Scandinavian Christmas Market
The magical allure of a Scandinavian Christmas culture was captured by the Scandinavian Christmas Market again held at Danish House in Penrose and co-hosted by The Danish Society and the NZ Scandinavia Business Assn (NZSBA) was the drawcard that drew thousands of Aucklanders out on one of the busiest Sundays of 2015.
NZSBA's Cafe Fika at the Scandinavian Christmas Market 1st Nov
Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson
The October 2015 HBR issue comes with the cover message: The new rules for competition; be paranoid, disrupt yourself; go to war for talent. The third point could be changed to ‘finding, recruiting and retaining the best talent’ – or ‘intensify the quest for talent.’ (I think we should avoid war and war analogies - the war on terrorism, the war on drugs and the war on poverty have not been successful. Business is not about war – it is about service and competition – competition originating from Latin competere – to seek together). Please find below a few notes from this issue.
New Company Member - Line's Knækbrød
"It all started in 2011 when my parents came to visit from Denmark and brought this amazing recipe with them. I remember eating the Swedish Knækbrød as a child. With this recipe, it was love at first bite and we spent the rest of the summer & the following year baking and perfecting the recipe.
New Company Member - Duncan Cotterill
Our committee secretary, Chris Linton, is now a partner at Duncan Cotterill, one of New Zealand’s leading national law firms. Its clients include New Zealand and international corporates, public sector, local government, listed entities, insurers, banks and financial institutions, professional services firms, SMEs and private and institutional investors.
NZSBA AGM 2015
Intro from James's Presidents report: The quarter century milestone is quite an achievement and it’s an honour to be here and involved. The NZSBA began life back in 1990 as a Swedish Business Association by Hans and Pat Björkland, and later changed to capture the entire Nordic region. Hans sadly passed away in October 2012 but the spirit of what he wanted to achieve is alive and well here at the NZSBA.
A Haven of Sustainable Living, København. Denmark
Members looking for Job Opportunities
A couple of our members are looking for job opportunities in the accounting and HR professions, and we'd be grateful for you to consider them for your companies.
Radmila and Johan have recently moved to New Zealand from Sweden with their family, Johan is an engineer working at SKF and his wife, Radmila is looking for a position in HR, preferably recruitment but open to various HR positions. She has a 36 month work visa and is available for immediate start.
Yang has recently joined our committee and is looking for an accounting role since finishing her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from AUT this year. She also gained a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management in China and has experience working for IKEA and other international companies.
Platinum Member - SKF Update
In January 2015, Alrik Danielson took up the role of President and CEO for The SKF Group.
Changes were made to our Global structure and this included the merge of SKF’s two Industrial business areas, Strategic Industries and Regional Sales and Service to form the Industrial Market Division. The changes were done to enable the benefits of the SKF asset life cycle to be applied to industrial customers in a more efficient manner, through a simplified organizational structure.
Delivering value at each phase of the asset life cycle During each phase of the asset life cycle, SKF technologies and services help customers to optimize machine design and performance, reduce energy use and lower the total cost of ownership.
President's Brief July 2015
In June we held our second Nordic Networking event hosted by ABB at their premises in Grafton, Auckland.
It’s a privilege to have such icons as members - companies steeped in history that play such a pivotal roll in keeping the world functioning. This of course allows for some fascinating insights imparted by the NZ MD’s. The Nordic Networking events also give members a great opportunity to get together and network.
Events coming up include the AGM on 18th August, the NZSBA Business Forum on 21st September with a fantastic line-up of speakers, the Scandinavian Christmas Market on 1 November - at which we will again have a presence - and the Christmas Function early December.
Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson
This issue is about HR – “It’s time to blow up HR and build something new. Here’s how!” Some interesting observations even if I feel quite hesitant to the idea of strong central HR as I believe that HR should be the main focus of all senior managers. Developing and maximising the energy and competency within your team must be a direct responsibility of all managers and any suggesting that you can be a manager without such focus and skills is mistaken. The debate will no doubt continue. Please find below a few notes from this issue.
Volvo XC90 Launch
Our members were kindly invited to the launch of the new VOLVO XC90, and those that made it along were delighted. The new VOLVO showroom in Greenlane is stunning and testament to the rapidly increasing position VOLVO has in the luxury vehicle segment - the fastest growing luxury brand in the world. And like the new XC90, the showroom exudes Swedish design - minimalist, chic and downright cool.
Success Story - Switch Utilities & Scan Global Logistics
We love a good networking success story so we thought we'd share this one with you from Paul Grubi, Business Dev. Manager at Switch Utilities who was able to reduce operating costs for Danish based Scan Global Logistics through his relationship with Richard Manson.
Nordic Networking - Unplugged at ABB
On 9 June 2015 NZSBA member ABB hosted a Nordic Networking event at their NZ Head Office in Grafton, Auckland. This provided a great opportunity to network and get to know this company that has over 80 years of history in NZ. On behalf of all members who attended I would like to thank Ewan and the ABB team hosting a wonderful networking event and the fascinating insight into the ABB business.
Focus Denmark - Summer/Autumn Issue
In this May issue of focus Denmark we found some informative articles we thought would be of interest to you, our members, particularly on the value of trust and sustainability.
New Company Member - Sensorteknik
Learning to Dance - Corporate Style with Frank Olsson
Our very own vice president, Frank Olsson (Swedish Honorary Consul) has just released a new book "Learning to Dance - Corporate Style, how to humanise business and get more out of life". Anyone who has witnessed Frank's contagious joy and energy knows that he lives his life like a dance and we are in full support of promoting his approach to life and business. The design of the book was directed by our other vice president - Claire Conza's agency Future Village, and illustrated by her sister/designer Michelle Euinton. The small first run is selling fast so if you'd like a copy for $20, or a few for your staff, get in touch with Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCA Volvo Ocean Race Pavilion Tour
Our most hygienic member SCA and the SCA Volvo Ocean Race Team kindly invited us to their pavilion in the Viaduct for a presentation from their all women team, as well as a private tour of the race village and Networking of course.