Transformation, Innovation and Diversity: Exploring a Leadership Approach to International Cooperation

“We’re here to create something new”, Brigitta opened the GIZ Innovation Lab on 2-3 November. The invitation had spoken of innovative solutions for global challenges, and of pioneers that lead the way forward. The space was beautifully decorated and encouraging, the participants from all corners of the world. “This is a journey, and we’re here to explore”, she continued. “There’s only one rule: There are no rules.”

The implicit agenda: inspire […]

Giving Feedback with Ease

This article is based on an educational session prepared for Black Forest Toastmasters on 13 January 2011.

I used to think that the most difficult part about feedback was to receive it. Who hasn’t felt rejected, unworthy or not good enough after a particularly slathering helping of ill-thought-through criticism? I certainly have.

Nowadays, the most difficult part about feedback for me is to give it. I don’t want to hurt anyone. […]