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Volkmar Völzke and I met at a networking event about 10 years ago. When he started his newsletter, Friday Noon Memo, I was hooked on this tidbit of information every week. He also toots that he is a "Success Maximizer" and I do believe this to be true!

He offers his services in English or German, and targets ambitious leaders who are looking to take their career to the next step.

You can stay in touch through his newsletters, which contain invaluable leadership ideas and tips every week, like clockwork, at noon on Fridays. We caught up with Volkmar to find out a bit more about his background. We have found the following Friday Noon Memo teasers quite interesting, among the many I receive:

  • The 3 crucial questions before you hire someone
  • How to strengthen team bonding
  • Time for spring cleaning in your leadership
  • Making the invisible visible
  • How to Turn Threats into Opportunities

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?
I started New Pace Consulting mainly in order to be able to implement my experience and ideas directly with customers after 20 years in large companies. The greatest inspiration was to start something new in life and succeed with it.

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Guillaum Grisel, Chair of the Lausanne Chapter

Lausanne, 29 September 2021 – The official launch of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) Lausanne Chapter has been celebrated on 29 September in Lausanne in the presence of Her Excellency Jane Owen, British Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The topic of the evening, “Sports industry: A territory of opportunities and transformation”, was presented by Susan Goldsworthy OLY, Affiliate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Change at IMD Business School, award-winning author and an Olympic finalist and European/Commonwealth medallist alongside Christiaan Page, Founder of Legacy Sport, a firm that specializes in technology solutions for sports events.

The Lausanne Chapter team is composed of Guillaume Grisel, Partner at Bonnard Lawson and Chapter Chair, Finn Toennessen, Director of Business Development at Microshare.io, Laurine Chiarini, Head of International Link at the Vaud Chamber of commerce and industry and Nicholas Creak, Senior Vice President at Lombard Odier Group.

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Interview on Dukascopy TV

A knowitall.ch fan recently wrote to us about Denyse Drummond-Dunn, "I had a great pleasure to experience Denyse’s Coaching sessions and highly recommend her as a Coach, as well as her PAINT program. Denyse’s approach and coaching skills are very unique and different from anything I have seen before and for me her PAINT process worked really well. It was fun, energizing and intellectually, intuitively and energetically stimulating and opened up some new opportunities that I did not think about before."

We couldn't wait to find out more, and learned that Denyse has a new activity apart from her business speaking, consulting and training site: C3Centricity. The new activity involves a Coaching process called PAINT, and can be found under her website Finding-Your-Happy.com.

What has been the inspiration?
I have always loved to help people however I can. While in my various corporate jobs, as I climbed the ladder I supported other women to reach for their dreams. Since setting up my consultancy, many ex-colleagues asked for advice, reviews of their CVs and even introduction to my huge global network of friends and acquaintances. As I have worked in over 120 countries, I can usually find someone to reach out to in most large organisations.

The recent covid lockdown brought many more such requests as people were becoming unhappy with their situation and started rethinking what they want to change in their life. After so many requests around the middle of the year I decided that I could support even more people if I started to define a repeatable process that would help in any area of a person’s life, to bring back more happiness.

I then published a website and started running regular complimentary webinars to teach the process. From there I started working 1-2-1 with some of the participants and hence my private coaching practice was born.

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When Dr. Paul Vanderbroeck (Dutch/Swiss) contacted knowitall.ch about a new publication that he and Jannie Aasted Skov-Hansen (Danish) wrote together, we were curious to know more. This book shares real-life insights into the challenges and opportunities for International Career Couples (ICC). If you are one half of a career couple, you will certainly be interested in getting your hands on a copy of Here We Are – The International Career Couple Handbook. Read on to enter our competition to win a copy!

He has a background of managing talent in multinational organizations, is an Executive Coach, and a researcher and speaker on gender balance and leadership development. She is a Human Resource professional, specializing in global people mobility, and a founder of a global career consultancy. We thought a few questions were in order to understand more.

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?
This book is grounded in our personal experiences as partners in International Career Couples, our encounters with the many couples we’ve befriended during our respective stints as expatriates, and our exchanges with talented individuals in our professional roles. From these engagements we learned, first separately and then as a team, that International Career Couples:

  • are distinct from other dual-career couples;
  • are not getting the support they need and deserve—from employers, publications or coaches;
  • provide an opportunity for international talent management;
  • are a complex organisation;
  • can be successful and sustainable if they apply best practices from organisations.


WRS' Morning Team: Mark Butcher, Katt Cullen, and Tay Kinnear


Switzerland’s only English language radio station offers businesses free advertising, but needs financial help to stay on-air. World Radio Switzerland (WRS) is offering free advertising to small businesses across the country in a unique response to the coronavirus.

Switzerland’s only fully English language radio station says it is supporting as many small businesses as possible during the lockdown. In return, the station's loyal audience have started making cash donations to make sure it stays on air.

Station manager and Breakfast Show host, Mark Butcher says, “We are a small business - and we understand the pressures the lockdown is putting on all of us. We are trying to do as much as we can to help.”

Over 25 small businesses have already taken WRS up on the offer. The companies just pay for the production of a professional radio commercial - and then WRS broadcasts it for free for 6 weeks. WRS had already provided over Fr. 100,000.- of free airtime support.

Butcher says, “Many of our larger advertisers have had to cancel or suspend their campaigns for the time being. We understand their reasons for that. But it now means we have plenty of space and we are offering it to small companies so we can help others.”

WRS is a small privately owned business itself and it relies completely on advertising for its revenue. The lockdown means that cash for the next few months will be very difficult - but an ongoing call for financial donations from listeners may help bridge some of the gap.