Tell us who you are!
I am Wibke Dauletiar, 36 years, Publisher and Managing Director at Gruner + Jahr / Bertelsmann, working in the media industry for 10+ years. Besides, I founded my own business in 2012: LaCoach (www.lacoach.de) is consulting C-level executives who are going through change and transformation. And since 2016, I am a proud mom of a baby girl.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I started my career in the media industry with a post-graduate program at the Financial Times Deutschland focusing on digital projects. From there, I built my corporate career as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of Gruner + Jahr and became Head of the Mobile Advertising Unit. Since 2013, I am Managing Director of Stern, Germany’s largest magazine, and of its sub-brands, e.g. Neon and View.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Building trustful, inspiring and positive relationships with colleagues, customers, partners and the community I worked in has always been a major part of my professional career. Valuable relationships add up over time and give you a broader picture of your business and the world. These are insights and inspirations you could never reach on an individual level. The diversity of our network equals the volume of ‘Social Capital’ we own. For me it is important to invest time, heart and brain to grow that capital and help others grow theirs.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
There is no secret sauce on how to be successful in the modern working world. It all comes down to very traditional core values which are the center and foundation of my everyday work: Being passionate about what I do, delivering disciplined and conscientious work and always being empathic and respectful towards colleagues, partners, and customers.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
While the media industry is going through challenging times, the role of a manager has become not only developing growth but also leading change and transformation of legacy business models and structures. Together with my team, we delivered some great results in reorganizing existing businesses and future proof them for upcoming years and challenges. Still, growth projects are my passion and I am super happy about the launch of the new magazine ‘Stern Crime’ in 2016 – an end-to-end success story, hard to achieve in today’s magazine market. I am also grateful and proud that I successfully started my own coaching company LaCoach back in 2012. I love every day that I spend with my clients, most of them being C-level executives, guiding them through their business challenges. Personally, the biggest achievement of course is my marvelous family – my calm, important and safe harbor after a busy day at the office.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
You will not be promoted for what you have achieved, but for what people see in you. So always strive, challenge yourself and show that you are capable of much more. And – to all young female professionals out there – do not wait to be discovered, ask for more.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
I would love to give back. I want to get to know a young and talented individual with a strong and very special personality which I can accompany for one year. Plus, I am absolutely sure that I myself will benefit from that relationship, learning from that very person, gaining new perspectives and insights.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I offer several years of management experience, both in the operational business and strategic management, deep knowledge of the media industry, a strong business network and of course several years of executive business coaching through my ongoing work with LaCoach (www.lacoach.de).
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
The mentee needs to be a curious person, who is open to change, new thinking and willing to further develop her personality. People who are just seeing this partnership as a short cut to an exclusive network should probably look for another mentor to be at their side.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Yes, there are still glass ceilings at some companies and it should be a top priority for all executives to change this, if they want to hire the best people. But despite that young female professionals need to ask themselves: Do our own beliefs hold us back and let us resign too fast? No matter what, instead of complaining about the status quo, I would rather improve it. Happy if you want to join me.
(Photo by Daniela Möllenhoff)