Wrapping it up

As I sit here in the airport, I’m thinking back on all the great experiences we had in this fast-paced 14-day travel marathon. 3 countries, 13 companies, 7 hotels and an overnight cruise. The trip was exhausting, but I loved every second of it. The people on this trip are really what made it so great. I can honestly say that I made 27 friends on this trip, all of whom are true professionals and great travel companions. I have no doubt that everyone in this class will go on to be successful as they progress through their careers.

I want to thank Dr. Hoopes for everything she did on this trip. It takes an unbelievable amount of work to arrange all of these company visits, keep tabs on everyone at all times, and provide wisdom and insight to us with all the company visits. Carol, her sister, was a perfect travel companion for all of us! She used her masterly camera skills to take great photos of us at all the companies. I will miss them both!

To our valiant bus driver, Jan, thank you for chauffeuring us all over the country and providing us with your wisdom!

For anyone who reads this blog in the future, if given the chance, do this trip. The learning experiences you gain are irreplaceable. I’m not just talking about the company visits, but the cultural experiences. These are the types of experiences all MBA students should have.

LEGO (Play Well)… I think I will!

Yesterday marked the most anticipated day for me since landing in Scandinavia – LEGO DAY!  For those who didn’t know, LEGO actually means “Play Well” in Danish or “I put together” in Latin.  Both translations bring even more perspective to the childhood toys I spent so much time playing with back when I was a little dude.

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Our group’s points of contact at LEGO were fantastic!  They were very engaging and generous with their time, experience, information, and of course free LEGO stuff!  Yes, I came away from the visit with 3 different LEGO sets which I will anxiously be putting together at some point after returning home.

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We started our adventure at LEGO in their Billund factory.  While large portions of their production and all of their packaging is produced elsewhere, the factory we toured served as intake for the raw plastic material along with coloring, heating, and eventually the molding into a wide variety of brick pieces.  Thinking about the number of pieces, or elements, as LEGO calls them in a single box, one would think this operation would be huge in terms of people, machines, space, etc.!  While the factory was large, the surprising part to me was that thanks to automation and the use of robots, the entire operation can be run under the supervision of 2-3 people.  To add some additional perspective, LEGO’s production operations at the Billund location can produce 4-4.5 million elements per hour!

Once produced, the pieces are transported to a massive storage facility until they are ready to be shipped to one of the packaging facilities where additional automation is used to ensure all the right pieces, and quantity of those pieces are bagged and placed in the right boxes before shipping them to the customers (Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, etc.).

Check out the “LEGO Group storage” video to see some of the robots at work as well as the storage facility:

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After wrapping up with the tour, we headed to the LEGO corporate office for a lecture.  What blew me away was their focus on play even during an MBA student lecture.  For starters, there were large fish bowls at various spots on the table filled with LEGO pieces for people to play with – I’ve actually heard that using something like LEGOs or other small ‘toys’ can promote creative thought in a meeting or during a given task.  Once the lecture started we received a brief history of LEGO dating back to when their first toy was actually a wooden duck.

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Following the intro, we were all given a LEGO package with 6 pieces and were told to make our version of a duck within 45 seconds or so.  Out of 28 of us in the class, no 2 ducks were the same.  What is still mind blowing is that after the exercise, we were told that using just 6 small LEGO elements you can create over 900 million variations!  It really goes to highlight how much imagination and self-expression can come out with such products.  Leading up to lunch we were all also given another LEGO set to build out – one of the same sets that LEGO gives as homework to their new employees.  What’s funny is that for a group that was always ready for lunch (especially me), it was fun to see so many people still putting their LEGO set together despite the trays of sandwiches and other snacks laid out in front of us.

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During the two speakers we had during our afternoon at LEGO, it was inspiring to hear them talk about the company, its vision, its focus on quality over profit, and their overall passion.  They really believe in what they do, and what LEGO does globally – the role they play in shaping children’s play, and overall impact in the marketplace and world.  It was a phenomenal experience and something I never thought I would have been able to experience!

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Our final stop on LEGO day was of course, LEGO LAND!

