Get yourself inspired for your career

Work can be challenging on the one hand, on the other hand, you’ll find days where time just won’t pass. And that’s what this blog is for: To bring you inspiration & motivation when needed.

All in all, it’s about spicing up your career – whether it is about getting promoted or just new ways of spending your workday. For example, did you know that doing sports regularly or the way you spend your lunch break could boost your career?

So, whenever we see an interesting Ted Talk about work or take a break from our work by brainstorming about ideas on how to stay motivated, you’ll find our results in this blog. Find yourself some inspiration & motivation!

Timberland: Going beyond the border of Sustainability & Responsibility

Timberland is an outdoor brand, one of the most well-known worldwide to say the least. One of the reason, apart from quality products, is their serious commitment for environmental and social causes. Right now, Timberland is looking for a Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, a moment for us to take a look into their S&R agenda. So how exactly does Timberland improve their three main pillars outdoors, product and community? How do they go beyond the borders of regular engagement?

The long-term plan: Timberland’s 2020 agenda

Already years ao, the company changed their production to be more sustainable, making a statement towards treating the environment with respect. In 2016, when launching their responsibility website, Timberland also announced further steps in improving their strategy. The sports brand set ambitious goals until 2020 regarding their products and the environment:
  • All of the used cotton for their apparal collections are supposed to come from US-american eco-friendly cultivation,
  • Every procued shoe shall contain recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials
  • All products shal be PVC and PFC free
  • Timberland wants to reduce their energy consumption by 10% in total and obtain 50% by regenerative energy sources
  • Plant 10 million trees

Social engagement: A focus on community work

Of course, social responsibility has kind of become courteous in worldwide industries, after scandals of brands capitalizing workers in third world countries. It’s obvious that claiming to aim for responsibility, Timberland of course helps raising awareness and supports save working environments by collaborating mostly with fair suppliers. What makes the difference though, is Timberland’s special focus on local communities – an individual approach on the social subject.
  • My PlayGreen© is a support program which establishes outdoor spaces in urban areas, building community gardens and parks. In 5 big cities around Europe, they want to offer the residents a possibility to access nature and fresh air. Something that is rare in areas with populousness. After London in the last year, on the 19th of July 2017 the program started building in Mailand. Following after will be Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
  • Path of Service©: To support different community projects, Timberland’s employees engage in community services all over the world. Until now, they already participated 1.000.0000 hours in their communities – supported by their employer and the team of global stewards. By the way, the Path of Service celebrates its 25th birthday this year – in a special way: On 25 days, employees can take time off of work and take their time to volunteer to support their communities. They even connected them with possibile projects by setting up a Volunteer Fair.

Joining the team: Timberland is hiring a Sustainability & Responsibility Manager

In this position, the manager is responsible for integrating the S&R strategy throughout the company, delivering information to employees and customers. As a spokes person for Timberland’s values, you represent the sports brand on conferences and workshops over Europe. 
Work closely with the different departments, from HR, over Marketing, Production and Supply Management to achieve te 2020 goals. Manage the community and environmental projects, engage and inspire the employees in participating in Timberland’s Path of Service, different commuter programs, etc. If you feel inspired to help Timberland achieve their 2020 agenda, apply for the job here. Further sport jobs by Timberland can be found on their company page here. A perfect supply chain or production in regards of nature is almost impossible to achieve, but Timberland’s vision aims on a very close solution. Their achievement sets high goals for the whole industry, a development we could already witness at adidas (Producs from Recycled Materials, their „Run for the Oceans“  and more), Patagonia and The North Face, too. With more brands following, this hopefully defines new standards for production and engagement worldwide.   If you want to find out more about Responsibility and Sustainability at Timberland, check their goals and progress at their website "Responbility at Timberland".

5 morning habits that will kickstart your productivity

The way your morning takes course, makes an impact on your whole day. Just imagine getting up with the wrong foot, feeling tired all day, not getting your head focus on the important things - this will ruin your work day completely (a leisure day, too, of course). Your morning routine though offers you a great opportunity for a successful day - for more energy, creativity and a better handling of stress. No matter if you are an early bird getting up with the sunset or if you prefer sleeping a little longer: After you get up, set your mind right. These five things are a great way to shape your morning, and make you a more successful person in your job and your life. These points are shared in routines by a lot of successful people and things that I for myself found out to feel good for me.

