Feel Good Manager

I came across my dream job today. A company in Leipzig, Germany called Spreadshirt has created a position called “Feel Good Manager”. It seems as Ms. Stefanie Haeussler was employed for this position, there was only a vague idea of what this role entails. The job advert listed common qualities like good communication skills, creativity, work independently and a keen sense for people. Rather unusual requirement was extensive knowledge of the local bar and restaurant scene.

Basically a Feel Good Manager is in charge of creating a pleasant atmosphere for the employees of the company. Ms. Haeussler has a close relationship with the employees. She organises team events and other activities to reduce stress and create a close working community. She helps new employees to get to know other employees. If the new employee is not a local, she is the person to give insider tips and other assistance to help this person feel at home as quickly as possible.

Such a position would be the perfect job for me. It would appeal to my social sense as I love helping people in any way I can. I love organising events or dinners. My former colleagues and ex-MBA course mates would surely confirm that. Now I only have to convince a company that they need a Feel Good Manager too. 🙂

Reference

Stickel, J. (2012, January 04). startupcareer. Retrieved January 19, 2012, from http://www.startupcareer.de/9225/faces-was-macht-eigentlich-eine-feel-good-managerin/

Blue Monday 2012

I have to admit that I have not heard of the formula by Cliff Arnall calculating the most depressing day of the year (Wikipedia, 2012). The formula that allegedly does not make sense takes into consideration of factors like weather, debt, low motivational level and the feeling of a need to take action (Burnett, 2012). Other variables like time since Christmas and time since failing one’s New Year resolution (Wikipedia, 2012) sound impossible to determine. I mean when is a resolution considered as failed? When is it considered started; New Year’s eve, New Year day or when the idea for the resolution first formed?
Nevertheless the fact that this topic becomes news every January shows that at least those writing about it (except when they are denying the sense of the formula) identify in some way with the notion of feeling down in January. Mondays are always depressing because it is the first work day after 2 days off work. One could easily get used to having more free time. Unless you are one of the privileged ones to really love what you do for a living. Resolutions are made in January and 3 weeks into the New Year seems an appropriate time period to concede that the resolution would remain a good intention. The cookies, chocolates and other rich food enjoyed over Christmas nag at our conscience and most people are probably dieting in January (I am counting calories. Kind of…). This could also be a reason for not feeling chirpy in January.
This Blue Monday, a simple comment was enough to chase away all blue feelings. (Even the rejection of a job application.) The blog is part of my resolution and I am proud to say that it is not yet a failure. I have managed to write something every day. However I have not told anyone, except for my husband, about the blog. So far it has been just for me. It was all the more motivating to get my first comment today. To know that someone took the time to read what I wrote and comment on it has given me the boost needed to work on writing a book.

Reference
Burnett, D. (2012, January 16). theguardian. Retrieved January 16, 2012, from http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jan/16/blue-monday-depressing-day-pseudoscience

Wikipedia. (2012, January 16). Retrieved January 16, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_%28date%29

R.I.P. Kristy

Do you remember the time when you were 15? I remember going to school, taking part in a Talent Show, having crushes and not spending any thought on life or death matters. I was deeply shocked reading an article about a 15 year old, who was tortured to death by his own sister and her partner. He and 2 other siblings were living with their parents in Paris and were visiting their sister in London for Christmas. The boy was tortured over a period of days during which he reportedly begged to be killed. (Topping, 2012) I cannot imagine how it must feel like to be abused like that by a loved one. 😦 A special prayer goes out for Kristy, his family and all other victims of violence.

All dreams and hopes can be extinguished in a moment triggered by an unforeseeable chain of events.

Reference:
Topping, A. (2012, 01 05). theguardian. Retrieved 01 07, 2012, from                         http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/05/boy-tortured-drowned-sorcery-claims

The perfect CV is actually a curse

Today I surfed on the internet to get some tips on how to write a cover letter, when I came across an article by the German journalist Harald Martenstein (Martenstein, 2009). It described the time when he was responsible for recruiting trainees. He mentioned a particular applicant; who had studied at Oxford and Harvard, had 2 PhDs, had completed work placements at the New York Times and Le Monde, spoke 5 languages fluently and was the runner-up at the National level in a sport that was not specified. (Obviously it is to protect the identity of the applicant.) Anyway both the recruiters in charge decided against him because he was obviously very qualified and would be able to find a job anywhere. (huh?) Just not at their paper. The reason he gave was that someone like this applicant was obviously very ambitious and would either become the Chief Editor within 10 years or if not infect the others with his sulky mood. In addition, reading that CV made H. Martenstein feel average, lazy, overpaid and lacking ambition. Apparently other recruiters must have thought the same of the applicant because he applied again for the same position a year later.

Unbelievable! Here I was thinking that a perfect CV is what recruiters were looking for. But it seems that an impeccable vita can be read as belonging to a person who is extremely driven in the negative sense. Therefore such applicants are deemed as having difficult characters and being potential mood killers. I wonder if this is a common perception among recruiters? Maybe I should count myself lucky that I do not have any outstanding sporting accomplishments to mention in my CV.

Reference:
1. Martenstein, H. (2009, 01  04). Retrieved 01 04, 2012, from ZEITmagazin: http://www.zeit.de/2010/01/Martenstein-01