1 AARHUS AU UNIVERSITET BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AU mentor AU Mentor for Master Students at Business and Social Sciences Make a difference to yourself and others 2012/2013
3 Mentor profiles MENTORS 1. Anne Møller Dahl 2. Bente Josefsen 3. Bjarne Houtved 4. Christina Aabye 5. Bodil Løck Møller 6. Erik Mørk 7. Finn Kratholm 8. Hans-Christian Rasmussen 9. Henning Rasmussen 10. Jane Meldgaard Johansen 11. Jesper Qvistgaard 12. Jette Ditlev 13. Karsten Aagaard 14. Karsten Ryge Leth 15. Kasper Gissel 16. Kim D. Jensen 17. Kim Hansen 18. Klavs Hornum 19. Knud Hareskov 20. Kresten Tang Andersen 21. Kristian Duch 22. Lars Rasmus Lundgaard Pedersen 23. Marcus Christensen Fich 24. Marianne Petersen 25. Morten Duus 26. Niels Chr. Nielsen 27. Ole Tangsgaard 28. Otto Bjerg Hausgaard 29. Peter Bjerring 30. Solveig Topp 31. Susanne Lehmann Pagh 32. Thomas Braad Perret-Gentil 33. Thomas Tarp 34. Tina Rasmussen 35. Tony Stokholm 36. Ann Fagerdal 37. Anne Mette Bragh Frederiksen 38. Anne Vedsted Hansen 39. Anette Bach Jensen 40. Chamara Bulathsinhala 41. Christian Hvidkjær Frederiksen 42. Christian Kolthoff 43. Christiane Marie Klausen 44. Christina Falkenberg 45. Claus Astrup-Larsen 46. Danni Giørtz-Jørgensen 47. Gitte Elkær 48. Gitte Aaberg 49. Hans Houlind 50. Heide Ehlert-Juergensen 51. Heinrich Kunsemüller 52. Helle Glyø 53. Helle Hessel 54. Helle Skovdal 55. Henrik Tarp 56. Jacob Wulff 57. Jakob Bech Andersen 58. Jan Norre Kristensen 59. Jannie Dahl 60. Jesper Berg 61. Jørgen Kjer Juul 62. Jørn Fogh 63. Karin Odgaard 64. Kasper Berg Sørensen 65. Kim Voss Jensen 66. Klaus Kirk Jensen 67. Kristine Poulsen 68. Kristoffer Okkels 69. Laila Melgaard Agerholm 70. Lars Beer Nielsen 71. Lars Hindby 72. Lars Mattson 73. Lasse Halliday 74. Leif Preetzmann 75. Lisbeth Bjerre Jensen 76. Lone Eibye Mikkelsen 77. Lone Jager Lindquist 78. Mads-Ole Bak 79. Majken Bagger 80. Martin Kibsgaard Jensen 81. Martin Aagard Pedersen 82. Morten Egedal Nielsen 83. Mogens Jensen 84. Niels Christian Nielsen 85. Niels Sparre 86. Niels Vestergaard Olsen 87. Nikolaj Dyring 88. Pernille Skovmose Finnerup 89. Poul Skov 90. Rikke Norsted 91. Steen Hagengaard 92. Susanne Frandsen 93. Søren Mortensen 94. Søren Trangbæk 95. William Ehmsen 96. Willy Pedersen 97. Elizabeth Jones 98. Georgios Kolovos 99. Indre Bradauskaite 100. Ingra Skreba 101. Uwe Eisenhut
4 Mentor Profiles HOW DO I GET A MENTOR? In order to get a mentor, you have to sign up no later than 16 September You can register on and choose How do I get a mentor. Shortly after registration, we will ask you to send us your CV and an application, where you describe your motivations for participating. This application will be forwarded to your mentor. You will also be asked to include a seperate list of your preferred mentors. Application Your application (1 page max) should include: A short motivation, including a small description of yourself A small photo - minimum size 140x191 pixels A short description of your expectations to the mentor program How you believe you can contribute Choosing you mentor It is you (the mentee) who choose your preferred mentor. AU Career will do the matching, and you will meet your mentor at the mentor course on 8 October In this catalogue you will find 101 alumni, who have volunteered as mentors. They are very excited about meeting you - and starting the program. You choose the 10 most relevant mentors for you. When choosing your 10 favorite mentor prospects, it can be very helpful to consider several aspects: professional competency educational background common interests values personality network age gender You are then supposed to send your application and your CV to: no later than 23 September. Please include the list of 10 prioritized mentors as a separate appendix to your application. Please note that we cannot guarantee you a specific mentor from your list!
