Yesterday we went surfing together as a family. It was cold and rainy. We had a blast. I caught a wave right away. If someone had told me that I would be able to do that 2 years ago, I would have laughed. Surfing was for pros, not for me; too long of a learning curve for someone like me.
It took me 45 years to finally understand what Starwars is all about. I would always sheepishly smile when people referred to Darth Vader or Master Yoda. Film and film characters or heroes “are so-called not my thing”; I prefer real life heroes and interactions.
When we moved to San Francisco in 2017, our house and the school of our kids was very close to Lucasfilm. In front of the building is a bronze statue of Master Yoda. Somehow my kids started to read the stories of Starwars and we started to watch the movies. Of course my kids know many more details and they identify much more with the story and the characters, but I do get the story now: I love the core theme of the choice for light and dark and that you can always choose to come back to light, even if you have been in the dark for many years.
Learning brings along uncertainty and I know that I have this inner subconscious mechanism that keeps me subtly to stay away from the “feeling like an idiot stage of learning” and “not being perfect” as Brene Brown puts it. So many examples where I overcame that fear have shown me how amazing it is to live from the paradigm that “leading is learning” and that it is never too late to learn something: yoga, surfing, getting my phd, any new software I come across... The people I meet that do not stop learning are the ones that do not seem to grow old.
What was the last thing you learned? What did it bring you?
While being a professional volleyball player and completing an executive MBA at Kellogg Business School, she had an international carreer with various leadership development firms: the 20 years before she started her own "leadership inspiration & execution discipline" initiative (www.inspirationanddiscipline.com), she worked as a director for MeyerMonitor and held various international general management and business development roles at Krauthammer International. She lived in various places in France, Barcelona, Vienna, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and San Francisco. Katharina is married to Arne and has 2 sons. Katharina speaks 5 languages fluently.