Job description


mil_logo_blogg.pngWe seek a unique professional with a profound knowledge of how to help corporations become agile, innovative and profitable through cultural transformation.

MiL Institute offers world-class, proven expertise in how to design development processes for implementing change and transformation while also helping organizations achieve a high level of learning. We facilitate earning while learning.

Since 1977, we have been at the forefront of leadership development based on Action Reflection Learning, ARL® and have continuously introduced innovative learning formats along the way. We now invite you to become an important part of our newly-established, dedicated business area, in which we focus on the integration of organizational and cultural change and leadership development.

In a globalized world, where digital innovation creates both transparency and disruption, competition becomes fierce and old business models quickly become obsolete. In such a complex and unpredictable environment, strategy and implementation need to be synchronized. With the diversity and depth of specialization increasing simultaneously, the distance between functions often widens and innovation becomes harder to accomplish. This challenges all leaders, and success has everything to do with what happens between people as they communicate and collaborate with one another.

We help our clients establish a more agile and nimble mindset in their organizations, with strategy becoming an action-driven learning process, elevating the importance of cross-functional collaboration. Strategy, leadership and implementation need to be merged into an integrated process, becoming a continuous process that does not end.

To increase our impact and our potential to contribute even more to this field, MiL Institute is establishing a business unit that merges strategy, cultural transformation and leadership development into a single discipline. This is where we will gather bundled competencies and continue to build a unique knowledge platform in implementation design. The business unit will be built around experienced consultants with high expectations of growth. For the right individuals, we may offer partnership in accordance with an existing program.

We are successful in developing long-lasting and sustainable client relations and working with both the public and private sectors. Most of our clients are large Scandinavian corporations. Our international scope is expanding and much of our work has an international reach.

Your qualifications and experience

You probably have a background in management consulting, strategy implementation, leadership and organizational change. As a KAM at MiL Institute, you will need to shoulder  a role that combines managing clients and working as a consultant, while also being able to design different development activities.

We set high standards, and need you to be:

  • A trusted advisor to our clients – truly understanding their business at its core and providing the skills needed to design effective development activities to meet their needs.
  • A business developer who generates new business opportunities with existing and new clients.
  • Able to facilitate executive teams from the perspectives of both group relations and business.

You probably have at least:

  • Ten years of experience as a consultant in strategy, leadership and organizational development and, through that, your own network of clients.
  • Ten years of experience of corporate development and leading change.

Characteristics and Values

Strong belief in, and drive to lead, collaboration and building trustworthy relationships.

We make each other great
A collaborative and curious mindset.

We make it happen
Action-oriented togetherness.

We make it stick
We are in it for the long term. Life-long learning. Relations and effects that last.


You will be stationed in Stockholm or Malmö. Probationary employment may be applicable.

The application deadline is 20 April 2018. Please submit your cover letter and resume at LinkedIn→

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact our CEO, Lena Bergström,

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MiL Senior Partner, Lars Cederholm, tells the unlikely story of how he befriended a Prince and recently became involved in the the work of rebuilding the cultural life, pride and autonomy of the Nicobar Islands after the 2004 tsunami.

Living in the wake of disaster - ten years later

In 2004 a tremendous 9,3 earthquake shook the ocean floor of the Indian Ocean and gave wave to a devastating disaster, causing the death of more than 1/3 of the secluded Nicobar islands' population, thereby threatening to wipe out the cultural heritage of its indigenous tribes. Ten years later, lead by the head of the Royal Nicobari family, Prince Rasheed Yosuuf, a groundbreaking endeavor is on the way to give meaning to a meaningless tragedy by restoring, not only the material, but spiritual wealth of the people of the former paradisiac islands. Read more about an unusual project to restore a lost world and build bridges to the future. A future which, although still uncertain, holds great promises for those involved.

The day the earth shook

Palms on coastAt 6:15 AM on December 26, 2004, the first of eight tsunamis hit the Nicobar Islands with stupendous force. The biggest wave measuring over twenty meters completely destroyed coastal villages and in some instances washed over entire islands. An estimated 10,000 people instantly perished. The remaining survivors looked on in horror and confusion at the disappearance of the whole world as they had known it. Their buildings, their cultural artifacts, ancestral places of worship and livelihood were suddenly wiped off the face of the earth. Having no written language and due to the sudden death of so many storytellers and other culture-bearers, the islanders were facing the loss of their oral history and intricate traditions.