5 Mentor profiles WHEN DO I MEET MY MENTOR? On 8 October we kick off the mentor program with a mentor course, where you will learn more about what to expect from a mentor relationship, and what you can do to ensure a good start. Make sure to book the whole day, since we have a full program (9 am - 12 am and again 4 pm - 7/8 pm). Here you will meet your mentor for the first time and have your first official mentor meeting. WHAT CAN I DISCUSS WITH MY MENTOR? A lot of different topics can be discussed with your mentor, as long as it has a career focus. Here is a list of topics discussed by former mentees/mentors; maybe you can get inspired: Personal development Personal SWOT analysis Tools for structuring your time Job hunting e.g. CVs and interviewing Learning styles Career direction Work life-balance Staff development interviews Personal appearance Presentation techniques Networking, e.g. LinkedIn Management Innovation Business PhD Education Efficiency / effectiveness Competence development Internships Thesis topics Career and children Prioritization Decision making Stress handling Moving abroad Project management Conflict management HOW LONG IS THE MENTOR PROGRAM? When we have matched you with a mentor, and you have had the first mentor meeting, you have also filled out a mentor contract. In the contract you agree on the terms and structure of your mentor relationship, and it is the perfect opportunity to share your expectations to each other and the process. The mentor period will last about 9 months, and you will meet your mentor approximately once per month (meetings normally last 90 minutes). Sometimes there will be more meetings and sometimes less. That is something you figure out with your mentor according to your needs. NEED MORE INFORMATION? If you need more information before you decide, please feel free to contact us in the career centre: AU MENTOR W: M: Get ready to take your career seriously!
6 Mentor Profiles Mentor ROFILES
7 Mentor profiles 1. Anne Møller Dahl Cand. Mag. working in an international company in the field of project management. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 36 Education: cand.mag Year of graduation: 2006 Position: assistant project manager Place of employment: vestats wind systems a/s Primary work tasks Project Management Resource Planning WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Wind Energy Industry What makes A person a good mentor? Able to listen and give advise by coaching Your 3 most important values 1. Loyalty 2. Honesty 3. Humour What kind of mentor are you? I have a deep interest for people and their competences, and I always see the person before the job. I have a good sense of humour and I value an honest discussion. Which topics would you like to discuss? Project Management in general. Working in an international company and the advantages and disadvantages of that. What do you expect from your mentee? Respect for each others time Honesty Openess Willingness to learn What makes you sign up as a mentor? I really enjoy sharing my experiences (which I also do very much in my daily work), and I have a great passion for working in the wind industry. Also I have a different educational background than my colleagues (mainly engineers), which is very interesting.
8 Mentor Profiles 2. Bente Josefsen Experienced mentor who likes to be challenged and likes to discuss. Citizenship: DANish Age: 53 Education: E-MBA leadership and change management Year of graduation: 2007 Position: Senior Vice President (previous also Factory manager) Place of employment: Vestas A/S (Arla Foods, Tholstrup Cheese, Danisco) Primary work tasks People leader. Leadership & management. Strategy building and execution. Development of people and business. Change management. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Food Food service Wind industry I have an extensive level of experience within industrial process manufacturing, product development, project management and B2B sales. I have international experience and worked with international customers such as Pizza Hut, Tesco and Aldi. What makes A person a good mentor? Create trust Listen Ask questions Motivate Push when needed Your 3 most important values 1. Integrity 2. Trust 3. Openness What makes you sign up as a mentor? Help young people on their way - and hopefully preventing them for making some mistakes. Inspire and motivate, be there for someone. Develop and inspire myself. What kind of mentor are you? Professional competencies: Management, project management, leadership, customer service, B2B sales and product development. Personal competencies Business behaviour Which topics would you like to discuss? Management & leadership Change management Organizational design Customer service & B2B sales Product development. What do you expect from your mentee? Open minded Willing to discuss Willing to learn Ambitious Keep agreements Other comments I have been a mentor for the past 10 years, for young upcoming leaders. Can meet in Aarhus privately at my place or at the university.
9 Mentor profiles 3. Bjarne Houtved Sales and marketing experience within the IT business ready for the third mentor programme. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 47 Education: cand.merc foreign trade Year of graduation: 1990 Position: market manager at traen a/s, responsible for the sales Place of employment: traen develop & deliver configurable, modular it solutions, primary to the public sector in DK Primary work tasks I have in all my years been working with sales, marketing and business development from the strategic to operational level, both nationally and internationally. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? I have 20+ years of experience in sales, marketing and business development in the following industries: IT, printing and electronics. I have my experience in particular from Danfoss, TDC, KMD, Systematic and Traen. The last 12+ years within the IT business. What makes A person a good mentor? An open minded person which is very flexible. Ready to discuss all relevant topics and give input/ inspiration to the mentee. Your 3 most important values 1. Open minded 2. Inspiring 3. Trust worthy What makes you sign up as a mentor? This is my third year as a mentor, and I find it very inspiring to get an insight into a student s challenges on the way to the job market. At the same time, I keep in touch with the University. What kind of mentor are you? I am an open minded person and very flexible concerning the topics and the process. I am ready to discuss all relevant topics and give input/ inspiration to the mentee. Which topics would you like to discuss? I could imagine a wide spectre of relevant topics like e.g; Personal development, Carrier planning, Work balance, Danish business culture, International business from a Danish perspective, Team work across different companies, Themes like Sales, Marketing or business development. What do you expect from your mentee? I expect the mentee to be open minded and ready to talk about the relevant topics. It will be up to the mentee to select relevant topics and be responsible for the outcome of the meetings. I expect the mentee to do some preperation as input to the discussions.
