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Localization manager/translator and coach/intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about diversity management and intercultural communication, self-awareness and coaching, SFBT and NVC, languages, cultures, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free keto food and good movies. How about you?
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

One coaching question a day - #19. What's the big plan?

Those days where you didn't sleep enough the night before and you feel kind of groggy, and yet you keep going. 
And those long evenings where you are still busy with that project, task or work assignment even if it's already so late and everybody around you but you is having fun. But you keep going. 
And all the moments where you seem to be afraid, tired, lost, drained, disconnected. Nonetheless, you guessed it already, you keep going.

I'm sure you have been there at some point. Everyone does. 

[Where do you get your stamina, your energy, 
your motivation and excitement from?]

And yet, to me, it is not about if you go there or not. To me, it is way more about how you keep going, when you get there.
What's the big plan that keeps you going and excited these days, and in those days?

Tags: Coaching questions, The big plan, Motivation, Mindset, Accountability, Pursuing goals, Self-awareness

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Why you should stop thinking that it's okay to culturalize people, once and for all - Part #1.

"Well, since you are from Italy, I thought..."
"She's a Latina. You know what that means..."
"I always love people from England, they are so..."

Every time I hear something like this, I cringe.
Even more, if the person is perceiving the sentence as a positive comment about someone or, even worse, if they think that they are paying ME a compliment.

[My style? It's because of where I am from.
My hair? It's because of where I am from.
My smile? It's because of where I am from. 
Oh wait, let me think... Probably not really.
Pic: Me, December 2018 © Radoslaw Kosiada]

The hard truth is, you don't have to be intentionally racist to do things that have racist effects.
John Oliver

What are they actually doing?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Life choices Vs. Dorian Gray, or what does your face say about you, your life, your thoughts?

"You look way younger than you are", they say.
And then, usually, they tell me that I look something between five and fifteen years younger than my age, depending on how tired or fit I am on that particular day and on how good or bad they are at guessing other people's age.

They have always said that, my whole life. Even when I was so young that the sentence was almost ridiculous.
And it is interesting to notice how something that drove me crazy at any occasion back in the days, when I was a teenager and a twentysomething so eager to be taken seriously, makes me so happy today, every single time.

[How good are you at guessing other people's age?
How well does your face tell your story?
Pic: Me, December 2018 © Radoslaw Kosiada]

Why is it so different now?