In this series, we are interviewing members of our club, so that you can get to know each other a bit better. Today we talk with Annekathrin Tasiaux about her life and work in the region.
What brought you to the French Riviera? How long have you been here?
We discovered Nice in October 2018 in the middle of a 2 year sailing adventure with my family. Since we liked it so much, we came back the following winter and were stuck in the harbour until May 2020 due to the lockdown. By then it was already decided that we would not return back home. We sailed off again for the summer and then the kids started school in Nice in September.
Could you tell us about your professional career? What do or did you do for work?
I grew up in a family business where I was able to get to know all business areas. After my international business and economics studies, I gained experience working in different divisions and as an executive.
Before leaving on our sailing trip, I worked a few years as general manager at the German subsidiary of a company managing industrial projects.
What does the company that you work for do?
Here in Nice I actually have two small businesses.
Working as solution-focused, systemic coach, I am empowering individuals and teams to discover their next steps and move forward.
There are moments when it can be extremely difficult to take a decision, or when conflicts arise where we simply cannot see a solution, teams fall apart instead of working together.
All of these (and many more) are situations where I am happy to offer support.
Working together, people regain access to their resources and potential. I invite them to discover new perspectives as well as alternative courses of action and accompany the change process.
And, we own an old Bergerie (1614!!!) close to Lucéram (45min from Nice), which is the perfect place for corporate events, family reunions or just relaxing holidays 😉
Why did you decide to start your own business?
Somehow it just feels like like I am getting back to my roots. Being self-employed provides many advantages and certainly also some disadvantages.
However, it allows me to do what I always enjoyed the most: working with people and helping them to find their way.
What would be your best advice to others thinking about living or working on the French Riviera?
I recommend it 100%. There is something for everybody: the sea, the mountains, great food, all kinds of sports, a lovely mix of people …. I just avoid July and August – too hot and too many people.
Fun facts about Annekathrin Tasiaux!
Since when do you live on the French Riviera?
Where are you originally from?
What is your favourite wine?
Rosé from Domaine Pieretti, Cap Corse
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
We are mainly sailing. So this are my best places with view from the sea: Menton, Iles des Lérins, Villefranche. (anyway, the most beautyful places can be found in Corsica)
What French word, expression or sentence do you find very difficult to pronounce?
L’oeuf et les oeufs – I never know the correct pronunciation