Second day of the connectUS16 Preparatory Seminar

The second day was full of creativity, interactive presentations and useful insights of does and don’ts in the US.

TUESDAY, 09 FEBRUARY 2016

Creative Workshop (Jean-Philippe & Ursina Hagmann // Innopunk)

The second morning of the preparatory seminar was featured by the guest speakers Jean-Philippe and Urisna Hagmann of the company Innopunk. Before starting the workshop with the students, he gave a brief introduction about what they aim to achieve with their startup company and why they think its important to be a rule breaker to be a pioneer or a game changer in a market. They also gave definitions about what these terms mean to them and how this has an impact on the approach of your innovation management.

Creaive Workshop

Giving some background information about how our brain works, gave us an understanding of how we can overcome the self-perception of not being able to come up with creative solutions. The whole morning was very exciting, puting into practice what we have learned undertaking an innovation process during our group work session by ourselves. Finally, we were all very proud of the results we were able to achieve in such a short time.

It was a pleasure to do this workshop with the great team of Innopunk!

Consulting as a Key to Success (Chris Hawkes & Gene Mysen // Sapient)

This afternoon our session started with Chris Hawkes and Gene Mysen from Sapient. They showed our delegation today what consultancy really is and why consulting is a key to success. And further they spoke about sapient as a work place after graduation.

DSC_7534Sapient founded in 1990 is a consulting company that delivers innovative integrated solutions to clients all over the globe while expanding skills, working and socializing in a supportive work environment.

Gene and Chris explained consulting as a business that provides professional expert advice and helps among other thing to improve profits, proof costs, reduce risks. In practice it means that business value is created by understand the strategic impact, quantifying business value and finally it is an act of a trusted advisor.

The guest speakers stated that there are four different stages in the approaching of problems; namely structured thinking, story boarding, slides and writing design and finally delivery. But in todays presentation the focus was on the first stage of the structured thinking since this is also useful for us in other context for example when writing a thesis.

In the last part of the presentation Chris and Gene gave us some fascinating insight into the work culture at Sapient and why it would be a big chance for us to work at Sapient. Finally they introduced the delegation to their campus program that is directed to graduates who wants to gain first insights into the consulting field.

Do’s and Don’ts in the US (Margaret Oertig // FHNW)

DSC_7544The last presentation of the day prepared the delegation members for the upcoming onsight trip to the US in march, telling them which topic areas they have to consider while being abroad. It’s very important to take into consideration the political correctness and avoid topics that are related to gender, country of origin or military service, as they can be perceived as discriminatory. Always pay attention to the friendliness while interacting with each other and be aware that in other countires the perception of what is seen as friendly may be different than in Switzerland.

Margaret Oertig was also able to give us some good input about which topics are specially recommended for networking with people from the US. Her last advice she could give us for the trip was to start accepting uncertainty. Changing the mindset can also bear great opportunities.

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