I work and travel a lot around the world and have done so for most of my life. I live in beautiful Southern France in a picturesque mountain village surrounded by great people, great food, great wine and great nature. What else do you need?
When I was 37 I left the corporate world as I was totally fed up with all the bullshit people are telling each other in order to position themselves in the best possible way in the corporate chess game. I was fed up being in an environment where there was a lot of attention to if you did things right rather than doing the right things, so the only right thing to do was to eject myself into the catapult seat and see where I landed.
I am a firm believer that if you really want radical change you need to stop doing what you don’t want before you can move on in a new direction. When we want to make a change in our lives people always tell us – “Don’t burn the bridges behind you”. I totally disagree. Burning the bridges behind you is the only way to force yourself forward in a new direction. The gravity of your comfort zone is unimaginable.
What else has shaped my life and my point of view? Well, I died when I was 34 from a heart attack due to severe multifaceted stress over a long period of time. When you are 34 you are immortal until you find out you are not. On the same occasion, I also got 2 blood clutches in the brain so when I woke up from the coma I was paralysed on the left side of my body. It took me more than one month in the hospital to regain control over my body. This incident was actually the best thing that has happened to me in my life. That is because it has made so many decisions easy for me to take that are difficult for most other people e.g. leaving an extremely well-paid job without knowing what to do. You simply realise that life is precious and that you are responsible for getting the most out of every single second. That is – don’t waste your life on people who are not worth it no matter who they are.
After I left the corporate environment I decided only to do things I found interesting and I have kept that promise to myself ever since with very few exceptions.
I help organisations and leaders all over the world, becoming better at being culturally, intelligent, and turn cultural diversity into the biggest competitive advantage.
I hold a doctoral degree in cross-cultural leadership from ISM in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai and an MBA from Henley Business School, UK.
My consulting firm, Gugin has helped many hundred companies and trained thousands of people over the years on creating winning corporate cultures, and we have built a fantastic global team, so we can innovate great services for our clients.
I have also funded and launched a couple of startups, including The Educated Singles Club and Find a Supervisor, which aims at helping more college- and post-graduate students around the world graduate.
I was born in a tiny tribal country called Denmark. I never liked it, not even as a child and I could certainly never, ever live there.
This blog contains posts I just write when I feel like getting something out. Don’t waste your time looking for a red thread or a common theme – you won’t find it.
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