10 Mentor Profiles 4. Bodil løck møller Experience with communication, strategy, organizational development and listening. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 38 Education: MA in Mediascience and Sociology Year of graduation: 2002 Position: International Advisor Place of employment: Aarhus university, Business and Social Sciences Primary work tasks I work with international accreditations with a focus on quality assurance and strategic development. I work together with several units in the organisation to provide data, policies and descriptions of processes. These are used in the reports to the accreditation institutions. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? I have had jobs in the Danish television industry (TV 2) as an analyst and planning producer. Furthermore, I have worked seven years as a communication consultant and project manager in the Communication Department at the former Aaarhus School of Business. I have also worked 2 years as a Personal Assistant for the former dean. What makes A person a good mentor? Listening Being curious To draw from your experience without talking about yourself Asking questions Listening Your 3 most important values 1. Humour 2. Honesty 3. Empathy about their future life, and if they re dealing with the same questions and challenges I did. I would find it very giving to help one of them to answer these questions. What kind of mentor are you? One who: -listens -challenges -want s to make the mentee be aware of his or her own goals and priorities Which topics would you like to discuss? Strategic communication Strategy development and processes Organizational development Project management and leadership What do you expect from your mentee? That the mentee has dreams and goals for the future and is willing to discuss them. That the mentee has a serious approach to the mentor relation and the time we spend on it. other comments I live in Aarhus with my two children and my husband. I take a run every now and then. I know about mentorship because I took part in starting up this mentor program. This is, however, the first time I volunteer as a mentor for the program. What makes you sign up as a mentor? I have seen others join the program and how they benefited from the meetings with the mentee, and how even small things were at help for the mentee. I am very curious of the student s considerations
11 Mentor profiles 5. Christina Aabye I would like to give the AU students a good start in business life as they are the talents our business should build their future on - and I look forward to learn something about the students of 2012, their goals and their challenges. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 32 Education: Msc in logistics Year of graduation: 2007 Position: currently finance manager. from septemper 1st 2012 manager in value chain optimization Place of employment: the lego group in billund, denmark. Primary work tasks Currently managing 7 employees, working with various strategic projects and business plans in Group Finance as well as building a strong cooperation between Finance and Procurement. From Septemper 1st working with Supply Chain optimization and innovation. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? I have been with the LEGO group in the five years since I graduated. I have experience within Forecasting, Procurement, Finance and Supply Chain Management. What makes A person a good mentor? A good mentor is a person that knows how to listen. A good mentor should be interested in sharing their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the mentee. Your 3 most important values 1. Trust 2. Integrity 3. Reliability What makes you sign up as a mentor? I still remember how challenging it was to be on my way into the real life, and I really appreciated that someone took the time out and helped me with some of all my questions and guided me in the right direction. I want to give new graduates the same experience. And then I am curious about if they see the same challenges that I saw five years ago. What kind of mentor are you? I have a natural curiosity trying to understand people, their concerns and challenges. I am the kind of mentor that would like to challenge my mentee with some of the questions he/she might not have thought about on their own. However, the most important thing for me is that the mentee comes up with the answer on his/her own, I am not there to give the answers but I am there to help the mentee find the answers. I believe that it will be the answers that will be the right for him/her in the long run. Which topics would you like to discuss? The challenges of: - how to get a job in the current job market - going from theoretical education to practical job - work-life-balance - setting goals for your career and reaching them Anything else that the mentee would like to discuss What do you expect from your mentee? A dedicated person that is curious and ready to be challenged. Someone who is willing to invest their time and efforts to get the best possible out of the relationship. other comments I have participated in ASB Mentor 2007 when I graduated and had a great experience with that, and I kept the contact with my mentor long after our mentorship ended. Some meetings will probably have to be held in Billund.
