different doesn't mean worse.
Living abroad has ignited and constantly reinforced my fascination for people and diversity. I am convinced that we experience life with more ease and joy when we learn to understand and deal with both our own and others' way ot being, thinking and acting. Therefore I am passionate about bringing together people, spreading joy and supporting good communication.
I remember the moment very well when the sentence different doesn't mean worse popped into my head for the first time. I was a teenager and was walking home on a sunny afternoon during my very first real experience abroad. I relived the first weeks of my stay in my head and I realized that I had been faced with the different on a daily basis since I had arrived: different language, communication, behaviour. All of those had been challenging at times, however, I understood then and there that all of these things were just that: different. They weren't any better or worse than what I had known before - only different.
It hit me that right or wrong is always just a matter of perspective.
Since then, this sentence has guided me in my thoughts and actions because people, ideas and places that are different fascinate me, are en enrichment and inspiration for me and allow me to take on new perspectives.
Since this first experience abroad in the USA, I have been seeking new opportunities to live abroad and spent several years living in The Netherlands, Canada and Peru as a result. During this time I discovered my fascination for personal development and intercultural competence - both in theory and in practice. These two topics have turned into the main pillars of my life - each of them individually and both in connection with teach other.
My work with individuals, teams and organizations is therefore based on the credo different doesn't mean worse. And I see it as my calling to promote awareness and understanding for otherness - how we can experience it, deal with it and benefit from it. It is amazing what we can learn about ourselves and change our lives if we only change our perspective.
I enjoy combining the theoretical foundation with my personal experience, lots of exchange, a high level of interaction and the right amount of fun. Neuroscience has taught us: if we have fun, our brain can relax and when our brain is relaxed, we learn much better. Read more abuot my way of working here.
While I don't make a clear distinction between work and private (isn't it beautiful when work doesn't feel like work?), I do want to share a bit more about my personal interest for you to get a better idea of who is writing these lines.
I have fullfilled myself the dream of a (mini) camper so I am enjoying van life to explore new places, go surfing or hiking and/or work from my mobile office. Having grown up in Northern Germany I go sailing from time to time, love dancing and am grateful to be member of the coolest basketball team in Cologne. You might have noticed the word "enjoy" several times on this page and that is because enjoying is an integral part of my life. That also includes enjoying beautiful moments and places as well as cooking (and eating).