Something that absolutely triggers me
Humanity! Everything in this world is always better due to humanity. That is also what I see most lacking in the eyes and minds of business leaders. Though, in fact, it is the simple touch of someone who cares that motivates people to be better and work harder for the goals that are shared.
How to make HR world a better place?
The HR community will be better if we all work together. I believe it's time to start sharing our talents and insights with each other, as so many already are. The best way to get ahead and guide the HR societies competencies is by getting involved with the development of our HR specialists.
What was the career path that led you to HR Gourmet?
Actually, most of my life I've spent in sales, almost a decade even. It was my university studies of communication management and journalism that finally drove me straight forward with the HR field and since I made the switch it's been a very intensive ride that has led me to here. And it makes sense to have a sales person be most drawn towards recruitment and sourcing - it's still all about selling the companies and products.
What is your mission at HR Gourmet?
My mission is to gain and give access to knowledge and experiences on the market and even peep around the world. I always get most inspired and motivated when talking to my fellow colleagues - all the ideas and projects that only come to life once you exchange thoughts out loud.
One real advice you would give to a manager/ a junior HR specialist right now?
The CEO of one of the previous companies I worked for said: "I don't understand why so many leaders are afraid of smarter people. I go out of my way to get smarter people than me on board, so I will have the competency in house and can rely on their support for the right strategic decisions." I love that she said that out loud, because it is true! Don't be afraid of hiring smart people and having them guide you to the right direction.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
One thing everyone says who knows me - that girl must sing! Yes, I have to admit - it's a great hobby and fulfils my heart with pure joy, because the emotions of music are so honest. Though, I actually really-really wanted to go to Africa and live in a deserted place helping out a family to carry water to their home from 10km distance. Haven't made it to Africa yet, but am still very keen on helping people.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Yes, I'm one of those hybrids like every single one of us. I love music, dancing, graphic design, photography, hacking, restauration and the list goes on as it does for so many of us. One key thing, though, is to bind these talents with your work.
What’s one thing that you’ve always wanted to try?
Go on a long hike expedition to really find myself alone with my thoughts. Getting your mind and body work together brings enlightenment. One day, my friend, one day!
What are you most passionate about?
Life itself. I have a roof over my head, food on my table, a family I am in love with every single day, amazingly talented and good-hearted friends. I couldn't ask for anything more.
If you could do another job for one day, what would it be?
I love finding old furniture and giving it new life. If we need knew shelves at home, I first go search for one in second hand and then just go crazy with it.
Share some words of wisdom/life motto.
"If you want to be somebody and if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention."
It gets even cornier - I've been singing it to myself the past 20 years. Oh boy, it still gives me the goose bumps:
If your life was turned into a movie, what would its title be and who would you select to star as you?
„Driving Miss Daisy“
Written by Andra Teede (lucky having one of your best friends actually be a playwright)
Actress Jennifer Aniston or Beyoncé
How do you spend your time outside of HR Gourmet?
Today, I really enjoy going home to my family after the inspiring time out running around. Then, of course, above all we love to cook at home. One of my big passions is having dinner parties for my closest of friends and family. I just love making people happy through exquisite cuisine.