Day in day out I put my efforts in an ever-changing company. Unfortunately, my efforts go unnoticed. After numerous attempts to get promoted and define my responsibilities, I get involved in this with managers who are not capable to turn this around.
It is time I highlight my achievements in every aspect of work. I now have set a deadline for the situation being changed or leave the company. On the other hand, leaving the company would be the easy way out. I choose to challenge the organization.
I read an article on the topic to get some theoretical insight;
Kadriye Selin Kaçar was born in Rize, Turkey in 1965. She started her career in Law Consultancy. Currently, she is the owner of the D&S Art Gallery in Tuzla-Istanbul. She is preparing students for the entrance exams of fine arts faculties and in addition gives lessons to adults and children. Over the last two decades she had many domestic and international art exhibitions.
Who are you and what do you do?
I love nature and the colours associated with it – in particular spring and autumn; I think of spring as rebirth and autumn as peaceful rest – very much like life and death. I enjoy having a laugh on life and believe that the best form of protest is a smile. I truly enjoy reading, needless to say drawing and painting and whenever I get a chance I like to travel to places that I have not seen to date.
Earlier this week I finally managed to visit “Huys van Roosevelt” in Oud-Vossemeer, a small village in the Netherlands.
“Huys van Roosevelt” is a restaurant that was on my to-do list already for over nine months.
Not because of the Rich history of both the village and the restaurant (The ancestors of the well-known former presidents of the USA, Theodore and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his spouse Eleanor Roosevelt, are originally from Oud-Vossemeer. The rich history of these world leaders comes to life in the brasserie and restaurant through beautiful photos and inspiring quotes, the Roosevelt Information Center, the ‘The Four Freedoms’ monument, the Dutch Reformed Church and the place where the ancestors of the legendary world leaders used to live) but because I was eager to catch up with Bas, the restaurant owner. Bas is an ex-colleague from a big International Company, who made this very interesting career move from factory departmental manager to restaurant owner after the company closure 2 years ago.
While doing errands the other day, I listened to a Ted Talk presented by Stefan Sagmeister, a NYC-based graphic designer and Co-Founder of Sagmeister and Walsh. The Ted Talk was titled ‘The Power of Time Off’.
In celebration of the upcoming March 8th International Women’s Day, I would like to share and highlight women’s undeniable knack for embracing their strengths and weaknesses as women of today.
One is not quite sure if it’s down to women having two X chromosomes — is it because as women — we have 153 base pairs more than men (153 base pairs are the building material of a DNA and represents about 2,000 out of 20,000 – 25,000 genes), therefore we are genetically more equipped to handle more stress and be more resilient amidst life’s adversities? Continue reading →
In less than two months, American voters will go to the polls and choose their next Chief Executive. As can be imagined, Twitter feeds and news channels are all abuzz with arguments for and against the primary bets of the country: Hillary Clinton, a tenured politician and former FLOTUS who would be the first woman president if elected, and Donald Trump, a political newbie of dynamite character known for his businesses worth tens of billions.
I was 14,000 kilometers away from where the US Presidential Debate transpired on Tuesday morning (Asia Pacific time). I am not an American, nor am I in politics, but I was glued to CNN, waiting to see how the first of three debates would pan out. This is, after all, one of the most intense presidential campaigns ever run.
For obvious reasons, I listened to the debate intently as the United States is one of – if not THE – most powerful countries in the world and which almost has an iron-clad influence on international organizations. This influence is very important for emerging economies that depend heavily on foreign trade and lending. But more than this, I was intrigued at an individual level. Continue reading →
“Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” – James. C. Collins
Sports can teach us a lot about goals, determination and hard-work.
According to Nicole Haislett, Olympic Swimmer, the essence of hard work is: “identifying your personal limits, and then pushing past them, and then setting new barriers, and then … repeating the process again and again.” Knowing how hard she had worked enabled her to stand behind the starting block with the confidence that she was capable of winning. And she did: three gold medals! Continue reading →
The high you can get off letting on your own ideas flow is like champagne… I fell completely in love with an art-based concept. It seemed to take on a life of its own by the hour!
It started with a thought: wouldn’t it be interesting to see feelings (like anger or serenity) be represented in a painting. Surely a series of these by one artist would get attention. There was something there.
What about if set titles were created and artists were asked to paint to those? Each title could start with the phrase “How it feels when….” and end with a description of situations that everyone can identify with, like “… you come home to a clean and tidy house”. The titles could also be about global issues: “… you hear that 50 people have been murdered in a New Orleans nightclub”, for example. What would the different interpretations look like? Continue reading →
A week back, I had the pleasure of catching up with one of my friends who used to be one of the most demanding bosses I have had the privilege of working with. While giving each other personal updates, our discussion – as it always does – turned into reminiscing about the demanding yet fun environment that we had co-created with our entire employee base.
It was a fun environment, where the Power Distance Index (“PDI”, referencing Geert Hofstede) was very low across the organization, especially in the context of an emerging Asian operation market. In spite of the cordial relationships, everyone was crystal clear about the high performance standards and focused on bringing value to all stakeholders, especially the customers. Continue reading →