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International development of executives

Christopher Eberl
Christopher Eberl is editorially responsible for the topics on the blog as well as for the apprentice website. With his stories he provides deep insights into the diverse world of the voestalpine Group.

Recently, 34 participants of the value:program from a total of eleven countries completed stage 1 of the current program for the development of executives. The participants were able to demonstrate their team spirit again during a visit at the “SuperFun” recreation center.

International development of executivesThe current participants are in stage 1, they are candidates who are already able to provide optimum support for the company’s objectives with existing resources and who are very involved in the operational implementation of transformation processes. However, they are slated to familiarize themselves with strategic perspectives, acquire a solid grasp of the issues, and share the responsibility in the future.

The ten-day training was conducted in Amersfoort, not far from the locations of voestalpine Polynorm and Flamco in Bunschoten, and included a tour of the plants. During the first three days, the participants spent long hours, working late into the night, developing success factors and strategies on how to increase customer intimacy. They then presented the results aimed at specific target groups either in the role of the Management Board or the role of employees. The specifically prepared role play was intended to demonstrate the various positions within the Group to the participants.  The special guest in Amersfoort  was René Killinger, Group Development of voestalpine AG. His valuable comments were the final touch that rounded off the concluding presentations.


Strategy dialogue

One of the highlights of the first several days was the strategy dialogue, which was moderated by Christine Strobl, a strategic management trainer. This part of the training made the participants more aware of the different “operating altitudes” in strategic planning with contributions from René Killinger, who supplied the perspective of the holding, and Josef Lamplmayr as the Managing Director of voestalpine Polynorm. In the course of the ten days and the many discussions, the participants from Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden acquired a more complete picture of the Group and its strategy. The program of stage 1 also contained other modules that were linked to many practical exercises, teamwork, role play, and competitions:

  • Energy (Rainer Hochgatterer)
  • Finance and business simulation (Cornelius Geiger & Roland Pototschnig)
  • Project management (Gernot Winkler & Stefan Plank)
  • Change management (Stefan Fries & Berthold Kohlhaus)

There was plenty of variety

im Indoor-HochseilgartenIn order to avoid cabin fever, a side event in the “SuperFun” recreation center was a particular highlight, where teams had to complete various challenges. The biggest challenge was probably the indoor high-rope course, where some participants certainly had to face and overcome their own limits. The individual teams tackled their challenges and, together, were able to achieve fantastic successes.

"The 10 days in Amersfoort were a wonderful follow up of our value stage 1. It was incredible to see how the group picked up the group process of learning and developing together exactly where we left off in June in Neuhofen, which felt like only yesterday. The tough training program in combination with the best trainers in the world and the diversity of the students’ backgrounds and characters make the value program a unique education tool for a worldwide company as voestalpine. A great opportunity to feel grateful for."
Nelian Hoeksema-Honing, voestalpine Railpro BV, value:program participant

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