Around eight years ago, I moved to Germany to look for a better future. For myself, and as a result of it, for my family. For my daughter. The separation was painful for both of us, but I still see this as crucial as it was in the past.
I worked on a project. I’ve learned German. To stabilise my life situation, I started to look for a better job — something where I can use my analytical and communication skills. As well as fluent English (to my surprise then, not every person on the street in Germany was speaking so good English – highly educated specialists yes, the average person no).
To get hired, I hide that I was an active member of the supervisory board in one of the polish companies in my former capital group. You know — the person who is controlling the CEO. I was doing this part of the job with high esteem for company CEO, recognizing his high life and work experience. Much higher than mine those time. I represented the mother company the best I could – with good communication skills, motivation, and analytical skills. And I hope my input as a board member was beneficial for both companies.
Still. Looking for a job in Germany I asked myself – who would hire a person who used to do check-ups on CEO? So I hid this information from my CV.
After some time, I found an excellent company. One with an exciting product, future, good atmosphere, and many opportunities – places and ways where I can help. I wasn’t worried to catch a hammer in first months of work (for some it would be losing face – fall from supervisory board to handyman). For me, it was an opportunity from which I wanted to squeeze as much as possible. And my effort got appreciated. I have learned how assembly work function in a few different departments. I took care of the commission. And after two years, I was asked to take a position of Team Coach. I achieved my goal, which I had moving to Germany. Do what I like, where I want, be appreciated and earn four times more. Life got better.
My next step in my plan was to use earned money to build, but this time on a European scale, my business communication training company. And yes, money is needed – the translation of books cost.
The future has a promise.
We are doing business, so money is important, but I also believe in socially responsible management.
And I have this question in my head – how much we, as members of society, are losing our efficiency on a bigger scale by hiding our proper qualifications because of the fear of the rejection due to (probably) too high qualifications?
As living human beings, we are just HR resources to be used. And very often we are just wasted. And what lean management says about wasting resources?
There is a problem with our system. We cannot deny it.
What can I change? What can I do?
We will keep teaching how to communicate better and connect. To better manage. To eliminate as much as possible of seven wastes… From our lives and our companies. To make it constantly more efficient. To make life better. For all of us.