Don't snooze

Even if it's tempting to snooze away just 5 more minutes (and 5 minutes more, and another,  and another..) try to avoid it. Not only won't you feel any more recovery as when you get up on the first ring, you will also kill your motivation for the day completely. Just to compare: Imagine having a goal or a plan and you decide to delay it over and over again.  You are well aware that you probably will not achieve it, right? It's the same with snoozing. Deciding not to get up in the morning already disturbs your mindset for the day. If you can't even get up, how are you supposed to have the will to succeed your goals or tasks? Getting up with the first alarm or the moment the sun wakes you up (even better!), will put your mind on overcoming your weaker self.

Focus on yourself and personal goals

We tend to lose the focus on caring for ourselves and improving our lifes when working for others. We manage to get our tasks done and push our projects and might feel great about it, but our own life remains static. Never, ever forget to care about yourself. It might take some time to get used to it, but try to get up a little earlier than you usual do. Instead of waking up, getting ready and going to work, find some slot in your schedule to focus on yourself. It's a little time for youe mind before you focus on tasks at work. This means doing something for your soul and heart which will raise your self-consciousness, your own worth and - most important - your mood and motivation for the day. This can be a little walk, time outside, meditation - or taking time to listen to your inner self. You could be defining your own goals, finding something you really want to do in your free time after your job. It doesn't matter as long as it is something only for you, not for your job.

Exercise

No need for a big workout. Not everyone is a morning sports person (I am not, that's for sure). It's not about pushing your physical limits in the morning. It only means "Get moving!". Seriously. Your body and brain are well connected and your mind will thank you A LOT. If you feel depressed, low on energy, can't focus - this is probably because of a lack of movement. Get your energy flowing by a little exercising - for example a morning yoga routine , walking ,jogging or a bike tour, longboarding, surfing - your personal fitness routine. Even a short training will earn you a better focus, more concentration and a higher spirit. Try it.

Take your time with loved ones

Do you have a family or special someone? Even if it's only 5 minutes, connect with your loved ones. Cuddle, with your kids or your special one, talk about your plans for the day, just do something personal - and appreciate the time you have together. Of course, this is beautiful for your personal relationships. Furthermore, this reduces your stress level enormously. Hard tasks during the day will be easier to handle.

Start the night before

Okay, this is actually a step before your morning routine. We all know how a bad night of sleep can destroy your morning. That's why it is important to prepare yourself for a good nights of sleep. Find out how many hours make you feel the best in the morning (in general, it's about 8 hours of sleep) and stick to bed times. Don't use your phone or computer before you go to bed. Make sure your room is well aired. Before sleep, define how you want you want to achieve tomorrow - what are you plans, what are things you can't delay any further, what would make you happy - and write them down. We tend to lose focus when the next day gets a little stressful or because we dreamed very actively. This way, you'll remember and be able to keep these things in mind.

Create your own routine

Routines are overcoming bad habits. They will help you perform better, focus on things that are important for yourself. Normally, it takes three weeks to get used to new routines - so figure out your own start in the day, write it down and practice it until it feels natural. Define for yourself which things done in the morning improve your working day and stick to them. It needs to be your own routine, because we tend to not stick to ones we don't implement ourselves. An example:
  1. Getting up with the sunset and letting the natural light in
  2. Have a glass of water
  3. Do a 20 minute morning yoga session on the balcony
  4. Take a shower
  5. Have a healthy and nutrious breakfast together with your special someone
  6. Commit to 20 minutes in an online course to learn something new
  7. Make a small entry in your journal to define your daily goals
  8. Go to work

How to communicate your worth – and earn what you deserve

learn how to be selfconfident enough to negotiate the salary you deserve
Do you get paid enough? This is probably a question most of us can’t really answer. We have insecurities about our job: Do we work hard enough and at the same time are our efforts really seen?
 Fact is, that a lot of people don’t earn what they really deserve - not only because companies try to save money. But also because we don’t know how to communicate it. Even if we feel like we should get a promotion, it’s hard to argue for it and to know which amount was adequate. So, how does it work? Here’s three steps how to communicate your worth:

