Branka van der Linden is the founder of Meaningful Synergies, Holistic Business Consulting, Training & Events Company. As a visionary founder, accomplished bestselling author, master facilitator of Points of You methodology, franchise owner, and co-creator of the “Speak Up concept,” her innovative thinking and problem-solving skills have shaped organizations worldwide. Her unwavering commitment to integrity is the cornerstone of her success. One word that describes her best is Resourceful.

Charting the Path & Aspiring Beyond Horizons

We started the interview by asking, “Explain your background and “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” in detail.”

Brankya replied, “Famous adage says: “Don’t let anybody who ain’t been in your shoes tell you how to tie your shoelaces!” I am Branka van der Linden, the founder of Meaningful Synergies Holistic Business Consulting, Training & Events company. With two decades of experience, my journey has been driven by a commitment to making a lasting impact in various domains and projects. As a seasoned leader, accomplished bestselling author, master facilitator of Points of You methodology, franchise owner, and co-creator of the “Speak Up concept,” my innovative thinking and problem-solving skills have affected organizations worldwide.

In simple worlds, Meaningful Synergies is the place where synergies happen. We believe that life is an echo. You get back what you give, which is why the core of our work focuses on empowerment, respect, and integrity.”

The Worlds Times: What are your goals?

Brankya replied, “My goals encompass a multifaceted approach. Firstly, I aim to further establish Meaningful Synergies as a prominent player in holistic business consulting, training, and events, by impacting more businesses and people.

This involves expanding our reach globally and continuing to provide innovative solutions for personal and professional development and instilling lifelong-learning mindset. Additionally, I aspire to contribute significantly to the fields of women’s empowerment and children rights, leveraging my expertise to make meaningful advancements in these areas.

On a personal level, my commitment extends to mentoring and inspiring leadership through roles such as the Country Chair for the G100 initiative for Corporate Governance, Global Women Development Network, Community Development Foundation and more. I am dedicated to making a difference, one step at the time.”

Unveiling the Powerhouse & Navigating the Uncharted

The Worlds Times: What do you feel is the biggest strength of “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” right now?

Brankya replied, “One thing I learned through experience and BNI University, is that the “Your network is your net worth.” Our strong team of associates, partners, supporters and long-term clients is the biggest strength we could wish for. When we build healthy culture of dialogue and relationships, our resourcefulness steadily grows.”

The Worlds Times: What was the path you took to get to where you are today?

Brankya replied, “The Road less traveled… My journey has been characterized by a combination of education, hard failures, diverse professional experiences, and a commitment to continuous learning. At times it felt very lonely, and I think my stubbornness helped me to persevere and overcome many harsh realities of the world. I have invested thousands of hours in delivering essential skills training, especially in multicultural environments, leaving no stone unturned in my pursuit of excellence. My diverse roles, from the boardrooms as the Secretary of the Board of the Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) to international collaborations as several Boards Advisor, have contributed to shaping the multifaceted professional I am today.”

From Passion to Purpose

The Worlds Times: Why did you start “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES”?

Brankya replied, “I fell in love with an innovation project, and I needed a company. In essence, the creation of “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” was inspired by a deep-rooted desire to make a lasting impact, offer innovative and transformative solutions, and contribute to the continuous development of individuals and organizations in a dynamic and ever-evolving business landscape. Driven by a genuine commitment to social responsibility, our initiatives extend beyond business-centric goals. Through our holistic approach, we aim to create a ripple effect that positively impacts both the business world and the communities we serve.”

Navigating Leadership Challenges

The Worlds Times: What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome during the journey of your leadership?

Brankya replied, “Establishing and fostering the growth of Meaningful Synergies, with no starting capital, in the competitive landscape of holistic business posed significant challenge. The undertaking involved building a reputation for excellence and also cultivating trust and strategically expanding our global footprint. This required tremendous patience and practicing empathy and compassion. The commitment to mentor startups and young entrepreneurs brought its own set of challenges and obstacles. Striking a delicate balance between the varied needs and expectations of mentees while providing meaningful guidance required a leadership approach that was both structured and flexible. The biggest challenge though, I must admit, was to integrate family time in my ambitious career plans.”

Embracing the Essence

The Worlds Times: What do you value the most about “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” vision?

Brankya replied, “The ‘Meaningful” vision is not merely about providing business solutions but centers around nurturing a profound sense of zeal and zest in individuals and organizations. This vision is about inspiring a vibrant energy that propels individuals to overcome challenges with creativity, resilience, and an eagerness to embrace new opportunities. It emphasizes the importance of finding joy and fulfillment in the journey, and spreading the enthusiasm. When I hear it I think of energy, persistence, liveliness and warmth.”

Strategic Brilliance

The Worlds Times: What are the strategies of “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” and how do you stand unique from your competitors?

Brankya replied, “In the realm of business, individuality is inherent. Just as two people are precisely alike in their thoughts, abilities, and behaviors. The same holds true for businesses. At “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES,” our distinctive approach lies in recognizing and celebrating the uniqueness within each individual. Our team comprises highly skilled and passionate professionals, each bringing their distinct strengths and perspectives to the table.

Our strategy revolves around harnessing the power of this diversity and individuality, emphasizing that our team members not only possess academic expertise but also boast real-life experience. We take a hands-on approach, incorporating practical examples that bring our strategies to life. We believe that by embracing the unique qualities of each team member, coupled with their practical experiences, we can offer unparalleled insights and solutions to our clients.

The core values that guide us—integrity, reliability, lifelong learning, respect, and purpose—form the foundation of our strategies. What sets us apart from our competitors is not only the quality of our services but the genuine commitment to our Mission: “Global impact, successful businesses, and happy people. Our secret recipe!” This commitment, coupled with a team that brings both theoretical knowledge and hands-on expertise through practical examples and variety of industries, defines the distinctive character of “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” in the competitive landscape.”

Navigating Challenges & Future Horizons

The Worlds Times: What are the key values which helped you to overcome the challenges in your path? Tell us something about your memorable incident in your leadership?

Brankya replied, “The key values that have helped me overcome challenges include integrity, innovation, and a commitment to continuous learning. Upholding integrity as the cornerstone of success has guided my decision-making and actions, ensuring a principled approach in navigating complex situations. There was a time when I had to choose between a paycheck and uncertain entrepreneurial income, where I felt my voice was being diminished, skills undervalued and my integrity has been challenged by organization values that became mere words on the corporate wall. What helped me make a decision was an affirmation: “Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.”

The Worlds Times: How do you see “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” changing in two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

Brankya replied, “I must admit I am somewhat superstitious person…with my upbringing couldn’t have it otherwise, so instead of just telling about it, I invite you to look me up in two years and see where MEANINGFULSYNERGIES has made the most impact. Creating change happens by doing not saying…”

Unlocking Success

The Worlds Times: What benefits are clients getting from “MEANINGFULSYNERGIES” in this competitive world?

Brankya replied, “Great consideration, lot of research, not taking decisions likely and painting “the bigger picture”. Most of all, clients get really personal touch, dedication and humanistic approach. We leave automation to technology, so we can spend time with our clients. We want your business to succeed, but more importantly, we want you to be HAPPY.”

Closing Words from Branka van der Linden

The Worlds Times: Would you like to say anything else to our viewers?

Human experience could be one of many; to be a human we need to nurture the ability to be humane. The best traits of it, for harmonious co-existence and peace.” Brankya concluded

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