News

Apr 28 2016

Update from Berlin

The atmosphere was great and participants from eight different countries took part in a symposium that gave them new insights and inspiration to bring home.

The presentation of the new version of LOTS® was very much appreciated by the participants. It is easier to learn and easier to use, and has an even greater focus on thinking and acting Outside-in and Inside-out in a sustainable way. Not only the content has had a makeover, also the layout and the digital presentation have been modernized.

For those of you that couldn’t make it to the symposium with LOTS® at the Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm mid April, here is a short summary with some of the highlights.

Speakers with a deepened experience of LOTS® fueled the following discussions and exchange of experience in smaller groups.

– Life is too short not to enjoy it, Joseph Thampan, General Manager, Manufacture and Trading at AL ADRAK LLC, Oman, said and he used a very much-appreciated comparison between life and a sandglass: The sand in the bottom symbolizes our past and the sand on the top our future. The narrow middle stands for the here and now.

Jesper Ek, Head of Diabetes Care Sweden, Roche Diagnostics Scandinavia AB, (see picture) emphasized the importance of an Outside-in vision and Five Aspects as a common language in our role as a leader. The bicycle in the conference room was there to show the important parts of leadership as Jesper Ek sees them. The bicycle was also used in the conference room – to everyone’s surprise …

What the Five Aspects model has to do with LOTS® is a question we have heard many times over the years. The intention of LOTS® is to think and act Outside-in and Inside-out in a sustainable way. That is sometimes easy and sometimes very difficult and has to do with love and fear. Five Aspects is a model and language that helps us to talk about and understand the challenges we meet.

A person that has made LOTS® his lifestyle is Michel Schutzbach, Vice President
Europe, Scandic Hotels, who shared his story from his time in the hospitality business. Thanks to LOTS® he discovered the value of setting and anchor clear goals and asking open questions rather than of commanding and giving orders. Michel Schutzbach believes in a high degree of participation in his team and his goal is to let all General Managers at Scandic Hotels become certified as Lotscoach®.

Birgitta Wikmark Carlsson at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation in Stockholm, Sweden, a courageous person and leader, talked about curiosity and change in leadership.

A special thanks goes out to the participants as well as the Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm General Manager Robert Schmiel and his team.

More information on the talks and the group discussions will follow shortly. Do you have questions on the new version of LOTS®, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone: maritza@lots.se, +46 731 43 36 86. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

May 19 2016

Welcome Stephan Stahl - Our latest member of our international team

- My passion lies in the development of human potential, says Stephan. During the course of my career I held various operational and commercial leadership roles within Hilton, Sheraton and at Scandic Hotels.

As General Manager, Vice President of Sales and Director of Learning & Development Stephan gained a lot of experience in leadership that he now would like to offer to others.

Stephan enjoys spending time in nature and value being with family members and friends. He is an American citizen of German heritage and today he lives in Scandinavia. He is fluent in English, German and Swedish and have carried out assignments, teaching and coaching in all three languages.  

- As a Lotscoach® I will have the opportunity to provide leaders out there with inspiration, structure and insights that will help them to develop themselves and what they are doing.


Phone no: +46 729 15 56 60
E-mail: stephan.stahl@quest-team.se

Mar 11 2016

New facilitators in LOTS®

Stephan Stahl and Erik Jonsson are the latest members of the growing numbers of facilitators in LOTS®. As Lotscoach® they have been educated in the art of questioning, in an open, structured way, and also in the structuring of all the answers.

When the results are presented in the form of a plan, it becomes a very useful tool for the management and also the entire organization. Where the organization is heading is important for everyone in the organization to understand and also brings security knowing that they are focusing on the right things.

– The program brought a lot of interesting insights, and the philosophy behind the process, including the Five Aspects model, gave me a lot of new inspiration, Erik says. The senior facilitator's professionalism and concrete guiding in how to facilitate was very much appreciated.