12 Mentor Profiles 6. Erik Mørk Broadminded down to earth former manager/consultant/professor. Citizenship: danish Age: 69 Education: cand.oecon & hd - estate agent Year of graduation: 1969 Position: lektor emeritus Place of employment: retired Primary work tasks Controller What kind of mentor are you? No nonsense - back to basics WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Management consulting - IT service - Womens clothing - Leisure houses - VVS entrepreneurs - teaching What makes A person a good mentor? The ability to listen first - help sort out the mentees ideas - discuss the mentees ideas - a broad experiance with all sides of business affairs Your 3 most important values 1. Listen 2. Putting orders into ideas 3. Plan for implementation What makes you sign up as a mentor? Which topics would you like to discuss? Organization Marketing Controlling What do you expect from your mentee? Open minded other comments I have had mentoring experience as a professor at SyddanskUniversitet/Ingeniørhøjskolen in Odense for 10 years - mentoring production engineers. Interests: Broad interest in life from the beginning of the universe to the present ecological problems. Quite a reader - criminal novels Sometime golfer - not mindless. I have got the time and experience both from business and as a professor
13 Mentor profiles 7. Finn Kratholm Mentoring is social philanthropy! Mentoring for a day is much better than going to work for a day. Mentoring moves people, working just pays money. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 52 Education: master of economics & business administration Year of graduation: 1985 Position: senior project team member Place of employment: central warehouse (bcl) for all sanistaal activities Primary work tasks Two tasks in one job: Job no 1 is a scientifically process of why we make mistakes and how we deal with these: formulation of hypotheses; confirmation/or not by data of these; brainstorm by team on why we make mistakes; selection of a few major causes that will bring large effect on failure reduction. In job no 2 I talk a lot with team coordinators to improve working conditions of the team or bring in ideas for new improvements. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Telecommunication, Market analyses, oil and gas, distribution What makes A person a good mentor? I think it is necessary to feel deep inside that you want to help other people. From my mentoring experience I know that mentees do not understand why the mentors spend time mentoring. In June 2012 I realized that mentors do it for the same reason that rich people give away money: philanthropy. What the mentors do I call social philanthropy. Both types of transfer trigger the same place in the human brain. Your 3 most important values 1. Confidentiality 2. Confidence 3. Respect What makes you sign up as a mentor? The more years I work as a mentor the more exciting it gets, because the better I want to make it for the mentee. And when I see how big a difference I can make on mentees in this process, it is worth much more than an ordinary job. It s philanthropy! What kind of mentor are you? I spend much time trying to understand the person I meet for the first time. It is very important for me to understand very deep the person in front of me in order to understand the areas that we are going to work with. The mentee can expect to get a mentor where anything can be discussed, but the mentee sets the arena for the discussion, when we do the mentor contract. Which topics would you like to discuss?? Those that the mentee would like to discuss What do you expect from your mentee? That he/she is prepared for our meetings. That we stick to the contract. That he/she will tell me if we do not fit together. That he/she understands that we work with a signed confidentiality. Therefore no problems are to big, nor embarrassing or whatever. other comments This is my 5th mentor year, and I look very much forward to this year too.
14 Mentor Profiles 8. Hans-Christian Rasmussen I think it would be a very positive experience if I had the opportunity to assist an AU Master student in some way. Citizenship: danish Age: 43 Education: cand.merc markedsøkonomi Year of graduation: 1993 Position: project manager, international tenders (europe & asia), emergency medical services (Ems) Place of employment: falck a/s ems Primary work tasks Project manager for international tenders within Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services in Europe & Asia. Involved in preparing bids for Falck International Expansion. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EX- PERIENCE FROM? Telecommunications (fixed, mobile and wholesale), Key account management, Business Development and Consulting. Emergency Services What makes A person a good mentor? As a mentor I will to accessible and as helpful as possible; to provide assistance and some kind of guidance to the mentee; it requires the ability to be able to listen carefully to what s of concern, and if asked for present own opinion. But most of all: I hope to build a relation of trust. Your 3 most important values 1. Reliable 2. Honest 3. Accessible What makes you sign up as a mentor? Interest, many years of practical experience of do s and don ts. The opportunity to convey some of my experience to the mentee. Once, a trustful relation is established I hope to be able to provide input and sparring with the student enabling him/her to successfully engage in the Masters studies at AU. What kind of mentor are you? I see myself as very reliable, I take great pride in being well prepared in what I do. Also I m a straightforeward guy - so if you ask for opinions you ll get it. I will do my outmost to be all ears and listen carefully to what is of interest to the student. I hate wasting time - to some degree smalltalk is OK, but we need to get to some kind of conclusion or decision. Which topics would you like to discuss? Having worked in many different areas of the organisations I consider myself as being an allround guy - but mostly within issues relating to sales, strategy, business development; and not accounting and financial planning. What do you expect from your mentee? I assume that once the mentee has signed up and enrolled in the programme, they have made their mind up: they want to take active part in the project and therefore are also prepared to invest the necessary time and effort. They should be 100% honest - I m here to help. So if they for some reason are not able to make the appointment, I would rather have them cancelled (tell the true story) than have to show up for an appointment with no agenda. other comments I m married and I live in a house not far from AU. I m the father of two girls (age 8 and 12) whom both are active in football & swimming. During the summer I m an assistant coach to a football team. I like to ride my bicycle and from time to time I also run a few km during the week. It is my plan to complete a half marathon before June We do travel a lot, have relatives in the USA, whom we have visited many times, and during the winther we go skiing.