Figure out your own value

To tell someone what you feel like a fair salary, you actually have to know your own worth first. It’s not easy to define it as the regular human being tends to underestimate himself. This means that you have to learn to evaluate yourself in a correct way, and even to convince yourself that you’re worth it. Oh boy, doesn’t sound easy, does it? Well,that’s the moment when there should be all eyes on Casey Brown and her Ted Talk „Know your worth, and then ask for it.“ Casey names several key questions that a freelancer or an entrepreneur needs to ask to evaluate their appropriate fee. However, most of them do work for employees just perfectly or just need a little change to fit:
  • What are my job’s needs and how to I meet them?
  • What are my (unique) skills that make me better qualified to fulfill my tasks?
  • What do I do in my job that no one (in the department or even company) does?
  • What am I an expert on?
  • What problems do I solve for my company?
  • Even: Which problems did I solve for my company in the past?
After answering these, you’ll probably see which part you play in your company. There’s no need to feel small. If you do your job well, be confident! Learn about your value and convince your boss about it.

Know about salaries: Of your profession and your colleagues

In our society this is actually still a taboo. You’d probably never ask your coworkers about their salary, neither your neighbors - you might actually not even know what your significant other earns. But why? We keep it a secret, so the system won’t crash. When we talk open about it - there might be arguments, greed and envy. Maybe you earn more than your best friend - or even worse, he earns more than you. The truth looks different though. Not knowing what the others earn, often leads to a feeling of being treated unfair. Because - talking about underestimation again - most people suppose they earn less than their colleagues. That’s why young start-ups tend to work with a salary transparency so employees know exactly what their colleagues earn. The result is that people feel treated in a more equal way, there’s even less people quitting. So, knowing the payment of others, helps the atmosphere in a company. Moreover, and that’s more important for us right now, it will help you set your own value.
 Knowing the wage average of your profession in your region or in companies from the same size & same industry is a good way to evaluate whether your salary expectations fit or not. Just google it. Portals like Payscale deliver the needed information.

Speak up for yourself - communicate your worth

So, finally we figured out what you’re worth. Step one is accomplished, that’s great! Step two is not easier in any bit. Even when you know your worth, you might still feel afraid to ask for it. But letting your work speak for yourself rarely does the trick. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to praise yourself. What is important is to speak up for yourself, with self-confidence. You know your value and thanks to the key questions and data about wave average, you even have great arguments up your sleeve. This is how you can influence the thinking of your boss - not telephatically. So, find your own voice and negotiate. Feel confident, not fearful. Display expertise. If you don’t overdo it, you got a great chance to earn the promotion.

When your job bores you – should you stay or should you go now?

Sitting at your desk with no creativity and motivation?
We all know how it feels to be excited when you first start a job - and how it all can change when you start to feel bored. It’s monday. You already feel how hard it is to get out of bed, you take more time for your breakfast, because you just don’t want to start your working day. In the end, you drag yourself to your job, to procrastinate even more. Instead of working you’re probably looking for excuses to not get stuff done: pin some holiday locations on pinterest, stalk your colleagues’ weekends on Facebook or get the third coffee from the kitchen. Why? Because tasks that were challenging you before, are now fulfilled in a quick routine - your job stagnates. There’s nothing else to learn and that’s what frustrates you. The human being is made for progress. We set ourselves goals every day - and when we reach them, we don’t stop and live happily ever after. No. We are looking for new challenges. That’s what drives us and makes our life worthy. And you know what? That’s a really good thing! So, if your job bores you, it’s time to get a new challenge. The only question is: Should you stay or should you go?

The reason to stay

You got an expert in your job. It probably bores you, because you know how to finish your assignments easily and without having to find a way how to solve tasks. But this doesn’t have to be this way. We tend to wait for new chances - wait for life to hand us some lemons, you know what they say. What about growing some yourself? When you first started your job, you probably weren’t afraid to ask for help when you didn’t know what to do. Go back to asking - or the other way round offering help to your colleagues. You know, when you fulfilled your tasks, your colleague might appreciate your support for his work when he has just way too much on his desk. This way, you’ll be able to take a view in his field of work and learn something new. The second option is actually to talk to your boss about your state of mind. Normally, a good employer won’t be mad about a team member asking for new projects. It actually shows that you have what it takes to even push the company to the next level. Furthermore, it shows initiative - that you want to gain new skills. It could even be the way to a promotion. Before you ask though, make yourself a plan: Think of a project that would help your department or the company. Show the concept you already made. This way, it will be a lot easier for him to approve it - because a new project also often means to spend a little budget.  