A paradise lost

The twelve central Nicobar Islands form a chain stretching 300 kilometers from north to south. The islands are situated just south of Burma and west of Thailand and together with the Andaman Islands form the eastern-most of India’s Union Territories. The Nicobar Islands are classified as tribal reserve areas by the Indian government and have been effectively isolated from any kind of tourism or foreign influence since 1947, when India annexed them from the British colonial empire. Before that, visits to the islands were rare with little impact on the unique island culture.

Loss of identity in the wake of the first help

Help started to arrive soon after the disaster. Aid organizations (NGOs) were falling over each to come to the rescue with food and shelter and were received with mixed consequences for the Nicobaris. The new housing projects (concrete flooring, iron pillars, clapboard and tin roofs) were placed 1000 meters or more away from the beaches where villages traditionally had been built, close to the main livelihoods such as fishing, extracting coconut oil, copra and farming. All these different livelihoods were now destroyed for the foreseeable future. Historically the Nicobari had not been dependent on any kind of outside help: now everything was given for free with the result that many people quickly became dependent and passive. Illnesses, previously unknown to the Nicobaris, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity are presently on the rise. After the tsunami, the Indian government offered free food for five years to the entire island populations but however compassionate a gesture this had been, the result was dependency, loss of confidence and pride in the unique qualities of their culture and lifestyle. A growing identity crisis was becoming obvious and leaders watched this erosion with sadness and, initially, with uncertainty about how to proceed. At the time of writing this article, a return to the beaches and reconstruction of the traditional dwellings are slowly taking place.

The unlikely friendship with a Prince

During a trip to India in 2008, my wife Anna and I were spending time in an Ayurveda hospital near Bangalore. There we met our next-door neighbor, the head of the Royal Nicobari family, Prince Rasheed Yosuuf. We stayed with Rasheed for ten days and became good friends, a friendship that has sustained itself over the years through letters and emails.

At the time of our original meeting Rasheed was trying to pull himself together from the trauma that had rocked his relationship to himself and to the social and physical world around him. He had some serious doubts about how to continue leading his people into the future. Not only had 1/3 of the island people vanished, his palace had been totally destroyed together with all historical records. His own and his family’s lives had been saved thanks to his mother, Queen Rani Fatima, who had observed that the water was pulling away from the beach. She understood that a tsunami was on the way and managed to alert the family who rushed off to higher grounds where they became witness to the destruction of the world they all loved.

A royal invitation

In February this year Rasheed invited me to come to his home in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands and the home of the Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Administration. He was starting to launch a project with the grand vision to bring his people back to their roots and lifestyle and was asking me to come and be a sounding board to his ideas and to gain perspective through my “western” mindset.  When he described what he had in mind, I was intrigued and packed my bags hoping to add some value to his deliberations. This was indeed a project that was unique, daring and challenging, with many embedded dilemmas calling for a deeper understanding of his role as the leader of this tribal people.

When searching for a way forward – listen to the voices of many!

Prince Rasheed is the undisputed leader of the different tribes in ten of the populated Nicobar Islands. He was worried about the future of his people as he witnessed the erosion of the culture, which in his own experience, had always been close to paradise before the tsunami hit. After some very long meetings with his own family, an agreement was reached to go ahead with a more comprehensive and traditional process of inclusion, used when important decisions had to be made. A meeting with the different island chiefs was called and the vision was presented for approval. The chiefs went back to their respective islands for further discussions with the village chiefs who in turn met with the different family heads for understanding and comments.

Believing in the impossible dream

The idea under discussion was how to find a way to restore the traditions and the sense of self worth in the Nicobari people. It would have to be a project that in one way or another would be of concern to, if not include, the whole population. Rasheed had purchased ten acres of land on the southern tip of the main Andaman Island to be rebuilt into a large traditional Nicobari village. The land which is called Chidiya Tapu, which means “home of birds,” is situated on a stunningly beautiful and isolated beach with a lush jungle as a backdrop. Because the Indian government is not ready to allow tourists to travel to the Islands, the project seemed an impossible dream at first. The idea that came out of the deliberations was to start the project in the Andamans where visitors are allowed and demonstrate success. The next phase would be to continue building the project in one of the Nicobar Islands. The image that comes to my mind is that of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt using the dream of the Promised Land as a motivational force to a long and arduous journey.

What Westerners could learn from a society without technology and money

The idea was to build a village based on the traditions and skills of the Nicobari people. The village would be built to receive visitors who could be acquainted with the intricate and frequent celebrations. Perhaps one could describe this original project as some kind of living, ethnographic museum.

