Author Archives: Angie Weinberger

For me 2017 was full on and a lot happened. We managed to get a lot done and if you followed us on the Global People Club Sandwich you will remember we started the year with Global Competency and Mindfulness. Through the year the theme followed me through the Workshop at the SIETAR Europa conference on “Feedback and it’s Alternatives – An Exploration for Global, Mindful People” with my colleague Adrienne Rubatos. I also had the feeling that it was time to start working more with the Global Competency Model. One of the results is RockMeOnline, an online web app where help monitor your action plan around building Global Competency. Another result is the RockMeRetreat, that I will offer in 2018 for the first time. For me it was a packed year, full of excitement and very fulfilling. I notice though that now it’s time for family and friends and I will be back for you on 3 January 2018.

Until then I wish you happy holidays and a good start in 2018.

Angie Weinberger

PS: Mindfulness will also be practiced in our Global People Club Lounge in 2018 with #GPHAPPYHOUR.

World Peace!
Happy Holidays!

Every Friday from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Global People Club Lounge, Hedwigsteig 6, 8032 Zürich.

We practice together relaxation and mindfulness methods:

progressive muscle relaxation,
autogenic training,
mindfulness,
and active meditation.
This is not a training. It’s more an appetizer to get to know different methods or practice them in a group.

The group will be held in German or English depending on the participants.

The Friday Happy Hour costs you 200 CHF + VAT for eight sessions. We have four spots available.

Sessions will be led by Annette Ramme, Angie Weinberger and other colleagues from our network.

Please let me know in case you wish to join by emailing to angela@globalpeopletransitions.com.

Depending on where you live, your job prospects can vary a lot. You may live in a city with a lot of jobs in your industry and it’s great when that happens. However, sometimes as outlined in this infographic from Hansen & Company, it can be difficult to get a break. Some people might need to move to a new city if their job search is proving fruitless. It isn’t nice but sometimes there is no other option.
If you live near Texas, it may well be worth checking out the jobs boards in cities there. For example, in Plano, Texas job growth has been fantastic in recent times. It still has extremely affordable housing and the highest number of full-time employees in the United States.
Unfortunately, there are still plenty cities with very high unemployment rates. Even the most qualified people might find it difficult to pick up work in certain areas of California such as Fresno, Stockton, and Modesto. Find out more information about the best cities to get a job in the infographic.

Go to http://www.hansen-company.com/immigration-into-us/.

I just looked at my diary in shock. Lucy, our holiday lights will be lit in Bahnhofstrasse on Thursday. My agenda is full of evening events and the dentist popped the question first for 2017 “Do you already have all your Christmas presents?”. I think, he was kidding. Mid-November, who has Christmas presents already? Is that a thing?

 

It’s high time you and I discuss the secret to managing the year-end.

Maybe it is obvious to you but the secret to managing the year-end and every other transition phase is to take small steps, baby steps actually.

 

Most bigger projects in life such as an international assignment with a move to another country or a move to a new company seem stressful because we are trying to tackle everything at once.

 

Transitions force us to change and do stuff in a different way, which our whole body resists too. (I’ll spare you the long explanation but you can read about cultural transition phases if you like.)

I used to feel overwhelmed when trying to create more space on my laptop BUT two weeks ago, I had been to a coaching retreat where I reprogrammed my brain. Then I approached the laptop issue step-by-step. (@TK, no, I still don’t read instructions…I still go intuitively).

 

I updated my dropbox, so I can move the photo library to my bigger Mac. Then I cleared space for old files. Then I finally updated the laptop. Then I used a program called Gemini to find duplicates and now I have 19 GB free space and can work on the road again. (Not literally the road but when I am traveling.)

What we are trying before the Christmas holidays looks a bit like my laptop pre-retreat. We are trying to stuff more activities in the same amount of time and then our system blocks and goes into overdrive- We either explode or despair.

One of the qualities of Switzerland is planning. Here, we schedule in advance so that all processes can run smoothly and without clogging. Sometimes this feels very slow. When you come from an action-packed, high activity country, you might get impatient.

 

I had a hard time adjusting to planning for at least two years. Then I finally accepted that this is the way it is and since then I plan my lunches four weeks ahead. I take the next appointment for the hairdresser while I’m still sitting there.

Yes, this is the way the rabbit runs in Switzerland (literally translated from a German proverb).

You probably wonder how to take those baby steps. I recommend first of all that you start planning 2018 by buying a physical calendar that shows the whole year. You can already enter your industry events, vacation, seminars, and other long projects. Anything you already know you committed to. Also special days such as anniversaries, birthdays, children’s vacation where you probably won’t work a lot.

Then buy a pack of colorful post-it notes. Split your whiteboard into five sections for the time until the year-end. Write down headers as Week 47 to Week 51.

Now, add three post-its of the same color of the most important projects you have to complete in each week. You should come up with your 15 main professional priorities. I would suggest you use pink for those but it’s up to you. Then take a picture and send it to me. I will continue to explain next steps next week.

Have a productive week ahead (and start buying those Christmas presents).

 

Kind regards

Angie Weinberger

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I sometimes just want to feel human. Recently, I stayed in a “special hotel” in Munich. The mission of this seminar hotel is to support young “disadvantaged” adults. I was welcomed and my small requests were all adhered to. I noticed that all my small wishes came true. A glass of red wine here, a sausage salad there, extra coffee, TV and generally a cozy atmosphere. I almost felt like I was at home. I did not feel like I had to go out alone.

What I noticed was that happiness can boil down to simple wishes like an apple pie or meeting friends that you have not seen in a while. You sometimes just need to ask for them and express your wishes.

Often we feel that we do not deserve those little treats. We feel that we have to work harder to be able to afford them or we use them as an incentive to perform better.

Is this one of the ways you make yourself feel undeserving? Do you deny yourself chocolate, carbs or a glass of wine because you need to “earn” it first? Or would you love to spend a weekend away with your loved one but feel it could interfere with work or your routine? Do you sometimes feel like a robot on autopilot?

If you feel like this, it might be time to get out of Switzerland for a while. You probably also enjoy the productivity here and that everything runs like clockwork, but maybe we also need the other side of the world.

I enjoy going abroad because the little faults, the imperfections, the annoying traffic, the lack of structure inspire me. I feel like I’m a prisoner on home leave, someone who was let out of their straightjacket and just floats. I feel that I can get into a slack mode where I don’t check emails and where I don’t have to look immaculate. It’s the miracle of waking up without a plan, without an agenda and with the freedom to experiment. Tell me, when was the last time where you allowed yourself a day without a To-Do List, without an obligation, without a task to perform?

And if I told you that I might have the key to a life of inner freedom would you believe me? Would you believe that the key to a life of fulfillment is probably not in your next career step? Would you believe me when I say that the force is inside you already, you just have to unlock it? (Starwars Fans, the pun is intended)

I will offer a new coaching format to you in 2018. Join us for the eight-day RockMe! Retreat in November 2018 (probably from 2 – 9 November 2018) in Lindau (South Germany) where we will work on your personal key to a life of purpose. If you would like to be included on the potential attendee list or if you have questions please reply to this email. Please also share with your friends and colleagues who could profit from such as a retreat. Details will be shared with those who are interested.

Wishing you a week full of productive energy.

Kind regards
Angie Weinberger

PS: Do you know the 31 reasons why Switzerland is the happiest country?