FG: Hi Fanny can you summarize your professional background?
FW: Certainly. I first worked as an engineer for 2 years, then the human interest led me for 10 years as a commercial engineer and consultancy services company. Then curious International and dynamics of India and China, I completed an MBA and had the opportunity to go 5 years in India as a cross-cultural consultant and coach. Since 2013, I returned to France and I started my coaching business, speaker, author.
FG: How did you go to India? What was your experience there?
FW: I loved my stay, it was a revelation to me and changed my life. I went to India with a Visa X, that is to say, expatriate spouse. Although this visa ban to work, my desire and welded French network in Delhi allowed me to sign a local contract for the French group Safran. I then had a work visa as intercultural consultant to promote the harmonization of practices and fluidity of communication between the Indian engineers, German and French.
FG: How did you become a coach?
FW: Safran teams have called me a moment "coach" and they felt autonomous and now could fly on their own, my contract has stopped. then having time for myself, I followed a Master Coach 6 months from ICI, which proposed 10 days in France during the summer and the rest at bay, I could do from Delhi, with conference calls, skype , Intranet, personal work. Coaching aims to achieve a goal and allows a harmony between his thoughts, his emotions and his body, from his thoughts and emotions. By being in India, I took the opportunity to start my Iyengar yoga teacher training. The postures, asanas, also designed the harmony of thoughts, emotions, energy, soul and body, from the body. So I use sometimes as yoga and meditation in my coaching.
FG: What kinds of people are you coaching ?
FW: I coach mainly managers, entrepreneurs, business teams, the management school students and engineer, sporting high-level. I coach in individual and collective, possibly with some atypical environment as sailing, skiing, flight simulator, walking. I have 3 main topics: Jugaad innovation; intercultural communication and international negotiations; the confidence in itself, to a client or partner, management by trust and liberated companies.
FG: Are there any differences between coaching an Indian person and a French person ?
FW: There are cultural habits, so there may be a difference in the first meeting and the creation of trust. It is also important to be pretty comfortable in the language expressed, for example English. Then it's the same, because we are talking about human beings. At the same time, sometimes my Indian friends who live a long time in France of French attitudes when they start bitching and French nationality me an Indian posture by automatically transforming this constraint or difficulty into opportunity. So we laugh.
FG: For how long are you back in France?
FW: For almost 3 years.
FG: Could you explain what the "Jugaad innovation" is ?
With great pleasure. Jugaad means "resourcefulness" in Hindi. This is the equivalent of our French "système D". This really is the Indian way of life. In France, it's Navi Radjou, a Franco-Indian, who conceptualized the approach to make it accessible to westerners. I recommend his book Jugaad Innovation, in which he set out six principles:
- Turn any adversity into opportunity,
- Do more with less,
- Think and act flexibly,
- Keep It Simple,
- Including the excluded,
- Follow your intuition.
FG: What is the Jugaad training you facilitate?
The Jugaad training is intended for a person who wishes to go further in her/his project, or have a feeling of fluidity, performance, innovation and joy in his work. This training helps him out of his comfort zone and have an innovative attitude.
FG: What are the objectives and guidelines of Jugaad training?
The objectives of this "Jugaad innovation" training are both appropriate this approach and take one of its projects for new ideas and concrete actions.
FG: How to inquire and register for future sessions?
FW: You can register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next Jugaad innovation training are June 8-9 in Lyon, 21-22 June in Aix and in September in Paris.
FG: Do you return regularly to India?
FW: Since my return, I went once in Nepal and once in India. My dream is to return more often. I would like to accompany clients or when my book Dare to communicate Creating trust - Photographs from India, intercultural reflections, coaching exercises, prefaced by Laurence Vanhée and afterword by Matthieu Ricard, will be translated into English, I intend to lecture-signings India and Silicon Valley.
FG: Do you have an upcoming trip in preparation?
FW: Waiting for a trip to India, from Marseille, I sometimes go to Morocco, where I find some similarities in behavior of time, quality and cleanliness.
FG: If you close your eyes and think of India, what are the first image, the first sound, the first smell, the first taste, out of your memories?
FW: Old Delhi and swarming with saris of all colors, smells of spices, chai (Indian tea) and rice-dal, vegetables cooked by Mom of a good friend, horns, shouting and agitation with an ox cart, a cart pushed by two men, bicycle rickshaws, porters with their packet on the head, and all merchants and residents in every sense. Then this may be the Ladakh with its extensive desert mountains with greenery along rivers, Tibetan flags flutter in the wind and a monastery perched with curious children who came running to greet me.
FG: Thank you for this exchange. Namaste!
FW: Thank you for this interview. I really enjoyed myself traveling by thought. And I love to share my experience and learning. Namaste ()