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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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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The kind of "family" you should choose as a working environment, or the one about Holacracy, farting unicorns and emotional intelligence

"How would you describe the company culture? Like the kind of environment where you can just be yourself or the kind of environment where they expect you to be your best self and to be nice?"

And here they are, ladies and gentlemen.
Please let me introduce you to... the chirping crickets that follow one of those questions that let me cringe every single time. 

The author of the question, totally unaware of how much cringe-worthy the question is per se, is posing it while displaying the attitude of someone feeling they are cool, badass and very clever because of the question, like they would be asking an incredibly brave and original question that nobody would otherwise have the guts to ask. 

Apparently, it never crossed his mind that nobody asked the question so far because... 
Well, probably because the main topic of conversation of the event has actually been Holacracy and the marvelous question comes in after the two moderators and the audience talked for over one hour about the fact that Holacracy is a system that can be adapted to different kind of companies and circumstances and working situations and that there is no one-size-fits-all way to implement Holacracy (and to answer the question, for that matter).

[What does it mean "Always be yourself"?
Are you the same person 24 hours a day 365 days a year?
I bet the answer is... NO
Unless you are a unicorn, of course!]

That said, there is another question popping up right now.
So my question to you is...

Friday, January 26, 2018

The kind of advice you should never offer to the people around you, or a short and sweet cautionary tale about mansplaining

"You know, the choice is between being beautiful and being taken seriously".
"You should definitely have a look at how that woman does what she does, so you can copy her style and do the same".

Well sir, what can I say?
Besides, of course, of "Thanks for giving me unsolicited advice about something you don't know anything about that furthermore goes against everything I believe in and I stand up for in my life every single day"?
Or maybe it would be better to politely smile and say "Thanks for mansplaining diversity and intercultural communication to an intercultural communication consultant"?

[What a lovely petite lady with blue hair...
Beautiful graffiti art 
in Berlin, Mitte - December 2017]

And yet, the most surprising thing is...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The kind of questions that can leave you speechless, make you smile and force you to grow

"Who do you feel would benefit least from your work?"

The question that coach Travis L. Wilson has kindly thrown at me, as we are talking about which kind of change I want to make, as an intercultural consultant on her way for getting certified as a coach and willing to work as a coach for diversity management, leaves me puzzled and a little bit speechless. Speechless, moi!?

Being speechless never occurred to me, if we keep out the first 18 months of me learning German after moving to Berlin without speaking (back then!) a single word of German and a (back then!) incredibly broken English that soon became an even worse Denglisch
But this would be another story, even if one with a linguistic double happy ending, and I digress. ;)

[Speechless, moi!? No way!
I do speak up if I need to. No problem there.
One of my personal issues is...
having often closed eyes in pictures. 

Pics: Me, November 2017 
at Berlin's street art museum
Urban Nation © Radoslaw Kosiada]

And suddenly, I smile, because I realize that I am in the right place and that giving myself Seth Godin's The Marketing Seminar as a Christmas present - even if I don't celebrate Christmas at all and I was just looking for a good excuse for enrolling in the workshop - has been a very good decision.