My first encounter with coaching was in 2014 in preparation for our family expatriation. At this point in time I felt I needed support in various aspects of my life, including the potential inter-cultural challenges as well as the impact this move would have on my career and family life.
Working with a coach during this challenging time was the best decision I could have made. We worked together for more than 8 months covering the preparation work in Germany, the expatriation and the adaption phase in Dubai.
What coaching did for me…
Working with my own coach gave me an independent sounding board, someone not judging but believing in my capabilities to make the best out of the situation. Having a coach listening and also challenging my belief system, helped me to identify and overcome inner barriers and encouraged me to take risks that I may not have considered.
Looking back I would like to highlight some benefits I gained through the coaching program:
- Have a greater clarity what to do and how to prioritize
- Focus on things I can change/influence
- NOT to worry about things out of my control
- Identify career aspirations and build a strategy how to get there
- Increase confidence level to build a positive outlook for the future
- Reduce stress level and embrace change as a positive challenge
My journey to become a certified coach…
In 2015, my new role and company in Dubai brought me closer to the coaching profession. After I finished my own coaching successfully, I decided to participate in a certified coaching training. Through this I experienced coaching from the coach and client perspective and learnt about the ethics and core principles of coaching. Completing the training in 2016 and the additional certification process in 2017 reinforced to me the value coaching brings and this is why I decided to become certified myself.
Coaching is my passion and I believe that everyone deserves to experience the benefits of coaching.
Finally in November 2017 I have opened my own coaching & consulting business in Germany, focusing on corporate and private clients in Middle East and Europe in the area of Executive, Leadership and Career Coaching.