The last three months, my professional and private desk merged: mobile working in the dining room is the new normal. My (private) office desk has been overtaken in an endearing way, but for that I now have full control over the canteen aka coffee machine and fridge. Two things I realized being working from home: when you are non-stop in your own four walls, you see how many things you do not really need, but own (and I do not just mean the dresses, shoes and handbags dusting in the closet). And I figured out, that I have not missed anything yet of the things that surround me on my desk in the office. Papers, documents … it is all digital. …


For several month now, I have been familiarising myself with the balance between business and personal content with regard to personal branding. As there are already tons of articles what personal branding is about and how to build a personal brand: allow me to skip this here and give you a reference to Wikipedia.

From my point of view, one of the success factors of a personal brand is authentication and target group specific communication. And this is already the first step answering the question how to balance between your business and personal topics (I deliberately do not call it private, because private content is for me things that do not belong under any circumstance in the public). There are experts referring that you cannot separate between these, because you are at least one personality. …


During your studies, you did all the right things. Got the internship of your dreams. Had an amazing time abroad and work on your intercultural skills. Had an entry-job waiting for you after graduation. You just did one step after the other, and somehow you have the impression that there is something else that your heart beats for. After almost 10 years being blessed and successful in the field of automotive logistics, this happened to me. In the beginning, it was just something like a feeling popping up, but focussing on the inner me let my desire grow for a change into communications. …


Dior’s first ever female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, went back on girl power during Paris Couture Week 2020 and asked: What if Women ruled the World? It is not necessary to say that she has an answer to what women will wear. But let us transfer this question into the corporate world. Even when female leadership is not a new topic. In general, gender doesn’t matter and diversity is no longer a buzzword lately. Here are my thoughts about female leadership.

Photo credits: Francois Mori

Personal growth in a male dominated world

My first experiences with (female) leadership happened to be in a male dominated world. Before starting my studies, together with two other young women, I finished the basic military training. We have been the first women that did this in this regiment while the law has been changed in that year. During the three month training, I learned how to act in a world, that was only ruled by men, discipline and obedience. Moving on into my first baby steps in the corporate world, even there I met a lot of male leaders and bosses. Several years later, I started a mentoring program for women and guess what: I wished to got a male mentor that would help me to understand my surroundings better. But, I was assigned to a female mentor and this was the best thing that could ever happen to me in this time. She showed me a totally new perspective on the things as well as on leadership and I am more than happy to stay in touch with her since nearly ten years. She helps me in my further career by living up to her values and that the personal characteristics of a woman are an enrichment for each team. The way a woman communicate, the openness and empathy are skills that we combine with the willing to compromise by simultaneous persistence. You can image how tough we can be when we are really into this new pair of shoes — and this project we want to bring alive. …


4.7 million pictures are tagged with #reallife on Instagram what’s a bit weird, because we all know that this is not really the place for the unfiltered things that happened in our everyday lives. Nevertheless, most of us are somehow part of that game. But, referring to the corporate world, how can we find a balance between digital networking and personal exchange? I will share my experiences …

Networking is an invest

When I was starting in my new position at the beginning of last year (and the same happens when I changed my position before), suddenly 20 kilometers between the two desks (aka offices) became endless. Even if I am still in the same company, I figured out that it was hard to keep the network alive with your former colleagues in everyday life. Of course, we are connected via LinkedIn, XING, Instagram, you name it and even our internal Social Intranet, but beside the colleagues that became friends and mentors it was and is sometimes hard to keep in touch. I thought a lot about why this is happening, why we are not taking the time to invest in our corporate network, even when you know what is happening in the others live through several pictures and stories that are published on social media. …


If you follow me a little longer, you maybe already know that there are (and have been) always at least two desks in my life: the business one at the office and my private one. This is why my blog is called deskgoals, because I would love to share my experiences how to balanced in both worlds.

Reflecting the possibilities of working from everywhere every time, I figured out that not only self-employed people can work as a Digital Nomad, but a lot of companies offers so-called mobile working and working at home for their employees. So does mine and there are quite days (not on a regular basis) where I work at home, sitting at my desk or dining table. …


Inspired by recent blog articles I read about Personal Branding (but this will be another topic), let’s have a look on your business online CV. When it comes to your business social networks, I assume that most of you have a profile on either LinkedIn or XING (or maybe both platforms). But are you really working with your profile or is it more or less a placeholder to be represented at the platform? When your profile is up-to-date, these kinds of networks can be a really booster for your career. …


A lot of my friends and colleagues would confirm that I am very tidy and neat. Maybe a little bit too neat :-) Nevertheless, it took me a while to met Maria Kondo on Netflix. The magical cleaning principle of this young Japanese woman allows women (and men) worldwide to rearrange and cleanse their belongings. „Just keep what makes you happy. Only own what you need“, she said and fingers on the pulse of the times.

Your virtual belongings

Finalizing my spring cleaning (with a bit if Marie Kondo influences) has also revealed digital dust collectors: my old laptop as well as approx. twenty CD-ROMs with old backups and data. Well, my old laptop is also the only possibility to read that CDs :-) … I recommend: as in every household, your digital household needs a cleaning from time-to-time and you will find a lot of stuff, that you actually do not need. Old data take away space and can even jeopardize the security on your laptop, smartphone and Co. …


Remembering the latest books I read, THE ONE THING by Gary Keller comes into my mind. Keller is showing how you can be more productive in your every day life. There have been four things I kept in mind that I would love to share with you.

Before I start with this, I would like to ask you to hold on for a few seconds and think about your tasks that are coming into your mind. Your business ones. Your private ones. Maybe there is the presentation for your boss. Maybe there are the flowers you should order for Mother’s Day (keep in mind, it’s on May 12th). And maybe there are the shirts waiting at your ironing board. I guess you’ll agree that none of the tasks have the same priority. …


You might know these days when there is this super urgent briefing that needs to be finished while your inbox is exploding with new e-mails. When day ends your sports outfit is calling for an hour in the gym and on your private smartphone WhatsApp, your inbox and whatever is going crazy with new messages. Aww — you need a new system.

In this busy times the Getting Things Done® method helps me to handle my deskgoals. The method is created by David Allen and consists of five simple steps. …

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Maike R.

Manager IT Technology and Cross Functions Communication & Media at automotive industry in Stuttgart, DE

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