Alumni of the week

So structured it freaks people out

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Andreas Jul Røsjø


Executive Vice President

AF Gruppen

Master of Business and Economics 2004

“One of AF Group's core values is for leaders to be present and empathetic. This factor really sits in the walls of our organization.”

Executive Vice President for Property and Energy and BI alumni Andreas Røsjø is committed to bringing out the best of his staff at AF Group. He operates on the fundamental belief that YES people are more successful than NO people.

Through a total of six different positions at AF Group, he now leads this listed Norwegian company's digitisation and innovation projects and their venture capital investments.

"It is obviously not a good idea to say yes to every assignment, but I think this is actually what gave me many good opportunities, I have not hesitated to take on more than I can chew. By showing that you are actually willing, you can also show that you are actually able," he said in a conversation in a new episode of the leadership podcast with Professor Anders Dysvik.

Røsjø said he had not planned for a career in executive management, but he quickly learned to enjoy the responsibility of such tasks and to work to move processes forward. He spoke about his genuine interest in improving our understanding of different situations, with the help of others, and taking a humble approach to the problems faced by his co-workers.

"One of AF Group's core values is for leaders to be present and empathetic. This factor really sits in the walls of our organization. You cannot be a leader at AF without being “out there” and involved in the challenges the people in your department are dealing with."

He said he gets some flack for being so structured that his people sometimes get freaked out.

"That description is a little overboard. But I am very systematic in what I do. That is true for my private life as well. But I like to give them something they can criticise me for," he said, adding that his colleagues would probably also describe his humour and self-irony if they had been asked.