Sabine Harnau

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I add value to teams by …

What is it that you bring to the team which is the most useful?
enthusiastically taking responsibility for my contribution. Reliability is very important to me, and I do what it takes to complete my tasks. This isn't as boring as it sounds! As a communications expert, my job is creative problem solving for the benefit of the customer, while honouring the triple bottom line of people — planet — profit. This means that in order to achieve what I'm asked to do, I often need to challenge the status quo in order to create value for others. That's where my analytical skills and my preference for clear, articulate communication come in to make solutions approachable to everyone on the project and create a transparent, welcoming atmosphere.

The environments in which I thrive have …

What is your most effective working surroundings and headspace?
a good mix of quiet, solitary hours so I can go really deep into the subject matter and get sh*t done — and sociable meetings on video or face to face where we explore the work we're doing together and we need to come up with new ideas on the spot. I don't need that much to do good work: natural light, strong WiFi, electricity and coffee. Bonus points for a nearby bakery where I can pick up a mid-afternoon treat.

The teams in which I thrive in have ...

What are the personalities and skills you need along side you in your team?
a collaborative atmosphere and a good mix of skills and abilities. While I take pride in being organised, on bigger projects I love having an organiser on board — a VA, PA or project manager who can make sure all the different tracks, dates and deliverables are accounted for. People who are strong in historical context and who like thinking about the past can really complement my drive to innovate.

The stages of a project I work best at include …

Where in the process do you fit best or want to be involved?
Before the project has really started — when you're still planning. This is when I can add insight into time requirements, different stages and setting realistic goals so we can measure the project's success. But I also like to be involved in the execution phase. A huge part of any project's success depends on the finer details of execution, and this is where my attention for detail, organisation skills and my enthusiasm for getting sh*t done can really make a difference. Finally, to mis-quote a German football saying: after the project is before the project. I see projects as cycles of work, so the testing, learning & evaluation afterwards are very important to me. I like to learn what went well and what can be improved — and fix anything I can optimise easily.

The things which prevent me from doing my best are …

What are the things which really get in your way or slow you down?
a lack of trust and communication. My work is designed to reduce my clients' workload and make life easier for them, but I can only do this with their support: supplying information, giving me the opportunity to explain promising approaches, agreeing a course of action before any copy goes live. I can achieve the best outcomes when I understand my clients' goals so I can find the best way to achieve them through my craft.
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