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Humanity is looking for confident leaders

Posted by jjerlich on 8. January 2018

Dear Creative Engineers!

Wherever you entered into 2018, I hope you all arrived well.

In a time of reflection and a new beginning, thoughts circle around our roots, where we come from and where we want to go.

I am honored and proud t​​o walk part of this way with YOU, enjoying to nurture and see your ideas grow into projects and market realities:

214 projects up to date, 19 of them in the making right now.

Leaderships skills are a main topic in media and industry, humanity is looking for confident leaders to help our countries and businesses transform.

I want to – again – warmly recommend the Gallup Strength Finder Assessment which was an eye opener for me.

Knowning your 5 key strengths will give you the focus for your career and life all together. This semester you have this special opportunity as a current CREATIVITY ENGINEERING class participant, as well as an ALUMNI:

Professional Leadership Package – exclusively for Creativity Engineering Community
It includes the Gallup Strength Finder Assessment itself + 2 sessions with Martin, a Leadership Development Expert of a kind I was so lucky to get to meet.

Looking forward to hearing from you and your experiences in and after your CE class.​​
Send me an email or find me on Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin

Inspirational regards


Digital Economy Strategist and Partnership Architect


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Horrible – I am overqualified

Posted by jjerlich on 20. September 2017

I have been reading from, working with, coaching and support highly qualified people with the skills our businesses need.

At the same time companies claim that they do not find the skills they need.

Something is seriously wrong!

Here is an article from a highly creative person, powerful and driven – I want to share with you today.


What do you do when you are overqualified?


My story starts with my 5-year search for my dream job. Before starting my narrative, I will provide you with a key piece of information: I have a 5-year gap in my professional career during which I was a flight attendant

How terrible !!!! How can someone change their career path for 5 years to see something else and then come back to the real “professional world”?

At the time, call me naïve; I had no idea that most of the people I would meet would put me in a box, i.e. the “Air Hostess” box, which is so hard to escape. At this point, I feel that it is important for me to provide some perspective to this “most terrible of professions” … being a flight attendant.

It is one of the hardest jobs in the world! You are permanently tired because of the shifts, working on planes is physically exhausting, you have to look good and represent the values of the airline brand at all times. But worst of all, you need to be polite and serve thousands of passengers every month, regardless of their moods, which you can believe me, is often bad. Air travel today is a far cry from the luxurious experience it once was. So, believe me when I tell you that being a flight attendant teaches you customer service on steroids.

After a long period of intensive job searching, finally someone saw my potential, gave me a chance and hired me. I was fortunate, it was a good job and I learnt a lot. Things were moving pretty fast and quite nicely, until the day the company decided to relocate abroad, and sadly, I had to move on.

Since then, I have been doing gazillion interviews … for zero outcome. I have received offers, but they weren’t what I expected.

For 90% of recruiters, the questions were not very original and focused on the following point: how come you became a flight attendant (I didn’t know I had to explain myself so extensively on this matter), and obviously the answer to my explanation was: “well… you don’t have enough experience in your field of expertise and activity! Really??? 5 years out of a 15-year career were putting my professional fate in the balance?

Being seriously downhearted about the lack of progress vis-à-vis job searching, the day finally arrived: I hired a headhunter, I paid a fair amount of money to help me understand what’s wrong with me, my CV, my positioning. The professional analysis that was made on my CV, career, employment track, studies was a surprise to say the least and was quite unexpected.

She simply told me: “You are overqualified! I don’t think even I can imagine the face I made when I answered “WHAT?”

She then explained to me the simple facts of my CV: “You have enough studies to be in different sectors, you are driven, hands on and quite a personality, most of the jobs out there, they demand character and creativity, but in reality, what they really want is someone that sticks to this “bloody” predefined (easy-to-categorize) box and doesn’t seek to get out of it. Your crime is that you did”.

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A dangerous journey

Posted by juttajerlich on 15. July 2016

… that could kill the racist in all of us …

DNA wow

Every time I watch this video that came my way through my social media channels – I get chills. For some reason I have to watch it again and again.

I decided that I want to share this video with my course group from the

INNES Summer School
Intercultural Competence and Effective Professional Communication in Globalized Societies

and we watched this video together on the day we spoke about conflicts, their cause and how to manage them.

  • We think that everyone should watch this … .
  • We fully agree with the girl saying that this should be compulsory for everyone – we all want to do this DNA test.
  • Lets share this with everyone we know and change our way to look at the world.

Thanks to the creators of this initiative – join the movement!


