Monthly Archives: December 2016

This article sums up our discussion over the last weeks:

Forget Robots! The Attention-Robbers Are Hurting Your Job Prospects More  – J.T. O’Donnell

An exciting year comes to the end and despite the turmoil in the world, despite the political agendas and against the current “polaristic worldview“* I am proud to say that our global team has further expanded. We work with freelancers in Pakistan, Finland, the US and Switzerland and some of our clients join us via Skype from New York City, Pune and the UK. Living diversity and being with clients and people from all over the world is the best gift for me. So, I don’t really have any further wishes for the holidays.

I wish that you find time to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones. Also, that all your career aims and life aspirations will materialize in 2017.

Happy Holidays!

Angie and the Global People Transitions Team

PS: We still have space in our HireMe! Groups! If you are looking for a career change or want to find that job in Switzerland come to see me.


*”Polaristic worldview”: According to Milton Bennett this happens in the second phase of intercultural sensitivity development (called defense) where we fight the existence of intercultural differences and argue in a them versus us narrative. Read more.

Feedback can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the context and the type of feedback. This experiential workshop takes us on a journey to examine giving and receiving feedback and to explore alternatives to traditional feedback exchanges.

Feedback and its Alternatives – an Exploration for Global, Mindful People

An explorative workshop with Adrienne Rubatos and Angie Weinberger applying concepts and tools based on the Vermeulen-Analysis-Model and the Vermeulen & Kinast coaching school.

An essential concern of this workshop is to deconstruct feedback in general, but especially the traditional Western approach of “giving feedback”, which still dominates the business world. Global folks are demanding a new approach to feedback, an approach that is mindful, supportive and transcultural.

The workshop will seek to support you in developing these new feedback styles.

Both facilitators have experienced constructive and destructive feedback, in the context of corporate, author or coaching roles directly with herself or with her clients. Indeed this was the starting point for deepening knowledge on the topic and for experimenting with new feedback forms.

Researching among global peers, general uncertainty in recommending suitable forms of feedback, especially between high and low context cultures can be observed. Surprisingly even in Western countries, traditionally known for directness, a new openness towards more creative, collaborative and non-hierarchal feedback styles is growing. Such feedback treated with reflection and mindfulness on both sides of the feedback process can lead to personal and professional growth.

The workshop invites participants to explore the concept of “mindful feedback” further.

Beside rich content, sharing of experiences among the participants and collective exploration of the topic, participants will also benefit from exploring alternative, less known methods: body learning, relationship explorations, dyads, meditation elements, sensing, metaphors, dancing, drawing, and spiritual wisdom. These interventions generally help to build self-awareness, self-confidence and a strong personal and leadership presence even in complex environments, like global teams.

The facilitators practice these in their everyday personal and professional lives. Most of them originate in the Vermeulen-Analysis-Model and the coaching school around it, which certified a limited number of coaches only.

We invite participants of low and high context cultures, both senior and junior professionals 

  • who want to deepen and widen his/her use of feedback and its alternatives
  • who want to enrich his/her coaching or training methods
  • who practice self-support and peer coaching
  • who want to sharpen his/herself-awareness through body work and mindful practices
  • who are open to exchange, experiment and learn in a collaborative style.

The workshop has multiple goals:

At a personal level

  • to review our past and create new personal experiences around feedback situations
  • to develop ourselves by learning new methods of collaboration, reflection, inquiry, self-coaching and deep-preparation for feedback situations

At the content level

  • to tackle, in a new depth and width, the components of, and the conditions necessary for, feedback
  • to look at methods and models to transform feedback, or even the wisdom to replace it

At the business application level

  • how we can learn to react, treat or receive feedback from our clients in a self-respecting way
  • to develop intercultural feedback styles for our clients, that they can apply to team members of various cultural backgrounds
  • to incorporate suitable technology designs, media and tools to receive messages from the clients (e.g. personal debriefing, social media, wish lists to the manager, feedback wall…)

Registration and Fee

This is a pre-conference workshop to the SIETAR Congress Dublin, 25 to 27 Mai 2017

Early Early Bird Fee until 28 Feb 2017 is EUR 390 (incl. 23% VAT).

The number of workshop participants is limited. First-come, first-served.

If you have any questions please contact us via and

Registration here.

