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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, coaching, effective communication and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free food and good movies.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Do you want me to accept your LinkedIn invitation? Pay attention to these five things

Don't put all your eggs in one basket, they say.
Most of the time, they are right. (It happens a lot that they are right, just deal with it)

Still, when it is about networking and having an account on websites for professionals, I like to keep things simple and to embrace a minimalist approach.
This means that besides the Google+ account related to this blog, you can find me on LinkedIn, and on LinkedIn only. When people send me invitations for other networks, I pass, even if I feel flattered. Time is limited, and I prefer to focus on one network, where I have a strong and well-tailored profile.

Thanks to my profile and professional experience, I receive new invitations on a regular basis.
Some people follow a strict policy and they accept only invitations from people they know well in real life. I consider it a good option to also accept invitations from people that I don't know yet, if their profile is relevant to me. That said, I am always amazed at how sloppy and amateurish LinkedIn profiles and above all invitations can get.

[You don't have to look like a modern dandy, 
in order to make a great impression on LinkedIn,
but displaying a drunken selfie or some weird cat pic
would just not help. Just saying.
Image credit: ISO Republic]

Do you want me (= and probably other people as well) to accept your LinkedIn invitation? Then you should probably pay a little bit more attention to the following five things:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Are you already asking yourself this precious HR question? It's all about peace of mind and time-management

A couple of days ago, someone called me, asking for references about a former employee of mine. The call was short and sweet and lasted about 10 minutes. I was asked about how I met the person, how I would describe the collaboration with her, which are the strengths (but not the weaknesses) of the person, which kind of tasks the person completed and so on.

Easy peasy, all by the book.
And yet, as the phone call was approaching its end, I got asked a last HR question, and somehow this question rang a bell in my head:

[Phone calls can be so fascinating and intriguing 
as the famous Alice's rabbit hole, sometimes...
Even when they start in a very predictable way]

"If you would have the chance to work with this person once again, would you do it?".
"Yes, for sure".

What did impress me so much? Certainly, it was not the answer, because I would actually be happy to work with the person again.
It was the HR question itself.

A question that is so simple and clear and yet sometimes too complicate and tricky to answer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The question you should ask yourself before letting go for good someone you really like

Not (too) long ago, and definitely after experiencing many years of having good and not so good friends and charming and not so charming acquaintances, and of dating and being in some kind of relationship with someone, I stumbled upon a concept that changed everything for me:

Don't give part-time people in your life a full-time position in your heart.

If I should re-write this concept while using my own words, I would put is as: "Don't pay that much attention to how much you like someone, pay way more attention to how you like the way they treat you and how they make you feel, instead". Amen.

["Don't give part-time people a full-time position in your life",
or "Don't give part-time people full-time positions in your heart"...
Different words, the same powerful mantra to live by]

I hear you already, telling me things like: