Everything I do, I do it to
empower people and ideas to grow.
I believe that humanity has the immeasurable potential to solve all issues we are facing.
I contribute to this by designing and implementing spaces for people and ideas to grow.
This defines my work
To me, the most substantial quality of work does not come from level of skill. Photoshop skills don’t define how I work together with people in a team.
The way in which we work is much larger defined by the beliefs and values we have and how we enact those.
I would like to show you what I believe.
What I believe
- I believe that every human being is looking for meaning in their life – or rather needs to have meaning in their life. That could found be in family, work, activism, or any other area of life. This is a wonderful source for authentic, intrinsic motivation.
I believe that every human being is fully capable of finding and defining the meaning they want their life to have, as well as that they are capable of working towards their meaning.
- I believe that in almost all circumstances, people act with good intentions. To me, the human nature is not defined by maliciousness.
Of course, I am fully aware of the scenarios that seem to contradict this world view: bullying, abuse, hate crimes, war, … All of this makes our world a darker place than it could be. In the mind of the “villain”, they are doing “what’s right”; even to war most people go with good intentions, I believe. But the opposite of good too often is good intentions. In these situations, developing one’s beliefs is often needed to progress.
To me, working with people (and not against them on a level) means first and foremost acknowledging that whatever they do, they do it with good intentions.
- I make mistakes. Some of them regrettably large. Just like everyone else. This is normal in every way.
However, in many (organizational) cultures, making mistakes is seen as something bad; something to be swept under the rug.
I believe that all our imperfections are okay. They do not make us bad people. They make us unique and give us the opportunity to outgrow ourselves.
What I value
- If a process – be it a seminar or a hike – starts with several people, it is important to me, that no one is left behind. Especially in difficult situations and conflicts I have experienced the fabric of a group being under pressure. This is a chance for people to grow more than a reason to take an easy route.
- It is important to me that the people around me – and myself – are able to be authentic.
If someone needs to change their behavior – not because they want to but because they adapt to external expectations – I see this as neither productive nor healthy. A strong group and a strong society builds upon differences and accepts people being authentic.
- It is important to me that people share ownership and responsibility over what they are doing.
Punishments, just like (most) performance-based rewards, are counterproductive and not necessary when everyone shares the same motivation and responsibility for success.
If I had to summarize what matters to me regarding my work, these would be the three most defining factors:
What I do
I am working in a broad field that is connected to several aspects of spaces for people and ideas to grow. Here is an overview on my favorite roles in which I help people move forward.
What all (proper) approaches to Facilitation have in common is providing a group centered process that increases group effectiveness and generates results. Therefore, many other disciplines share similarities with this: Design Thinking, Team Building, Moderation, and Hosting are all terms that are adjacent to Facilitation. A great facilitator is able to use facets of these to adapt the process to what is needed.
I am deeply passionate about group processes. The collective potential of having several minds working on the same issue productively is immeasurable. The challenge lies in making sure that the group can work together effectively so that this potential can actualized.
To me, this is the most defining aspect of coaching – not surprisingly, this is a belief. In every (proper) coaching process, the coach rarely provides direct consultancy if at all. Instead, the focus lies on uncovering the client’s potential to understand, assess, plan and execute.
The coach acts as a catalyst, sometimes simply providing space for reflection, sometimes “cutting through the bullshit”. In my mind, this is not different at all from providing support for groups as a facilitator. Consequently, I am fascinated by this just as much.
This is the most straightforward way of working with groups: As I know exactly what I want people to develop (unlike coaching or facilitation), I can design a much more clearly defined process that enables learning and developing a certain skill or competency.
I love sharing my passion. A training – be it virtual, non-virtual or a mix of both – is the best way of developing specific, pre-defined skills in people. I enjoy teaching people the ropes of storytelling, visualization, coding, experience design, acting, training, and so much more, no matter how often I do it. New people always have new needs and ways they want to learn, so it never gets stale.
In a situation with a short time frame and a large number of people, the methodology of training hardly works. In these situations, the most effective way to get an idea across is taking the stage and speaking up.
I simply love designing and delivering a powerful message through the oldest medium we have: Spoken Language. Legendary speeches don’t need bells and whistles. With simplicity and authenticity, spoken language can truly elevate ones message and stay with the audience for a long time (“I have a dream”).
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If you need support in designing and/or implementing spaces for people and ideas to grow - be it for yourself or your organization - feel free to reach out to me anytime. I do not charge for a first consultancy session.