The reason to go

Not only the tasks don’t excite you anymore, but you feel as though the job just doesn’t fit? That’s the moment finding new projects at work might not be a fulfilling solution. When it’s more than boredom of your tasks, you’ll realize that you’re actually unhappy. You spend moments during your free time or even at night, wrecking your brain about your work, missing the feeling of satisfaction. The reasons for it vary. It could be that you might have expected something else from your job. Maybe the company’s or department’s culture changed, they set new goals that you can’t identify with. Or maybe it’s just your circumstances and priorities that shifted. 
Anyway, the result is that you don’t feel comfortable at your job and that you might feel like your work isn’t appreciated or doesn’t have the effect you wish for. That’s another level of being bored at work. It’s like being bored of life and the moment you have to get a big change to spice it up again. That’s the moment to look for a new job. This doesn’t mean that you have to rush things and quit first thing tomorrow morning. It means taking your time to figure out what you are looking for in a job and a company. Look for fitting positions, what they offer and how you feel about it. You might want to consider these 6 things for what your ideal job would look like:
  • Do I want to stay in my current field or explore a career change?
  • Does the job fit my interests?
  • Do I identify with the company culture & goals?
  • Is it a chance to improve myself?
  • Does the job offer any opportunities for advancement?
  • What are the benefits?
After all, choose wisely. We wish you good luck!

5 reasons why doing sports will make you succeed at work

Sports will make you succeed
Isn’t it awesome when a hobby is not only making you happy, but will also increase your success at work? 
We all know that doing sports is benefitting your health and appearance, but there’s a little more to it. If you work out on a regular base, you’ll automatically gain new soft skills and important strengths - which is like a level-up for your job! Sounds great, doesn't it? But how exactly does your work benefit from you doing sports? Here’s 5 ways how working out regularly will influence your career:

It will lower your stress level - enormously!

We all know the feeling of work building up pressure, messing with our heads by rising our stress level. A bit of it can be very motivating, kicking you to get stuff done or to help you focus on a task. However, often enough our stress level rises too high, especially when there’s a big project in the launch and there’s just way too much work. Even though it will probably lower eventually, sports can help you speeding up the process. It doesn’t matter if you go for a run, swimming, to the gym or play basketball on the field with some friends: Just get your body working.

What happens in your body when you stress out

Here’s why: Stress emerges in the so-called prefrontal cortex. This part of your brain is processing all the information you receive during the day, reducing it to the relevant data. Moreover, this data influences how you (re-)act on daily tasks. So what happens when there’s too much data to process? If you spread yourself too thin, your brain will be overexerted with the amount of information. Hence, processing it in a slower way or not at all - it will freeze like your phone when you open too many apps. The result will be anxiety and stress.

Sports will help you reduce your stress level

Normally, if you found yourself in a situation scaring you, you’d run. Just imagine being on a climb when a storm comes up. You’d want to get down to the ground as fast as you can, you’d run away. It’s a routine anchored in our DNA, so your body affects on it by preparing for movement. When you find yourself in a situation of stress at work though, you’ll try it to sit it out - which is not helping at all. Listen to your body and actually run. It will relief the anxiety and re-activate your brain. So, doing sports to help reducing your stress level, is actually the natural way of doing so. You’ll feel better fast and will manage to climb that mountain up to the top!

You’ll end up having more power than before!

Smiling athlete after a match Working all day will leave you tired in the evening, increasing the urge to sit on the couch with a movie and a quick dinner before going to bed. A repetitive scheme.  To be honest: This will probably leave you even more tired than before. Sitting a lot, dealing with boring or demanding tasks throughout your job costs a lot of energy. Sports on the other hand will actually bring you energy! Working out can re-energize you, building your endurance and this way, providing you with more power for your daily life. Also, doing sports most of the times also comes with a healthy nutrition - the best way to fill your bar.