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We were let loose among all the kids and parents to check out all the sites and rides which we took full advantage of – maybe too much so.  A group of 4 of us might have jumped into a ride where through the use of pumps and hoses, you drive a fire truck to a fake burning building, put out the fire and race back.  Well… apart from the hand full of parents helping their small children on the ride, we easily had 20-25 years on any of our fellow competitors.  Needless to say there was complete and total domination and we came away with the victory beach ball.  I think we might have exited the ride before any of the other kids put out the fire in the building – slightly shamed, but laughing all the same.  We also went on a series of roller coasters and other attractions – it was a great way to end a LEGO filled day.

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Once we wrapped up our fun at the park we hopped on the bus for our ride into our final city – Copenhagen.

Last Day

Our last full day of the trip! After a busy two weeks of traveling and company visits, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come along the trip. I’ll do a wrap up blog post when I’m back home to reflect on the trip as a whole, so I won’t dive into that here.

We started the day off at MAERSK which is a giant global shipping company. I was not too excited going into this visit only because it was just a lecture (I would have loved to see some ships going back to my days at NAVSEA), but it ended up being a really good lecture. We had a HR manager give us a briefing on the overall company and business units, two of their internal consultants provide us information on projects they’re working on to optimize most facets of the company, and then a director in the Key Client Management department (basically the equivalent of an Account Manager). I’ve see the concept of internal consulting around in the US, but it’s usually large companies that have these functions since they have the capacity (overhead) to absorb those cost centers. My company even has a small analytics group similar to this, but not the scale of this department. It brought me back to my days when I was a consultant and traveled around working on many different projects. Their cases were very interesting since they were a little more geared towards the shipping industry since they were optimizing their in port functions to minimize time for on-loading and off-loading.

We then had their director of key client management talk to us more about the industry. Although she was a sales manager, she had a vast knowledge of the industry and explained to us different opportunities they pursue to become more profitable (burning the ships slower through transit), as well as threats that hurt profitability (pirates, weather, etc.). This was a great lecture that helped me grasp the commercial shipping industry since my knowledge is more on the defense naval vessel industry.

Next stop was Carlsberg headquarters. They are a large beer manufacturer in Scandinavia, and the world for that matter. Unfortunately, they close down the manufacturing plant for visits in the summer, so we went to a more tourist like tour of the original facilities from the 19th century. Being a beer lover, this was a fun and interesting trip to see how it was done back in the day. We also got free drink tickets with the tour, so it was nice to hang out with the class and have a few beers on a beautiful day.
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A crew of us then we down to check out the famous area of Nyhavn (one of the pictures at the top of my main blog page) which is similar to the 7 painted ladies in San Francisco. It was a really great scene and it was PACKED when we got there. They just started a Jazz festival so I’m guessing that was the main cause of the crowds, but it was a good sight to see none the less.
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We then had a group dinner to catch up with everyone before departure and Dr. Hoopes handed out 26 superlatives to the group. I won the most athletic i think due to my natural abilities of throwing an ax as well as my competitiveness in all our events. And then I got runner up as the “most american” and the “most surprising.” I think the latter was due to everyone being shocked by my dance moves a couple of nights on the trip haha. This was a fun end of trip event with the crew.

Lastly, we ended the night at Tivoli which is an amusement park, concert hall, and large park in the middle of the city. It was fun to walk around, we rode some roller coasters, and a few classmates went on a ride that i’m pretty sure would be banned in the US. Let’s just say i steered clear of that ride. We also caught a few minutes of a concert with a cover Elton John which was pretty cool. Afterward, I grabbed a beer with everyone then headed back to pack up and hit the sack before the trip back to the US tomorrow.

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On Thursday night after our long drive to Copenhagen, a big group of us went out to explore the city. We didn’t get out until about 10:30 but headed to a local brewpub called Mikkeller. The bar had about 20 local brews on tap and was located in a small basement. Our group of around 18 people commandeered some picnic tables outside. I bought a traditional sausage and cheese, which was phenomenal with the beer. After that, a few of us wondered around looking for another spot where we could hang out for the remainder of the evening. Eventually, Tommy, Liz, and I stumbled upon another place called Axelborg Bodega, which was like an Irish Pub with dance music. We called the rest of the troops to join us and  once everyone showed up it was apparent that we brought the party to the bar. We were celebrating Allison S.’s birthday so everyone was in party mode. There was plenty of dancing and good music!

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Some of the crew at Axelborg

On Friday morning we got up for our morning lecture with Maersk, which is the world’s largest shipping company. They had a series of speakers lined up to tell us about different areas of the company. We learned about their internal consulting, management, and their supply chain challenges and opportunities.