Your facilitators

Adrienne Rubatos

Intercultural Consultant, Trainer and Executive Coach

Adrienne Rubatos is a senior change management and intercultural consultant, trainer and coach specialized on cooperation between East and West in Europe. She accompanies mainly multinationals in their complex international programs. Before, she gathered 16 years of industry and management experience, which took her around the globe. She holds a Master in Electrical-Engineering and an Executive-MBA degree, as well as various certifications in coaching, consulting and intercultural studies. She enjoys travels and languages, speaking six of them. Adrienne is an associate professor of IBR (global MBA program in Africa, Eastern-Europe, India, Israel) within Steinbeis University Berlin since twelve years, teaching currently HR. She is the author of diversophy®Romania, the book “Beruflich in Rumänien”, numerous articles and SIETAR conference papers. She descends from Transylvania, lives in Germany and works globally. Her growing passion is both meta-perspectives and small mindful and embodiment practices included to her work and life.

Angie Weinberger

Angie Weinberger

Global Career Advisor, Executive Coach and Global Mobility Expert

Angie Weinberger, who graduated in International Business Studies, lived and worked in Germany, the UK, India and Australia before moving to Zurich in 2009. She has worked in HR and Global Mobility in large global corporates like Winterthur, Deutsche Bank, PwC, LafargeHolcim for 20 years. She founded Global People Transitions offering intercultural executive and career coaching to internationally mobile professionals through programs such as HireMe! and RockMe! both for corporate and private clients. Angie has a systemic consultancy background and is a certified professional intercultural coach (B.Vermeulen & Dr.E. Kinast) with a focus on relationship building, mindfulness and body awareness. She is a founding and active Board member of SIETAR Switzerland and volunteers in a variety of social projects. She published various books, recently “The Global Career Workbook” – a self-help job search guide for internationally mobile professionals. She learns Arabic and loves Bollywood Dancing.


When the days are so short that I don’t see my apartment in daylight I always enjoy work a lot. December in classical HR is the beginning of compensation season and list checking. It’s also the month where most of us spend more time meeting colleagues and friends and going out with vendors to celebrate another year end. By the time we have reached the “Holidays” we are all overweight, full of ginger bread, had too much Gluehwein and often we are exhausted too. Let me not get into the consumerism and craziness we have created in Europe around gifts and how spoilt our children are. I am not a big fan of Christmas presents and this is a very personal story I might tell you over a Gluehwein.


What I would like to talk to you about today is the importance of maintaining pace. When you are looking for a role in a new country and territory that is unknown to you, you need a lot of energy: building professional relationships, updating your resume, writing inspiring motivation letters and running from interview to interview without clarity and sometimes finding out in the fourth round that they are restructuring the whole department again.


Some of you might have anxieties about the financial impact of long-term unemployment, others have built a lifestyle that includes international schools, several homes and commutes to a partner in another country that create additional pressure.


And you must not forget that your self-confidence might have suffered too since you are out of the workforce and lack the general feeling of accomplishment that comes with a full diary, a real weekend and the status of a Vice President / Senior Manager position.


What is pace?

I encourage you to consider a pace as your training rate. There are certain elements that you have to do every day such as walking and relaxation exercises. I recommend a daily target and scheduling the exercises at the same time.


You also need to search job boards, write motivation letters and meet contacts at least three times a week. Here I recommend that you set a weekly target and visualize it on either a flipchart or a wall. You can use post-it-notes to write down the people you would like to connect with that week. Use an old-school method rather than your iphone as you can easily forget the apps in your phone when your find a funny cat video on Facebook. When it is there in your workspace you won’t forget.


Speaking of social media, apps and phone calls with your mother: Try to schedule those too.


Then on Friday write a summary of your week and what you have done well in either your diary or an email to me. I have offered many of you to email me your weekly “Have-Done-List”. See if you notice any change.


Plan to take one day completely “off” job search and go out into nature, connect with friends and family and make sure that you see the sunlight.


Every six weeks I encourage you to schedule either a mini-break or a holiday. This way you can maintain your motivation through the job hunting marathon. As you probably noticed it takes about a year to find a role at the moment in Switzerland. It might take longer in other countries. If you receive a temporary offer you should accept it and continue your job search at the same time. Now, that you are in the pace you can easily send out one or two targeted applications to a warm contact. Don’t forget to continue building and maintaining professional relationships while you have a role as it takes about three years to build a good network in Switzerland.


We know that it is taking energy. That’s why I recommend you either work with a coach or join one of our HireMe! Groups.


Please also remember that some of your friends might need a bit of encouragement. You can give them a coaching voucher for a career consultation session. Check out our