Competition: Learning how to win and to lose

Competition: It can be you pushing yourself to a new record in running. Or on the other hand a match against your opponent when you develop the strong desire to win (and kick his ass). 
However, both is about training and pushing your limits to improve - become a better version of your old self. The results of winning speak for themselves: You’ll be proud of yourself, raising your self-esteem and end up being more content. A great feeling, isn’t it? Not only for your personal life! Happiness and confidence are important factors for your job. 
No matter if you manage a team that you’ll have to guide and inspire or if you work on your own: You need confidence to achieve a goal. It will help you be more assure of yourself, dare you to bring in your own ideas in the next team meeting or try a different way to solve a task than you did before. Winning helps you develop braveness. Something that for a lot of us just doesn’t come at ease. The other side of the medal, of course, is losing. You’ll have a day, even after a winning streak, when someone’s just better than you. In sports, but also at work. Sports will teach you how to deal with it. Instead of being sore, you’ll learn to get up again, trying harder next time. On the day that you suffer a setback at work, it will be a lot easier to not let it bring you down. Instead it will motivate you to get back up and try harder!

It will teach you a lot about strength of the mind

In addition to rise your confidence, sports on a regular base will also train your mind. If you can bring up the endurance to train several times a week, you’ll also be able to develop consistency for your next project at work. The focus to concentrate on your career, even if there might be days when it feels like time stood still. Success doesn’t just fall into your lap, it’ the result of endurance and discipline. Take surfing for example: On the first day, you’ll hardly stand up on the board. But if you try over and over again, even after you wipe-out, you’ll eventually master riding waves. Your mindset is the most important part about it: Not giving up when luck doesn’t cross your way.
 A short Video about how sports benefits our body and mind

It can be a great way to meet new people to get you inspired

Last but not least, networking. Sports is a great way of meeting new people!
It can be your team members from soccer who have experience in a similar job, sharing with you some insights. In the blog „How to find a job that you love“ we already wrote about how the people surrounding you can inspire you. They’ll help you push your boundaries or create new ideas. So, meeting people in sports will confront you with people who are also confident and consistent - a great combination for strong minds! Who knows, you could even end up with a new career path. There’s always opportunity of meeting an influent person offering you a new job. One thing is for sure: You already have something in common.

How to spend your lunch break: Time out from your desk

Get out of the office and enjoy your break
Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t make it out of the office or not even away from the desk in our lunch break. We chew on our sandwich while checking the 35 mails we didn’t answer yet or make a quick visit to the cafeteria so we’ll be back to work asap! Our society seems to be obsessed with work, feeling the pressure to push our limits every day.
We spend most of our time per day for our jobs, so it’s especially important to use your break exactly what it’s meant for: For taking a break. (Pretty obvious.) 
Not only will it increase your well-being, but also your creativity and productivity in the following hours by refreshing your concentration. As a result, you’ll be able to accomplish so much more with a decreased stress level. Just to make it clear: What we’re talking about is getting out, not scrolling through your favorite memes, get stuck on your Facebook news feed or dream away of what you could be doing instead.  Leave your computer behind and…

Let’s get out of the office

Seriously. That’s the biggest step. No matter what you do, just change your surroundings, even if it will be only for half an hour. Take a walk or make a bike tour - fresh air and a little wind will free your mind from work. 
When your job happens to be in a big town like paris or munich, find a little green: A park or the suburbs. Imagine seeing a different color than grey - isn’t it nice? The best of your little adventure will be the benefits for your mental and physical health. People keep talking about desk yoga when actually a walk in the lunch break keeps you fit and healthy easily.

Learn some new skills

You know how long it takes to learn a new language? Only five minutes per day. After a hard day of work you might not have the power to do so in the evening. 
Take the time in your lunch break instead - there are great apps for learning spanish, french and even business english. Or oldschool: Grab a book and take a seat in your favorite café or visit the library. If you’re not in the mood for theory - especially when sitting on a desk all day - what about cooking, fitness, photography classes? There’s plenty of options! Not only will it be a lot of fun, but will bring you to your next level - and maybe even your job when your skills come in handy. Also, they will give you more self confidence for the next talk about raise!

