Who is behind @norbertomoreau you know from Social Media?
A quick Overview! - Reporting about my life in 3 timeframes. Business life on the top, life as single dad with online businesses in Germany, Hong Kong, Spain and the challenge of the next steps.
In 2014 my daughter went to Hong Kong to finish her high school, to study intensive Mandarin, to make an internship in an international electronic company and to study Marketing. She finished University in 2019 and is working now as Marketing Manager in Hong Kong. She is doing great and I'm proud of her.
Even I felt sad through the distance, this enabled me to disrupt my safety concerns of recent years and risk a few ideas.
Looking back now, I enjoyed two intensive sections of life. First business on the top and second family life extreme.
Time to become influenced of people better than me and scale up for more excellence. – The process of change creates excellence in business and private life!
How your business life has changed as single dad?
In 1992 my daughter was born. My wife and I separated a year later. After a few months I took over our daughter as a single dad. Soon it turned out that I would be for the next 2 decades father and mother in one person. And this was a serious life changer!
After a while combining business and kid I took the decision to force more my IT capabilities than my sale skills.
With it I adapted my businesses to the new life, reduced my traveling activities related to commercial real estate, settled in town and used my knowledge to consult a real estate master franchiser, constructors and an IT company.
For these companies I organized and gave seminars, spent weekends as speaker and seminar trainer, built up sales teams, wrote dynamic conference presentations for different audiences and improved the software solution for the real estate franchise.
With a constructor I managed a real estate master franchise he bought for South Germany. Together with real estate entrepreneurs we opened a chain of franchise offices from Berlin, Frankfurt, Wuerzburg, Nuremberg, Ingolstadt, Munich to cities in the far south. We were the fastest growing and most successful starter of RE/MAX Europe.
As an office we took a historical building with park in Nürnberg, which was renovated and expanded by the builder. We integrated a restaurant where our team of 120 freelancers could invite their customers and close deals. All seminars for the chain of offices could be done there. Logistically perfect to have my daughter along, but I had my 20 hour day again.
As the US franchiser was growing in Germany and they settled up own educational branches like in USA, I sold my participation and signed a one years consulting contract with a local IT provider in Schweinfurt, Germany.
The owner faced an extreme growth and was more dedicated to hardware than software and HR problems.
After moving to the city I was having an office there and a direct computer line to the company at home which gave me the flexibility to attend the changing needs of my daughter.
There were three challenges. First, integrate software developers from other cities by VPN and supervise the project managers. Second, add new software elements to their regional platform (from a local news and a dating section to internet radio). Third, solving human resource problems which occurred when buying and merging local ex competitors. Teamwork was impossible, it had to be solved through seminars, incentives and some employees had to be replaced.
The next step brought me and my daughter to Hong Kong and then to a German constructor in Spain.
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