15 Mentor profiles 9. Henning Rasmussen Mentor with a broad and inventive experience. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 52 Education: cand.merc/master in management Year of graduation: 1987 Position: manager/centerleder Place of employment: Center for Enthusiasts/Center for Ildsjæle ww.ildsjaelen.net Primary work tasks Center for Enthusiasts is a social ecological innovation and knowledge center for civilian enthusiasts - civil entrepreneurs. Being a center of invention, a sparring partner and network facilitator for enthusiasts. As well as inform and spread knowledge to the world of civilian enthusiasts talents and potentials, in this way to innovate the civilian sector for the benefit of welfare and prosperity. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EX- PERIENCE FROM? Private (finance and consultancy - leadership, green/welfare technology) and public sector. Boardmember - SustainableEnergy What makes A person a good mentor? Good and experienced listener and supervisor What kind of mentor are you? Calm, interested and creative Which topics would you like to discuss? Sustainability Leadership Green technology Creativity, innovation and intuition What do you expect from your mentee? Honest Interested Open other comments I have a lot of mentor experience among leaders and entrepreneurs. I am interested in spirituality and intuition and the civil sector. Your 3 most important values 1. Honest 2. Brave 3. Innovative What makes you sign up as a mentor? Keep connection to young students
16 Mentor Profiles 10. Jane Meldgaard Johansen Ambitious, social and outgoing young woman still in the beginning of my career. I like challenges in my every day life, and being an AU Mentor is a great challenge. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 28 Education: ma corporate communication Year of graduation: 2008 Position: VP Marketing I work with 14 IT developers and my job is to brand magpeople Place of employment: magpeople Primary work tasks MagPeople operates as a small independent software company owned by STIBO - an international company excelling at graphic processes, production and software. MagPeople makes software for magazine and book publishing. Our solutions make the whole process faster, smarter and cheaper. I m in charge of our communications, web and social media. In short, this means that I translate the internal geek language, so our customers understand our products and changes made. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EX- PERIENCE FROM? I have experience from HR, employer branding, event planning, marketing and communication. I have tried to operate both in the private and public sector and find the private sector more like my home turf. What makes A person a good mentor? It is important to be able to listen and interact with suggestions, so the mentee find the right answer for him- or herself. Your 3 most important values What makes you sign up as a mentor? I ve been a mentor last year for a Danish student, and I truly enjoyed our meetings and the feeling of paying it forward. It was a great feeling to see her evolve, and I also learned a lot about myself and how my choices got me to where I am today. What kind of mentor are you? I like challenges and I would sometimes like to challenge the mentee, as an effort to make them realize reality ;) I m also a very social and caring mentor, who would like to talk about other things than just career. Which topics would you like to discuss? I would be pleased to discuss professional areas related to my own background in communication, but I m also very open to new areas. What do you expect from your mentee? I expect that the mentee always show up prepared for our meetings. It should not be that the mentee should send a lot of text, but she/he has to know a theme or a project the she/he wants to talk about 1. Honesty 2. Diligence 3. Curiosity
17 Mentor profiles 11. Jesper Qvistgaard If you are dedicated creating the best possible work life for yourself, read further! Citizenship: DANISH Age: 32 Education: cand.mag in history & social science Year of graduation: 2007 Position: consultant, au research & talent, aarhus university Place of employment: aarhus university Primary work tasks My job consists of different tasks within talent development. I provide AU management with reports etc. and supports the ongoing talent development strategy process. Furthermore, I am responsible for different projects, including an international summer school for PhD s and restructuring fund application processes. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EX- PERIENCE FROM? From the education management sector and HR What makes A person a good mentor? Willingness to commit, a sense of your own career development and an open mind. What kind of mentor are you? A dedicated, honest and very upfront type. A mentee should not expect to get exact answers from me, but I would welcome any opportunity to discuss any matter connected to career development. Which topics would you like to discuss? Career development and work/life issues - ie. what kind of life would you like to have, and how does a job fit into this? What do you expect from your mentee? Dedication and initiative - I have a busy life and would expect the mentee to take initiative for most meetings. But above all, an interest in other people is essential. Your 3 most important values 1. Honesty 2. Trust 3. Confidentiality What makes you sign up as a mentor? I would have appreciated an opportunity to connect with an alumni when I was new. From a personal point of view, I hope to meet some interesting people and learn about different perspectives.
18 Mentor Profiles 12. Jette Ditlev I expect to be able to give, but also receive new inspiration and ideas. My interests are primarily leadership and strategy; internationalisation / globalisation; innovation;organisational development, change management. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 48 Education: m.sc./cand.merc Year of graduation: 1987 Position: owner & strategic partner Place of employment: ditlev consulting Primary work tasks Ditlev Consulting is a management consulting company assisting our clients within Strategic Business Development. Core competence lies within market driven strategic development focusing on growth opportunities to maximize businesses. We work together with top-level managers, but we do also believe in and rely on a close cooperation with each organisation: the involvement and contribution of your employees are essential to both strategic solution and execution.the clients of Ditlev Consulting are both large company groups and SME s and they are all looking for objective, experienced and sustainable solutions, and we do our utmost to fulfill this obligation. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Fast Moving Consumer Goods (various industries) Industrial Products Logistics IT What makes A person a good mentor? Empathy, ability to listen (actively) and read the mentee, direct approach, engaged & interested Your 3 most important values 1. Reliablity 2. Honesty 3. Good sense of humour What makes you sign up as a mentor? / What kind of mentor are you? I expect to be able to give, but also receive new inspiration and ideas - both parts, should gain. I expect to contribute to the students life: afterstudy-new-in-work, new participants in my network and I expect to have fun ;-) Which topics would you like to discuss? My interests are primarily leadership and strategy; internationalisation / globalisation; innovation; organisational development, change management. But: my interests are actually not that important, it is the mentee s decision. What do you expect from your mentee? Interested and inspiring - a serious approach, but no need to be over-structured. The most important is that the mentee wants to participate in a change / developing proces. other comments My personal experience is concentrated around strategy and leadership - in and from both large multis and smaller companies; nationally as well as internationally. Stationed in Germany for 4 years. Have been a board member for many years and has for the time being 4 board positions in fast growing companies. Have been participating in this mentor programme since the beginning: have been a mentor for 5 students. I was a very proud receiver of the first AU Mentor Award in June 2012.
