Pictures from inside a US embassy

Dear reader

Marketing, you might agree, has always something in common with hyperbolism. I mean, nothing ever is as good as it is promoted. Not even this blogpost.

And if I claim to publish “pictures” from inside a US embassy, it is a bit of both teasing my readership and the national security agency (which has not the best image for the moment).

Yet, I show you pictures from inside, however, it is not the embassy but the ambassador’s residence.

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US Ambassador’s Residence

As announced last week, I’ll add some pictures from the breakfast meeting. The atmosphere was very relaxed and still it was very cultivated as I usually don’t wear a tie for breakfast and don’t eat every day from porcelain dishes with golden rim (I usally sit on a table in the public hall of my business school at 7 a.m., drinking coffee from a vending machine in a regular china cup).

HR Breakfast 11 HR Breakfast HR Breakfast2 HR Breakfast3Unfortunately, nobody played the grand piano in the backroom. By the way, if you are interested in the history of the residence, there is wonderfully designed booklet about the Villa Otium. You can download it by clicking on the ancient archtiect’s plan here below.

Wishing you all a good time.
Peter Lorange

Villa Otium Oslo Architects plan


My presentation at the US Embassy in Oslo

Dear reader

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).

US Embassy 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.

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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

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A Visit at the US Embassy

Dear reader

On April 30 I had a breakfast meeting at the residence of the US Ambassador Barry White in Oslo. Present from the Lorange Institute, in addition to myself, were Philipp Boksberger and Per Frithjof Lorange. In addition to Ambassador White, Mr. Vidar Keyn, Head of the U.S. Commercial Service and Ms. Marianne Brodal Ruud, Commercial Assistant at U.S. Foreign Commercial Service at the American Embassy Oslo, were also present.

Peter Lorange, Per Lorange, Philipp Boksberger, Barry White (US Amabssador)

Meeting with the US Ambassador to Norway in Oslo. From left to right Philipp Boksberger, Ambassador Barry White, Peter Lorange and Per Lorange

The purpose of the meeting was to plan a presentation from me on “Innovations in Shipping”, to be held at the US Embassy Oslo on June 6 – in connection with the NOR-Shipping Conference.

NOR Shipping LogoNor-Shipping is the leading maritime event week. Its top-quality exhibition, high-level conferences and prime networking opportunities attract the cream of the international maritime industry to Oslo every other year.

I keep you posted.

Kind regards,
Peter Lorange

P.S. You might remember that we welcomed two US Ambassadors at our Business School in Horgen (read: Visit from the Embassy)