Tell us who you are!
Hi – I´m Janine, a passionate communicator with all senses. My great vision is to make this simple thing of communication – talking to each other, respect each other, being successful together – to a natural part of leadership. In more than 20 years of my career I´ve painful learned that communication between leaders and their teams seems to be nearly impossible. There is a huge gap of communication. Why the hell are manager not be able to talk to their employees? Why aren´t they able to motivate them? To respect them, to value them? It could be soo easy. For people who take over a leading position it is absolutely crucial to learn the simple sense of communication – it´s not sorcery! The most difficult part is the implementation. Maybe you´ll say: “What? This is easy, stupid!” It could (and should) be, but it isn´t. Manager should be open minded, allow empathy, differentiate between their VIP status as a manager and the needs of business they are working for. They have to have the right senses for leading people and bring them and the company to success. It´s the team who make the work done. And without a good working team there is less success. Life is all about communication. Communication is nothing without life.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I made my passion to my profession. Since more than 20 years, I´ve had been working in the field of journalism and public relations in different positions – as writer, team member, manager, consultant, and spokesperson. I didn´t plan my career steps concretely – it came very natural along the way. I only had one goal: Be a successful communicator and try to make it better than the tops of the management boards. I always wanted to open Pandora´s Box for the people outside. I always wanted to tell stories and show them the beauty of organizations, how they work, how they could be successful. This can only be reached by motivated teams, with humans who have values and bring them into companies. One of my visions is it further to make employees within organizations visible, give them a voice and the self-confidence to shine and help their company to be successful. I would like to spread my experience in these fields to make them available for “new leaders”.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Social capital to me means the individually power of each person, with all its strengths, weakness, values, soft skills. These characteristics need to be highlighted so that everyone contributes an efficient part to a company´s success and wellbeing. To come from this idea, social capital is all about communication – it’s the ability of empathy, of promoting other people, of listening and talking to each other, of networking and also of being critical. But there is so much more than this.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
As a communicator, I have to be good with people. This should be natural for a communicator. I think my best factors of success are my ability to listen, my empathy, my talent to recognize “hidden hints” and to develop strategies for individuals for their forthcoming in life and profession. These things are key for the success of people in organizations and at least for a successful company. I think, all these tasks paved my way and contribute to my strategic thinking.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
The way I went by my own, driven by heart and passion, independently. This counts for my professional and personal life.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
As I also was a young female leader in different stages of my life, I would be grateful to pass my experiences in communication to women who plan the next career step for taking over a leadership or are new in such a position. I will accompany mentees on their way into an integrated and value-orientated leadership with the following:
Train your skills:
- Learn how to communicate to your boss and act in a suitable way without losing your own goals.
- Strengthen your strengths – self-confidence comes along by itself.
Train your senses:
- How to deal with the complexity of fulfilling the obligations from the management on the one hand side and listen to the complex personalities / challenges in your team on the other hand?
- Learn how to be everywhere but most of the time with your team.
- I´ll help you to find your own values and strengths which you´ll need to transfer to the organization you are working for. Together we´ll uncover your fears in leadership, your challenges and chances, and we´ll identify your leader personality which will be crucial for leading a team.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
There is no ideal mentee. Everyone is special, valued and absolutely welcome. But an open mind and a strong will to go the next step are essential.
What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
That she will take the most of our collaboration. I´m open for every question – there are no stupid ones.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Unfortunately yes, there is still this stupid glass ceiling. How can we break this glass? Women like us have to be ourselves. We shouldn´t fear the glass ceiling – it´s only glass. We have to go our own way. I´ve met too many women in leadership who copied men´s behavior. This is the wrong strategy! And another important fact: Not every woman want to go into leadership. Dear Ladies, please be honest to yourself: Is this job really the best for you? Only if you have some special characteristics you´ll need for leadership and the strong will to do this brings professional and personal success to you. I´m not really an advocate of the so called women’s quote. Maybe it could help, maybe not. May the best human win. It could be soo easy… But it isn´t.