On BloggingPR you can meet ten committed writers, who share there thoughts and reflections on communication.
1. Who would you like to be, if you could be someone else?
Lara Croft. Always on the search of new adventures and with a clear purpose and goal in her mind. She has her team close by. She has all the necessary tools at hand, and she knows how to use them. And then she kicks a..
2. Why is a process so fascinating to you?
The process is what lies between our starting point (A) and our goal (B). We can make all sorts of analyses on the past and set up goals for the future, but the way from A to B is what defines our success.
Ever since I got elected as chair of the student council at Tisvilde elementary school in 1995, I have explored how a group of people moves from A to B when working with projects. For eight years, I have focused on training myself and others in designing and executing processes which result in success. 99% of our life is a process. And by knowing which approaches, methods and tools to use, I can facilitate that we succeed. That’s my purpose!
3. What do you wish for Christmas?
I wish that my mother, on Christmas Morning, would lie down on the couch and say: “Can you do the rest by yourself? I don’t really feel like fixing Christmas today.” For her own, her family’s and, last but not least, for my sake. As I get older, I see how I resemble my mother more and more. And I wish to be even better at enjoying the process together with those I care about instead of fixing things for others.
1. The best advice someone has ever given you?
The famous TV-chef Bo Bech recently gave the advice to spice up the tomato sauce with brown sugar – I have used that advice ever since!
2. You don’t eat bread at lunch – why?
Because I prioritise the calories in red wine and sweets during the weekends. And bubbles…
3. Why is Golf your favourite brand of car?
A Golf is not a car, but a feeling. And I feel Golf today – and tomorrow.
1. What inspires you?
I get inspired by friends, colleagues and clients, who are curious and open to new things and like to challenge themselves and others.
2. What is the best advice, you have ever given?
Listen (by the way, that’s also the best advice I have ever received).
3. The book on your nightstand is…
…covered in dust because I never open it. It’s a thriller called “Dangerous Fortune” by the Welsh author Ken Follett – the guy with “The Pillars of the Earth”. I only have to gaze over the cover, and I’m asleep.
1. If I say blogworthy, what do you say?
I say YES, my word has finally been used in a real sentence! I love compound words – especially those that aren’t yet registered by the language council.
2. You have been in the military. Say you have become a lieutenant colonel, which commands would you then have made for the benefit of everyone in Denmark?
It’s a very fictive scenario… But had I been a lieutenant colonel, I would enforce the rule that every young man and woman should be registered for military service – it’s challenging, educational and most of all fun. Alternatively, war should be forbidden altogether…
3. If you were a magazine, what would you be called and which picture would be on your cover?
I would definitely be a travelling magazine and contain long articles and galleries from the most wonderful and exotic places in the world. The cover should be a picture of the mountain temples of the Ladakh area in Himalaya, and the name should be something really cool – anything else but “Explore the World”. For now it remains a business secret.
1. Who inspires you the most right now?
Steve Nash the Canadian basketball player. In the last decade, he has been among the top American basketball players in the NBA-league. That’s exactly why I find him so inspirational. The man is 38 years old. Yes, it’s not much in human years but when a professional basketball player has reached this age, he is usually at the end of his career. But not Nash. Where other players slowly decline, Nash continues to stay on the top. He is the living proof that you can achieve anything as long as you are dedicated and work hard.
2. Which three things would you bring on a desert island?
You can probably sense that I’m a huge fan of basketball. If I had to go on a desert island, I could almost think of bringing a basketball. But that means I would also have to bring a basket and a floor. Even though it would be a lot of fun to play basketball on a desert island, I still think I would bring something a little bit more vital to my survival.
3. Which book are you reading right now?
In connection with my Master Thesis on measuring the effects of communication, I currently read a book called “Accountability of Communication Management”. It’s written by M. Vos and H. Schoemaker and is about how you can assess the value of communication by use of a balanced scorecard. Measuring the effects of communication is a subject I find interesting because it paves the way for self reflection and possibilities to innovate and improve oneself. For those who should be interested, the book can be found in Google Books.
1. What would you rather bring to a desert island: a matchbox or a fishing hook?
I’ll take the matches and build a spear from them. A spear is a much better tool to catch fish on a desert island than a fishing hook. You know that if you’ve seen one or two episodes of Lost. You can’t build matches from a fishing hook. At least I can’t.
2. What makes you really angry?
When people can’t act decently. Especially to animals, children or people who aren’t capable of defending themselves. Then I get really angry. But generally, it takes a lot to get me angry. And no, let’s not put it to a test.
3. What makes your work day perfect?
I thrive in a dynamic environment. I like to be around people, and I like to go into depth with projects. My perfect work day contains movements, people and a project that I’m passionate about. And sunshine. And laughter. And great colleauges. And a good lunch. That’s a really perfect day.
1. Finish this sentence: I don’t understand why…
… the news desk on TV doesn’t share my annoyance with the new ‘trend’ in journalism, where journalists asks: “How crucial is this meeting…?”, “How exciting is this voting…?” and the most idiotic so far: “How historic is this day in Sønderborg…?”
2. If you were an animal. Which would you be and why?
A cat. Then it would be a part my nature to be slightly arrogant and lazy.
3: Your favorite saying?
Maybe not a saying – but still true: “Hard work is good – but nothing beats fluke”.
1: What is the most surprising you have ever done?
Getting pregnant –Everybody was astonished including my closest friends or family.
2: How is your relationship to your bike helmet?
I hate it: I feel ugly and pushy while wearing it. But for me it is a necessity because the traffic in Aarhus is crazy and I have a child so there is no excuse for not taking care of myself. I wish it was somehow possible to make fancy bike helmets and if you have ever seen one, please let me know!
3: Your son makes you happy when he..?
Do as I say!
1: What is the coolest thing you ever did?
In the years after High School I worked in a kitchen at a large firm. One day a duck from the river off Aarhus flew into to the big front window and died. The chef and I decided to flay and cut up the duck, and then afterwards we cooked it and served it for dinner. I have never flayed an animal before and I felt very tough flaying the duck, so that must definitely be one off the coolest things I have ever done.
2: If you had two weeks and lots of money, what would you do and with who?
I would visit a country with nature I haven’t experienced before, maybe Scotland or Canada. I imagine that it’s a perfect way to relax and find new energy. That’s not a very expensive wish, but I would properly use a lot of money to convince my boyfriend to go with me J
3: Do you use bike helmet?
No, I never use a bike helmet. Not that I don’t have one, but it’s just the most uncharming accessory I can ever imagine. Maybe that’s why I don’t even like to ride my bike. Instead I like to walk – that gives me time to experience the city in a more detailed way.