Author Archives: Angie Weinberger

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


If you read this post you will notice that the conversation we had over the last few weeks about a shift in what “work “ will mean going forward is about to happen. I am generally a bit pessimistic when I look at the world economy and the political arena but I strongly believe in the idea of Europe.

The German economy is strong for example and new jobs in the digital industry but also in areas related to healthcare are created. Cities like Berlin and Hamburg attract a new crowd of globally-minded Europeans. In Zurich, Dubai, Casablanca, Pune and Singapore and other places you see these “hubs” of the globally mobile professionals.

At the moment you might still be working for one company, but within the next ten years you will probably either work for multiple companies, become a freelance consultant or run a charity next to your part-time role.

Don’t forget the economic migrants and refugees who moved away from their home lands either because a lack of opportunities or because they wanted a better future for their children. Many also fled because they do not want an ideology stamped on them that does not match their values and lifestyles.

We all are part of the Global People Club.


We are all in the middle of this shift. Retirement is not a goal any more because “artists” will never retire. They get better with age.

What will you contribute to this world?


PS: Have you considered career coaching and would you prefer to work in a small group, rather than 1:1?

Here is an offer for you: HireMe! Group Coaching

A German interview by Petra Schuseil with @angieweinberger on “Lebenstempo” (life speed):

“Winter is coming”

We feel it everywhere. Did you already get your winter tires or are you waiting for the first snow (and the first fine in Switzerland) before you go to the garage. With our programs it is similar. I hear clients that they only came to see me after a year of contemplating whether it is worth the money. Most of the time we take action when it is slightly late or urgent.

Are you pondering about this question as well?

In the past, I hesitated about two essential courses in my life. For my coaching education I waited about three years and saw the advert at least three times before I sent an email to enroll. For “Tribewriters” I dragged the decision for three years as well. There is a mastermind group I am not signing up for yet (only two years of advertising it to me).

In both courses I further developed my skills. Without those courses I would not be intercultural coach and the blogger that I am today. The investment compared to the joy I experience of running my own business has been low.

If you think where all your other earnings go, I’d advise you now to spend at least 10% of your annual income on further education and keeping in the skill business. This was at least in the days of classical learning models.

Online versus Offline

I know, I know…you can learn everything today on KHAN ACADEMY and via MOOCs.

If you are a bit like me you might need the comfort of a class (even if it is a virtual class), a cup of coffee and an old-fashioned spiral book to feel like you are actually learning something.

  • When I listen to a podcast while ironing this is inspiring.
  • When I work on a presentation in Google slides it’s a new tool for me and it is skill building.
  • When I dial in to a webinar on “Theory U”, I take in basics of the book and concept behind it.

Still, if I want to progress on a higher level, I need a class. I need classmates and a structured atmosphere.

Are you looking for structure, pace and a class too?

Join us in January 2017 for the HireMe! Group Coaching.

About three years ago, I published an unfinished book chapter to a circle of clients on Facebook to help one or two people in the group for whom I hoped the chapter would be helpful. What happened next is that I got a message from an old friend. He offered his feedback on the chapter.

I immediately felt discouraged, thought that everything was wrong and wished I had never put the document out there. I had a full horror scenario in my mind. I was about to hit reply “Thank you but the document was already edited professionally. I did not ask you for feedback.”

I was angry and scared.

Then I read the comment again with which I published the document and noticed that I might have solicited the feedback. Was I even fishing for compliments?

Did I not ask people to tell me if they found the chapter helpful?

I muttered that my friend should not have criticized my work. I did not ask him for a proofread. I did not explicitly ask for his feedback. I did not want to have a Skype conversation with him.

Then I remembered my words from a training I recently gave. Most people give feedback and advice without permission. I advise clients to assume positive intentions. I thanked my friend for the offer and pushed the date for the Skype conversation. I wanted to hear his ideas but only when I feel secure, professional and ready. I almost asked him to send the feedback in writing. Then I remembered that he was not paid for it. I remembered that he is in fact a great logical thinker and proofreader and that I might be able to get a perspective that only he can provide. I took the feedback in. It was hard. I finally concluded that I needed to invest a lot more time into the manuscript and then I did not do anything for about 1.5 years. When I was ready to tackle the book, I almost rebuilt it and then I had to have it proofread by a native speaker. Again, I was shattered by the feedback and critique.

The episode with my friend repeated itself about six months ago. I thought I was finally ready to publish “The Global Career Workbook” when my friend asked me why I had not showed my manuscript to him. I did not say anything but sent him the manuscript asking for a review of the logic, structure and if the flow made sense to him. He reviewed two chapters and sent back a line-by-line review. I almost through my laptop out of the window that Monday morning.

I emailed back, asked him to stop working on it and mentioned the editing and that I had not asked for a line-by-line feedback but a general review of the logic and structure of the book. I almost stopped the publication.

What I noticed is that I will never by like my friend and my products will never be like his (paid) work, because I am another person than him and I have other strengths. My English will also never be as smooth as my editors. No, my English will always sound a bit off and I might make mistakes because I am not a native speaker.

Maybe you would not read my newsletter if my friend wrote it, maybe you would hate my writing if it was smooth like my editor’s and maybe you would not be interrupted in your flow if my English was flawless. Maybe you would think I am robot or copywriter and not the Angie you believe you know.

As a solopreneur, you might have phases where your self-confidence is as low as the batteries on my iphone. I have doubts about my quality when I forget to pull the presentation on the laptop before a training, when the laptop does not want to start before the training or when I take a wrong turn and show up late. So far though no major drama ensued. So far, I always find solutions (even without a big armada of support staff behind me). So far, a few readers really work with my workbook.

You need to belief that only you can deliver your services they way you do. Out there in the world there will be companies, clients and customers for your art. You just have to find them or give them a chance to find you.

When I make mistakes or when my final product is not perfect it annoys me. I learnt over the years though that there is a point where you have to let go, where your additional input does not improve your output. Another rule I have learnt is to work with highly skilled professionals. You can’t always be sure that the person you hire to support you is the best in their field but you can test them for a while and see if they meet your standard. If they don’t then you have to move on. You also need to remember that a perfect product will almost never be paid. So if you already spent a day on developing the content of the presentation but you are only paid for delivery stop being a perfectionist and work with what you have.

Have an inspired and wonderful week.