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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, October 23, 2017

Harry Kraemer's self-reflection routine, a great tool for being proud of yourself every single day

What's the last thing you think about or tell yourself before going to sleep, every night?
What did make you proud of yourself today?

Lately, I stumbled upon Harry Kraemer's self-reflection routine, that is very suitable for monitoring how happy and accomplished someone is in four main dimensions of their lives (physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual, whereupon some people also add the social dimension as being separated from the emotional one) and I consider it a very good tool for giving more purpose and intention to my days.

[What did you accomplish today?
Which items on your list did you tick off today?]

Kraemer's self-reflection routine can be a very effective tool for enhancing leadership on a personal and professional level, and it can be used both for coaching and self-coaching purposes.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Jim Rohn [1930-2009]

Friday, October 20, 2017

The very first, totally surprising question you should ask yourself, for improving your intercultural communication skills

Would you ever get mad at someone that should meet up with you for now showing up, if you should not be able to give them clear directions on where you are and how to get to you?

Just imagine the scene: Someone calls you on the phone (or even funnier, you call them), they agree on meeting up, they ask you for directions and yet you want them to move, but you either don't know where you are and/or you consider where you are as so clear and universally accepted, that you are not able to see whatsoever need to provide any kind of explanation about this natural and obvious piece of information that, for sure, everyone is already aware of.

"Gee, I mean, it is just clear where I am, isn't?
Everyone should know it and come to me without me explaining it, right?!"

["Why then the world's mine oyster / 
Which I with sword will open"
William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
Image: © Stella Gangster]

Who would ever behave like this, you ask?
Well, we all do. Some of us do this all the time, without even noticing it, and some of us do it while being put under pressure or in extremely stressful or emotionally charged situations.
When: at work, in the relationships (this is the topic for another blog post...) with our loved ones, and above all while practicing intercultural communication. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Useful questions to ask yourself, while looking for your tribe (of amazing, like-minded and nourishing people)

The people you spend your time with can make you or break you, they say.
It can sound a little bit too extreme, and yet it is true, to some extent.
So many studies (and plenty of examples and famous and less famous biographies from the past) show that the environment that surrounds us has a massive impact on the kind of life we are going to live and on the kind of individuals we are about to become.

We tend to become like the people we spend our time with. We become similar to them, we share habits and ideas with them, we let them influence and motivate us and we have an impact on their life.
Things can be terrific, like it's exemplified through the following quote:

In fact, no matter what you do for a living, your role is fundamentally about the same thing: improving your own life and livelihood and those of others, even if indirectly or in the smallest of ways.
Ted Leonhardt

[Circe, the Enchantress from the suite 
Women of Myth and Legend (1911) by Edmund Dulac, 
illustration for a poem by Andrew Dumas]

And yet, things can also go south, like every person that has experienced a toxic relationship of any kind can confirm.