After that we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to Carlsberg for our final tour of the trip! We did the standard guided public tour that the rest of the public gets. It was fun to walk around and check out the brewery — there is a lot of history there. We sampled a few beers, then headed back to the hotel.

In the evening we all gathered for one final dinner and Dr. Hoopes gave out the awards (as voted on by everyone in the travel group). She had asked everyone to fill out a form with 26 different categories for everyone else on the trip. Categories included things like “hardest worker,” “funniest,” “most adventurous,” etc. I tied with two other people for the “most laid back” award, as well as the “all-around” award, which meant that I received votes in many categories. It was great to spend one last dinner with the whole group.

From there we all headed over to Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen. We had a great time walking around the park. I strongly recommend it! The highlight was watching Alex, Meredith, Mark A, and Allison ride a crazy upside-down airplane ride that made my stomach turn.

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The wild ride that our classmates rode

 

The Final Night

For our final night in Europe, the group had one last dinner together, then moved up to our hotel’s terrace for drinks and superlatives. I was voted Most American and Most Likely to Be on Time. We then walked over … Continue reading

Day 14… almost finished

It is our last day in Europe! What a long trip this has been as I sit here and try to remember what we did in Helsinki or which city was what. I really have had an awesome time (thanks Dr. Hoopes for putting this trip together). I am a very organized person and a big planner (if you haven’t already figured that out by me always asking about future meeting times) so you having taken that burden off of me and everyone else has made this trip that much better for me.

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Today’s first stop was Maersk. Not going to lie, but going into this knowing that it was only a lecture (and no shipyard tour!) I was being a negative Nancy and thought that it would be the most boring lecture to have to sit through. I mean, how exciting can moving a giant box from one place to another really be? Let me tell you… IT WAS SO COOL! I was totally fascinated by how much goes into moving a shipping container from China to Europe. How they have to watch weather patterns and decide, do we speed up (and blow a ton of money on fuel) and get through before the storm or do we alter the course (risk arriving late = costing money). That is just one thing they consider. Needless to say, other than Volvo Cars for obvious reasons, I picked up some information on my way out of this one because I wanted to learn more!

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Next up was Carlsberg which is a brewery that began in Copenhagen by a father and son duo. I won’t be able to do the history any justice (Sorry Pete and Wayne) but I can not remember much about it right now considering I’m on information overload and it is 1:23am… After our tour on the history of Carlsberg, we got vouchers for 2 free beers. Woohoo! Both of the beers I tried were pretty good. I got a “Carlsberg” and “The Classic”.

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At this point in the day, we are now officially DONE with business visits and were free to explore the city of Copenhagen :-) Rachel, Cathy, Meredith, Alex and I walked over to Nyhaven which is a famous section of the city. On our walk over we discovered that today was the beginning of their nine day jazz festival. We now had a nice soundtrack to walk to… not a bad way to walk.

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We capped off the night with a trip to Tivoli Gardens which is actually an amusement park with rides, restaurants, games, concerts, etc. There was a lot happening tonight but it was still fun and gorgeous inside. If you are ever in Copenhagen, check it out. By the way, there 100% are some rides in there that in no way shape or form would be legal in the US… just saying. Four of my classmates went on one of them!! They are nuts! I will be posting a blog at some point tomorrow to wrap up my adventures, so stay tuned because you never know what may happen!

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Vertigo Ride at Tivoli Gardens

It Ends Tonight

Well, we finished our final day in Scandinavia. We went out with a bang by visiting Maersk and Carlsberg. We were able to explore Copenhagen a little bit as well.

Maersk was pretty interesting! For those that aren’t familiar, Maersk is the biggest shipping company in the world and was founded and is headquartered in Copenhagen. If you have seen the movie Captain Phillips, it was a Maersk ship that was being attacked by the Somali pirates. We heard from a few different speakers and got different perspectives on the company and their operations. We got the run down on in-house consultants and the major project they worked on in the company and then we got a presentation on sales and their key clients. That was kind of interesting because it was as if we were getting the sales pitch to become a customer of Maersk. All in all though, Maersk was a lot cooler than I thought it was going to be.

We had a short break after Maersk where we had to grab lunch and get back on the bus. We stopped where there were a bunch of options, but the quick option that we chose was McDonalds. The menu is similar, but there are other offerings that we don’t have in the states…like a Twix McFlurry which is delicious!! I also had the Cheeseburger Classic sandwich which had a tomato, and that was about the only difference. The fries tasted exactly the same.

