Isabella Zaczek

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Business excellence expert Isabella Zaczek, in brief.

Isabella Zaczek

Home: Between Ruhr, Rhein and Main, Germany.  Age: 44 and just getting started.  Profession: Passionate fixer.  Alma mater: Proud alumna of the Glasgow College of Food Technology.  Languages spoken: German, English and reviving my beloved Spanish.

Current project: Finally getting my podcast ready for rave public review and wild consumption!  Recent professional development: Leaving global corporate after 18 years to start my own consulting business.  Now managing two enterprise logistics software companies.  Latest accomplishment: Uprooting my life in Colorado after nine years to move back to Germany during a pandemic.  Latest contribution to others: Having served on two non-profit boards in Denver, I am "desperately" looking for one in Germany.  Last book read: Infinite Game, by Simon Sinek.

Personality profile: Quick wit, eclectic taste, direct beyond belief.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Passion and commitment for real change and the uncomfortable analysis it takes.  Because the reward is what greatness and legacy is all about.  What natural talent have you neglected? My creative side, photography and writing.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Visiting beloved friends in Australia.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? The fewer people the better and privacy.  What is your go-to workout? My Peloton bike.

What show(s) have you repeatedly watched? The West Wing and The Newsroom (over and over again).  Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My late mother, the best coach and wisest sage there ever was.  What is the best advice you received growing up? Get up and try again.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Choose your battles wisely.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Video conferencing.  What is your favorite app? Facebook (seriously), to stay in touch with my friends around the world.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Changing the mindset of people glorifying the past to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly, the present and future holds for the better.  What change would you like to see in the world? The return of decency and integrity.  What widely held belief do you reject? There is no war for talent… it has been a war ON talent for quite a while.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The rise of stupidity and aggression.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Uncomfortable Truths.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? The young Meryl Streep.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A war correspondent.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t give your power to others.  What day in your life would you like to re-live? My last vacation with my mother.  What period in your life would you do differently if you could? My twenties and thirties... oh boy!

Personal mission: To create a group of superhumans, X-men and women, and misfits, who do not match the common stereotype of a consultant, in order to help businesses soar through transformation and changes, breaking down silos, aligning processes to people and to make simple sexy again.  Personal motto: Your uncomfortable truths are the foundation of permanent (r)evolution!  Favorite quote: "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn" (Gore Vidal).

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