Coaching Portfolio

All of this and plenty more can be achieved with coaching

My personal understanding of coaching and my stance as a coach is strongly characterised by the systemic approach of Bernd Schmid, Doug Silsbee, Rod Napier and Otto Scharmer.

For me, coaching is a target-oriented process in which appreciative facilitation is provided for a limited time, and where the focus is on

  • resources and competences
  • the strengthening and expansion of the scope of action and personal responsibility
  • the development of courses of action and solutions for achievements
with mindfulness and the recognition that the solution to the problem or challenge is to be found in the system itself

Reasons for coaching (examples)

  • self-management and dealing with stress/complexity
  • leadership topics
  • conflict resolution
  • determination of personal position and career
  • mastering of new and/or special challenges
  • improvement of processes and operating sequences
  • dealing with polarities and dilemmas
  • ...

I see my role and task in

  • being present
  • reading between the lines and not only paying attention to what is said but also to somatic responses
  • focussing attention on the solution and not on the problem
  • bolstering strengths and activating resources
  • offering hypotheses
  • establishing connections and taking account of interrelations
  • providing assistance in finding perspectives, broadening these and linking them with one another
  • drawing attention to obstructive patterns in thinking and behaviour and, in mutual cooperation, developing possible courses of actions and alternatives
  • offering methods to try out and embed the insights obtained
  • ...

Method selection coaching, going beyond the questioning technique

  • constellation work with individual coaching, e.g. on the board, or with special figures and/or symbols
  • constellation work (organisational and structural constellations) in smaller groups and/or teams, by means of sociometric and somatic work
  • hypothesis work
  • reflection and journaling
  • working with metaphors and images
  • guided reflections and “dream journeys”
  • intelligence of the heart and methods that promote attentiveness
  • prototyping
  • embedding by means of symbols, images, etc.

For further thought and contemplation

an excerpt from “The Big Five for Life ” by John Strelecki

“...have you ever been in a museum? Have you ever strolled through the halls and taken a look at old photos? Photos of people at work or in a military uniform; possibly some family phots or humorous snapshots with friends?...

What if every day of our life were categorised? Our feelings, the people we have dealings with, the things we spend our time on? And if, at the end of our lives, a museum were to be erected in which we could see exactly how we spent our lives?...
If we spent 80% of our time with a job that we didn’t like, then 80% of the museum would be filled with just this. Visitors would see photos and quotations as well as short video sequences that show scenes of different unhappy moments. If we had been friendly to 90% of the people we had dealings with, these very scenes would have been shown in the museum...
Imagine what it would be like strolling through this museum at the end of our life. Seeing the videos, listening to the audio documents and taking a look at the pictures would we feel while doing this?...All visitors would get to know us the way we really are ... the memory of us would not be based on what we actually dreamt of, but rather on how we actually lived...”