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Sunday Column (221)

It has been a rock’n roll week. Quite frankly I am tired out tonight, so this is going to be a short one. I had a fantastic weekend with both friends and family, a BBQ, and lots of sun. Also, I truly enjoyed last week’s bank holiday Monday with the family, we finally got some sun and I got a sunburn πŸ™ it is great to spend time with the boys and the wife. I was still tired from my extensive weekend cycle ride which I enjoyed very much! On top of that it looks like we got yet another cold or virus or something. We all felt under the weather, headaches and coughs mainly, tiredness. Onwards and upwards, not to moan of course πŸ™‚

Also this week, we finally got confirmation that we own all the land we live on. Might sound funny but almost a year on we now got it in black and white that all the land is ours, including a 1 by 3 metre strip in the front of the house. Don’t ask πŸ˜‰ but yes, happy days.

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I had more interviews and more opportunities coming my way. From start-up to corporate, free-lance to full-time. I am confident something will work out as a full time position, although I have been busy for myself too. Hopefully I finalise my first book draft by end of June and also finish some other things I wanted to do for quite some time. The world is your oyster. As a friend said: embrace it. However, I decided that for now I won’t move forward with self employment but instead focus on finding a career move. So watch this space.

My ‘Buddhist thought‘ column will change into an every other week feature. The reason is simply that I have written it for quite some time and think it gets a bit too repetitive, despite me having less time. I am sure I come up with a new idea. Again, watch that space.

But what else is happening? The boys speak more German. Or at least Colin does. Tschüß for instance when I leave the house or Apfelsaft asking for his juice. The latest is ‘Papa’ instead of ‘Daddy’. It is nice to see that part of the effort is paying off. Rohan in the other hand is a pickle. He did sleep through the odd night this week but generally is still a hand full. So sleep deprivation comes on top of all the other moans too πŸ™‚ Ok, I stop here.

Overall it was a good week, and I appreciate the time I have with the boys more and more. However, I also spend a lot of time networking and working, but it is so good to have breaks and cuddles with them I wouldn’t normally be able to have. But it is also time to go back to work, earn money and progress with my career. Unless I will win the lottery after all and just put my feet up. Wishful thinking!

Have a great week!
Volker

Sunday Column (205)

This week started really on Sunday night with us having had friends over for dinner. I feel like I am really settling in and enjoy life in our community. Other parents, kids, activities, sharing. Latter seems key to build good relationships. We have long arrived in Hassocks and go with the flow. Probably one of the best things I have done in life so far. Settling down.

On that note it has been a year this week that we sold our old house and put an offer in on the current place. Time flies.

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On Tuesday I started running again. I find myself very unbalanced on Mondays. This is due to back-to-back meetings and follow ups you never really get on top of, followed by discussions, frustration, joy and curiosity. In other words: Mondays seem to be a roller coaster ride and you never know what happens. Tuesday results in lots of follow ups.

I tend to either fast on Mondays or if I have a meeting I aim to eat reduced calories: salad, lean ham, no bread. Latter was the case this week. Anyway…

Whilst running on Tuesday I watched the BBC’s/Dave Attenborough’s Africa report. When I was a teenager I red Grizmek’s Serengeti shall not die and was fascinated by the continent back then. I had a chance to go to a Kenyan wedding a few years ago but just couldn’t afford it. Now with the kids and the political instability in most states, I am not sure if I would dare to go. Having said that I was in Egypt a few years ago for work.

As a child I loved animals. Most children do I suppose. I loved the wildlife of Africa. From the beetles to the lions. The metamorphosis and evolution as well as adaption of wildlife to a hostile environment in some parts is amazing. It still seems like an untouched place, the birthplace of mankind, mystical, dangerous yet amazing, vast and calming at the same time. I love Africa.

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One day I will visit it. Maybe a safari or so. With the family. Until then it will be a dream. Friends of mine used to live there. Someone I know still does. I have chosen to stay, to finish university, find a job, settle down, have a family and pursue a career. Others have decided to follow their (own) dreams, found a family on the way and will eventually settle down. Pros and cons. I follow my (own) dream. Ever since I was 17 or so I wanted to be a manager. I never really knew what a manager does. Managing things I suppose πŸ™‚ I follow my dream, however it might not have been too exciting. However, exciting enough for me.

On Wednesday I met another potential extra curricular activity in London. I walked away from that meeting being amazed. Having thought that I have seen most, experienced a lot, those guys just added to it. I believe that might have been it. Decision made. Would they want me to join? I don’t know. Again, it will take a while until I find out and make a final final decision. I keep you posted πŸ˜‰

I finished reading “How to win in the sports of business” this week. Mark Cuban describes his entrepreneurial life story which is quite fascinating. Keep at it, get your teeth into what you are doing and take risks. Loved reading every word of it.

It has been an interesting week with lots of facets of life. Some disappointing ones but I work on that. Not even for me but for other folk. I more and more experience the WE of happening. Not to worry about myself but about my fellow colleagues and friends which then in return will work in my favour. The Secret. The greater unconscious. The greater good. Life is falling into place and I am in the middle of it. At least that’s how it feels. And it is a great feeling when you think the universe is moving into the right direction.

Before I waffle on too much, let me finish here. A networking party this week, a good start into February and long days at the weekend best describe the rest of my week. New faces, ideas and lots to think about. I am loving my life at the moment. Make sure you love yours. Be in it. Live it!

Onwards and upwards.
Have a good one,
Volker

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career coaching….continued

Hello,

This last week was quite busy so I thought I pick up the topic of career coaching again. Found this interesting blog, Grow Rich Me?! It’s all about following your dreams and making the most of your life. Which in all fairness is good.

But, looking at coaching, you structure your dreams. You need to really. If you search for Career Coaching you find all sorts of sites. But what would it mean for me or cb consulting?

I have written a lot about coaching in this blog and for me it means to really give yourself some focus.

Starting with a good hour of sitting down and writing up what you want to do? What you like to do? What are you good in? What are you not good in? That gives you a good basis for defining your goals.

Goals: where do you want to be? What drives you? What gets you up in the morning? Where do you see yourself in 3, 5, 10 years time – or 20 even?

From there we work backwards. NLP does that quite often. Imagine you were already in a situation you want to be in, how did you get there?

And work it out. Step by step. Baby-steps. And, we will help you planning steps out. Where to look for a new job, how to tune your CV and cover letter, how to prepare for the interview.

That is what we do. And, in a recession that becomes more and more important.

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On the one hand you want to stay put and do not move, on the other hand you want to see where is the recession going. Be ready when you get made redundant or if you think your company is going down. Be the first to hit the road running. Maybe just to be prepared to do nothing as you might have more influence once you get out of the recession with your current job.

What ever motivates you, contact us today and we sort something out!