End of June 2005, UBS Group CEO Peter Wuffli – anointed “Master of Zurich” of the financial press – was returning to Zurich from the office at least three days Senior Leadership Conference (SLC). Tapping 600 top managers, the SLC featured an outdoor event on a former military base in the Swiss mountains. Under the motto “Understanding, commitment and trust,” team of 100 executives in a simulation of the six worlds busy – metaphors for the various regions and parts of the UBS business. Initial skept … Read more »

End of June 2005, UBS Group CEO Peter Wuffli – anointed “Master of Zurich” of the financial press – was returning to Zurich from the office at least three days Senior Leadership Conference (SLC). Tapping 600 top managers, the SLC featured an outdoor event on a former military base in the Swiss mountains. Under the motto “Understanding, commitment and trust,” team of 100 executives in a simulation of the six worlds busy – metaphors for the various regions and parts of the UBS business. Initial skepticism about the exercise was enthusiastically for the “mind-boggling” camaraderie that created it replaced. Held above Montreux, Switzerland, home of the International Jazz Festival, opened the program with a tape interview of jazz great Wynton Marsalis asks the audience to the dynamics of jazz required the cooperation to equate a complex professional services company with. Marsalis contrasted Duke Ellington, which together account for the specific talents of his band members, with John Coltrane, a master of improvisation. “Coltrane played the themes of” mused Wuffli. “That’s what we do. We have the vision. We all have our different musicians and we play on these issues in an integrated manner., It is to make beautiful music.”
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Rajiv Lal,
Nitin Nohria,
Carin-Isabel Knoop
Source: Harvard Business School
36 pages.
Release date: 30 March 2006. Prod #: 506026-PDF-ENG
UBS: Against Integrated Firm HBR case solution

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