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Youth Advisory Board: Benjamin Anker

Friday, October 20, 2017

Meet Benjamin. He is a member of Mannaz Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board consists of seven talented students. They are the next generation to enter the workforce. We have invited them inside to get their perspectives on the services that are being developed in Mannaz as well as concepts Mannaz should look into.

Name

Benjamin Anker

Age

25

University

Copenhagen Business School

Field of study

MSc Strategy, Organization & Leadership

Three words that describe you:

  1. Curious
  2. Reflective
  3. Challenging

What motivates you?

Coming up with and implementing initiatives that make people better at their work and at collaborating to reach a common goal. Such initiatives depend on a thorough understanding of people, what they do and why they do it. This is what drives me in all contexts of my life.

What are you hoping to achieve by being part of the Mannaz Youth Advisory Board?

Gaining inspirational hands on experience with different trends within leadership development – both in terms of Mannaz’ practical application of it, their rationales and the other Board Members’ interdisciplinary take on it. Basically, I am looking forward to participating in interesting discussions about interesting topics with interesting people.

What would you like to contribute to by being part of the Mannaz Youth Advisory Board?

I know that my curiosity and hypothetical thinking is a driver and contributor of group discussions. The best way to test and assess any idea, I believe, is to situate it in different contexts, which is why scenario thinking is important. Additionally, my focus towards any given trend will be what it does to all the people it involves and what might cause support or lack of it, based on the core assumption that there is no one truth. Truth is simply what people agree upon amongst themselves.

What would you describe as your biggest learning experience?

Being the Project Manager of CBS Responsibility Day 2017, which is the welcome ceremony for all new bachelor students at CBS. I was put in charge of and privileged with this project (regarding purpose, budget, stakeholders, strategical importance, project team etc.) with only theoretical experience within project management and leadership. Every day of this one-year project was a learning experience, as I had to figure out how to do the majority of the more or less defined tasks.

What change would you like to see in companies and organisations?

I would like to see the leadership in an organisation conducted with a sense of conscience and reflection. As a member of an organisation, instead of uncritically doing what you are told, I would like to enable people to think for themselves and see the bigger context of what their actions feed in to. This could be in terms of the quality, nature and consequences of the overall goal they are working towards in the organisation, what consequences the work requirement and design have on each individual and being able to identify how things could be improved – for themselves, their team, department, organisation and society.

When your time is not occupied with studying, work and the Mannaz Youth Advisory Board – how do you like to spend your time?

Sitting still is not a force of mine, so I keep busy in my leisure time by e.g. hanging out with friends and family, playing football, working out, sailing, wakeboarding, playing with my band (drums) and working on hobby projects.


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