Jan 2013 | Our origins
Here is the speech shared with our audience during the launch of Sharpmania on November 7, 2013 at Café Papon (Geneva)
It all started on 18 January 2013!
That day, we took the occasion of the lunch break and discussed together a reality that materialized each day more and more: our professional paths would have to separate at the end of the closure of Merck Serono in Geneva.
Awareness had not really taken place as early as for many of our former colleagues, because we were completely absorbed by implementing the social plan, transfers, terminations, the closure of the site and all the energy required for the organization of 1’250 end of contracts. Understand us well; at this time, for us, to leave Merck Serono was an obvious matter. Continue and progress in Human Resources was another one. But no longer work together, no longer benefit from the extraordinary team spirit that had enabled us to lead successfully this unique restructuring by its magnitude and its media coverage, this was inconceivable. It is therefore on January 18, 2013, during the lunch break that our first decision was taken: we were going to continue work together!
In 2007, the Merck Serono Human Resources team did an extraordinary job in the implementation of the new organization following the acquisition of Serono by Merck. The work done by this same team during the closure of the site was considered by all stakeholders as also extraordinary. This experience of construction, and then of “deconstruction” also allowed us to validate an essential point: the impact on the business and the staff of very strong growth or a very sharp decrease generates the same needs in terms of Human Resources. At this point we were holding our “business model” and our second decision: we would therefore continue to work together to assist in rapidly changing or growing companies or either in the implementation of a staff reduction plan.
A business changing has no other choice but to ask its Human Resources to lead a major job that is key to the success of its restructuring. Human Resources services are rarely trained and staffed for this mission. This is where our team, thanks to its unique expertise gained within Merck Serono, but also with other companies in previous professional lives, intervenes and assists the company before, during and throughout the period following this crucial phase of restructuring.
We are not followers of convoluted and unrealistic concepts. We are on the contrary very pragmatic-oriented results. This brings us to our name “Sharpmania”. Why “Sharp”? Because the common denominator of our team is undoubtedly the ability to deliver concrete and sharp solutions which are immediately actionable by our customers. Why “Mania”? Because we are all animated by this same focus and the same determination. In other words, we share this mania to be precise and applied. After several brainstorming sessions, our third decision was taken: our company would be called Sharpmania.
Since the official creation of Sharpmania in June 2013 and the beginning of our activity, we were able to validate that our business model was correct. Our position on this niche market is attractive and we take this opportunity to thank the companies which already trust us and are represented tonight.
We would like to thank you all as well for being here tonight as this is an honor and a great pleasure for us. It is important to have you with us at this time of conviviality to celebrate in good mood the birth of Sharpmania.
Success and long life to Sharpmania!