Aslak Gundersen

Strenght through experience

Leading motivated employees to success ignites the spark in CEO Aslak Leikvoll Gundersen

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Aslak Gundersen

Aslak Gundersen is CEO and Partner with Ildne and has 20 years’ experience within management, administration, sales, marketing and contracts.

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Aslak is passionate about creating, building and developing. – Ten years ago I started my own consulting company, and now I have taken a step further with Ildne. Building a company and making it grow - that is definitely a trigger for me.

Ildne's CEO has gathered more than 20 years' experience as manager in medium-sized companies. – It has been many exciting years, many ups and many work tasks. I have learnt a lot, and become conscious of what is needed to succeed in this business, he says.

Aslak points out that there are various ways to be a leader: - The best leaders are not necessarily those who stay in their office until midnight every night, red-eyed in front of the computer screen. But you need to fulfill the expectations that are there, both to yourself, the company and the employees. In addition you must have clear goals in the form of strategy, budgeting and annual plans, as well as ambitions to reach beyond these goals.

VThe value of the industry
Who are Ildne's customers and what values does Ildne bring to the table? – In addition to the oil and gas industries we have chosen to supply competence for, among others, the construction and onshore industries. Aslak explains: – Norway possesses enormous energy resources that must be managed wisely. The competence that has been developed in this country enables us to play an important role as supplier of energy and energy-related products and services.

Ildne works with people and human resources, but pays close attention to the technological development within the industry. – We witness aggressive efforts towards technology development and the implementation of new technologies. Ildne supplies manpower with the necessary competence for furthering this development.

– Everyone wants to be seen and appreciated

Aslak is clear that Ildne fills a gap in a competitive market: – Firstly I am certain that extensive experience makes us strong. We have access to a large network of skilled employees, we know the customers, the project opportunities and we are passionate about finding the best solutions.

How do you create a sense of belonging in an industry so characterized by quick changes? – In our industry you must be flexible yet stable. This balance has always been a challenge, for both the customer and ourselves as a supplier of solutions and manpower. Our goal is to be the best in the business in dialogue, and to have satisfied employees who contribute with positive energy towards our customers.

Ildne has a clear mission to be an inclusive company. Aslak states that it really is quite simple: - Everyone wants to be seen and appreciated, no matter their work. It is about something so basically human as feeling part of something. The value of human resources is fundamental with Ildne, and it should be noticed, Alsak stresses.

Ildne supplies manpower with the competence needed to further the development.

Aslak Gundersen

Natural recreation
For a long time, Aslak has worked strategically on furthering physical activity as a source of motivation and wellbeing. Amongst the myriad of business people who run Birken, and company teams who compete in being the most fit, does Ildne follow a trend of the times? – Well, you might say that the midlife crisis will always be expressed in some way or another, Aslak laughs.

– Jokes aside – it is a good thing that the business sees the value of physical activity. We have experienced that keeping somewhat fit enables us to reach the goals that we set for ourselves at work. In Ildne we always stress that it should not become a competition in itself, mainly it should be something enjoyable and unifying. For himself, he chooses the West Norwegian nature as his training ground: - I am lucky enough to have fantastic nature available virtually right outside my door, so yes, I do quite a lot of running in the mountains. A bit of exercise while being able to do mental recreation is just top notch! When autumn and winter are approaching, I like to vary with some small bird hunting and skiing.

For himself, he chooses the West Norwegian nature as his training ground: - I am lucky enough to have fantastic nature available virtually right outside my door, so yes, I do quite a lot of running in the mountains. A bit of exercise while being able to do mental recreation is just top notch! When autumn and winter are approaching, I like to vary with some small bird hunting and skiing.

Choose those who want to succeed just as much as you
What piece of advice do you want to give to the young, clever heads who want to enter the industry? – Basically, you must be willing to perform. This aspect is fundamental for success. But you are not at your most successful on your own. Choose partners who can contribute to your success, and partner up with those who can and want just as much as you.

Aslak finishes: – As a leader it is always exciting to meet those who show dedication and commitment – mainly those with a passion for something. Ildne shall retain the glow in every employee, strengthen the company's competence and deliver good results for our customers.

Everyone wants to be seen and appreciated, no matter their work. It is about the basic human need of feeling part of something.

Aslak Gundersen

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