Successful US Mobility and intro to The Personal Business Plan

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Successful US Mobility and intro to The Personal Business Plan

Date: 9 Mar 2017, 8:30 - 12:00

Host: Deloitte, Weidekampsgade 6, 2300 Copenhagen

Companies want to get full value from their employees when expanding to the US and globally

US and global expansion and expatriation provide exciting opportunities for both company and expat. The expectations are high, and optimism is at its fullest. Getting the expat in place with visas, right salary, right tax and legal arrangements is complex enough, but on top of that, there are many other challenges such as understanding and learning to operate in the local culture, settling in and building personal networks, ensuring the family is happy, and more.

Success rests highly on the expat’s shoulders, and if unprepared, the assignment can be an expensive failure.  Therefore, it is vital that the company focus on enabling and securing the expat’s performance and growth from the start.

In this session we heard from a recent DONG Energy expat/mobility specialist about what worked and what could be done better, to ensure smooth sailing in the US.  We learned how Deloitte’s internal team works to support companies and individuals with relocation issues, and also about a very interesting tool called The Personal Business Plan™, which can help the individual and company to:

  • Identify and develop the individual’s unique leadership strengths
  • Connect directly to the company goals & mission
  • Continuously drive performance
  • Give clarity of mutual expectations
  • Enable flowing communication of performance and expectations
  • Document the organization’s full support of the project

We also heard about a coaching program for companies and individuals, that uses the Personal Business Plan and other tools to maximize chances of success for both company and employee. Personal coaching is an often overlooked area that might sound expensive or “nice to have”, but is actually just a fraction of the cost of a normal expat assignment, and can significantly reduce risk by bringing alignment between the company and employee in an open manner.

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Registration/light breakfast/networking

Einar Dyrhauge, Executive Director, Danish-American Business Forum

From Managing Expats to Being One!
Helga Tobiasen, US Integration Manager, DONG Energy
With recent experience building DONG Energy’s Boston office from 2 to 17 people, and being relocated to Boston herself, Helga will talk about her experience having to use vendors that she herself chose, and about the cultural differences between Denmark and New England, with practical advice on what Danish companies can do to help maximize the success of their expats to US

he art of Relocation  – How Deloitte Supports Clients during the Relocation Process
Jeanette Onat and Britt Kornaat, Relocation and Immigration Services, Deloitte Denmark
Practical insights from Deloitte’s experience dealing with clients and assignees before, during and after relocating to another country

Coffee and networking

The Personal Business Plan – A Blueprint for Running your Life
Stephen Bruyant-Langer, Founder & President, The Personal Business Plan
No one would embark on a business venture without a thorough and coherent plan. So why are so many of us happy to stagger through life with no real plan – just going with the flow, seeing what happens? It’s time we gave our lives the same importance we give to our business exploits.  Stephen will outline how to effectively plan out what you want from life, and how to achieve it. It will change the way you look at yourself, your job, and your career. Creating your own personal business plan will help you to define your purpose, plan your actions, break through limiting beliefs, and reinvent yourself

Implementing the Personal Business Plan in the US
Lena Beck Rørvig, CEO and Founder, Beck Global Consulting and Partner, The Personal Business Plan
There is substantial monetary value as well as potential personal gain from working with a structured process to help ensure the expat performs, and the cost of such a program is only a fraction of the total mobility cost. The Personal Business Plan can be a good tool for companies and employees to help maximize chances of success


Participants received the presentations.  This event was free for DABF members and first-time guests.


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