Welcome to Frauke's journey.

6 Mistakes You Probably Make With Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent communication (NVC) as developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s is an approach to human interaction based on the assumption that everybody is capable of empathy and compassion, and that conflict only arises when your own needs are not met. NVC is bigger than your workplace – for some, it’s more like a world view, and there are also parenting strategies based on NVC. It basically can be applied to any system or organization, because it’s so universal – that’s the beauty of it!

Measuring Machine Translation Quality: “Is It Good Enough?”

No, this is not yet another article with motivating mantras about you being good enough. You are! Trust me. This is a blog post about quality assurance. Before I became Head of Technology, my position was Machine Translation Specialist. As such, I was confronted with this question on a daily, nay, hourly basis regarding raw or post-edited machine translation output. I often struggled to answer it, and I could imagine that I am not the only one. So here’s my thoughts – maybe they help you the next time when someone asks you exactly this question.

Workshop Planning (I): Setting The Goal

As a team leader, empowering your team and helping them succeed is critical. In the digital age, you will not be respected as a leader just because you have a title. Instead, your team will trust you if you show responsibility, engagement, and trustworthiness. The style of your collaboration with your team and other teams is crucial on your path to obtaining these virtues. As nice as it is to have an external coach for every workshop, this is not always possible (time- or money-wise), and you will be in the position to plan and execute a workshop with your team. The better you plan ahead, the better the outcome of your workshop will be – so every minute you can invest in planning has its worth.

How To Get Things Done When You Don’t Get Anything Done (FREE Template)

There are those days where work just piles up sky-high. You start in the morning with too much work for the day and when you finish in the evening, the piles are even higher. No wonder that you feel exhausted and frustrated, especially if you cannot see the silver lining. The bad news is: There’s no way to avoid this completely. The good news is: You can be responsible for creating your own silver lining.

They shall work, not learn

Boy, I wished that I hadn’t heard this sentence in real life from a manager – but I have. Learning and developing your team still is news to some people in a leading position. If you are one of them, please take a few minutes and read on. I’ll promise to make it short! Here’s five good reasons why you should encourage your team to learn, even if you’re really not interested in their development.

Running into obstacles

Once the initial motivation has worn off, it is hard to stay focused. In the end, who would blame you if you just stopped? The nice thing about the headstart into a new topic is the immediate reward in the form of new knowledge, understanding formerly complicated looking things, and being able to brag about starting a new thing on the next party. After a while, everything is back to normal. Nobody will ask anymore and you are left alone with your motivation.