“In leadership, professionalism and humanity are not mutually exclusive .“
What drives me
What can we achieve if we allow ourselves and others to be who we really are? How much energy can we put into our real goals without the daily “power play” and without the annoying roles we think we have to play? How often do we hide our weaknesses and avoid any conflict?
And how often do we allow ourselves to be guided by unconscious biases while working with other cultures, generations and sectors, without simply addressing the person in front of us in order to curiously and openly see who they are?
I would like to help you overcome these barriers and support you in finding your own path to a clear and honest communication for your team, your company and for yourself, in order to build a culture of mutual understanding and shared learning. All these improvements will lead automatically also to better results.
How I came to do what I do
My path into the international world and into science
It took me a few years with detours along the way to understand what I really love to do and do best in life. Many international experiences, surrounded by wonderful people, but also crises and challenges overcome with effective coaching have brought me to where I always wanted to be: To support people in realizing their full potential.
The common thread in my career is communication between people across borders. After studying Romance and German studies in Germany, France and Spain, I worked as a representative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Caracas, Venezuela. It was only there, after many pitfalls and misunderstandings, that I realized how important intercultural competence is. Back in Germany, I therefore earned my PhD in Linguistics about cultural differences in Academia, followed by interesting years as a research assistant in international projects.
Discovering myself and discovering the coaching world
Based on my working experiences abroad and as a mother of three children, I realized, that I prefer working with people rather than doing research and analyzing academic texts, and that I can use not only my mind but also my heart and intuition as powerful resources. The logical consequence of this was my work as an intercultural trainer and becoming a Co-Active Coach (CPCC). Additionally, I did the one-year International Leadership Program by the Coach Training Institute (CTI) which strengthened and deepened my work with international leaders.
Meanwhile, with almost 2000 hours of coaching experience, I am certified as a professional coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the largest international umbrella organization. This means that I am committed to ongoing training and adhering to the ethical standards of the ICF.
My work with my international clients
As a coach, I work internationally and multilingually in various sectors. I particularly enjoy working with international teams and with leaders who also want to grow personally. And I am also back working in higher education. Since 2006, I’ve been teaching Intercultural Management at the ESB Business School in Reutlingen, and giving trainings and offering coaching at several universities and business schools. This is a wonderful way for me to combine my academic roots with my passion for human resources and personal development, and I am grateful for the wonderful clients from all type of backgrounds that I have been able to support so far.