19 Mentor profiles 13. Karsten Aagaard I am a person with many years of experience from the private labour market. I have been a leader for many years and would like to share my experiences with young students. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 59 Education: mba Year of graduation: 2010 Position: practising vetenarian for 12 years, acting manager within the agricultural industry for 20 years Place of employment: today owner of own business: aagaard consulting Primary work tasks I have been working first as a professional vetenarian. Being employed in the food industry I have been working with management, ledership. Now I am again owner of my own business. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? The agricultural and food industry. What makes A person a good mentor? Good in the dialog process. A good listener. I can use my own experiences. Your 3 most important values 1. Thoroughness 2. Professionalism 3. Trust What kind of mentor are you? I have a clear focus on my goals. I have an analytic approach to the challenges. I am able to handle conflicts and critical situations. I am a strategically thinking person who makes the necessary considerations before acting behind words and thoughts. I can make clients and colleagues easily work together bearing in mind that they must be treated differently. Which topics would you like to discuss? Personal, professional and management issues. What do you expect from your mentee? The mentee shall show commitment and be on time. other comments I am very interested in sports. Can meet anywhere. What makes you sign up as a mentor? I like very much to assist young people with their choices.
20 Mentor Profiles 14. Karsten Ryge Leth Through my my job as a consultant I have been in contact with many industries and sectors. I would like to dicsuss starting a new business, innovation, and various themes concerning development. Nationalitet: Dansk Alder: 58 uddannelse: HD - Organisation og virksomhedsledelse Dimittend År: 1983 Position: Erhvervskonsulent Arbejdssted: Horsens Erhvervsråd Primary work tasks Development of ideas and start-up of companies. Development of existing companies through different development processes What makes you sign up as a mentor? I think I wil be able to guide students, and I also believe that I will get something back, new opinions, other ways of thinking etc. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? I am originally educated within banking and finance. Through my job as a consultant I have been in contact with many industries and sectors, only very little with the retail. I have a broad knowledge of the public sector - as an emplyee or in cooperation. What makes A person a good mentor? Being able to listen Empathy Not imposing one s own opinion on the mentee Your 3 most important values 1. Opneness 2. Honesty 3. Innovation What kind of mentor are you? I am very good listener. During my many years as a consultant, I have received training in coaching, and in my work with managers, students and others. I have used these skills to make them think twice and see other aspects of the situation, and maybe other solutions to the problem at hand. Which topics would you like to discuss? I would like to discuss starting up a new business, innovation, and various themes concerning development - managers, employees, business etc. What do you expect from your mentee? I hope that he or she can and will use the experience I have gathered through helping a wide range of newstarters and SME s.
21 Mentor profiles 15. Kasper Gissel You can change the way you act - not the way you are... so choose a healthy career way. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 47 Education: hd(f) + banking Year of graduation: 1990 Position: Business Director - member of the board of directors Place of employment: Karlsruhe, Germany (BW) Primary work tasks General management with focus on international branding and innovation WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Banking, Financing, Investment Banking, Asset Management, Electronic High Tech, Innovative Illumination, Consulting. What makes A person a good mentor? A good mentor knows the difference between mentoring and voaching and will add value through listening. Your 3 most important values 1. Social Intelligence 2. Integrity 3. Honesty What kind of mentor are you? Kind of the Accountability Partner, who represents someone whose sole purpose is making sure you stay on track with the business goals you set for yourself. Which topics would you like to discuss? All the different ways of achieving your goal - or what you think is your goal. It is all about people and knowing yourself. What do you expect from your mentee? Open minded and positive - that s all other comments I work in Germany - but I come to Denmark 2-3 times per month. What makes you sign up as a mentor? I was a mentor last season, and it was an excellent way of getting to know what actually drives people, and cool to watch a difficult decision making process.
