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„Ouissal“ the EMA German-Arabic Mentoring Programme – Part 3

Ouissal Diary third part:

How quick things can change!

In one of our meetings Sarah mentioned that she was facing some issues and obstacles. It turned out that payment policies of the big clients did not place her as a priority putting her in a difficult situation – there was simply not enough cash-flow to cover all the costs she had.

Apart from working on her own invoicing policies (which were far too simple considering the growth her young company experienced) I as her mentor in leadership matters could not do much. Anyway in order to support her in solving this acute situation we did a long brainstorming to evolve some ideas about possible immediate solutions.

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„Ouissal“ the EMA German-Arabic Mentoring Programme – Part 2

Ouissal Diary second part:

 Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018,  Starting our work – the first cultural clash

As I was going on holiday shortly after the launch of the Ouissal Mentoring Project in Tunisia, Sarah and I agreed that she would send me the minutes of our meeting in Tunis which would further on be the basis of our collaboration containing our objectives, KPIs and code of conduct.

We had also agreed at length, that we would reply to each other within 3 days even if only to say „Sorry, I´m busy right now – coming back to you then and then“ So having not heard from Sarah after 4 days I began to feel nervous.

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„Ouissal“ the EMA German-Arabic Mentoring Programme – Part 1

Ouissal Diary first part

Tunis, November 7, 2017

I am sitting in the conference-room of a nice hotel at the seaside of Tunis with a group of twenty women: ten are German and ten are Tunisian.„Ouissal means bridge but actually it expresses – like so many Arabic words – much more because it also speaks about relationship“explains Clara Gruitrooy, the bold young general secretary of EMA (Euro-Mediterran-Arabic Association). She is the initiator of Ouissal, the programme in which I will be volunteering for one year from now on.

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“I learned that growth and comfort never coexist”

“I learned that growth and comfort never coexist”

IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty

Das ist das Zitat, das mir im Artikel über Ginni Rometty am besten gefällt, insbesondere weil sie das nicht (allein) auf physische und geistige Anstrengung bezieht, sondern auf die sogar bei hochkompetenten Frauen verbreitete Tendenz, zu glauben, dass sie für den nächsten Karriereschritt noch nicht ausreichend gerüstet seien. Wenn sie das Angebot bekommen, Neuland zu betreten, würden sie am liebsten erst noch eine Spezial-Weiterbildung absolvieren – und verzichten deshalb mitunter auf den mit der neuen Position verbundenen Machtzugewinn. Read more +

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