5 things 5 years (in Brussels) have taught me

When I arrived in this city, I never imagined I’d be here long enough to be in the eye cream market, or to afford eye cream for that matter. I certainly never imagined I’d have to make decisions like do I buy the night one or the day one or both? So in light of this major rite of passage, I feel it is time to share some of the collected wisdom the five year journey to eye cream has brought me. Some of it might be useful. Most is probably not.

Four Lessons on Cross-Cultural Communication and Democracy

Today, at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, a selection of 15 lucky Leadarisers enjoyed an intimate lunchtime discussion on cross-cultural negotiation, dispute resolution and cultural bridge building with leading public diplomacy and international relations expert Akram R. Elias. Leadarise participants represented the public, political, security, hospitality and communications sectors leading to a…

Live by your own rules

In January 2014 Leadarise Brussels were delighted to bring together two very special things: a workshop on communication, motivation, and negotiation with Montis Training and Consultancy founder Elizabeth Van den Bergh, in the calm and creative surrounds of Brussels’ best coworking space the Library. A few months ago, this workshop was just an idea, or…

We’re not all Sheryl Sandbergs

If you’ve been reading about women in the workplace recently, you’ve undoubtedly heard a swarm of people advising women to be bolder, louder and to raise their hands more often. Sheryl Sandberg has become a household name known for her call to action, encouraging women to “Lean In” to their careers rather than sit back….

First impressions

We all know the importance of first impressions. Some people may care less about them than others, but there’s no getting around them in the world of work where time is moolah. Within a few minutes of meeting a person, we’re deciding whether they are interesting, valuable, attractive, funny or dull as dishwater. You can…

Fight for your Right (to Pyjama Party)

Two years ago, when I was still happily hammering away on my keyboard trying to patch together my Masters thesis, I always enjoyed a little morning ritual. Proofreading my previous day’s work, planning what to do on that particular day and starting to read some background material. Just me, books, a laptop, a mug of steaming…

Negotiating your first salary

You did your gap “yah”, you have your degree. You’ve interned for the EU, the UN and everything in between. After months of sending late night applications, you finally land an interview. Get in! You go to the interview… and woop woop! Three to five short years later, you finally have your first job. Get…