Tell us who you are!
I am 50 years old, and I am a psychologist. I am working as a partner at the ifp Managementdiagnostik in Cologne. I am also a mother with two children, they are 18 and 16 years old. I love dancing and singing and to write poems.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
After my exam I had worked as a freelancer and for more than 20 years I have been working as a consultant at the ifp. Since 2000 I am a partner and responsible for my own profit center and a team of six staff members. I do acquisitions, key-account management, leading of huge management-audits and also business coaching.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
Well, first of all my knowledge and experiences but also passion and discipline. And you have to be open minded, interested in people and tolerant enough, to accept people like they are.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
I cannot tell you what my biggest achievement professionally was, because it does not exist one outstanding success. Each project is special and I do not care if it is a big or a small mandate. My biggest achievement personally is or better to say are the births of my children.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
Well, I am sure, to be successful needs hard work and discipline..and you have to love, what you do. That means, you need I high intrinsic motivation. And you have to learn from your mistakes..and I made some of them. But what was also very important for me was the trust of my superior in my skills. He was sure that I could be successful as a leadership person at a time I had strong doubts. And I made a serious mistake by thinking I have to reach my aims without asking for help or building a network.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
Well, I want to help young woman to built their career. But I also want to learn from them and to get to know their perspective and their expectations towards leadership. I want to understand what is important for the next generations and what values they estimate.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
First of all – listening. I want to get to know the mentees and understand what they are interested in, what they like and dislike and so on. And than they can ask me everything they want..and of course I do not always know the answers but perhaps I have an idea how they can find their answers. I like to share my experiences and I will give them an advise if they ask for.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
Interested, tolerant and open-minded.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
If the answer was so easy, we wouldn’t have the problem 🙂 But first of all…..be self confident and do not see men as your enemy. Of course they are anxious and they know they have to change and find a way to work with their femal colleagues at eye level. And they do not know how to encounter someone who is not interested in potency, in status, full-throated dispute. Therefore they know they have to change and this is always a huge challenge. So women should be unstressed and be more humouros instead of being angry about the behavior of men. We have to accept that women and men are different..so we can learn from each other.