Susanne HABRAN JENSEN in the press

During January I was interviewed by Jürgen Stoldt, the editor of Forum. This month the focus was on the Expats in Luxembourg. Having worked extensively with the expat population I agreed to have this interview discussion with Jürgen.

Forum is a Luxembourg based magazine specialised in journalism which gives a focus on themes taking base in perspectives from the Luxembourg political, business and cultural aspects.  Here you will find a scan of the article.



image Mudam ideaQuelle place donner à l’imagination pour penser la ville, l’écologie, l’économie, le travail de demain ? Quel est son rôle dans des domaines tels que la science, la politique, l’éducation, les médias ? Les images et les mots ont-ils le pouvoir d’agir dans le monde ?

L’Institut Pierre Werner, l’Institut français du Luxembourg et le Mudam vous invitent, le 25 janvier 2018 de 18h00 à 00h00, à La Nuit des idées, un événement qui se déploie désormais dans une centaine de villes sur les cinq continents. Pensée sur le modèle de l’agora et impliquant un nombre important de personnes engagées au Luxembourg et dans la Grande Région, cette soirée sera dédiée au thème transversal de « L’Imagination au pouvoir ? ».

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Thoughts on the fondamental worries of modern life

For this last month of the year I would like to share with you the TED by Alain de Botton. In this TED he examines our ideas of success and failure. He questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes a witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
His reflections go into some of the fundamental worries of modern life (Am I happy? Where exactly do I stand?).  In his newest book “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work”  you will meet his reading in philosophy and his eye for small, perfect moments.

A kinder, gentler philosophy of success, a TED talk by Alain de Botton

Before a difficult conversation…

arguingSometimes we go into difficult conversations only focusing on what we want from the situation. Having a focus only on our own goals may not give us and our counterpart the common ground needed to resolve the situation.  Personally, I do not believe that we can place ourselves in another person’s shoes, as someone once wrote: “where should the person herself / himself then be… however what we can do is to give attention to what is going on for the other person? What the person wants to accomplish? Why it matters to them? In two on-line HRB articles adapted from the Harvard Business Review Guide to Dealing with Conflict, Amy Gallo as well as Rebecca Knight write about how to gain from getting a better understanding of what the other person’s objectives and interests are, and that before entering the conversation. Here you will find two links which will take you to both articles, should the link not work I am certain that you will find them via your browser:

A useful perspective for challenging our own “meeting-epidemic”

Often inefficient, unnecessary and overcrowded meetings are taking priority time in businesses — and making workers miserable. This is what I often hear during individual coaching sessions. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.
Because recent data shows that meetings can cost companies valuable time and money David Grady wants to take meetings to tasks. In this TED he shares a couple of ideas, all very evident yet his approach is fun and gives a useful perspective for challenging our own “meeting-epidemic”..

Helping individuals and organisations grow in a workplace that fosters greater commitment, fulfillment, and humanity

loveorlooseBeverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans and what could be called “employee-retention experts” they have written books on the topic and they co-authored the book they chose to call: “Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em”. As they say: This book goes into details about how to get good people to stay.
The book is very practical and gives lots of hands-on tips and insights. Taking into account the high cost of replacing staff, and with many surveys reporting that employees are unhappy and not working up to their full potential, engagement is a serious but also costly issue. In 2015 the authors came up with the latest edition which managers can use to address their employees’ real concerns and keep them engaged. This fifth edition includes more international examples, reflecting the fact that it is available in twenty-two languages, even Danish !

If you click on the below link you will be able to download for free the first two chapters :

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become a frequent standard for leadership. However a simplistic understanding of what it means can sometimes hinder our professional growth and limit our impact as a leader.

This weblink leads you onto an online HBR article on potential management of authenticity, it’s written by Herminia IBARRA who is a professor of organisational behaviour and a Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at Insead. She is the author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015) and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (Harvard Business Review Press, 2003)