My fundamental view on things. My fundamental focus.
Ever since I was a student, I’ve been fascinated by people, relationships and the interplay and interactions within organisations. I’ve been driven by a thirst to understand the things that help people and organisations move forward. What more can people do to tune in to their real needs and work in harmony with them? This motivated me to build on my master’s in Organisational Psychology by doing a 4-year training course in Gestalt therapy. I also underwent training in depth psychology and systemic-based methods. After all the things I’ve learnt, I still feel my professional origins lie in a humanistic approach to the world.
I’ve now been working in the world of business for nearly 30 years. During this time, I’ve got to work with a whole host of fascinating people and organisations, including a variety of international teams. My work has mainly involved fostering and facilitating structures – a culture revolving around creativity and a friendly working atmosphere. Over the years, I’ve also shifted more towards environmental factors, sustainability and mindfulness. I became involved in sociocracy, took training in the area, and soon found myself setting up a charitable farming cooperative called Solawi (Solidarische Landwirtschaft Bodensee). I was also appointed as a board member of the German Society of Bonding Psychotherapy (DGBP) and work as an honorary consultant. In all of these areas, I have striven to instil a sociocratic organisation and non-violent principles.
Other areas I’ve been closely involved in over the years are neuropsychology and brain research. As interdisciplinary sub-disciplines, these play a pivotal role in facilitating a deeper understanding of/involvement in psychology, taking things beyond the previous dependence on observation, characterisation and experimental research. The insights I have gained from actual application in research and science have an impact on my work on a variety of levels. The things we now know about the inner functioning of our brains make it a lot easier to implement transformation processes – processes which would otherwise be extremely challenging. As Prof. Hüther once said in a speech, this is about turning “the brain owner into the brain user”. Just understanding neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change throughout your life – is enough to take the wind out of the sails of anyone who believes change is only something we’re capable of in our younger years.
A selection of the things I’ve studied and my training
- Psychology degree in Germany and England culminating in a Master of Science in Organisational Psychology at Sheffield University, 1988
- English qualification as a Chartered Psychologist, 1992
- Training in Gestalt therapy and depth psychology-based therapy, 1996-2000
- German approbation and certification to practise as a psychological psychotherapist, 1999
A selection of the places I’ve worked
- Research and lecturing in the HR Development department at Cranfield University Business School, England, 1988-1990
- Consulting and training in the field of HR and organisational development at International Training Service Ltd, London, 1990-1992
- Co-founder of the Halcyon Group, England, and freelance training, organisational development and coaching, England, 1993-1995
Freelance trainer and coach in Germany and Switzerland since 1995.
And finally … an achievement I’m particularly proud of:
In 2017, the master’s thesis I wrote in 1998 was adopted into the archives of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (California). The thesis was a comparative study on the impact of electronic networks on the culture of organisations, and it involved conducting a survey through the internet – a groundbreaking approach to empirical research at that time!
- Sociocracy 3.0
- Centre of Sociocracy Germany
- Centre of Sociocracy Austria
- Compass of Dignity
- Art of Hosting
- Solawi Bodensee e.V.
- Bonding Institute Lake Constance