YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.
You and your aspirations and your dreams. Your fears and your anger, your sadness and your joy. Your self-doubts, your judgments, and your desires. I invite you to bring and discover your whole self.
I PARTNER WITH YOU TO FIND AGENCY AND PURPOSE in a world that is messy beyond control. This can mean to figure out how to transform your career so that it is in line with your values and needs. It can mean to learn to communicate more clearly, confidently, and compassionately. It can mean to gain trust in yourself as a leader (and you may or may not be in a position of formal authority to practice leadership). And it can mean a whole lot of other things.
If you believe, even if just for a moment, that you do not have to do this alone, you have come to the right place.
I OFFER YOU PRESENCE, CARE, AND CURIOSITY. I offer to partner with you to support you in moving towards clarity of your goals and action points, as well as activating the resources that you will need to execute them. I celebrate your successes with you. I offer you a space that is both safe and challenging enough for your CURRENT YOU to start evolving into your FUTURE YOU.
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS.
The power of coaching only unfolds with your commitment to walk the talk. It’s a lot like exercise or meditation in that sense. Doing it every once in a while, or only for the first three weeks of the new year, is unlikely to get you where you want to be. It’s only through daily practice that we change thought patterns and behaviours. This is why my coaching offer is more like a gym membership or a meditation programme: to support you to follow through with your intentions.
30 minutes discovery call
We meet for a (free) 30 minutes discovery call on Zoom. We get to see each other in action and find out if we want to schedule a first coaching session.
First coaching session: 90-120 minutes Journey Mapping
This first session is designed to help you clarify your FUTURE YOU and to establish milestones and new practices (daily habits) that you want to integrate into your life because they are likely to lead to your goal. We will also explore current obstacles so that we can find the best possible Daily Questions for you at this point that will guide you through these obstacles. The Daily Questions will be your companion for two weeks. When the two weeks are up, you decide if continuing to work with me is a worthwhile investment of your time and money. You have then three paths to choose from.
DAILY QUESTIONS PATH
The most powerful element of this path are the daily questions that we have designed in our initial Journey Mapping session. These questions are tailored to your goal and to your obstacles. They support you in following through with your intentions and in building effective habits. The Daily Questions are your daily dose of discipline and encouragement from me.
In addition, we have one 30 minute 1-on-1 session per month that invites you to reflect and assess your progress with me, to adjust the Daily Questions if needed, and to set concrete action points for the next interval. A bunch of materials and templates (such as workbooks, example CVs, guides) that I have created on topics such as career change and compassionate and authentic communication are at your disposal if you need them.
COMMUNITY CENTRED COACHING PATH
This path derives its power from a community of 4-6 likeminded people. It is centred around a 2 hour group coaching session per month. In the group coaching sessions, you will learn about yourself by observing others as they navigate their own struggles and successes with my guidance – and by navigating your own struggles and successes with the group and me. The group members will stay the same throughout each period of six months so that together we can form a space of trust and safety.
If you choose this path, you will also be supported by the Daily Questions and regular interactions with me in between coaching sessions, as well as with additional materials if you need them.
The next group starts in September 2023. Group meetings are on Saturdays from 10-12 a.m. (CET): 02/09/2023, 07/10/2023, 11/11/2023, 09/12/2023, 13/01/2024, 10/02/2024.
STAKEHOLDER CENTRED COACHING PATH
This is the path that really confronts you with your impact in your everyday work environment. This path is particularly attractive if you are in a leadership role and want to improve your leadership skills: for your coaching progress we include people from your life who will see a difference in your behaviour if the coaching is successful. Through stakeholder centred coaching you will receive anonymised feedback from team and family members, employees, superiors, on all the aspects of your leadership practice that you want to improve.
A one-hour 1-on-1 coaching session with me per month will provide you with the courage and the fuel to continue on your path to a healthy and effective leadership practice.
We finished our coaching almost one year ago and I just wanted to tell you how my path continued. After the coaching, I started training for UX designer with Cimdata. The jobcenter paid for this 5-months-training. In October, I found a job and in November I started as Junior Conversion Analyst with a big marketing agency in Berlin. So I work in the UX/conversion field as strategic consultant for big companies. The job is super fun! Most of my colleagues have a background in psychology or business administration and I am really glad that although (or because?) I have studied something else I feel like I belong there and can contribute my specific expertise. I wanted to use this opportunity to thank you again, dear Ulrike! You really helped me find orientation with my career planning and opened a perspective to me that I would never have thought of without you.
Most of all, this coaching gave me self-confidence! Specific aspects that helped me:
- Working on an answer to the question why my previous position ended
- Being able to talk to my future employers at eye level by asking questions
- Being better able to formulate my own requests
I got particularly positive feedback on my self-presentation from the people who interviewed me for my new position. I was able to enforce my wish for an 80% position. Regarding the salary, I got only slightly more than my last salary, but negotiated a bonus if my employers are satisfied with my performance at the end of the year. The firm is very small and still in the startup phase and I am their most expensive colleague.
I have tried out your suggestions of prototyping conversations and saw the conversations I had been planning more as a way to test my hypotheses. The meeting at the start-up was refreshingly positive. I had more of an impression that I might fit to the team and their environment than during my visit of the corporate enterprise – and, more importantly, that the people there actually enjoyed their work. In addition, I skyped with an alumnus of my group who went back to Canada and is now working with a start-up in a similar field. He was able to dissolve some of my doubts, as he seemed much happier than during his postdoc time here in Germany. At the end, I decided to go for the job at the start-up and signed their contract around Easter, since I had this one offer that seemed interesting to me (and the idea to call it off and to apply for postdocs anywhere seemed not attractive enough in comparison). I will start my new job in July.