Return of the Vikings
An inspirational book for Managers & Executives with interest in the way of the Nordics, the Nordic Leadership, – philosophy, brands, culture and the historical link to the Viking era.
Authors: Chris Shern and Henrik Jeberg.
What it’s all about
Return of the Vikings
– Nordic Leadership in Times of Extreme Change
Culturally, politically, philosophically, The Nordic countries have been at the forefront of much that is new and interesting in the Western world. A trendsetter in design, gastronomy, literature, and visual art, Nordic countries also draw attention today for their business practices and involvement in key international organizations. At an individual and corporate level, The Nordics are gaining recognition for their distinct approach to leadership.
As explorers, navigators, political and educational innovators, The Nordic peoples have a rich heritage. This provides deep roots, traced back to the Viking era and the nine noble virtues of Nordic mythology. It still informs the way The Nordic peoples live and work today. The global nature of business and communication in the twenty-first century means that their influence extends well beyond northern Europe. Their methods, values, and leadership practices are woven into the DNA of international businesses founded in The Nordics, and exemplified by many Nordic practitioners who have chosen to work in other countries or for non-Scandinavian organizations.
Chris Shern and Henrik Jeberg are uniquely positioned to provide insight about the impact of Nordic leadership and its differences with practices elsewhere. As an American based in Denmark and a Dane based in the USA, both with extensive experience working for Nordic organizations around the globe, together they offer an intriguing outsider-on-the-inside and insider-on-the-outside perspective. Their own stories are interwoven with those of a diverse range of interviewees, including business executives, politicians, restaurateurs, sports people, military personnel and entrepreneurs.
The book is aimed at business people, consultants, and students with an interest in leadership and management.
About the authors
Chris Shern is a cultural adventurer. He has lived and worked internationally for over 20 years. Chris was employed by Scandinavian Airlines for many years in a variety of leadership roles across three continents. Currently, he is Managing Director of IME, a Danish non-profit foundation specializing in leadership development.
Henrik Jeberg has worked in the international IT sector for over 25 years. He has lived in Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. Henrik was part of the top-management of Navision Software, which was sold to Microsoft. He later became Deputy Director General of the Danish Ministry of Finance, leading the Government’s horizontal IT complex. Henrik currently works as a mergers-and-acquisitions advisor, and serves as President of the Danish–American Chamber of Commerce in California.