Playing the clown for hospitalized children is a beautiful art form requiring creativity, improvisation, and mindfulness. And it's a way to give back. Being trained to become a Cliniclown, Emely fulfills an old dream, releasing her inner clown. She runs, does the downward-facing dog pose on the yoga mat, and the puppy takes her out for a walk. A voracious music listener, you can find her at every concert and festival, and sometimes even on stage as a singer. Currently, on her nightstand lies Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown, The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins, and Org Design for Design Orgs by Peter Merholz & Kristin Skinner. Thanks to a 16-year-long corporate career, she became overly passionate about human-centric product design and aspires now to help companies to transform themselves to be genuinely customer- and human-centric.
Emely does not have one hero. There are too many inspiring humans only to pick one! She finds it important to surround herself as much as possible with these heroes, as it’s deliciously contagious. The thing they all have in common is authenticity: knowing who you are, being true to it, and using your innate talent and character.
Asked about her life motto, she admits she has a sweater with "In a world where you can be anything, be kind." She believes in the power of kindness as a way to make people and systems grow. Never judging without knowing the person and his/her context is key to building connections & find common ground.
Young Emely, she'd advise that knowledge is not everything, and she should pay more attention to deepening her intuition. It leaves more room for creativity and is simply more fun too!
Finally, regularly stopping in your tracks and doing truly nothing is essential for actively considering if you are still doing the right things. A difficult to-create habit Emely attained during her sabbatical this year.
Why mentoring? She sees what it can do to people. It accelerates personal growth in both directions. A mentor moves you out of your comfort zone, provides an external mirror, and is an incentive to do something with the provided insights. Two can achieve more than one in a safe and pleasant environment.
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