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Your topics are often not your topics at all. Take a closer look: you gain agility through freedom with responsibility. Digitalization can only be promoted through trust. You get courageous employees when you first love your own mistakes and weaknesses. Continuous innovation is only possible when people are allowed to be free and unique. You receive commitment and motivation simply by taking care of the life and families of your employees. And people and teams have the big picture in mind when you relax regulations and structures.
The solution? Just make sure your employees and colleagues are happy. Because all the factors that we need for the future of workare identical to those that make people happy.
So, it’s worth taking a look at the working world of the Scandinavians. They’re not only the most innovative residents of Europe, but are also among the happiest in the world. Why? Well, this very question is the key to success.
Maike is one of the best-known happiness researchers in Germany. She’s a keynote speaker, Scandinavia and media expert for happy companies. Her clients include non-profits, medium-sized businesses and large corporations such as banks and insurance companies as well as numerous family businesses from Germany, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Maike regularly appears in the media on topics such as „happiness at work and life“, „the Scandinavian way of work“ and „new forms of corporate management“. In her new book she cracks the code of happiness and success among Scandinavians and shows us the success factors of countries that have long since arrived where several countries in Europe want to go in terms of modern work.
Maike shows what makes people and especially employees and executives happy. These are the same factors that make companies and whole countries successful and ready for the future – quite apart from the fact that happy people are on average 20 percent more productive. In addition, happy countries and happy companies benefit from optimally developing potential and successful teamwork as well as courageous, future-oriented and creative thinking and working.
Maike shows you what’s important and creates a desire for change that goes deeper than simple motivational talks. It is not difficult to make people laugh. But it is an art to make them think. Charming, cheeky and stirring, she gives you her first-hand knowledge, stories that touch you and wisdom that takes you further.
No dry studies, no short-term promises of success, but substantive, down-to-earth inspiration with a lot of humor and silent thoughts that move people and above all stay for a long time. Tailoring her approach to your questions, this Half-Dutch Swedish-by-Choice phenomenon will crack the Scandinavian happiness and success code before your eyes so that you and your team can master the future challenges of the working world with ease.
Why’s that? She’s refreshingly different. Thoughtful. Personal. She gives people the courage to ask questions, take risks, do cannonballs, so that you and your crew can conquer the stormy future.
Maike has set herself the goal of making Germans happier. She’s travelled the globe in search of the secret of the 13 happiest countries in the world. Her book „Wo gehts denn hier zum Glück?” (So How Do We Get to Happiness?) was on the SPIEGEL bestsellerlist for 25 weeks in 2015. But already in 2016 she set off again, this time accompanied by a TV team. For two years, three happy countries, 30 companies, 300 people and experts. In 2018 her new book „Acht Stunden mehr Glück” (Eight Hours More Happiness) appeared. It takes usto the Scandinavians, the happiest and most successful people in Europe. World market leader and role model in terms of digitization, innovation, sustainability,and education systems. What can we do differently to match the Vikings? Her short answer: everything.
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„And what do you do?“
„I make societies a little happier.“
How can I tell this in the more humble Swedish way?
Now that you’ve come this far and know that I am the only true choice when it comes to your keynote speaker about happy companies, happy teams, and happy people bursting with courage to create a future together, you can NOW take a deep breath and stretch your legs.
I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t take myself as seriously as my website might suggest. „They all crawled from the same hole,“ my father used to say. That’s how I see myself; that’s how I see every person I meet. We are people among people who live together and want to create something great. In the words of Hover, whom I met on one of my research travels in Oslo: „This is really the story of normal people with normal interests and a normal life, who create amazing things together.“ Hover is an engineer at Snøhetta, one of the most famous architectural firms in the world (they just redesigned the time square in New York City). We’re all, as Albert Einstein asserted of himself, just people without special talents, but passionately curious.
Curious about other people, about life and the future, and blessed with a yap that’s rarely silent, that’s me. So,I spent many a school lesson up front in the off-white-tiled corner of the room next to the black board as a punishment. I had spoken too much. Never give up, go your own way in spite of it all. Be brave, different, headstrong and always think it’ll work out some how. Today I am taking tens of thousands of people with me on a journey into the future that I wish for all of us, a journey to a happy Germany and, ultimately, a happier world.
THE JOURNEY OF A SPEAKER
Born in 1971 in Heidelberg in Germany; graduated from high school in1991, with mediocre results in the somewhat strange combination of art and Latin. Studied art therapy in the Netherlands and graduated summa cum laude (if the distinction had existed then). I’m still notorious at the university today, but that’s another story …
I was lucky and lived in Holland. Here art therapists can become personnel recruiters, account managers, export managers, marketing sales managers or communication specialists. Curiosity and openness are enough. After 13 years in the Netherlands I marry a Dutchman and move to Germany.
2006, the most important year of my life: my daughter Elisa sees the light of this world. Six months later a move to Mexico City, the most criminal city in the world. Learning Spanish and realizing that riches make people pretty poor.
After two years, return to Germany and separation. Life crisis. Full-time single mom, lack of childcare, part-time job in the office. Realization: disrespect and a lack of meaning in life can demotivate even highly engaged people like me. The will to change: I transform my whole kitchen into the storyboard of my future life, inspiring my entire circle of friends. Aha moment: I’m really good at this. Decide to become a keynote speaker. Train as „GSA Certified Speaker“. Set up my business alongside a part-time job and already existing freelance work as a communications consultant. Full of energy and in a good mood I defy the triple load. From now on, I love every crisis.
HAPPINESS IS MY ENERGY SOURCE
and becomes my theme. Befitting my life’s path I notice international differences in the feeling of happiness. Dutch people are happy. Mexicans don’t have much to laugh about, but they do. Why doesn’t Germans? I’m going to check this out. Take unpaid leave, borrow money, make appointments, and go. Thirteen countries, 300 interviews. Two months later a book contract in my pocket, job cancelled, free! Germans „SPIEGEL“ and Amazon bestseller, book sells 70,000 copies. Talkshows, interviews, public stage performances. Idea for a second project, this time accompanied by TV. Question: Do people in happy countries also work happier? Two months, 30 companies in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Answer: Yes. Book contract. “Acht Stunden mehr Glück” (Eight Hours More Happiness) released in autumn 2018.
For keynotes in German-speaking countries, though, I spend an extra hour in the air.
I LOVE THE FUTURE!
Because today I live with my daughter in Stockholm, with which I’ve fallen in love forever. I’m diligently learning Swedish, pay now only with mobile phone instead of with German coins and practice sauna bathing with cannonballs through holes in the ice. I’ll spend the rest of my life in a red wooden house in the Swedish archipelago. With mosquitoes, sauna and 9G WLAN … letting my artificial copy doing my speeches.
For everything in between, you’ll just have to endure the suspense. So will I.