After our McDonalds lunch, we made it to Carlsberg where we went on a history tour of the brewery and then got 2 free beers. Carlsberg is not offered in the states because they only operate in countries where they can be number one in the market and they don’t believe that will happen in the states. I could definitely believe that with the amount of people that buy beer based on price and not quality. Carlsberg beer is pretty good though, I think the classic pilsner was my favorite.

We made it back to the hotel and had a few hours to explore the city and a few of us made it to Nyhavn which is a street with colorful houses. There is apparently a jazz festival that started today which could explain the massive amounts of people in the streets. It was very crowded and a little annoying to walk around, but we made it and got back to the hotel in time for dinner.

Our professor had us fill out superlatives for everyone on the trip, and after dinner she told us all the winners. Some were pretty funny and some didn’t make sense…like I got voted Most “Scandinavian” which makes no sense because I don’t eat fish! But it was fun to have a last night with everyone. We thanked the professor and our bus driver; you can really tell that everyone enjoyed the trip and is really happy they did this. I am definitely very thankful to Dr. Hoopes and everyone that went on the trip for a fantastic experience!

Once the sentimental time was over, most of the group made it out to Tivoli Gardens which is apparently the most visited amusement park in Europe. It was pretty neat, there was live music (we missed Snoop Dogg by a few weeks!), tons of rides (some that would not be legal in the U.S.), and food. Four brave souls ventured on the Vertigo ride where you get in a plane and a giant arm spins you in a circle (similar to the Berzerker at Kings Dominion) but the plane is also spinning at the beginning and the end. In the middle, when you are just being spun by the arm, you are going super fast, it was ridiculously crazy to watch. Everyone made it through the ride, no one got sick, so that was good.

Now it is packing and preparing to head back home. I am happy to go back home and am not sure if I will ever return to this part of the world, but I am extremely glad I ventured out and went on this trip! Thanks for reading my blog about this journey, I hope you enjoyed the music references as much as I enjoyed picking them!

Day 14: Gjort. Tehnyt. Bitmiş. Fait. Fertig. Hecho. Hotovo!!!

Gjort. Tehnyt. Bitmiş. Fait. Fertig. Hecho. Hotovo. However you want to pronounce the word it still means the same thing. I am DONE with my MBA!! Today was the last day of class requirements (minus one final letter but that is so minor that I’m not counting it) which means that once my grades are posted I will officially have my MBA and a piece of paper to prove it. Now if only I had actually learned something…… Smilie: :-)

The day started with my emailing my roomie (and project mate) Allison my final portions of our group paper for Stora Enso. Final paper DONE! (yes, I will do one final read-through before it is submitted but that is trivial considering the previous three years.) After breakfast (no meatballs, sadly) it was off to Maersk.

I did not know what to expect from Maersk. The largest shipping transportation company in the world, I really wasn’t sure whether this was going to be another lecture with no substance. I admit that, after it all was said and done, I’m still not sure what my reaction and thoughts really are. The first two presentations were quite good but for some reason I was having problems grasping the relationship between their topics and our coursework. Do not get me wrong – these were great lectures and I recognize how lucky I was to hear about the history of Maersk and the interesting things that the internal consultants are doing (I might apply to Maersk just to see what happens – it seems like a great, interesting company to work for). However, what really struck me was how it appeared that the consultants were limited. It was very much a pull system – they only got to work on things to which they were invited in. They appeared to be quite busy but I couldn’t help but think that, with their obvious talent, they could really spot deficiencies in the company but were constrained by their mandate. I really would like to see how great they could be if they worked both in a push and pull system.

The second speaker, Ida, was great. She really delved into the logistical aspects of getting a container from Point A to Point B. It was interesting to hear that many times clients will purchase space but then, when it comes time to load, they just don’t show up. I had asked what happenes if the ship isn’t full and the answer was essentially “It ships no matter what.” she did a great job of explaining the financials behind such decisions and relating those financials back to the impact on the supply chain. And she is only 31 years old! Talk about making a person feel as if they haven’t accomplished anything in their life! She was really impressive.

