Author Archives: Angie Weinberger

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Inspired by @emilybennington and Debra Hickok Mindful Eating and Drinking

First of all I want to thank Emily Bennington as I recently participated in her “Ready to Lead” course. The last session of the course was about “Mindful Eating”. I was looking forward to this session as Emily told our women’s network in September that she used to have an eating disorder, which is hard to believe when you see Emily now.

As part of our programmes I promote to work with your body experience. Mindful eating could be a way of improving your body experience. I mentioned in earlier blog post that a lot of expats put on weight when they move from one country to another. It happened to me EVERY single time. You might be lucky if you do not have this issue.

Here are seven ideas of how you can treat your body better through mindful eating and drinking

1)   Treat your body like your best friend. Serve food (and drink) you would serve your best friend.

2)   When you feel the need to eat sit down, pause and try to find out what you actually need. Is it physical hunger or emotional hunger?

3)   Use fresh ingredients and cook a meal.

4)   Eat in a disturbance-free environment. Focus on the food. Ritualize dinners.

5)   Re-think your shopping. What type of food (and drink) would you like to have in your home?

6)   Get rid of your scale to learn to listen more to what your body is telling you.

7)   Reduce refined sugar, ready-made sauces and processed food.

 

Please feel free to discuss this topic with me. On a side note: I have tried out a few really cool veggie soups recently and am happy to share the recipes.

 

 

 

 

More information and “Ready to Lead” course here: http://emilybennington.com/

 

 

There has been a commotion when the Swiss public decided that they would like to “re-negotiate the bilateral EU-contract”.  We have received a lot of bad press for that decision and as you probably know I am not in favor of this popular vote. We have to remind ourselves that the globalization is not reversible. It is a reality. We have to learn to live in it and navigate through the challenges.

Even if in a Marketing effort we claim the “Swiss-ness” of products and even if our tourism relies on a few stereotypes about the Swiss this is not necessarily true for the rest of the economy. In my view we should rely on the Swiss virtues such as reliability, stability and long-term relationships to work our way through this market.

It also is becoming more and more important that you develop your global competency if you want to work in this market or in an international firm. No matter in which line of work you are you will be confronted with intercultural differences be it in hospitals, international firms or in traditional small and medium-sized companies.

Playing on the “Swiss-ness” factor might be helpful but we have to be careful that we do not scare foreigners and foreign investors off. On a day like today where on my commute I meet businessmen from across the globe on their way to the Basel watch and jewellery fair, I am aware that we are on the right track. Let’s not destroy it by being narrow-minded and driven by the fear factor. Switzerland is #1 in so many ways (productivity, quality of life, work opportunities). Let’s try to keep it this way.

 

 

 

I have not written a single word this week. It’s not because I have writer’s block or something like that. It is because I have been too busy with other work. I notice that once you break a routine (be it sports or writing) it is hard to get back in. I notice that since I started to write 500 words daily in January this really made me progress on two book projects and I chucked out a lot of blog posts or handouts for my clients suddenly. I learnt to type without looking at the keyboard (like a secretary whooohooo).

Now I am confronted with a creative digestion problem. I assume this happens to the best writers. You feel you have said everything there is to say about all your topics and you won’t come up with new ideas anymore.

As a global career and executive coach I repeat content in about 15 sessions per week. Obviously it is similar content but in different times and with different pace.

When I work with clients on their global careers I notice that every client is different. What resonates with one might bore the other.  The way I present an input on a flipchart or paper can be different but the more I practice, the better I get at explaining the topic in a language my client understands. I find the right visuals and I use language that connects her or him with the topic. Even if it might be a dry topic such as “how to write a cover letter in a way that recruiters actually want to meet you…”.

Maybe this is the same process a writer has to go through. You might feel like you are repeating your message over and over again but the way you speak to your readers can be different. The way you speak to your reader on Twitter might be short and crisp and a bit naughty. When you write for a professional magazine you will write a bit more academic or from a more factual perspective.

I get really frustrated with editors who believe they have invented writing style because as far as I can tell the Internet has no rules. Grammar ok, but dialect and street language are used, English is written in a shortened way, abbreviations such as OMG have made it to the real language.

Forget the rules!

Write in a way that works for you. Your readers will love you anyway.