We only have one world, but it’s divided. We tend to think that there are more things dividing us than uniting us – Lets open our world

A dangerous journey that could kill the racist in us


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INNES Summer School 2016

Posted by juttajerlich on 13. July 2016

… started on 11.7.2016 in Vienna.

welcome dinnerI started the journey into Intercultural Competence and Effective Professional Communication in Globalized Societies with a group of students from Morocco, Singapore, Thailand, Hungary and Nepal.

We are speaking about communication, culture and how communication changes when using of technology. Experimenting with online collaboration and meeting tools will be part of our agenda. I am also looking forward to a fruitful discussion with invited experts introducing themselves and their experiences in our context.

After this 2 weeks of working together, we will not only have found new friends from different background, but opened the door into how effective communication in our personal and professional lives looks like for a personal perspective.


Innes Vienna Summer School 2016 on Facebook

Innes Vienna on Facebook


Innes Vienna

Innes Vienna Summer Schools

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Die Kampagnen des Christoph Kolumbus

Posted by jjerlich on 4. July 2016

Überzeugen und Zustimmung finden
was die Fähigkeit zu Überzeugen mit dem Leben und Wirken des Christoph Kolumbus zu tun hat

#kurtgallusschmid #persuasion.ch

Kurt SchmidIch hatte das Glück, Kurt Schmid auf einem meiner Wege zu begegnen. Letzte Woche habe ich seinen Persuasion Workshop besucht.

In der Zeit der Informationsüberflutung wird die Fähigkeit zu überzeugen immer wichtiger.


Weil man ja nicht alles gelesen haben kann … .  Tatsache!

Ärzte beispielsweise können die Mengen des neu produzierten Wissens nicht mehr aufnehmen. Auch wenn Sie jeden Tag 2 neue Forschungsergebnisse Ihrer Fachbereichs in Ihren Wissenspool aufnehmen, sind sie trotzdem nach einem Jahr viele hundert Jahre hinter dem aktuellen Stand des Wissens.

Ja … soviel Wissen wird produziert und wir – wir alle – leben in einer Zeit, in der es wissenschaftlich bewiesen ist, dass wir die Mengen neuen Wissens nicht mehr bewältigen können.

Es wird zu einer Schlüsselqualifikation, überzeugen und Zustimmung finden zu können. Gerade bei wichtigen Themen, die unsere Gesellschaft und damit uns alle betreffen, ist es essentiell, die notwendige Unterstützung vieler finden zu können, um etwas zu bewegen.

Selten gibt es im Leben Erfahrungen, die wirklich einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Erfahrungen, die einen bewegen und befähigen, etwas neu oder anders zu tun oder auch nicht mehr zu tun.

Die Arbeit mit Kurt ist so eine Erfahrung. Sie führt zu praktischen Änderungen im Leben.

Danke Kurt, für die 7 Techniken der Überzeugung – ein Werkzeug, um alle wichtigen Punkte im Auge behalten zu können.



Sie wollen wissen, was dies alles mit Christoph Kolumbus zu tun hat?

Danke, dass Sie bis hierher weiter gelesen haben.

Kolumbus war zwischen 1484 und 1492, also 8 Jahre lang, unterwegs auf Königshöfen und sonstigen Orten, an denen einflußreiche Persönlichkeiten zu finden waren, die als Geldgeber für seine Entdeckungsreise zu begeistern waren.

Überzeugen ist kein Pitch, sondern eine Kampagne, die 3 bis 6 Monate dauert. Die Regel sagt, dass es mindestens 7 Kontakte sein müssen. Im Zeitalter der digitalen Medien sogar 77 Kontakte.

Erst am 17. April 1492 wurde ein Vertrag zwischen den Monarchen Spaniens und Kolumbus über eine Expedition. Der Vertrag sicherte Kolumbus, im Gegenzug für das Bringen von Gold und Gewürzen, zehn Prozent der Profite aus dem Verkauf der Güter, Statthalterschaft über die gefundenen Ländereien und den Titel Admiral der Weltmeere zu und bestimmte, dass Kolumbus für Spanien einen westlichen Seeweg nach Ostasien suchen sollte.

Die Zeit zum Planen Ihrer Kampagne ist da!   Welches Argument pass zu wem?

Planen Sie Ihre Kampagne! Welches Argument zieht bei wem?


Interesse am Persuasion Workshop teilzunehmen?
Sie möchten einen Workshop für Ihr Unternehmen buchen ..