– To apply what we learn on our own issues is really powerful, says Stephan. The experience of the senior facilitator was inspiring and I also appreciated the warm humor.

Feb 4 2016

Hertz Equipment Rental reaches next stage with LOTS®

Hertz Equipment Rental, a division of Hertz Global, is preparing to spin off as an independent public company. The CEO, Larry Silber, is using LOTS® to lay out their plan and develop the leadership team. The target date for launch is by the end of June.

Feb 2 2016

Developing our leadership and contribute to growth and economical success in our organization

In January managers from Visma Collectors AS in Norway were certified in LOTS®. They all had previous experience with LOTS® and were looking forward to being certified so that their organization and themselves as leaders could benefit even more from this leadership tool.

The team from Visma Collectors AS all feel inspired after the certification program and are looking forward to getting started.

Visma Collectors AS will this spring decide upon how they will secure growth and economical success in the years to come and the newly certified facilitators will play an important role in this work. The process starts in the top management and then the different responsibility areas will continue to reflect upon how they will secure implementation of the decided upon strategy.  

Visma Collectors AS covers the entire collection process and delivers services like invoice production and mailing, payment tracking, legal collection, monitoring and counselling. Visma Collectors AS is part of the Visma Group that has 6,700 employees.

Nov 20 2015

Leaders from Scandic Hotels Germany certified in LOTS®

Leaders from Scandic Hotels in Germany attended a Certification program in Uppsala, Sweden, in November. They wanted to learn more about LOTS® to be able to implement the tool on a professional and personal level, on issues large or small.It is good for me to get to grips with my tendency to do ten things at the same time or getting side tracked and time pressured, one participant said.

Hans Akerblom facilitated an intense five days and there is a lot of knowledge to take in in such a short time frame. LOTS® is being learnt by applying the tool on the participants real life issues. Several issues were processed during the five days and this made the participants see the value of LOTS®. They also appreciated the experience and knowledge of the facilitator. He inspired.

Nov 17 2015

LOTS® for hospitality management

Beatrice Huschka, Master of Science in Management & International Master in Hospitality Management, has been trained in LOTS® with Hans Akerblom for two days in Uppsala. Beatrice Huschka comes from Germany and her father, Alexander Huschka, is already certified in LOTS®. Together they focus on the hotel business.

Oct 28 2015

A vision to face new challenges

The Reverend Hans Boeryd and his team from the Swedish Church in Jönköping, Sweden, are taking part in a four-day workshop where they reflect on how to develop themselves and what they do. Hans Akerblom is running the workshop and the theme is the new challenges for the Swedish Church. Of course the discussions focus on the important pillars of Vision, Purpose and Values.

The feedback so far: “We did not know what to expect and we realized that this process is really valuable”.

Oct 22 2015

Certifications in Denmark

Per Byberg Petersen, Maja Klit Lindegaard, Marcel Schouv and Morten Hove have been certified in LOTS® by Hans Akerblom during a 9 day program in Copenhagen, Denmark. They see being certified as a Lotscoach® as a good thing for their personal and professional development. They especially found it valuable to practice the process of LOTS® in the full group.

Oct 15 2015

Klarna uses LOTS® to handle rapid growth

Josefine Willers, Corporate Development at Klarna, where the whole strategic planning team are certified in LOTS®, has during six days been trained and certified in LOTS® by Hans Akerblom. Klarna is a Sweden-based e-commerce company that provides payment services for online storefronts.
Erik Hylén, team leader, strategic planning at Klarna, joined Josefine Willers for a couple of days for an update on the 19th version of LOTS® to make sure he stays in the forefront and updated on the process.

– We had many interesting discussions, says Hans Akerblom. Klarna is a company that is growing very fast and with Josefine Willers the discussion was focused on how the common language and tool of LOTS® will support this rapid development.

For Erik Hylén the focus was on the business planning process for the growth of Klarna in the US.