Next was the tour of Carlsberg. This was really a tour lite in that it wasn’t of the production (they don’t give tours in the summer) but the canned tour any tourist can take at the old brewery. Despite some confustion on the time we got a nice, quick tour and then were let loose. For me, this meant the official end of my MBA as the class was over! Yipee! I admit that, in celebration and anticipation, I brought my cap and tassle with me from graduation and put it on. It feels so great to be officially done. And it was pretty darn fun to end it with a beer in hand!

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After Carlsberg Ben, Pete, and I took off and explored a little more of Copenhagen before dinner. We tried to visit some more churches (shocking, I know) and, to bring us back to where it all stared in Helsinki, most were closed (or at least the really interesting ones). We made our way to Nyhaven where I think we had the best Slurpees from 7-11 in our lives (it got REALLY hot here today).

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The night ended with a final group dinner afterwich Dr. Hoopes gave out the “back of the bus” awards which we had all voted on yesterday. Still not sure how this happened, I was tied for the vote of “most American”, “most interesting purchase” (no clue what anyone was thinking unless they meant my awesome Biosaurus corn snacks and then yes, they are the most awesome thing purchased), and “person who contributed most to the local economies.” On this I do take some umbrage because I have been keeping and totally my receipts. Compared to what some people have told me they were spending nightly on alcohol I think it’s safe to say that this one should be regiven. Smilie: :-) The group dinner ended with one final picture – that of the six of us who all were done after the end of the trip. Congratulations Allison, Cathy, Allyson, Meredith, and Marc – we did it!

IMG_2887Afterwards Ben and I walked around Tivoli Gardens which is just a block down from the hotel. We rode one rollercosatesr and walked around for about two hours before we headed back to the hotel. We did stop for a few moments to listen to the main act on stage tonight – Jaime Cullum. I don’t  know whether it indicates that I’m old or just an American out of touch with European music that I had no clue who this person was. Tomorrow we leave with the rest of the group for the airport where we will head off to pick up our car for our three day vaca in Denmark without 27 othe rpeople along. I can’t wait!

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And Then I Was DONE

Guess what? I’m pretty much finished with my MBA! I know you all thought I was already finished since I “graduated” in May. Psyche! That was a fake out. Now I am done! Actually, I’m still faking you out because when I get home we will have to finish up our paper in a week, but that’s okay. We have a good start to it.

Let’s count this up. 

  • 7 hotels
  • 3 countries
  • 13 company visits
  • 1 flat tire
  • 1 pair of jeans worn 15 times
  • 1 rest stop in Denmark
  • 1 super cool bus driver
  • 6.5 bad pillows
  • 3 shared beds
  • 900 meatballs
  • 1 cookie
  • 1 hotel with air conditioning
  • 25 buffets
  • 27 great people to travel with

It’s been a trip I will never forget!

First, let’s discuss Maersk. Wow. That’s all I can say. How is it possible to sit in an auditorium and listen to people talk about shipping goods and be interested? That’s what happened today. We all walked out feeling really good about our visit. (Also, side note, they had COOKIES….first cookies I have seen in Scandinavia….that’s how you know they are truly a global company.)

Maersk is in the business of transport and energy. They operate in 130 countries and have 89,000 employees. Like most companies here, sustainablity is very important to them and they have massively reduced their carbon dioxide output over the years. They have done this with slow steaming and better planned terminals with APM Terminals. Slow steaming is when the ship goes slower so it can use less fuel. At the terminal they save time because it is more efficient and organized. That means they are able to go slower on the water. 

Niels and David talked to us about their internal consulting jobs within the company. Niels helped with the hub partnership with APM Terminals to implement slow steaming. In the future they hope to implement this in all regions and eliminate third party logistics firms. 

Ida-Marie Skotte is their Director in Key Client Sales. She made the subject of optimizing the moving of goods so fascinating! I was so impressed. Their main challenge is to get the containers where they are needed because that is what customers want. They do not care about the cost, but the total supply chain and getting their containers. 

You would think it would be an easy operation, but it is very complicated to fill containers and ships in an efficient way and get them where they need to go depending on weather, customs, security, and customer needs. There is even a challenge in tracking containers. They do not have electricity, so it is still in the works to figure out how to do that. Today they still use an EDI network that is updated daily and not automatically because of the sheer volume of goods they carry. 

After Maersk we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to Carlsberg! We got a quick tour and then our free beers and then we were done!