After days of conversations, Rasheed reformulated his vision. Rather than culture as scripted performance, allow instead traditional ways of going about life to reveal their values. Somehow this village, it’s people, and it’s values could inspire all people, no matter where in the world they come from, to exclaim “love and happiness does not need any religion”. The village would cater to a very specific type of guest who, hopefully, would be interested in exploring values such as time, relationships, work, communication, leadership, decision-making, conflict resolution and justice in ways that are unique and quite different from the habits and thinking patterns of both India and the West. One can only imagine what the impact would be on westerners, increasingly dependent on technology and its associated lifestyle. Certainly, the hope is to increase self-awareness and mindfulness including a better sense of ones own culture and how it influences what people choose to pay attention to.

On the practical side, Prince Rasheed's plan is to have the inside of the traditional houses designed with all the amenities to make life comfortable for the visitor. Each two or three guest rooms would be hosted by a Nicobari family living in the vicinity. No money would change hands once the guest arrived. The Nicobar island economy is not based on the exchange of money. Food from three restaurants, a bar, excursions to nearby islands in Nicobari outriggers, village rituals and performances would all be included in the price. Nicobaris have no written language so any messages and instructions will have to be communicated through symbols or other ways. Power will be supplied by solar panels and most of the food will be sustainably farmed in the jungle behind the village. The staff must be selected and trained in understanding western needs as well as speaking acceptable English. The goal is to have everything in place by the end of 2017.

To ride the wave of change

How can a secluded, traditional village based on the beautiful values and ancient skills of the Nicobari people add value to both the visitors and the Nicobari people? It is accepted that the Nicobaris will have to change their own mindset in the encounter with other peoples. In Rasheed’s mind, that change is inevitable and we may as well process the encounter and not allow the encounter to pass by without reflection. One idea is to invite one or two doctoral students of anthropology to study the interactions and help all concerned to process the encounter by creating dialogues with each group separately and together with the purpose to broaden the minds of the guests and the Nicobaris through awareness and feedback. No one should have to lose from this unique cultural encounter. In addition to Chidiya Tapu, the Andaman and Nicobar administration has assured the Nicobaris of the Central Nicobar islands ten acres of beach front just next to Chidiya Tapu. This land will be the future home to around 100 Nicobaris who will live the traditional life style of fishing and farming. The guests staying at Chidiya Tapu would be welcome to visit the village and to participate in the many typical Nicobari festivities and rituals. According to Rasheed, the present Governor and the Chief Secretary of the Andaman and Nicobar islands have been the most helpful force to support this project and this positive attitude has given great hope going into the future.

Looking forward to the first encounters

It goes without saying that no real certainty exists of how this unique project will impact all who will be touched by the encounter. The people who decide to come to Chidiya Tapu must have a good understanding of the basic idea of the village and come with a sense of adventure and discovery. A great vacation in tropical seclusion is added value. After all, this will be a meeting between people from the west and a people who have lived in total isolation for generations. Life in Chidiya Tapu holds the promise of being an exciting journey for both visitors and hosts but many things will have to be in place before the first group of visitors arrives by boat to this beautiful place on earth.


Port Blair, Andaman Islands, February 16th 2014

MiL Senior Partner, Lars Cederholm


Reflektion i årskrönikans högtid

Idag är det den 29 december. 364 dagar avverkade, 2 kvar innan 2012 avtackas och vi ringer in 2013 med sedvanligt firande och hoppfulla löften inför det nya året.


Årets sista dagar, och vi befinner oss därmed i kröniketider med tillbakablickar över 2012 års individuella prestationer och kollektiva katastrofer. Till sällskap har vi i kväll på SVT slottsfina stjärnor som ser tillbaka och minns, inte bara det gångna året, utan livets och karriärens alla höjdpunkter och dalar.

Det är ingen slump att program som ”Stjärnorna på slottet” (där folkkära artister delar med sig av sina liv och blir än mer folkkära) sänds nu i årsskiftet och att detta stjärnspäckade möte lockar och håller oss kvar som tittare.

Det slår an ett behov som finns inom oss alla, i varierande grad, och som särskilt blossar upp vid årsskiften och andra övergångar och tidsmarkörer som vittnar om livets gång (födelsedagar, årsdagar, studenten, årstider).

Som meningsskapande och meningstörstande människor behöver vi ständigt stanna upp och förstå vad vi har varit med om – inte bara för att greppa det förflutna utan också för att hantera det som vi är i just nu och det som komma skall.


