First workshop in my new role with the HR 4.0 global project. It was such a pleasure to meet my new teammates, get to know them better, laugh a lot and also get so much done. I feel like we have a strong foundation to build on together. Tell me when you get tired of me saying, "From my regional perspective ..."
This is a beautiful potted plant in Essen Germany, where I returned six weeks after my #30YearDream summer assignment. It has taken six weeks and a return trip to gain the perspective to summarize my time in Essen. Like a plant that has outgrown a pot, the supporting walls of my pot had become the boundaries of my creativity. I wanted to grow professionally, but international assignments bring risks, personally and professionally. What was different about working in Essen? Nothing. Everything. The work is the work, but in another country, all the things I do by habit require thought.
Imagine if you woke up one morning and forgot how to get ready, and you had to rely on a checklist. You’d still brush your teeth, but now you’d have to think about it. I came to Essen because of my expertise. Planted in this new pot, I learned simple things as well as more complex cultural differences. So what do you do when you achieve your #30YearDream? Set new goals, and don’t wait 30 years to do them. What’s your dream?
Walking to work in Essen, I pass this statue honoring coal miners. My family also had coal miners, and my grandfather ran the company store well before I was born. Maybe that is part of why I feel at home here. These hard-working guys inspire me every day, talk about team work!