Er hat die Schweizer Niederlassung des globalen Kommunikationsnetzwerks Lowe & Partners Worldwide geleitet. Er war Präsident des Verbandes der Schweizer Kommunikationsagenturen. Als Social Entrepreneur hat er eine Agentur für nachhaltiges Marketing gegründet. Heute ist er Präsident von WWF Schweiz und der Stiftung Domicil.

Heute begleitet er NGO’s, Unternehmen, Start-ups, Teams in Anpassungsprozessen und unterstützt sie, Ihre Anliegen, Ideen und Projekte erfolgreich zu vermitteln.


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The Art of Learning from Mistakes

Posted by juttajerlich on 19. April 2016

Book your seatWeil Fehler zum Erfolg führen
Because errors are on your way to success
Parce que l’erreur est source de succès

We cordially invite you to

the first ever FuckUpNight in Basel

12.May 2016

The Basel region is Switzerland’s most dynamic and innovative economic area. Located at the heart of Europe, right next to Germany and France, is is also known for the incomparable art and architecture scene and its lively approach to life.

Trilingual – English, German and French.

Here are the links you need for more details, reserving your seats, joining the FUN.Basel community to engage in your City and be ready for future dates.

Why are we doing this?

————– Take the time to think about this ————–

How do you define success?
How do you look at mistakes and errors?

… exactly … it is a question of definition and interpretation.

A short research leads to the definition of a “fuckup” as a serious or severe mistake. A quick look at history of the word “failure” shows that the origin of its meaning was “non-occurrence”, it’s use changed over time.

Looking at the word FAIL as an acronym is my choice:

FAIL = First Attempt In Learning

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Ganz einfach! 2 Flugtickets online buchen!

Posted by traudljerlich on 25. January 2016

Flugzeug 5


Liebe T. !
Ich schreibe dir noch unter dem Eindruck der Geschehnisse der letzten Stunde – EINE Stunde !!
Wie ich mit dir gesprochen habe, war ich eigentlich schon
recht stolz, dass ich es bis dahin geschafft hatte. Ich hatte alle Kästchen ausgefüllt, alle meine persönlichen Daten dem datengierigen Computer in den Rachen geworfen, war gewillt, meine Brieftasche zu öffnen, nach dem Motto der alten Frau an der Kassa – “bitte nehmen sie, was es kostet” – und plötzlich – schwupps, war alles weg. Ich erbleichte, fluchte vor mich hin und …. versuchte, es locker zu nehmen.
Also wieder von vorne, aber diesmal teilte man mir ständig mit, ich möge doch die Hinflugzeiten aussuchen. Tat ich – nichts! Suchen Sie einen Flug aus – tat ich, nichts.
Und wieder und wieder, bis ich erbost die Kundennummer anrief – Blaue Donau, Warteschleife – Zornesröte, geschwollene Carotis, endlich Antwort. Mit einem freundlichen (Ost?) Deutschen gelang es mir schließlich, telefonisch (Rauschen in der Leitung, schlechte Hörqualität) die Buchung durchzuführen … . Nun warte ich darauf, die bereits durchgegebenen Datum als e-mail geschickt zu bekommen.
Hoffentlich stimmt bisher alles, ich möchte dieses Flugkapitel eigentlich
Der erste Schritt ist – hoffentlich – gesetzt und wir können uns nun auf die
Details werfen. Vor allem ist einmal wichtig, dass wir wissen, ob es einen
Bus/Zug in den Süden gibt und von wo wir starten wollen.

Ich werde mich heute Abend ein wenig in das Internet stürzen – bis dahin habe ich den Kleinen, den ich jetzt abholen werde.
Der Blutdruck ist noch leicht erhöht, trotzdem bin ich beruhigt….




Liebe T. !
Zu früh habe ich berichtet, die gestrige Story ging noch weiter. Du sollst
aber nicht leiden wie ich, als ich heute endlich die Bestätigung der mühsam
getätigten Buchung erhielt … .
Denn dann war das Rückflugdatum falsch und dann stimmte die e-mail Adresse nicht, jedes Mal eine Viertelstunde oder mehr in der “Warteschleife” – ja, ja, so nannte es der freundliche, mit dunkler, beruhigender Stimme verkündende Mann und darauf folgte dann immer eine stark, sehr stark verkürzte Version des Donauwalzers.
Das hat mich irritiert, denn bei der Länge der Wartezeit hätten sie zumindest den ganzen Donauwalzer spielen können … .
Als wir dann endlich landeten und ich mit am sicheren Boden wähnte, als dann endlich die Flugbestätigung kam, war fast alles richtig; es stimmte nur der Name nicht, die Adresse war falsch und Klosterneuburg war zu Kloster Neuburg geworden.
Die gebuchten Sitzplätze waren der Einfachheit halber (ein Zugeständnis an das Erinnerungsvermögen älterer Damen??) auf jedem Flug 18 A/B.
Bitte merk dir das!!!
Ich habe mir die Entfernungen sowohl des Wanderweges im Inneren des Landes als auch entlang des Küstenpfades abgeschrieben. Morgen werde ich mich – so der Kleine mich lässt – ein wenig näher damit befassen.