De flesta av oss har någon form av rutin – morgonreflektion/kvällspromenad – eller återkommande umgänge – fredagsfika, after work – där vi får möjlighet att enskilt, eller i samtal med andra, öppna upp och reflektera – inte bara kring vad vi har varit med om utan också hur vi kan förstå det. Tillfällen då vi kommer i kontakt med oss själv och andra, får inblick i varandras liv för att jämföra och få perspektiv på våra olika upplevelser och livsresor.

Men det blir allt svårare att få till dessa möten. Allt färre fristäder för reflektion och utforskande samtal, vare sig det gäller i vardagen eller vid särskilda högtider. Samtidigt är behovet allt större i en världsordning, ohållbar, som frestar på allt från individ till samhälle, och framför allt, vår planet.

Ge dig själv reflektion i julklapp


Så, ge dig själv en sen julklapp – tid och rum att reflektera över året som är och årets som är i antågande. Enskilt eller tillsammans med andra.

Hellre än löften givna i bakfylle-(eller matkoma) ångest på andra sidan nyårsfirandet– ge dig själv resten av året till att bara vara och se var det tar dig.

Det finns inget Rätt eller Fel!

Lutad mot väggen, farligt balanserades på ryggkanten av en av två vita soffor i mitt vardagsrum står en 2,5 x 1,5 meter stor white board som jag köpte av MiL när kontoret flyttade till Malmö. Här tycker jag om att vara. Här kan jag tänka och den vita soffan, som inte är så vit längre, vittnar om det i mängden av pennfläckar och flagad färg från tavelsudden. Ögonblick av lycka finner jag framför en white board, gärna tillsammans med någon annan.


Det finns inget Rätt och Fel sätt att reflektera. Det viktigaste är du har en fristad i form av TID och RUM (vare sig det är fem minuter, timmar, dagar eller år) och en lyhördhet för hur du vill göra och vad din specifika kontext tillåter dig göra. Och om den inte tillåter rum för reflektion – då är det kanske dags att skapa det?

    • Ligg på soffan – en timme eller varför inte en dag – och titta i taket


    • Promenera – ensam eller med sällskap


    • Fika med en vän


    • Skriv eller rita på din kammare, på tåget till jobbet, på café


    • Ha en stor fest


    • Etc. etc.

Årets sista uppdrag – reflektion

Mitt sista uppdrag innan jul var att stötta en arbetsgrupp att reflektera över det enskilda och gemensamma arbetet det gångna året. Jag har listat några av frågorna vi använde som stöd och inspiration.

Du är välkommen att se om du kan hitta något som du kan ha användning för.

Ingångsläge – 2012

    • Vad var min situation på väg in i 2012? Vad stod jag i? Var kom jag ifrån?
      Vad var min bild av det kommande året? Vad visste jag? Initiala tankar och känslor?
    • Vad trodde jag skulle bli viktigt? Ambitioner – nyårslöften?
      Vad skulle bli den Stora frågan 2012?

Under vägen

    • Hur förändrades detta över tid? Min bild, förståelse, livssituation, jobbsituation?
    • Vad har hänt under året som fått betydelse för mig och hur? Vad står ut? Vad har varit avgörande?

        • Viktiga personer och relationer

        • Milstolpar

        • Vändpunkter

        • Beslut

        • Möten/samtal

        • Händelser
    • När var jag på topp – flyt, energi, närhet och engagemang?
    • När var det tungrott, grått, isolerat och fattigt?
    • När var känslan av sammanhang som störst? Då livet var hanterbart, begripligt och meningsfullt? Hur kom det sig?

Ett tips för att få överblick över året kan vara att ta hjälp av olika källor som till exempel din dagbok, kalender, foton i telefonen, tidslinjen i ett ev. Facebook-konto, inlägg på Twitter eller Instagram.

Ingångsläge 2013

    • Hur är det nu? Tankar och känslor, vecka 52, 2012?
    • Vad tar jag med mig från 2012 – i insikter, tumregler, experiment inför nya året?
    • Hur vill jag ha det 2013? Vad kommer bli viktigt för att uppnå det? Vad är det första steget jag kan ta vecka 1 2013?

Ingen recension och inga Action plans idag!

Obs! Försök hålla dig från att göra action plans, med detaljerade steg för framgång. Inte nu.

Försök stanna kvar i den stora känslan, måla upp och se den stora bilden av hur du vill ha det. Istället för att pränta ner ett recept att följa – prova att välja den princip eller värdering som du vill ska genomsyra den kommande tiden, dina relationer och det du gör.

