COLLABORATION

NETWORK MEETING IN GOTHENBURG

Administrators and coordinators from Stena's Swedish companies met for a networking meeting on April 25 in Gothenburg. The main theme of the day was “Leadership in the new normal – trust and communication”.

Teleworking, digitalization, high rates of change and massive information flows are now the new normal. How do companies work with leadership and organizational development in light of this, and how do they want to shape their organizations and guide their employees? Karin Zingmark, author, lecturer and former head of marketing at Microsoft Sweden, was on hand to talk about these topical issues. 

“Change is great when you feel you can make a difference, but that’s rarely the case at the workplace,” says Karin. “If you sulk and are generally ill-mannered, negative energy is created. Innovation and development require trust-based leadership. When we feel included, our bodies produce the neuropeptide hormone oxytocin, which gives us more energy, lowers stress, increases engagement and satisfaction, lowers absenteeism and leads to fewer cases of burnout.”

NETWORK MEETINGS BACKGROUND

The basic idea behind Stena’s network meetings is to get to know each other so as to cooperate and manage day-to-day duties in a better and more efficient way. It’s also about learning more about Stena as a whole and learning from each other.

With this in mind, Ingvar Plogfeldt, Customer Relations Manager at Stena’s travel agency Clyde Travel was also at the meeting. Clyde Travel is headquartered in Glasgow and is represented at a further eight locations around the world, of which Gothenburg is one. In 2022, the agency will also be opening an office in Singapore, and its clients are in the marine, offshore oil & gas, renewables and corporate sectors. Ingvar explained how the company works and that it has the opportunity to connect directly with travel companies, which means competitive prices. Clyde Travel also has an improved online booking solution that will be tested in May/June. 

The day ended with a tour of Elite Park Avenue Hotel’s rooms and new conference facilities and dinner together.

Jeanette Johansson is the coordinator and responsible for the network meetings.

INGVAR’S BEST TRAVEL TIPS

  • For the best price, book your trip 9–15 days before you travel
  • Check the hand luggage policy as different airlines have different rules
  • Book online and save money

KARIN’S 8 TIPS FOR INCREASING THE LEVEL OF TRUST IN YOUR ORGANIZATION

  • Recognize success in the form of positive feedback
  • Set clear and challenging objectives
  • Avoid micro-management
  • Let people’s passion empower them
  • Be generous with information
  • Focus on building genuine relationships with each other
  • Facilitate personal and professional development
  • Open up and reveal vulnerabilities to each other
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