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<ul><li><p>Just Another DayCareer Magazine from Accenture Belgium &amp; Luxembourg</p><p>Featured inside</p><p>Developing an international career /7Various ways to deliver high performance /10Seeking harmony between work and personal life /12Working on vital assignments /16Building a heritage for future generations /18Trainee becomes trainer /22</p><p>Cover StoryGlobalization - how it impacts you</p></li><li><p>Getting satisfactionfrom what you do. Just another day at theoffice for a high performer.</p><p>Table of contents</p><p>Edito / 3</p><p>Cover Story Globalization - how it impacts you / 4</p><p>Deep career development Down Under / 7</p><p>Active community commitment / 9</p><p>Wide job variety at Accenture / 10</p><p>Seeking harmony / 12</p><p>Two voices, one vision / 14</p><p>Accenture streamlines the worlds largest chocolate company: Barry Callebaut / 16</p><p>Building a heritage for future generations / 18</p><p>Time to make a switch / 21</p><p>Trainee becomes trainer / 22</p><p>Time is time / 23</p><p>2 Just Another Day</p><p>How would you show the experience of working at Accenture to potential new colleagues? Its an interesting question we have thought long and hard about, as you might imagine. And we have come to the conclusion that the best way to get a grasp of how it feels to work at Accenture is through stories and testimonials from our own people. Which is exactly what this magazine Just Another Day is all about: a look behind the scenes of our offices, projects and clients. Just Another Day immerses you in the captivating and highly varied environment of our company. </p><p>At Accenture, we work together to help our clients become high-performance businesses. Because our multidisciplinary teams work out the best possible solutions for our clients, we offer our people a wide variety of challenging work. They build deep, </p><p>marketable skills and experience that add value to their career. For all of us at Accenture, this is just another day at the office - another opportunity to do something remarkable.</p><p>Theres certainly no lack of diversity at Accenture, with people from thirty-five different nationalities, every imaginable background, degree and qualification. There is the same diversity in the type of jobs we have to offer, too, working with leading companies from a wide range of sectors and industries. At the same time, the stories our people tell show that Accenture succeeds in striking just the right note amid all this diversity. When you work at Accenture, you are given the room to project manage your own career pathway. Regardless of your interest, skills or area of expertise, there are many opportunities for professional growth and development. In Just Another </p><p>Day we give both practical and actual examples of client projects, and talk about how we are involved in social projects as well. </p><p>According to the well-known saying, Knowledge is power. But as far as Accenture is concerned, that is a thing of the past. Accenture employs more than 177.000 people in 52 countries. But we dont keep that enormous treasure of knowledge and experience just for ourselves: our aim is to share it with everyone else and with the world. Which is why Just Another Day fits the bill perfectly. With this magazine, we want to help spread and share knowledge about Accenture and what we do. Just Another Day for the people at Accenture, you might say...</p><p>Laurent De CockHuman Resources DirectorAccenture Belgium &amp; Luxembourg</p><p> 3Visit experience.accenture.be/justanotherday</p><p>The age of knowledge is power has passed; today, knowledge is for sharing.</p><p>Copyright 2010 AccentureAll rights reserved.</p><p>Accenture, its logo, andHigh Performance Deliveredare trademarks of Accenture.</p><p>Printed on CyclusprintCyclusPrint is made by Dalum Papir A/S. The production process meets rigid quality requirements and is environmentally friendly.Dalum Papir A/S is registered under the EMAS scheme and certified according to ISO 14001 and 9001.</p><p>The Cyclus products have achieved the environmental accreditations Blauer Engel and Nordic Swan.</p><p>About Just Another Day</p><p>This magazine lets graduates and experienced professionals taste the unique Accenture career experience and lifestyle. </p><p>Responsible Auditor: Laurent De Cock, HR Director Accenture Belgium &amp; Luxemburg, Waterloolaan 16 Boulevard de Waterloo, 1000 Brussels</p><p>See also experience.accenture.be/justanotherday</p></li><li><p>4 Just Another Day</p><p>Globalization - how it impacts you</p><p>The contours of the global economy are changing. The dominance of the United States, Europe and Japan is being replaced by a greater spread of worldwide economic power. Emerging economies contribute an ever-increasing share of the worlds output, trade and investment. The world has become multi-polar. Just Another Day takes a closer look at these global changes. And tries to find out what the multi-polar world means to young graduates and experienced professionals. </p><p>The multi-polar world is characterized by multiple centers of economic power instead of only a few. It is a deeper phase of globalization, driven by economic openness, technology, and multinational strategies. Globalization is now becoming a two-way process in which emerging economies such as India and Brazil - are changing from passive recipients to active players. This leads to economic </p><p>interdependence in five key dimensions: talent, capital, resources, customers, and innovation.