För detaljerade steg för tidigt, gör en lätt besviken, lätt att tappa modet när det inte blir som man planerat. Och det blir aldrig som planerat. Som tur är.

Recensera inte – reflektera! Idag låter vi den inre kritikern svälta. Träna dig att se utan att värdera. Det här är svårt. Om du märker att du snabbt hamnar i uppdelningar i Rätt/Fel, Bra/Dåligt så ta en vända till. Och en till efter det.

Var nyfiken på dig själv:

    • ”Det här är intressant!” ”Hur tänkte jag där?” ”Hur kommer det sig att jag tänker så?”

Ställ frågor till dig själv – hur bedömer jag mig själv? Vilka tolkningar gör jag och varför? Och vad får de för konsekvenser? Hur begränsar de mig? I hur jag ser på mig själv? Hur skulle jag annars kunna tänka?

2013 – färre åskådare och fler aktörer

”Stjärnorna på slottet” är bra TV. Bra samtal, bra underhållning. Samlade på ett slott - avskilda från den yttre världen. En fristad med tid och rum för samtal. En distans som ger perspektiv på vardagen. Mänskliga möten mellan personer inom samma skrå - de är artister, kändisar, "stjärnor" – som står inför liknande utmaningar i hur förhålla sig till position och uppgift att underhålla massan. Alla i gruppen blir sedda och hörda - en dag var i fokus. Det finns en nyfikenhet på sig själv och på den andre. En gemenskap där man tillsammans kan fira bedrifter och sörja svåra tider och där det finns möjlighet att lära av varandra. Det är intressanta möten mellan en blandning av stjärnor som är ”lagom” lika/olika (man skulle kunnat ta ut svängarna mer).

Det är ett program som använder sig av många av de principer som vi själva använder oss av i MiL Institutes ledarskapsprogram. Då för att skapa tid och rum för lärande, experimenterande och reflektion. För att stötta våra chefer att att utveckla en medveten ledarskapspraktik, utbyta erfarenheter, stötta och utmana varandra och lära av varandras olikheter. I kväll, på slottet på TV, ger samma principer underhållning för oss i tv-sofforna att ta del av.

Men... hellre än att bli underhållen och se på andras (mer eller mindre regisserade) möten, vill jag skapa mina egna. Hellre än vara nyfiken på stjärnan på slottet vill jag vara nyfiken på den i soffan bredvid mig, på mig själv eller varför inte på min egen lilla/stora värld.

Inför 2013 – och det här inget löfte men väl ett förhållningssätt -  mer aktivt utforskande och mindre passiv underhållning.

Johanna Steen, MiL Institute


by Katarina Billing, MiL Institute

How do we develop managers that lead with the end in mind?

Lars Cederholm, MiL Institute at Global Forum Lars Cederholm, MiL Senior Partner, was also this year’s Dilworth Award recipient for ”Outstanding professional achievement in the field of Executive Education and Action Learning”.

This was one of the many challenging questions raised at the start of The 17th Global Forum on Action Learning in Yokohama. The theme of the year is: ”Global Leadership: Greater Understanding, Sharing and Solidarity”. Present in Yokohama were a team of representatives from MiL Institute, consisting of Katarina Billing, Jonas Janebrant and Lars Cederholm hosting a seminar on ”Action Reflection Learning and Leveraging the Space In-Between”.

One of many noteworthy contributors was General Electric’s Senior HRM Asia Pacific, Nina Nijs Dankfort, who shared GE’s way of working with Action Learning and Business Driven Leadership Development. For Nina Nijs Dankfort, one of the objectives of their development initiatives is for the leaders to realize that one of their tasks is to leave a real legacy behind. This, at a conference, taking place in a country where the Fukushima accident still has an immense impact on the nation and its people. Sustainability issues are really at the core in Japan, presently struggling with a shortage of energy of at least 30 % .

One of the most thought provoking moments of the conference, was Unilever’s Jacqueline Yew’s seminar on ”Common Dilemmas of Executive Development”, where for example the term VUCA-world was introduced. A Volatile world of Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. That is the environment where the leaders will have to be able to lead today in Asia and elsewhere. Looking at the first follower and not only at the leader was one of her recipes for leadership development.

It has been four days with lots of concern for our common future and for the great tasks that are in front of us which need to be led, and that there are no perfect solutions more like a lot of really demanding questions.

The Shunmyo Masuno, Zen Priest at the Kenjio Temple and a renowned Landscape architect really captivated it beautifully at the session in the lush Japanese Sankeien Garden: If we seek for perfection where will spirituality and humanity find its place?

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