22 Mentor Profiles 16. Kim D. Jensen Don t be too serious - remember to have fun. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 53 Education: it & accounting Year of graduation: 1994 Position: director ressources in an electronic &software house Place of employment: Develco A/S - independent developing house - Customers: Vestas, Danfoss, Grundfos, Volvo etc. Primary work tasks Sales, HR for the whole company, focus on new business opportunities, innovation WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Energy = Dong Mobile = Nokia Software = Wirtek and Develco Headhunter = PM Consult What makes A person a good mentor? A good mentor is a person that sincerely want to help other persons in any cases and who at the same time is able to guide the person in the right direction. The mentor should be able to make complicated things simple and want to go into this mentor ship to start a new friendship there will last more than 9 months. What makes you sign up as a mentor? Of nature I m a guy who want to help people, and at the same time I m interested in what s going on at the university and what young people today think about the future. Related to that I will be really happy to help young students to make their choice for the future. What kind of mentor are you? Straight forward = no bullshit, honest, respect, commitment and open minded person Which topics would you like to discuss? No Limit What do you expect from your mentee? Commitment, commitment & commitment Your 3 most important values 1. Trust 2. Commitment 3. Respect
23 Mentor profiles 17. Kim Hansen Experienced innovative business developer always looking for new ideas and inspiration. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 50 Education: Msc (cand.merc) Year of graduation: 1989 Position: director global account management Place of employment: grundfos, bjerringbro Primary work tasks Responsible for global costumer portfolios within industrial water, heating and cooling. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Textile and fabrics Steel - wholesaler business Management consulting Pump industry What makes A person a good mentor? People understanding, listening and communicating, open minded and willing to share experience. Your 3 most important values 1. Reliable and trustworth 2. Always try your best 3. Helpful and supportive What kind of mentor are you? A person who can challenge, support and listen to what really interest the mentee. Many years of international management experience. I am very focused on innovative things, new ways of thinking, breaking paradigms and am very open and like to discuss new ideas. I am very strong in bringing things into structure, concepts and perspectives. Which topics would you like to discuss? International business, management for the future, new business models What do you expect from your mentee? The mentee has a goal with signing up to the programme and is willing to bring subjects to the agenda. I would like to work with a mentee who also takes charge of what we should discuss, what outcome we expect and organize our meetings. What makes you sign up as a mentor? I find it interesting to learn more about younger peoples mindset and what they learn in their studies.
24 Mentor Profiles 18. Klavs Hornum Empathic and experienced mentor with a focus on developing people. Skills within areas of strategies, execution and management. Citizenship: danish Age: 52 Education: msc economics & business administration (cand.merc) Year of graduation: 1987 Position: vp group purchase, grundfos. Place of employment: bjerringbro, denmark Primary work tasks Responsible for the global sourcing activities within the Grundfos Group Primary work tasks: Strategies, execution and management specifically within Purchasing/ procurement and generally within the Operations division. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Human resource/management development Manufacturing What makes A person a good mentor? Empathy Listening skills Developing people What kind of mentor are you? Open, trustworhty and focused on moving forward Which topics would you like to discuss? In general open for whatever theme the mentee feels are of interest for him or her, but could be: Personal development Human Resource Strategic thinking Purchasing What do you expect from your mentee? Ability to drive him-/herself and take the initiative - I do not intend to arrange meetings etc. but expect the mentee to do so. Your 3 most important values 1. Integrity 2. Trust 3. Honesty What makes you sign up as a mentor? I am currently mentoring talents and graduates internally and believe I could develop further by also mentoring external students and future graduates.
25 Mentor profiles 19. Knud Hareskov Experienced mentor within management and project and interested in following a student s education, and a great interest in other cultures. Citizenship: DANish Age: 62 Education: Engineering manufactoring and marketing (HD) Year of graduation: 1976 Position: senior partner Place of employment: center for underleverandører (subcontractors) Primary work tasks Management Consulting Network Support What kind of mentor are you? Commitment and support. Wide experience within management and projects What makes A person a good mentor? Ability to guide and support Empathy Which topics would you like to discuss? Managing Cluster and Network Conflict resolution Mediation Your 3 most important values 1. Respect for others and their culture 2. Empathy 3. Humour What do you expect from your mentee? Serious and inspiring cooperation What makes you sign up as a mentor? I am interested in following a student s education and development, and I have a great interest in other cultures.
26 Mentor Profiles 20. Kresten TAng Andersen Straightforward mentor with great interest in sales and marketing management and execution. Citizenship: DANish Age: 52 Education:: e*mba & MA Year of graduation: 2002 Position: Commercial Director Place of employment: NRT - Nordisk Røntgen Teknik, Hasselager Primary work tasks International sales & marketing, business development, project management, member of the NRT management team WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Consumer Electronics (Apple Computer) Graphic Arts Industry (Purup Prepress/Purup- Eskofot/Esko) Sanitary Industry (Pressalit) Communication Software (GateHouse) What makes A person a good mentor? The ability to listen, interest in dialogue Your 3 most important values 1. Being straightforward 2. Being true to ones word 3. Achievement of objectives What makes you sign up as a mentor? What kind of mentor are you? A good listener, straightforward, unorthodox and open minded - and at the same time pragmatic, interested in creating value and making a difference. Which topics would you like to discuss? All disciplines within sales and marketing management and execution, project management, product management, portfolio management, mergers & acquisitions and corporate culture(s). What do you expect from your mentee? Good humoured, ambitious and seriosly interested in a straightforward dialogue with a seasoned sales & marketing professional. Other comments Sports (running, badminton, road & mountain bike), music (primarilly guitar), literature, coach for the local U12/13 football team, outdoor activities with the family. A combination of time, opportunity and anticipation of dialogue - for my part based on an untraditional academic background and professional experience from several industries.
