Your NameCorinna Fechner
Cohort AssignmentEurope Summer-Fall 2023, Cohort 2
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

I have worked in large American IT Corporations most of my life and am still in full time employment at Salesforce. My role there is a global account manager for one of Salesforce's Enterprise customers and I have a team of specialists working with me.
Having said that, I am looking to figure out what my work should be moving forwards as this line of work has never inspired me or been in line with my inner values - it simply served the purpose of raising my 3 children.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

I see my role at work as having lots of experience with the corporate world and the anxieties it can stir up in its employees. In Corporate I would like to help younger colleagues to not loose perspective of what the purpose of work is, so not to loose yourself too much. I can provide hindsight and would like to steer our work communities to a more human centric way of working as opposed to hierarchical and capitalistic centricity.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

I am still working on a high level, my goal is to develop a coaching programme that I can run with colleagues to develop a healthier working environment.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

My ambition for personal growth is to develop a louder voice around the topic of regenerative practises in terms of the above. Large corporations are exploiting and I have been complicit to it over the years even though it has never felt true to my heart. I want to develop a better understanding and skill to apply a more wholesome way to collaborating with colleagues and help us think differently about the impact we are having as individuals and working teams/business.

5. And for professional growth?

I am at the stage where I am looking at my next chapter in working life and I am planning to develop my own coaching business, focusing on young women to help navigate the work/life balance.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

For years I have neglected my own development as bringing up my kids as a single mother and working in Corporate left no time to think. Recently (2021) I completed an Executive MBA which I enjoyed very much. Mostly I enjoyed the very diverse and international community outside of any hierarchical structures, and discussing relevant topics like circular economy, stakeholder capitalism and so on. I also invested in a coach for some time to help me deal with the imposter syndrome I had developed. I also invested in a course called 'sell what you know' which taught the concepts of developing an online coaching business. However, where I am stuck is that I do not want to feed into the traditional capitalistic way of thinking and working. Hence investing in this course.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

My children have been great teachers to me as I have observed them and re-learned to look at life positively and with joy. I am keen to now help them not loose this as they enter the world of economies. I have followed Tony Robbins and found his books inspiring. Most recently I have read books like How to deal with Loneliness by Teal Swan to explain why in such a connected world humans feel more and more isolated and lonely. This book has helped me understand some of the struggles in my own way of thinking.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

My philosophy to life is - Stay connected to nature, observe, listen and learn from it as we are simply one part of it. We are not above it in any way, we are here to exist in harmony with it and maintain its balance.

Date CreatedAugust 31, 2023