</p><p>Setting the sceneEmerging markets have a large, fast-growing and increasingly well-educated pool of human resources. About 97 percent of the 438 million people that will join the global workforce by 2050 will come from developing countries. This means that tomorrows teams will increasingly consist of employees from various backgrounds also in Belgium. Creating and managing flexible, cross-cultural operating models will therefore be a key capability. </p><p>As investors and investments are going global, the concept of a truly Belgian company is about to become less relevant. Moreover, natural resources will become even scarcer as the emerging markets will also need them. Belgian companies will need to take into account these rising resource constraints into their strategies. </p><p>Access to innovationThe booming middle-class in emerging markets offers major opportunities for Western companies. By 2025, emerging economies will account for more than half of the global consumption. Belgian multinationals have therefore started to adapt their business model to capture market share in these new markets. This new business situation creates opportunities for young graduates and senior profiles, as companies will increasingly compete for top talent.</p><p>In order to stay competitive, Belgian firms will need to investigate how they can get optimal access to innovation potential, wherever it is located. In the home market, demographic aging will continue to reduce the overall labor supply. Achieving high performance in the multi-polar world will depend on the ability to adjust market focus to constantly shifting locations and sources of competitive advantage. Having a diverse leadership team </p><p> 5Visit experience.accenture.be/justanotherday</p><p>In the multi-polar world, companies will increasingly compete for top talent.</p></li><li><p>with knowledge about very different markets will be of utmost importance. Managing a mix of physical and virtual teams across several geographies is a major challenge for the future business leaders. Networking with colleagues and clients is key in this field. In this regard, Accentures active community commitment encourages its people to build international networks (more on p. 7).</p><p>Three drivers for the change in economic geographyThe rise of the multi-polar world is driven by three powerful trends: economic openness, information and communications technology (ICT) and multinational strategies.</p><p>Over the past two decades, many policies have encouraged economic openness and market liberalization. For example, Belgium has introduced an attractive tax regime via the notional interest deduction. </p><p>The reach of ICT is a second driver. Since the mid 1990s, faster communications thanks to internet technologies and the increased use of fibre-optic networks have facilitated the spread of business functions across different geographic locations. This resulted in supply chains that snake around the globe. </p><p>The increasing scale of multinational companies has been the essential catalyst for the multi-polar world. In Belgium, a number of industries have also shown the ambition to expand in size and geographical reach. This trend results in an increasing number of professionals who get the chance to work outside their traditional home markets Accentures people are clearly no exception to that (more on p. 16-17).</p><p>Key dimensions of the multi-polar worldThe multi-polar world is a new and deeper phase of globalization. The same forces that have lead to the globalizing trend are now helping emerging </p><p>economies to become important players themselves. This has major implications for business and policy makers: conventional company strategies may no longer apply. Seen through the lens of a CEO, the multi-polar world is one in which customers, resources, employees and sources of capital, innovation and ideas become more geographically dispersed. </p><p>Companies that compete in the multi-polar world experience an increasing pressure on all of their traditional processes, as customers demand full service, 24/7, worldwide. This holds a major challenge for employers, who have to balance this market demand with their peoples desire for a healthy work-life balance (more on p. 12-13). At the same time, there should be room for social commitment, both on a regional and international scale (more on p. 18-20). </p><p>Continues on p. 8</p><p>6 Just Another Day</p><p>When you work for Accenture, you can build your own career, step by step, and anyone who is interested, can spread their international wings. Accentures worldwide reach enables everyone to build up a range of exciting experiences while working abroad, sometimes literally on the other side of the world.