Culture eats strategy for breakfast *. This phenomenon is a challenge you are facing as a manager with your team in worldwide collaboration or as a company in cases of integration.
Explore how to communicate, lead and cooperate successfully on a local and global level through inspiring speeches, interactive workshops and one-on-one coaching. You will be able to apply these valuable insights directly to your day-to-day business.
* Peter Drucker
Being a manager riding your bike to work in Europe is mainly a matter of weather conditions; in China it can damage your career. Starting a presentation with theoretical explanations is highly welcome in Germany, but this approach won’t convince anyone in the US. Expressing your opinion firmly in a meeting might be fine in France, but in Mexico you will probably compromise your work relationships.
Regardless of clichés or fundamental mistakes – don’t leave your success to chance. Cultures and diverse teams have different style preferences on leadership and communication, decision-making, feedback and negotiations. Get ready for future collaboration – as a leader, a team or a company.
As a leader you need specific skills to be effective. Sometimes, you might not have been properly prepared for your role as a leader, but you somehow managed to grow into it. You might have noticed over time how complex the human factor can be. Relevant training fields cover client-centric communication, leadership skills, development coaching, mentoring, feedback training, the development of value systems and readiness for change. Do you need support? Let me accompany you.
Members of successful teams clearly understand their roles. They communicate effectively with each other and build their team spirit upon their strengths. They feel that both their tasks and the company strategy make perfect sense to them. Do you feel I’m not talking about you? Let me breathe new life into your team. A systematic analysis of the current situation, suitable communication techniques and feedback models, a reflection of both your leadership style and your value system will enrich your team performance. You and your team will be able to reach common goals with joy and success.
There are many good reasons to look for a new job. However, sometimes your search might not be voluntary. Reorganisations often force people to orient themselves again. Only after the separation from the former employer had been passed through, applicants are able to start marketing themselves successfully. I will help activate your search with an empathetic and goal-driven approach. Together, we will work on cutting-edge application documents, a thought-through application strategy and on building a confident appearance. This is your springboard for an attractive new job.
We all strive to communicate clearly and effectively, but sometimes we just don’t get it right. Successful communication is based on two factors: a message sent on the right channel and a wording that suits the receiver. Explore specific formats like non-violent communication, pyramidal communication, AIDA, DISG, the communication square, storytelling and more. Feel the difference! Your audience is going to be open and attentive to your words.
Charisma is crucial. The good news is that you can learn to master it. Charisma describes the ability to be completely with yourself and with your counterpart at the same time. It’s a synergy of presence, power and empathy. As an effective leader you are the origin for success. You know how to motivate your employees and spark enthusiasm. There’s nothing that generates more power than fun at work. Do you feel like your potential is not fully unlocked? Let’s release it together.
In the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day business we sometimes lose track of things. We get bogged down in details and repeat useless patterns. Supervision helps to put things into the right context again. You will learn to understand what’s going on at the moment. You will realise your reaction patterns. This will help you to explore new alternatives freely.
In my workshops, I help lead groups toward agreement through facilitation. My focus is on an open-minded atmosphere, on the creativity of participants and on the process of decision-making based on several tools. Every single person contributes to the result of the workshop. In the end, the participants reach an agreement that is supported by everyone in the group.
It is a future trend: organisations will turn into vital, self-managed, holistic and meaningful systems. From alpha-culture to beta-culture. Classical hierarchies and top-down management will yield to organisational democracy and self-management. What you will need is an agile company culture. Learn more about this trend and get your team ready for the future.
„Melanie spoke at an important international gathering for us. Her talk on Intercultural Business Competence was extremely thought provoking as well as entertaining and was well received by all. We are finding that many of the international cultural differences introduced in her talk are showing up in real life. Most importantly, many of the leaders in attendance still refer to helpful bridging concepts introduced by Melanie. I would highly recommend both Melanie’s important teaching as well as her very engaging delivery.“
„Melanie is a great speaker. The themes and the way she projects her speech make you think deeply, move forward and improve on some issues where you need support. When you leave the course, you feel the power to continue, it gives you fresh and positive ideas that help you face your daily problems. Besides being very interesting, it is quite fun!“
„Melanie, thank you very much for delivering the training to the team. It was a great experience to learn about different cultures and associated behaviours. It will help all of us to improve our interactions having the understanding of our cultural backgrounds and also, it will improve management of our external clients. Thank you for making it interesting and interactive. Great delivery!“
„Melanie is a fantastic communicator and is able to combine theory and practice optimally to make them fascinating and accessible to anyone. She is well-informed and audiences will never experience a dull moment with her."
As a German-South African educated in South Africa, Germany, Mexico and Spain I have specialised on people and personality development in cross-cultural settings.
Senior Executive Coach with focus on Agile Leadership, Leadership and Talent Development, Teambuilding, Beta-Culture, Charisma Coaching, Career Transition
Senior HR Consultant with focus on Leadership Empowerment, Employee Engagement, Mindset, Change Communication
Ten4 Consulting GmbH
Lecturer on Intercultural Competence and Communication
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Frankfurt
Speaker & Coach - Personality and People Development in cross-cultural settings
Head of Supervision
Campuservice Akademie GmbH, Servicegesellschaft der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
2010 - 2016
Career Transition Consultant with focus on Suitability Diagnostics and Potential Analysis, Career Coaching, Application Strategies, Self-marketing, Communication, Confident Appearance, Resilience
PRM Personalentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt
2008 - 2009
1999 - 2002
Communication Coach in international companies, Barcelona, Spanien
1991 - 1998
Master of Arts
History, Spanish, Public International Law in Freiburg, Puebla, Sevilla and Berlin