The year is coming to an end, and it is time for reflection, gratitude, and gifts – yet again.
2019 has been an amazing and an enjoyable and hectic year for my family and me. After a turbulent 2018, I had some well-deserved downtime during January and February, with focus on exercise, health and a vacation to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a little sunshine and fun in the water with our boys.
In October, our twins, Anton & Bertil turned three and started in Harry’s kindergarten. They dropped the mid-day nap already during the summer; this has been a vast improvement with our freedom to do fun things as a family. Harry is now five years old and will start school in August 2020 – where did the time go?
Sara’s startup Znorki – a small design and production company producing fun textiles for children’s rooms – is now up and running. She started with social media for B2C as the main advertising channel, which proved quite difficult and expensive. From the very beginning, Sara established her strategy in sustainable production and organic materials (GOTS certified). This approach opened the doors to several shops in Denmark and Germany, and this autumn, she had the honor to be awarded a spot in the prestigious Creators Community. The next step is top-line growth and sourcing/scaling the production. Have a look at www.znorki.dk.
At IT ADVISORY, my business model with my team of expert associated consultants proved to work out well and allowed me to scale up the business without losing touch with my clients. I am very happy about that.
As something new, I joined the research project Bestyrelsen som Digital Katalysator for Vækst under Aarhus University, where I am the associated advisor for two SMB companies. The project aspires to determine if injecting expert digital consultants at board-level can help SMB companies overcome the challenges of digitization and digital business models. As I have primarily served as an advisor for large organizations, this is an interesting journey – and it is a lot of fun to work with these companies.
The book of this year is Measure What Matters by John Doerr. This is the most inspiring book I have read this year, and I absolutely need to share it with you. Doerr gives an operational model and tools for setting big goals, following-up and delivering on them throughout the organization. The model (called OKR) is used for setting audacious goals in large organizations (such as Google and the Gates Foundation) – but it is also highly relevant and applicable for IT organizations and projects – just like yours! The book was an eye-opener for me in regards to strategy execution and how to drive through major changes at the organizational level. I am confident that you will find this book both inspiring and useful.
Thank you for your business and collaboration in 2019. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Hope you have a fantastic time during the holidays!! See you next year!