When long-cherished dreams come true

When long-cherished dreams come true: A golden October in 2023. Everything seemed to be heading towards this month. See why.

✳ My absolute highlight – On October 19th, I was represented as an author at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The anthology “Securing the Future” has been published by GABAL e.V. with my article “Ways out of the crisis – five recommendations from practice”. There was also a podcast, a symposium and an evening event in the Skyline Plaza. It was a dream come true.

✳ The publication date was October 11th, exactly the day on which my first lecture as a lecturer at the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences took place. I teach “Business Ethics and Sustainability” at the Faculty of Business Science and Management for the Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Exciting. Four hours of lectures a week, partly online, partly face-to-face

✳ The nice thing about this is, that Sigmaringen is close to my parents’ house between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. Visits to my parents can be combined and there are family businesses in the area that have become hidden champions. I remember the names from my childhood. And now, through my role, I have already made my first contacts with them.

✳ On October 22nd, the alumni of our FöJ dialogue project convincingly won the next cohort for this project with industrial companies on the topic of sustainability at the group spokespersons’ conference in Kassel of the FöJ (Voluntary Ecological Year) association. A wonderful mentoring task and inverse learning for me.

✳ On October 24th, my paper appeared in the Journal of Business Chemistry “Intercultural Leadership – A Need for now and the Future in Chemical Industry. A Personal Observation based on Experience.” A topic close to my heart, in which I describe the success factors for the work of intercultural and globally composed teams: cultural wisdom, tolerance of ambiguity and a sensitive approach to the “foreign language”.

✳ Oh yes, and another highlight on October 26th, the Change Maker 50+ conference with 500 participants online. Impressive. I was there for the second time, and this time even as a speaker with my own storytelling café. How beautiful.

To provide advice and support for topics related to leadership culture in a global environment. There, where I’m needed. That is my ambition, also for the coming year 2024. The foundation has been built. After all, I have a few more dreams to come true.

And now it’s time for a break. A few weeks in Australia with family. A long-awaited family merge. Not so much a holiday, but more of a temporary move, a commute between Frankfurt and Sydney.

➡ And what was the most eventful month of the year 2023 for you?

My network is a valuable sounding board and sparkling inspiration for new ideas. Thank you for that and Happy New Year.


My sincere thanks ….

Regarding the anthology, I would like to thank all my co-authors, and especially Marion Masholder and Johanna Dahm and the publisher Andre Jünger.

The dialogue project on the topic of sustainability goes back to an initiative of Laurin Strößenreuther and the Leadership Netzwerk auf Augenhöhe gUG. Such an important project.

Thank you for the opportunity to publish in the Journal of Business Chemistry, Janine Heck and Hannes Utikal.

The Change Makers 50plus are represented by Leonie Koch, Klaus-Peter Mikulla and Susanne Sabisch-Schellhas. I am very proud of the invitation from you.

Last but not least, the Studienstiftung’s Wirtschaftsnetzwerk led by Stefanie Oeft-Geffarth and Ron Melz, the CAS alumni network led by Thomas Amann and the 50plus start-up centre led by Yani Neugebauer were very supportive for important steps in 2023.

And that also applies to the contacts I met personally 1:1 last year, Karolin Helbig most recently in Darmstadt, Ursula Vormwald in Offenbach, Birgit Schön in Albstadt-Ebingen, Rebecca Sewell in Frankfurt, Max Rünzel, Mike Sigmund, Perry Aliotti in Boone, Kai and Rolf-Michael Jansen in Charleston.

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