The fact that people do not develop themselves exclusively, but especially in and through work, is for me a personal guiding principle that accompanies me in my thoughts and actions.
After studying psychology and business administration, as a research assistant in industrial psychology, I examined companies in terms of technical-organizational design and qualification development and advised them on change processes. I have also dealt with the question of how work and organizational structures offer learning and development opportunities for people and how they shape their career path.
After these first steps in a research and consulting activity, I have gained many years of experience as an internal consultant and trainer in the areas of organizational development, team development, coaching, project management, leadership, career development and potential analysis as a personnel and organizational developer at a university.
Today I focus on coaching and consulting in change processes. I work with systemic and solution-focused methods and incorporate knowledge of work and organizational psychology. What challenges and always motivates me in my consulting work is the experience, activating dormant problem-solving skills through consultative interventions, initiating learning and development processes, and finally being able to design work and change processes to suit both the team and the organization as well as the employees to advance people.
A special interest in learning and change in practice has shaped my professional career - from craftsmanship as a motor mechanic to engineering studies in mechanical engineering (ergonomics and production technology) to work as a consultant for companies.
For more than 13 years now I have been dealing with the exciting task of supporting executives and employees in dealing with ever new challenges - temporarily and nevertheless sustainably.
I was able to sharpen my view of the interaction between people as actors acting in organizations and the ever-changing environments in my training as a systemic consultant and process facilitator.
In the process consulting and implementation support of strategic change projects I set again and again successfully on the special dynamics of interactive large group procedures.
Other focal points of my work in recent years were the conception, introduction and further development of group work and KAIZEN / CIP as well as team development and experience training with executives and project teams.
Questioning patterns, setting impulses and treading new paths together - that is what makes my consulting work so special.
The passion for designing and learning together in the interplay between theory and (consulting) practice, which I share with my drift colleagues, has already grabbed me during my studies.
For more than 17 years, I have supported my clients as a research assistant and organizational consultant in the search for concrete and coherent ways for a sustainable increase in efficiency through humane work design.
Technology, work organization and personnel deployment have to fit together. Work assignments should be designed to demand performance, encourage employee flexibility and initiative, and provide timely feedback to ensure learning and process optimization.
Already in my apprenticeship and professional practice as a precision mechanic, I have come to appreciate the experience of skilled workers - a critical success factor for quality, punctuality and process innovation.
As a mechanical engineer, I'm fascinated by the creativity of developers and designers as well as the determination and improvisational skills of production engineers.
As a psychologist and Gestalt educator, I strive to build bridges. Bridges between the technical thinking of engineers, the power of persuasion and customer proximity of sales, the business acumen and negotiation skills of purchasing and the strategic competence and assertiveness of the board.
If this helps me to make sure that companies are successful and employees can identify with them, then I am satisfied with my work.
After my training as a skilled worker for data processing I studied engineering science and industrial psychology. After that I worked for three years as a project employee in university research. Since 1993 I work as a consultant and support my clients in designing structures and processes for the future and managing the daily routines efficiently.
The driving force behind my work is on the one hand the varied work with people and on the other hand my natural interest in products and processes. I often share the fascination for technology and the technically feasible with my customers.
My goal is always, in an authentic and trusting partnership, to make potentials visible and usable with the customer. Individual solutions that take the uniqueness of the customer's system into account are just as important to me as consistent goal checks and reviews of what has been achieved.
When ideas and initiatives of the individual and the team are taken up, supplemented, expanded and implemented, when an atmosphere of mutual acceptance and continuous learning has emerged, I consider my mission as a consultant to be successful.
In my many years of experience in consulting and teaching it has been proved again and again:
Trust and appreciation, time and mindfulness are key factors for individuals and organizations to adopt changes and to bring to bear their full potential. My professional development is characterized by three stages:
Research and Teaching
Development, organization and management of education/training-events and -series
Gestalt-oriented organizational consulting
Linking together theory and practice is the most inspiring part of my work. It is a leitmotiv and draws on the old core sentence of Kurt Lewin: "Nothing is more practical than a good theory". As a sociologist, I focus on structures, systems and the larger relationships, as a psychologist I am interested in individuals, their behavior, their experiences, and how they use them to learn. Against this background, my focus today is in coaching, in the accompaniment and support of profound change processes and in the design and implementation of leadership development programs. Methodically, I like to work with interactive large group procedures, with "Strukturaufstellungen" as well as with scenic role play.