27 Mentor profiles 21. Kristian Duch Creates time and space for reflections about current situation and learnings from previous actions, to achieve higher quality in the next ones. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 34 Education: graduate diploma in business administration (hd) - logistics/scm Year of graduation: 2006 Position: corporate lean specialist - group process management Place of employment: solar a/s, kolding Primary work tasks Facilitate a major organisational and cultural change through developing and coaching managers in the whole organisation. Develop a comprehensive and documented Business System, where organisational learning is essential to improve strategy execution and business performance. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Wholesale, logistics, forwarding, transportation What makes A person a good mentor? The ability to challenge the mentee s current thinking and existing mental models through (tough) questions. Being confident enough to challenge while being humble enough to aknowledge the mentee s own opinion. The ability to change between the roles of the guide, the coach, the friend and the observer of the conversation. Your 3 most important values 1. Quality 2. Honesty 3. Facts What makes you sign up as a mentor? Each individual mentee is going through a phase in life where the right questions can make all the difference. By making my skills and knowledge available to a mentee, he/she is better prepared to take the next big decisions in their life. Furthermore I like the feeling when things come together and the goal(s) of the mentee are met. What kind of mentor are you? Expect a serious and friendly atmosphere, where questions will start and end with a long, silent, pause for thinking - both for the mentee and the mentor. Expect me to be straight-forward and challenging in conversations, as well as asking for status on agreed actions to follow up on progress. Expect me to be structured and well prepared. Which topics would you like to discuss? Personal Development - knowing yourself and matching other types/profiles. Business Improvement - ways to optimise business performance. The role of Managements in change processes such as M&A or strategy implementations. What do you expect from your mentee? Able to articulate the goal and purpose and to keep those in focus during the sessions. Serious about the work between sessions. On time for meetings. No PCs or phones during the meetings.
28 Mentor Profiles 22. Lars Rasmus Lundgaard Pedersen Experienced mentor from the IT industri. Citizenship: DANISH Age: 37 Education: diploma in leadership Year of graduation: 2010 Position: department manager in danske bank, group it Place of employment: Danske Bank, Group IT in Brabrand. Primary work tasks HR, task and project management, operations, communication to stakeholders, ressource planning, developing stategies for the area. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? IT in the financial industry. What makes A person a good mentor? I do not believe that there s one single model for a good mentor, but certain skills are required eg. foremost being able to listen rather than doing all the talking. You also need to balance your focus, sometimes you need to coach and sometimes you need to mentor and advice. Your 3 most important values 1. Kindness 2. Honesty 3. Helpfulness What makes you sign up as a mentor? When the mentor/mentee relationsship is working, then both persons develop and learn. personal competencies I would describe myself as a very flexible mentor. I can talk about the big questions in life (including career) and very practical issues such as writing applications and jobinterviews. Which topics would you like to discuss? Culture (both national and in the working place), career etc. In general I m open for any subject. What do you expect from your mentee? Honesty, keeping agreements, willingness to challenge and be challenged. other comments I m currently a student myself, I m about to start my master thesis on Master in IT after summer. Living in Aarhus with my wife and flexible about meeting places. This will (hopefully) be my third round of mentoring, I have had two foreign students as mentess before. This has been two great experiences with a lot of good discussions.
29 Mentor profiles 23. Marcus Christensen Fich I believe I can offer the mentee great insights into how the traits gained at AU can be applied in a global workplace. You should demand nothing but full attention and dedication from your mentor - but be prepared to invest the same yourself. Citizenship: danish Age: 29 Education: m.sc.econ - international business Year of graduation: 2009 Position: e-business develop manager. global market segment - commercial buildings Place of employment: grundfos holding a/s Primary work tasks Creative intrapreneurship is key. I work internationally on a global scale, with projects linking both marketing and sales efforts to boost revenue and customer loyalty. WHICH INDUSTRIES/SECTORS DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE FROM? Currently working for an MNC within the manufacturing / energy / water business. Past experience from the music and procurement industry. What makes A person a good mentor? For me, mentoring is about listening to the mentee. The mentor should be able to guide the mentee towards real life - and help the mentee make the link between theoretical models and the world outside campus walls. Your 3 most important values 1. Empathy is the key to an open mind 2. Ambition gives me momentum 3. Honesty is the only option What kind of mentor are you? Expect a mentor that listens, but also a mentor who is not afraid to push you out of your comfort zone. Which topics would you like to discuss? This is really up to the mentee. I keep a broad mind - but here is a peak into some of the things I work with on a daily basis: Globalization: how to navigate across cultures. E-business: many businesses are now faced with challenges of adapting business models and internal practices to include online aspects. What do you expect from your mentee? I expect that the mentee is prepared on the topics he or she wants to bring to the table. Honesty and openness is essential for any relationship - also in business - so just as the mentee can expect me to listen, reflect and prepare - I will expect the same. other comments I believe I can offer the mentee great insights into how the traits gained at AU can be applied in a global work place. What makes you sign up as a mentor? Last year, I had my first experience as a mentor - and it was a fantastic experience for both myself and my mentee. I believe that mentoring makes a difference for students. Plus, its a great opportunity for networking.