Edmund Dellago is President of the Gardena/Gröden World Cup OC and also one of its pioneers.
1st Question: How is the Gardena/Gröden World Cup organized?
Edmund Dellago: The organizational structure of the OC is well defined comprising separate functions.
This is a dynamic process where each area is in constant interaction with each other to ensure the highest degrees of competency. The boundaries of each area of responsibility is well defined but each operator enjoys a high degree of autonomy within his/her own area.
2nd Q.: How would you describe the corporate climate?
E.D.: The information within our organization flows both vertically and horizontally which is to say that we communicate, in an orderly fashion, in all directions to ensure that information but also the valuable input from our team members is captured and put into effect. A thorough implementation check plays a key role in this process.
Creating a positive corporate climate is of utmost importance. We try to support and promote our team members who receive accolades from us but are also valued by all our partners, large and small, who interact with the World Cup event. Visiting and participating in industry conventions, training courses, seminars, workshop as well as study visits of important ski events strengthens competencies but also improves the general working morale of the team.
3rd Q.: You carry a lot of responsibility in your role as President. Which are your areas of responsibility?
E.D.: “This is true, but only to some extent: the drafting of contracts with agencies and other sponsors and financial backers takes on a central role along with negotiations with the insurance companies in case of a race cancellation. Add to that the ongoing communication with umbrella organizations (FISI, FIS), our peer group, our partners as well as public institutions from politics, business and the general public. A key responsibility pulling all this together is the development and ongoing control of a detailed budget. One of the maxims I like to go by is “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”, which is to say: “my dedication and expertise would only be half as strong without those of my team.”