Coaching

We coach virtually and analogue, nationally and internationally..

Our experience lies in the following areas:

Communication

communication style, image & presence, presenting, managerial effectiveness, intercultural communication, logical & associative reasoning 

Attitude

comfort zones, lifestyle and attitude, Weltanschauung, humanism, creative diligence, respect & consideration, expatriate preparation & reintegration

Leadership

leading & following, start & change situations, leadership style, leadership culture, influence and persuasion

Career

sharpening of profile, career strategies, concept of self, core qualities vs strengths & weaknesses, unearthed potential, interaction patterns

Role

power constellation, networking, change of roles

Dialogue, Discussion partner

Discussion partner or coach

All the topics listed above - and many more - can be worked on in different postures. You can choose the approach of the coach, where help for self-help is in the foreground, or the approach of the discussion partner. The discussion partner is more independent of the other person's thought world and life and can bring his own reality into the conversation in a contrasting way. It is precisely through the representation of another reality that tensions arise which promise creative potential. The rubbing of two points of view and the gradual approach favors the conjugation of a multitude of different options. The goal of this game of thesis and antithesis, imaginable thesis and not yet conceived hypothesis is always the sustainable synthesis.

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Our speciality: discussion partner for multinational settings!

When working in intercultural settings, the coaching approach of helping people to help themselves might come under pressure. Helping people to help themselves argues that as a choachee, I already have all the answers to my questions within myself. It is just as a result of being coached well – through using the systemic questions techniques and constructive interventions, for example – that I shall discover the path lying ahead of me.’ Especially in business settings, where distinct corporate cultures on top of regional cultural differences introduce a second layer of complexity to the constellation, the classical coaching strategy might not be effective. For example: a person coming from a culture and business environment where one’s word, once spoken or written, is binding might struggle with an environment where an initial agreement might just be the beginning of a process of flexible cooperation with frequent changes to the agreement. Here the coach would have the role of introducing a different concept, a different way of going about things that are culturally determined and highly regarded in this particular culture. Only after background information has been sketched and the setting been explained can the situation be addressed through solution-driven reflection. In this mode, the coach becomes more of a discussion partner who can provide intelligence and enable understanding of novel parameters.

Coaching, change and attitude

Coaching is a process which transports people from where they are to where they want to be. A business coach provides positive support and feedback on an individual or group basis to improve personal/group effectiveness in a given business setting. Coaching as support for managers is temporary. It is aimed at achieving a clearly defined change in perspective and behavior.

Change is a word that is easily pronounced, written, demanded and wished for. In order for change to be more than an ephemeral phenomenon, work has to be done on the foundations on which individual behavioral and thinking patterns are built. As long as these waters are murky, as long as the understanding of one’s own setup is blurred, no effort to change will be a lasting success.

Often coaching objectives are defined as: enhance this or fine-tune that, improve here and adjust there… It sounds as if a coachee just has to check in at a repair shop to have his or her engine serviced. The work done, she or he drives off into a brighter and more effective future, pleasing all the surrounding onlookers. Nice if this approach works, which sometimes it just might!