Work out, do sports, improve your health

A walk or a bike tour is one way to stay fit in your lunchbreak. But seriously, you can push this even more! Take an hour to improve your fitness. Sports increase your health - physically and mentally. If there’s a gym around the corner, work out. Not your thing? Many cities offer great yoga and meditation classes at lunch time - so employees can take part. Also, they focus on concentration and your back which is stressed by sitting so much. If you are happy enough to work near the ocean, go swimming or surfing - a wipe out clears your head much better than any meditation ever could.

Meet with friends & strangers

Grab a coffee with friends or even people you don’t know that well yet instead of your office colleagues. It will keep your head away from work during your lunch time. It might even inspire your for later tasks, no matter if you catch up with old friends or new ones. Your personal life is a big factor of happiness. We are social, even if we only need one or two people in our lifes, so socialise. You see - use your time wisely. It will help you to re-energize.

How to find a job that you love | Inspired by Scott Dinsmore

It's easy to find a job you love, come on board!
How do you find a job that you love? While for some it may seem as easy as 1,2,3 for around 80% of the people it’s hard to figure out what their dream profession is. So it was for me and often enough I discovered myself feeling lost in my job. Especially sitting in an office where everybody seemed to have found their role (today I know it’s just that a lot of my co-workers never reflected on WHY they are doing their job. They didn’t find their role, they just never looked). It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this is different in the sports sector: For many it is their dream being a part of their favorite brand, their sports club or being able to deal with their favorite sports every day. Sport enthusiasts are often driven by passion, by spirit! Once they made the step to be hired by a sports company, they stay and put their whole heart in it. Why? Because they love it. Of course, there is more to it than just being a sport addict. In the inspiring Ted Talk of Scott Dinsmore „How to find work you love“ he explains how to find a job that is meaningful and fulfilling. He broke it down to three steps which are based on learning about yourself and becoming a „self-expert“. Oh, and if you listen closely, you’ll see it’s mostly about figuring out what you care for - and then just do it.

Step One: Find your Unique Strengths

The first move to make is about finding your unique strengths. He doesn’t talk about the hard skills you learned in university, but about the things that you love doing. Things that other people recognize you for, ask you for advice on. Everyone has them.

Step Two: Figure out your Values

Values and morales are one of the great influences that make you who you are. No matter if you learned them through traditions and education or figured them out by your own experiences. They shape your character. Furthermore, it’s your values that influence every single decision you will ever make. These values are the treasures you have to keep. It can be hard, but grab ahold of them.

Step Three: Reflect on your Experiences

The third and last factor that shapes who you are. Experiences show you what to do or what to avoid. If you manage to reflect on every experience you make and stay open to new ones, you’ll figure out more about your own self every day. Every experience can be applied on your life, they make the fractions of your legend.

A new path will lead to new surroundings

With these steps accomplished, you’ll be able to identify yourself and the things that make you happy or that you burn for. Things you weren’t able to see before even if they were as subtle as a baseball in the face. What you’ll also notice when you are more self-aware is how people around you handle their career - and whether or not they live it to the fullest. 
As a result, you’ll see people differently and thus, surround yourself with other people. An important step! The best way to push your limits is to surround yourself with passionate people who inspire you. Or like Scott puts it:“You can either hang around the people who tell you it can't be done and tell you you're stupid for trying, or surround yourself with the people who inspire possibility.“

Get inspired: The Ted Talk from Scott Dinsmore

So, learn how to find work that you love and that makes you happy in this motivational Ted Talk from Scott Dinsmore below.

Live your legend: A litte about Scott’s Project

Maybe you have heard about it before, you definitely will after you watched Scott Dinsmore’s Ted Talk. He is the founder of Live Your Legend, a career and connection platform to inspire people to find their passion. Needless to say, live your legend is not only a community, it’s a revolution of society in regards of work. Scott Dinsmore is confident that doing a job that is your legend, changes the person you are and as a side effect, also changes the people around you.
As you read above, the people surrounding you have a big impact on your life and your progression. Why shouldn't it be digital surroundings as well? Especially if you are an entrepreneur in your field or try something no one ever did before, it can be hard finding inspiration in your close circle of friends. The Blog and tools of this community support your path and ease it. Sadly, Scott passed away 2016. He made it to be known as not only his, but after all our legend. RIP Scott Dinsmore. Thank you.