</p><p>Ricardo Dupont Ferreira joined Accenture 3 years ago. After graduating as an engineer in Mons, he spent five years working for an industrial company. In the meantime, I obtained an MBA at the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School, he recounts. My aim was to use that qualification to do something in conjunction with the practical experience I had already gained. I was looking for a job that would provide me with more of a challenge and variety instead of doing the same job in the same working environment. Accenture offered Ricardo precisely the job he was looking for. One of his first assignments involved him in a project at the nuclear power plant at Tihange. After that, he worked for a while in the Netherlands. A little later, Ricardo was asked whether he was interested in a project in Melbourne.</p><p>There was great commitment on the part of Accenture in helping to arrange everything especially in obtaining a work visa and finding accommodation not just for me, but for my girlfriend as well, says Ricardo. Once he arrived in Melbourne, he adjusted very well to his new working environment, even though Ricardo is the only foreigner in the Australian team in which he works. Of course it took a little getting used to in the beginning, but thats what appealed to me so much in the proposal to come out here to work in the first place and beginning a totally new job in a completely new environment. Since they arrived, Ricardos girlfriend has also found work in Melbourne. Australia has a good job market. In actual fact, it really wasnt hard for her to find a job out here.</p><p>Deep career development Down Under</p><p>The link with Accenture enabled Ricardo to be up and running very quickly with the Aussie team. Although Im twenty thousand kilometers from home, Im also with other Accenture people here. And I maintain close contacts with old workmates back in Belgium. The market in Australia is ahead of what is happening in Belgium in the Utility sector. I am sure that the experience I am gaining at the moment here will pay dividends later when I return to help Belgian clients become high performers. After his Australian adventure, Ricardo would like to work in Belgium again for a while. But I can already look back on this project with a great deal of satisfaction. Maybe it wont be my last international assignment. </p><p>More explanation about international career options at Accenture? Send a mail to justanothotherday@accenture.com</p><p> 7Visit experience.accenture.be/justanotherday</p><p>Managing a mix of physical and virtual teams across several geographies is a major challenge for the future business leaders.</p><p>One global network helps to develop your skils and confidence</p></li><li><p>8 Just Another Day</p><p>Continued from p. 6</p><p>Skills determine workforce segmentation As companies begin to organize by value creation rather than geography, traditional boundaries will become less important. For human resources management, this could mean segmenting the workforce by skill level rather than location - with a different talent management strategy for each skill level. </p><p>Low-skilled workers in developing countries, for example, have a higher potential for health issues such as HIV. This means that businesses will need to develop human resource and support mechanisms that can cope with these problems. For medium-skilled workers, the focus will need to be on training and education in order to develop the highly-skilled workers of tomorrow. </p><p>Highly-skilled workers will need a strategy to compete in this evolving human resources market as well. Thats why they </p><p>choose to work for companies that offer their people the possibility to follow their interests and further develop their skills. Accentures deep career development programs are therefore instrumental in attracting talented people in the multi-polar world (see p. 7 and p. 22).</p><p>High performance The enterprise of the future is likely to look very different from the one we know today. Every company should reflect on how it is affected by the rise of the multi-polar world.</p><p>The stakes are very high. A pro-active approach will be crucial to reach and maintain high performance in this ever-changing environment. In general, high-performance businesses will be characterized by a clear market focus and positioning, a set of distinctive capabilities and an approach to people and values uniquely adapted to the new realities. Within this frame, Accentures people are challenged to help companies become high performers. </p><p>Ahead of the curveThe multi-polar world is creating a global market that is filled with opportunity. However, creating sustained competitive advantage has never been so complex. Company strategies need to create maximum value in a context of continuously changing, international business patterns. Adapting to this new business environment is an absolute requirement. Being ahead of the curve is definitely the preferred option. </p><p>T...</p></li></ul>