Bis dahin gute Nacht und schlaf recht gut!

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Wings for Life – Uplifting Experience

Posted by juttajerlich on 6. May 2014


The Wings for Life World Run is the first time ever that a global race took place in 33 countries and 34 locations at the same time. For me it was the proof that we can all do something together at the same time. It was the proof that the technology we have at our fingertips can actually bring us together and unite our minds and spirits for one cause.

This is just wonderful and a very powerful realization.

How did the idea for participating in this event get started?

Having worked with teachers and students for many years, I started to hear from teachers over and over that students do not read their study materials any more, everything is too long or too much. There is no motivation to learn. There is too much information out there and it is hard to choose. In contrast, in a conversation with a friend, he was telling me about the motivation – no actually much more than that – the dedication of Iron Man competitors or Marathon runners. I started to think about how I could find a way to put such kind of passion into learning. I went on a quest to discuss this with students and they told me that it would be great for them to see real life implementations of networking technology they can study and learn from.

Then the Wings for Life World Run project was presented to me and it made “klick”.

In technical terminology the technology that made this event possible is called nowadays called Internet-of-Everything Technology and Networking Technology is at its heart. I am supporting and promoting the Networking Technology Education Program for the IT Solutions provider Cisco Systems, the Cisco Networking Academy. This Education Program is in 165 countries and with its 1.000.000 students worldwide it is called the largest classroom of the world.

Such an event happening was the invitation from life, the unique opportunity to connect people with passion to learners by allowing them to take a look behind the scenes to understand the technological solution and see in front of their own eyes what it takes in terms of team work and leadership to implement a global race. To have this opportunity alone is great but there was another challenge I added. We shared the information and knowledge gained with the larger international network of learners in the Networking Academy program in many countries.

Here are my reflections about how it all went:

Did the experience prove true to your expectations?

The answer is a definite YES.

It is actually more than a Yes, because it exceeded my expectations. Being able to meet the people who had the idea of a World Run and the huge team who made it reality is more than I could imagine. Each single person is fully committed to making the event a success with his or her heart and mind. This energy will touch you. It will inspire you.

Every group member took his own time to feel the energy in its full power.
“Wow, this is exactly what I would love to do as a job …”
“… you started your company with 25?
“I need to plan for this next time … .”
“ … thanks … it is great to be here.”

It is so exceptionally motivating to see a world that is doing the run together as ONE. Being part of this effort by making it a learning experience adds another level that should help to unite the youth in making the world theirs.

Did the students really learn what you expected them to learn?

Our group with Felix, Maximilian, Ivica, Nathan and Kevin was just great. The group was diverse – they were all from different backgrounds, with different interests and skills, at different stages in their life – and at the same time they were all ambitious, open to each other’s views and ideas which helped immensely to quickly find a way to work as a team. It was amazing to feel how sad we all were when our time together was over, including me. They all learned to communicate and share their knowledge in a team and for a larger network. A skill that is so important for any job in life, but rarely ever taught in school or university.

What was the most important for me: I could see the spark in their eyes when they fully understood the essence of my message. How do you know when that happens? Usually a person is rather quiet at that moment and you can literally see this moment of understanding, this insight in their eyes and facial expressions.

What was not so good or needs further improvement?

My real world learning activity was not that easy to explain. It is a complex collaboration on more than one level between five stakeholders who could not have done this alone. It is only possible to be successful if all partners bring their part to the table. Multi stakeholder partnerships are hard to explain and require not only the right attitude but also the ability to recognize an opportunity at the right point in time and in the fitting context.

It is just hard to explain to someone. It is hard to put in a few words. We live in a time of information overflow and people do not (have the time to) read any more. Marketing and Communication have to be short, precise and if possible, less than 140 characters, to be used in twitter messages to catch the interest of readers. Well, this is extraordinarily difficult when trying to explain a project that requires a multi stakeholder partnership to realize.

It seems that people are not able any more to identify opportunities and projects that are worth their time and effort. Continuing this work I will have to find better ways to explain the opportunities or find different words or images to make people understand their significance.

