178. Today’s Hero: Christina Anderskov (and the way of doing the hard work that counts)

Christina’s default position is smiling and in exotic locations; here in Kyoto in Japan

And oh, did I learn… three top learnings from listening to her were these:

  • I learned that even though the numbers get bigger, the human mistakes are the same. But here, placing the comma one digit wrong suddenly means going from 3 to 30 million (or vice versa) instead of from 300 to 3,000. That was an eye-opener for me back then, and I loved how Christina was both humble and humorous about that sort of thing.
  • I learned that no matter how passionate one is for the bigger picture (in Christina’s case it’s sustainability that really gets her going), it doesn’t change the fact that a lot of politically led organisations have an immense amount of low-key day-to-day operational stuff that is essential if you want to change anything.
  • I learned the value of consultants (which is ironic, since I’ve since become one). I remember a discussion about names for an event. The city had paid a solid fee to a creative agency to provide them with name options, and I couldn’t understand why that was worth it. Christina patiently explained to me that it wasn’t about the names themselves, but the fact that they came from an outside agency that mattered, and provided a step-by-step analysis of why it made a lot of sense money wise. And she was right.
Christina in Beijing, where she works as a Counsellor on Sustainable Urban Development
  • She’s sharp and curious and not afraid to ask questions.
  • And she has a quality that is rare in high level governmental officials that I’ve encountered — she’s not afraid to answer questions either.

Counsellor for Sustainable Urban Development, Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

So, with all these nice words about how cool Christina is, what made me think of her for this post in the Heroes series? Well, one big reason is that I’ve now shifted the blog to have more of an innovation focus, and if there’s one person I know, who is knee-deep in grand scale innovation, it’s Christina.



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Claus Raasted

Claus Raasted


Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey. Author of 34 books.