Denmark is a fantastic country in so many ways. But my God, networking can feel like an impossible mission in this Nordic monoculture with its strict private-public boundaries.
Having said that, I feel that cultivating a network, in addition to learning Danish and actively participating in Danish culture, is absolutely crucial for integration and progress in Denmark.
So what to do?
It’s here and how!
I recently received an incredible outpouring of interest and support after asking a question on LinkedIn: “Are you an expat who loves Denmark but wants to connect more and be part of a deeper, more meaningful professional network?”
My personal experience in Denmark, together with the countless conversations I have had with expats, makes me believe that for the vast majority, the answer to my question is a resounding yes! Denmark is wonderful… but the deeper connection and the creation of a professional network is a great challenge.
One thing is to want to say yes to stepping into the network arena, but purely practical: where and how?
Well, I am proud to say that together with the organization Goodtalks I will run an expat network starting in March 2022, which will focus on connecting on a deeper and more vulnerable level, and at the same time develop professional Nordic management tools with fantastic guest experts!
Goodtalks is a fast-growing organization that fights for equality in leadership, vulnerable leadership and networking with a focus on giving.
Recently on my podcast, I spoke with Pernille Sandberg Bech, Goodtalks CEO, about the power of networking, unhappy leadership, and common interests in facilitating networking.
I have many years of experience with expat culture in Denmark, and I know the benefits of networking across borders and cultures.
With the network, we want to create a community where expats can share experiences and professional knowledge in a vulnerable environment, while focusing on themes such as leadership, vulnerability, connectivity and the power of networking.
We want people in the network to feel psychologically safe and to be among their peers. We want them to feel inspired and cultivate concrete strategies for leading or navigating the Nordic management paradigm. We want them to embrace a platform that allows for giving, openness and growth.
I am excited to engage with other internationals who are ready to engage in an open way to grow both professionally and personally.
I believe that we will thus continue to make the Danish experience even stronger, while at the same time helping to solve one of the key challenges of working and living in Denmark as an expat.
Source: The Nordic Page