Erik Korsvik Østergaard

Partner, Leadership Advisor

Erik creates value as senior management consultant, trusted C-level advisor, strategist and executor, and key note speaker, at several international large and small organizations.

He provides expert opinions on future leadership, purpose-driven leadership, UNBOSS and much more.

Pronunciation of Østergaard, using IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet): øsdɐgɒʔ

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    Erik Korsvik Østergaard (b. 1973) is partner in Bloch&Østergaard, which he founded in 2014. He holds a degree as Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Technical University of Copenhagen with a thesis in chaos mathematics, and has an EBA in cross-cultural project management.

    Erik has worked with leadership, digitization, strategy, change management, and organizational transformation in +15 years, as manager, project manager, and consultant – and has a burning passion for leadership and engagement.

    Over the past years Erik has focused on codifying the mechanisms for the future of work, striving to establish a leadership framework that provides the modern organizations and leaders with a coupling between megatrends, theory, and real-life practice. This has led to a line of correlated models for strategy execution, innovation in daily-life, culture, and the networked organization, which has been justified in a long number of situations in both large, international organizations, and in scale-up companies. Combined, this has provided good, measurable results; especially on people analytics.

    The four key findings in his work is gathered in his book “The Responsive Leader”, published February 2018 via LID Publishing, and includes three cases of modern organizations.

    Erik is chairman of the think tank on “Digitalisation and Leadership”, facilitated by the danish organisation for managers, Lederne.

    In addition, he acts as a mentor, speaker, inspirator, and motivator. He is a regular guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and is also a keen jazz pianist, songwriter, and singer.

    What is the role and responsibility of the modern leader? (Danish)

    As part of the series AgendaSætter, Erik presents his view on modern leadership.

    5-minute excerpt from a key note (English)

    Selected work

    +150 speaks on the future of leadership and organizations
    C-level advisory and coaching
    Transformation programs
    Leadership courses, engagements, and workshops
    Mentor engagements
    Advisory Board memberships

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    In writing

    The Responsive Leader, book by Erik Korsvik Østergaard

    The Mindset of a Leader, by Erik Korsvik Østergaard

    See also the Media-page with all public articles in Danish and international magazines

    Blog posts on this site by Erik Korsvik Østergaard

    Appears in “Lederens GPS til sociale medier” by Astrid Haug

    Appears in “Gurubogen” with an article on innovation, curated by Jonathan Løw

    In video and podcasts

    Video: 25 minutes key note: The leader of the future is responsive

    Video: Two-hour key note about the future leadership (in Danish)

    Podcast: Our own podcast about the future of leadership (in Danish)

    Podcast: An interview for the podcast VOVESTYKKET about entrepreneurship and teams (in Danish)

    Podcast: A long interview for the HK SAMDATA podcast (in Danish) about continous learning and education in the workplace.

    Video: Appears in DojoLIVE! with an hour on future of work: “Do I REALLY need a manager?”

    Podcast: Interview for the podcast “The Reimagining Work Podcast” about the future of work and the future of leadership.

    Podcast: Interview for the podcast “Help Marketing” about how to conduct an organizational network analysis

    Podcast: Interview for the podcast “Startupsnakken” about engagement and leadership in a startup