We Believe In People! To celebrate this core value of ours, we asked some of the people we believe in to share their Kolibri experience. From their first day at the office to daily life at the company, getting used to life in Berlin, and much more… so today, meet Kim!
What’s your name and what do you do here?
My name is Kim and I’m in charge of Learning and Development.
What does that mean?
I do lots of things that are related to helping people grow and develop in their roles. From basics, like providing learning resources like books and online courses or subscriptions, to more high-level topics, like coming up with a quarterly review system, development plans, or helping leads in their roles, etc.
Where do you come from?
I am from Germany, Frankfurt am Main.
How long have you been in Berlin for?
A little over a year. I came here by sheer chance and luck in July 2018 and loved it so much that I wanted to stay.
How did you wind up in L&D? What’s your background?
I’m curious by nature. I love learning and I love input, so it was kind of a natural fit. I am always on the lookout for new things to learn. It makes me super happy when I can provide someone with resources or directly teach something to others and see that it facilitates their development. There is this magic that happens when people are engaged and share knowledge and experience that makes me super happy.
What’s the last thing that you learned?
Currently, I’m really into non-violent communication. I try to learn more about it from books, meetups and seminars. The goal here is for me to be better, but also for me to enable others to apply the principles of non-violent communication.
How do you feel about the Kolibri Games silent office?
I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. For me, it’s the feeling of working in a library but in the working world. It allows me to be productive while at the same time being part of the team. In the past, I had my own single office, which is quiet but you feel alone. Then you open the door and you no longer feel alone, but it’s loud. The silent office combines the best of both worlds.
Do you have an average working day?
What do your parents think you do for a living?
I love to share the blog posts that our brand team puts together. My parents probably think that I spend my days going on company holidays, being on boats, doing presentations and whatever else I share. That I somehow help people be happy with their job and perform well is secondary.
What’s your favorite thing on your desk?
Photos of friends. I have a monitor that I rarely use. Now I use it less and less because I stick more and more photos of friends on it.
Imagine you are on a deserted island and can only play one game, what would that be?
I would bring a Game Boy with Mario Picross.
What’s your favorite spot in the office?
Anywhere with a couch!
What piece of advice would you give new Kolibris for their first week?
Just dive in. Try to meet as many people as possible. Assume the very best in everyone. I found that whoever I talked to was open and welcoming and supportive.
What’s your favorite Kolibri memory?
You never know how the Friday nights turn out. Sometimes people leave early or I leave early. Sometimes you stick around and there is this group dynamic that emerges and people sit together and play stuff or dance. Someone puts on the music and suddenly everyone is on their feet dancing their hearts out to some ABBA song. A vibe that you can’t get at any club in Berlin. These nights are what I like to think back to most.