Tuesday evening’s presentation ‘Own Your Career-Own Your Life’ by Monika Niederhoff proved to be another stimulating success with lots of enthusiastic discussion.
Monika, VP Production Program Director at SAP, shared with us the story of her career as she worked her way up the ladder in her field. A few of the to-dos and taboos included:
To do: have clear goals, be courageous, let your voice be heard, be aware of cross-cultural differences.
Taboos: At yearly reviews focus on what you have accomplished, not where you can improve! Do not hesitate or hold back, state your interest for areas and posts of interest. Don’t expect encouragement or reassurance to be willing to grab an opportunity.
Monika also demonstrated the intersection between work and family, and how it takes a strong commitment from the entire family to find the right balance for everyone. She was warm, she was witty and I believe her story resonated with many of us in the room.