It’s a very exciting day today! My book “Quality In Quality Out: Caring Workplaces Inspire People to Do Their Best” finally has been published! As many of you may know, I have been on this journey for the past five years, ever since launching my eponymous blog. My personal aspiration has been to spread a […]
Quality 4.0 – Are You Prepared?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is much closer than you think – it is actually here. Do you know what awaits you as a professional and as a business? Are you prepared to take on the challenge? Are you ready to embrace the future? I am inviting you to find out through this timely e-book which […]
Finding Purpose in Empowering Others
Teresa Hamlin of Azerbaijani Socks is interesting on so many levels that it’s hard to decide where to begin telling her story. When I first met Teresa through our mutual friend in Baku, she amazed me with her fluent Azerbaijani and the way she pronounced her name – Tereza – just like the locals do. […]
How to Build Connections across Cultures
More than a Culinary Journey to the Caucasus Cultural differences can stall team performance by impeding people’s ability to work effectively towards shared goals. The reason is the misconceptions and tension caused by focusing on differences. Workplace diversity experts agree that people from different cultures have more similarities than they realize. In today’s globalized marketplace, […]
More Than a Border Crisis
Children cooped up in cages crying and pleading with strangers for help. Migrant parents torn away from them, arrested and detained elsewhere. Public rage at the regime behind all of this. The equally loud outcry from those in power who justify their actions as a consequence of a long-standing problem inherited from previous administrations. This […]
The Flag Once Raised or 5 Lessons from 100 Years Ago
Where I come from, in Azerbaijan, as well as in other parts of the globe, that are home to Azerbaijanis, May 28th is celebrated as the Republic Day. And if all previous years this date was important, in 2018 it’s signified further by the 100th anniversary of the inception of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic. Why […]
What Makes You Dislike Your Children?
This past weekend it was Mother’s Day here in North America – the time to celebrate all mothers and their countless contributions. The time for Sunday brunches, family outings, and potted orchids. To me, it’s also the time of the year to look back and reflect on my own work as a mother. Am I […]
How to Deal with Workplace Conflict
Workplace conflict is inevitable. We can’t ignore it hoping that it would go away. In most cases, not only it will stay but will grow into bigger issues. How to deal with conflict in order to preserve productivity and positive work environment? Not all conflict is bad Some amount of healthy conflict is actually […]
YES TO SAYING NO!
As long as I remember myself I found it hard to say “no” to people – whether it was helping them with their school essays, giving endless rides, translating documents or taking care of their children. The list could go on and on – I just couldn’t bring myself to let anyone down. As nice […]
The Best Way to Build Confidence
The topic of confidence comes up for me from time to time in different conversations – whether someone walks up to me and asks bluntly: “Where in the world do you find the confidence for speaking publicly with your accent?” or people genuinely want to know how to build the confidence for job interviews, business […]