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Christian Wulff, Lea-Sophie Cramer, Sabine Eckhardt on life crises and new beginnings

2021-02-25T12:46:29.514Z

It can affect anyone and everyone: At the peak of success, it tears you down into a deep crisis. Now to get up again - how does that work? Ex-politician Christian Wulff and ex-ProSiebenSat.1 board member Sabine Eckhardt know it.



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Liberated: After his resignation as Federal President, Christian Wulff radically questioned himself - and found encouraging answers

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Now she is ex-board member.

It's the day after, after the biggest defeat of her career.

Sabine Eckhardt, 48, formerly Head of Sales and Marketing at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, sits in the Munich tram and looks out the window.

It is April 2019, she leaves Bogenhausen behind, drives over the Isar, the English Garden passes by.

She has a coffee in a café on Viktualienmarkt.

"It was a wonderfully relaxed day." Take a deep breath.

Eckhardt had withstood the new CEO Max Conze, 51, for eleven months.

Sure, she would have liked to get the top job at the media company herself.

Instead, he went to a newcomer to the vacuum cleaner business with rough manners and diametrical ideas about leadership.

That was "a disappointment".

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Steadfast: When Sabine Eckhardt realizes that her new boss has a completely different style than she does, she gives up her executive job at ProSiebenSat.1

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Eckhardt still tries Conze, she has been with the company for 15 years, she likes it there.

"I kept saying to myself: be constructive, seek dialogue."

But after a short time Eckhardt is one of the last remaining Vor-Conze board members, and his colleagues have long since gotten tired of the newcomer.

When the collaboration didn't get better, she "belonged within".

On walks, she talks to her husband, her best friend, her mother, visits the Brandhorst Collection alone, lets Twombly's huge flower paintings soak on her for hours - she wants to get a different perspective on her own situation.

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