This week, we're taking a look at life in the city. Learn about urban health, co-working, and self-growth - as well as penguins. Yes, that's right, Zoku's bringing you penguins.
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TUESDAY 19 MARCH 2019 | EDITION 6
Did you know that the colonel-in-chief of Norway’s King’s Guard is a penguin? Sir Nils Olav III is the world’s most senior-ranked bird. He lives in Edinburgh Zoo. At a ceremony held in his honor, King Harald the Fifth of Norway commented that the penguin was “in every way qualified to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood.”
YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
HOW TO STOP BEING A PEOPLE PLEASER

HOW TO STOP BEING A PEOPLE PLEASER

PERSONAL GROWTH | 3-minute read

Do you find yourself saying ‘yes’ to projects, even when you have too much work? How about agreeing to a meeting you already know will be pointless? This behavior might endear you to people in the short-term, but it will hold your career back in the long-term. This article offers four easy ways to overcome your people-pleasing tendencies.

WHY NOISE IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

WHY NOISE IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

WELLBEING | 10-minute video

More and more of us are living and working in busy cities, which means our lives have never been noisier. In this TED Talk, noise researcher Mathias Basner explains the impact a noisy life has on human health. Just remember to keep the volume down while you’re watching it.

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO LAUNCH A COWORKING SPACE

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO LAUNCH A COWORKING SPACE

GLOBAL NOMADS | 3-minute read

Have you ever sat down in the Zoku coworking space and found yourself wondering how it all came to be? We know first-hand how much thought, creativity and sweat goes into establishing the right environment for people to work in. This article lays out the challenges involved with designing an office away from the office.

MEET THE RESIDENT
Each week, we profile a Zoku community member - hit reply if you'd like to be featured!
Kim Smouter-Umans
Kim Smouter-Umans is the Head of Public Affairs and Professional Standards at ESOMAR, representing the interests of the data, research and analytics sector. Based in Brussels but travelling near-weekly to his HQ in Amsterdam, he defines a 'resident', having stayed with us over 60 times.

What is your role?
I lead a small team of experts who are responsible for leading advocacy efforts in front of governments and the general public and enforcing a code of ethical and professional conduct within our membership.
Why Zoku?
I've been in my job for over 5 years now, and during that time we have tried different accommodation options, from hotel chains like Novotel and Room Mate, to renting a function apartment. Each of them had disadvantages - especially as I travel so frequently.

Zoku proved to be a godsend. I appreciate the exceptional atmosphere very much - it is cosy but extremely professional and attentive to customer needs. The rooms are extremely well designed and well appointed - that pepper smell from the Marie-Stella-Maris soaps is such a signature. It's the little touches that make Zoku such a pleasure to come back to - that plus the team's willingness to work with my employer and I to find the best solutions.

Which book have you gifted the most, and why?
Strange as it may be, the book I have gifted the most was one of my own making, I write science-fiction novels and I love to gift my first and only finished ones to friends to see if they like it and whether they encourage me to write more.

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