Bjoern Hoegaard. CEO at AngloEastern. Hong Kong.
I met Siegfried Andersen as a 29-year old in the autumn of 1998, and it is no overstatement to say that this first week, as a participant on “The Will to Lead”, changed my life forever.
At the core, engaging with Siegfried has been less about managing people or leading an organization and more about a philosophy of life. I participated in several of Siegfried’s training programs over the next two years and the experience helped me learn about myself, about other people and most importantly, I connected the dots in my life of three decades to come to the realization that almost everything that happens in life is a direct result of what you think, what you say and what you do. And it really is that simple.
Of course, learning to think the right things, say exactly what you think and do exactly what you said you will do is a journey, not a destination. But now, almost 20 years later, the philosophy that is Siegfried’s thinking on leadership has become an indispensable part of my tool box. And in Anglo-Eastern Univan Group, we give our young (and sometimes slightly older) aspiring leaders the chance to themselves connect the dots to realize the limit of their limitations and the power of their potentials, by engaging them with KF Andersen’s Leadership Academy and training. Like all great content, it is not for everyone. Not all that go through KFA’s training will drink the Kool-Aid but those who do will be transformed forever. It provides a deep insight from which high levels of energy, priority, integrity, passison and perseverance can be derived. Qualities that will assist everyone not just in the professional arena but in life as a whole.
I still remember my final goodbye to Siegfried at the end of that first week of “The Will to Lead.” I shook his hand and enthusiastically stated that if what he taught were a religion, I would come to church every Sunday! Today, I still find strength, a sense of renewal, optimism and confidence in what I learned in those two years. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Siegfried and colleagues for the training, discussions and friendships that I have had over the years, and I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend KFA for anyone bold enough to take on a journey that may alter your life path forever.
– Bjørn Højgaard
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