 

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We then all had dinner at the hotel and had one last hurrah on the patio. Dr. Hoopes announced our superlatives awards. I got….you will never believe it….most quiet! And most laid back! I don’t think Tim will believe either of those (ha ha).

Then we ended the night with Tivoli! 

   

  

Such a beautiful and fun place! Thank you, Copenhagen!

My flight leaves tomorrow at 12:20 pm. Though I had the time of my life, I am ready to get back to Tim and Hilly and good ol’ ‘merica. Fairlington, here I come!

Before I finish I just need to say that Dr. Hoopes did one heck of a job planning the whole trip. She planned this and made us excited about supply chain processes. I constantly nerded out the whole trip and am a believer in supply chains. Her drive and passion moved all of us and we love her for it. Her sister, Carol, was also amazing. She engaged all of us and was always ready to take our pictures. 

Thank you, Dr. Hoopes and Carol!

LEGO My EGGO

It’s hard to believe that it’s already Thursday of the second week! I feel like the weeks flew by with company visits, but the down time went at a good pace so it was nice to enjoy it with the group. We had one focus today…LEGO Company.

We started the visit off with a tour of their factory in Billund Denmark. As one would suspect, it was a very automated facility where they many mostly standard blocks and some speciality items for the European market. We got to see the 60+ machines that perform injection mold practices to create the legos. They basically receive pellets of a high quality plastic from their suppliers, pump them into the factory and then to each machine while adding the coloring, heat it up to a toothpaste consistency and then inject the liquid into the molding…a few second later, you have a set of LEGO blocks. It was actually a relatively simple process compared to what i would have thought. It was a really good tour to see a highly automated production line of a small product (compared to Volvo Cars).

We then had a briefing from two representatives of LEGO who taught us a lot more about the company’s history and where they’ve been over the past few decades. This company has actually been through a lot in the recent past and was almost in line for complete failure. They had over 1,000 suppliers (for a relatively small number of items they needed) and not very uniform practices for product development. For example, they had around a hundred different colors of gray blocks that the development team would want for new products…instead of just using existing colors/schemes. There were many other items that were attributing to their downturn, but after a new CEO and some extensive re-haul of processes and supply chain issues, they have really turned the company around for the better. One of our presenters was very engaging and spoke a lot about overall company strategy, finances and business practices so it was very interesting to see a lot of the tactics used not only for supply chain/operations management.

Interesting fact…the company is still family owned and the grandson of the original creator is now the owner. They actually spoke to how they have no intention of becoming a publicly traded company because it hinders long term strategy focus. I agree with their notion that not having to answer to shareholders allows them to have some “rebuilding” years knowing that their investments now should payoff in the future. I do think there are a few shades of gray to this tactic, though and other reasonings beyond flexibility to continue to stay private, but that would be proprietary information for themselves. They were really great presentations and allowed us great perception into their company and how they have battled and are battling their current struggles. This was another example of the open culture we have seen during our trip. US companies would not admit to failure/struggles as easily as some of the companies here do, but that has been a really great educational experience for us to learn from these companies.

The highlight of the meetings was when they gave us a tow truck pack and told us to build it as fast as we could. The competitor in me came out and my love for playing with LEGOs as a kid came back instantaneously. Unfortunately, I finished 3rd or 4th in the group, but I will put out the excuse that I was one of the last to get the packet and others got a head start :) Another fun exercise we did was they gave us a packet of half a dozen pieces and told us to make a duck in 45 seconds. Everyone made their own and placed it on the table with no instructions. Cool fact…not one person in our group of 28 had the same exact duck! It was their way of showing their true mission of inspiring the future builders of the world and to show how everyone has their own imaginative qualities. Another interesting fact we learned…there are over 915 million variations of combining 6 4×2 LEGO blocks! This shows that the company really does want to have a product that stretches our imagination.

After the company visit, we headed over the LEGOland. This is basically an amusement park with LEGOs everywhere. It was actually a really good time since I haven’t been to an amusement park in probably 7 years. We got to ride some roller coasters, see villages and cities made out of LEGOs, had a firetruck competition with the whole class (it was a race in teams of 4), ate a lot of sugar, and got to create my own simulation of a roller coaster and then sit in a robot arm that went through the simulation…it was actually really cool. I put a few pictures of the park below, but will hopefully put some more on the smugmug site when i get consistent wifi. We’re now headed over to Copenhagen for our last 1.5 days of the trip!

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