Xenia Meuser is the Vice President of Human Resources at XING SE. After her dual business degree she started her career in 1998 in the personnel department of Tchibo. Three years later she moved to the Otto Group, focusing on executive consultancy, conceptual personnel work, opportunity management, and recruiting in Web 2.0.
Q. DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL OR LIFE MOTTO?
A. My life motto is flexibility and independence. For me, change is a constant driver and independence a primary life goal.
Q. WHAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE STANDS OUT IN YOUR MEMORY?
A. My training as a system coach taught me a lot about myself. I discovered my interest in system dynamics and this knowledge has become a solid foundation for how I live my life day to day.
Q. WHAT CAN YOU NOT LAUGH ABOUT?
A. As the saying goes, "Humor always has a grain of truth". In this respect I can laugh at many things, as long as it does not degrade others or is deliberately hurtful.
Q. WHAT’S SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL YOU’VE PURCHASED Yourself RECENTLY?
A. Just yesterday an outrageously expensive pair of sunglasses.
Q. WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU NEVER GIVE AWAY?
A. My kindle! For me there is not one book. Even with books I love variety: From crime thrillers, science fiction to nonfictio - it’s all on my cloud.
Q. WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ALIVE?
A. By the sea or when I dance with my children to loud music in the living room.
Q. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
A. In God, free will, and that man can reach all from within.
Q. WHERE IS YOUR MOST PEACEFUL PLACE?
A. The Sea.
Q. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST GOOD DEED?
A. What is a good deed? When I give up my seat on the bus for an elderly lady, help a mother to push the stroller from the subway, go to the cathedral with my children? What touched me most recently was helping a little boy who had lost his father while shopping. When I took him by the hand, he said that we would find Papa together. His youthful trust touched me deeply and I was glad to help him find his Papa.
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU DREAMED ABOUT recently?
A. I dream every night about my daily experiences and things that had moved me.
Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC?
A. Querbeet, depending on my mood.
Q. WHAT IS MORE DIFFICULT for you: STARTING OR STOPPING?