A little bit more than a month ago I informed you about my visit to the US embassy. Ambassador Barry White in Oslo invited Philipp Boksberger, who is the COO of the Lorange Institute, my son Per and myself to a breakfast meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to give a presentation on “Innovations in Shipping”.
The US embassy is located in the building still, which was opened in 1959. It is a triangular building consisting of four stories and a basement, measuring 59 meters by 47 meters by 47 meters (a year ago, the groundbreaking ceremony for an embassy at a new location was conducted in Oslo).
However, the presentation and the breakfast meeting took place at the Ambassador’s residence. The Villa Otium, built in 1911, was designed by renowned Norwegian architect Henrik Bull for Hans Andreas Olsen, the Norwegian Consul General at St. Petersburg and his wife Ester, the niece of Alfred Nobel.
Now, originally I intended to speak about innovations in shipping as at the same time the NOR Shipping Fair took place in Oslo. But then I changed the subject of my presentation and spoke about a something, which is key not only in shipping but in all industries: the human talents.
The presentation focused on HR is easily summarized:
Companies must acquire and develop relevant competences. Only then are they capable of satisfying the key customers through innovations. Key is, to get the relevant competencies on board, which means, that HR is more important than ever. I even consider HR to be key and it should be, in my opinion the CEO’s extension.
You may download the presentation but mind: I am not the expert in creating slides. I am more a typo-fixed presenter. I hope you’ll get over it.
I will soon present you some pictures from the meeting, too. The residence is what the Swiss would call a “bijou” (a jewel). I am looking forward to this and remain