenter noen ganger trekker seg hurtigere enn gutter når det blir tøft. Ikke gjør det. Skaff heller en god coach og samtalepartner og utnytt ditt nettverk.

Ikke gi energi til de som ikke vil deg vel og er ufine – hverken tankemessig eller på andre måter.

Lær noen teknikker for å kutte vekk negativt tankespinn.

Velg en god sjef som støtter deg og gir deg muligheter.

Samkjør deg tett med han/ henne og kommuniser hyppig rundt hvordan dere skal skape resultater.

Finn riktig mann/ partner!

Viktig å være samkjørte, likestilte og balanserte.

Vær en god selvleder.

Balanser jobb og privat/ egen avkobling. En god selvleder hviler mye, sier ofte nei, trener og spiser god mat.

Communication – the human connection (H2H) – is the key to success!

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I took this picture in the Gustav Vigeland park in Oslo, Norway.

 

Think about a positive connection with someone – at home or at work this past week. How did you feel? My guess is that you felt great and wanted more of it. Not a big surprise that company cultures growing such good relationships better than others are winning in the market place.

Did you know that H2H (Human to Human) is now replacing B2C (Business to Consumer) and B2B (Business to Business)? Because it is all about human connections, read more about it here.

Think about how you and your company strengthen communication and the human connection. And share it with us here.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

THANKS TO ALL MY GOOD IBM COLLEAGUES AROUND THE WORLD!

Thanks a lot for 11 years with you!

Thanks a lot for 11 years with you!

Time to say THANK YOU after almost 11 years in IBM.

Serving our clients with you has been a pleasure!  

A good share of my LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook network consists of you GREAT IBMers around the world. I am looking forward to continued contact! Very soon I will start in a new, exciting company. Stay tuned!