I want to thank each and everyone who did take the time to read the materials and to speak to me. Each single person who involved him or her in this project did so because of a personal relationship with me or another person I personally know or work with.

Thanks for trusting in me and my initiative.
I will build on this foundation we created for future collaboration and the next Wings for Life World Run on the 3rd of May 2015.

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All Generations engaged at WorldSkills 2013

Posted by juttajerlich on 9. July 2013

Our Youth – Our Future

The Worldskills 2013 in Leipzig were an event not only for highly engaged and highly competent youth in 46 professions. It was also a cross-generation event. There were an equal amount of experts committed to mentor and coach their national winners to be able to compete with the best talents of 52 nations.

There were many meetings and conferences that took place in the Conference Center of Leipzig Messe organized and attended by European and OECD leaders about youth (un)employment from across the world.  In this truly global effort, that will be the basis for a continuously engaged platform, you could meet Ministers, Law Makers, CEOs of companies and foundations. They came together to not only speak about the currently very bad situation for youth in many countries but to take action and offer perspectives and a future to their youth.

The focus was put on joining forces, using synergies, learning from other`s mistakes and successes to leverage existing knowledge for changing the way things are. The dual education system which has been an essential part of the national education system in Germany, Switzerland and Austria is believed to be a big part of the solution to low youth unemployment. I attended following conferences during the WorldSkills Competition:

Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development

Humanity faces enormous challenges in the sustainability of our current lifestyles and systems. The decisions we take can either move us in the direction of sustainability or contribute to the growing problems. Green Industries are the driver towards sustainability and currently experience a high growth time. It is crucial to have access to the necessary skills to be able to realize the potential growth path.

The conference took place on July 1, 2013 and started with a plenary sessions and keynote addresses from Nobel Peace prize Laureate H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson National League for Democracy in Myanmar, Ursula Müller from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Chakib Jeane and Marcos Pontes from UNIDO and Olga Strietska-Ilina from ILO. The following three panel discussions were dedicated to following topics:

  • Panel 1:  Green Industry Initiative
  • Panel 2:  Skills Development for renewable energy
  • Panel 3:  Worldskills and how to sustain the industry through green skills competition development

It was a very interesting day dominated by the questions of how VET Vocational Education and Training can solve this problem to fill the skills gap detected in this crucial sector.

European Alliance for Apprenticeships” (EAfA)

Please see article about this initiative.

Skilling the future: VET and Workplace learning for Economic Success

This international conference organized by the OECD and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF] focused on the role of Vocational and Adult Education as well as Workplace learning as the emerging challenges. After the keynote parallel working groups started and engaged in the following topics

  1. VET and higher education: transition pathways and innovative blends of VET
  2. Systematic development of apprenticeships and workplace learning: changing roles of responsibilities of trainees, employers and social partners
  3. Innovative concepts for making the bridge between school and work

I participated in the working group three and presented the success story of  Cisco Networking Academy – a CSR Program for educational organizations supplying a learning platform with IT Networking and System resources for IT skills development.

The Worldskills Conference Program 2013 “Our Youth – Our Future” was definitely a highlight of the WorldSkills Competition and will be instrumental to connect stakeholders on a global level to implement policies and programs that improve the situation and give our youth a prospective and positive outlook into the future of their nations.

Worldskills Leipzig 2013
WorldSkills Conference Program
Cisco Networking Academy Program

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Posted by juttajerlich on 5. July 2013

Cisco - Gert de Laet Eu Alliance for Apprenticeship All signature providers

At the Worldskills 2013 in Leipzig the Launch event of the “European Alliance for Apprenticeships” (EAfA) took place and pledges were signed by several companies and organizations committing to strengthen vocational education that has shown to be responsible for the low youth unemployment rates in some of the European Countries as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Cisco represented by Gert de Laet from Learning @ Cisco is signing the pledge of Cisco’s commitment to support the alliance.

Participants and Alumnis from Cisco Networking Academies are showing a strong presence at World Skills 2013 in Leizig competing in skill 39 IT and Networking Technology. It is great to see how the 15 year old Cisco Networking Academy Program has such a impressive impact on the economic and labor market situation in the 165 countries it operates in.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a CSR initiative which gives schools, universities and educational institutions access to learning material and practical learning labs for being an expert in building the highways of the Internet



To spread the information here are more photos from the European Alliance for Apprenticeship [EAfA] Meeting in Lepizig.

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Protected: AINAC Nachlese – ASCs & ITCs

Posted by juttajerlich on 19. March 2013

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Protected: AINAC Nachlese – NetSpace Toolkit

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