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Sometimes I am embarrassed to say that I work as a "Coach"!
Sometimes I am embarrassed to say that I work as a “Coach”!

Confession #1: There are a number of associations with “coaching” that make me feel embarrassed to call myself “coach”.

According to the ICF (International Coach Federation) coaching has many benefits. Amongst them increased productivity, positive people and return on investment. It is important to understand the benefits of coaching but also how coaching works. Many of my clients possess the knowledge, skills and attitude to move forward in their careers. When they come to see me they are either feeling “stuck” or go through a (cultural) transition where suddenly whatever they had learnt in the past does not really have meaning or feels worthless. In working with my clients I see my role as a tour guide through

1) a learning process

2) a self-experience.

What do I mean by that?

Guided learning is where we support our clients to go through certain steps in a process in order to be more effective in how they approach a topic. An example is finding a job in a new country or dealing with intercultural challenges as a global leader.

Guided self-experience is when we throw our clients in situations where they have to deal with a topic or go through an experience in order to learn something new about themselves. An example for that is a case study, an interview practice or a salary negotiation.

Why do we believe in being a Tour Guide rather than a Drill Master?

Our society is built on performance and discipline. Most of my clients do not need to learn performance and discipline. Often it is the least they need. Often they need to learn to relax a bit more and see the tree in front of the woods again or to focus more on what they have already achieved instead of their faults and failures. That’s why I take a “softer” approach to coaching. My clients often achieve their targets but sometimes they find out they need to give themselves a bit more time to enjoy the ride.

For a tour guide this is the best that can happen.

If you want to know how I could help you achieve your professional goals please contact me directly via angela (at)



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Rock Me!
Leaders are not born. We can work with you to become a global leader.

As a global leader (executive or opinion leader) you might ask yourself how you can stop wasting your energy on less important tasks and less helpful thoughts. For me it all boils down to your leadership vision for making the world a better place and your purpose in this life.

Step One: Visualise your leadership vision

Have you thought about your vision already? Great. Then visualise it. Put it in a painting, collage, video or write an essay about it. The most important strategy is that you put it on a paper instead of churning and turning it in your head and heard. For example our leadership vision at GPT is “We aspire a world of peace and prosperity for all people.”

Step Two: Define your purpose in this life

Your purpose in this life might not be as “grand” and honourable as your leadership vision but it is helpful if you put in words, an image or a fotograph. We decided that our purpose is this “Through our global mobility expertise, executive coaching and intercultural training we help our clients to build better relationships across the world.” Your purpose can also relate to your personal life. You could say “I want to be a trusted companion for all my friends. I want to be a nurturing parent. I want to support younger colleagues and friends as a good mentor.”

Step Three: Say it in an easy tagline

Once you understand your leadership vision and purpose in life you need to be able to say it in a way that common people will understand why you get up in the morning. For GPT we used this sentence “We help global people get better – every day!” This is our “tagline” and our motto. It is the reason for our team to contribute to the company.

Step Four: Check your diary

Is your professional time and personal time aligned with your leadership vision, purpose in life and tagline. If you do not work with a diary you might want to write one and at the end of each day give yourself credit for the interactions you had that were actually aligned with your leadership vision, purpose in life and tagline.

Please let us know your tagline in the comment section.

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Holidays can bring down any routine you have just acquired with miraculous discipline and take you out of whatever you have been doing. Whenever I read anything related to productivity and creative work it seems that a good routine is needed plus exercise plus a healthy lifestyle. I also know that now in my fourties that this is the type of life I want. Gone are the days where a night out was the highlight of my week. I enjoy getting up early on Sundays and having a full day of “flow” without appointments other than for a nice brunch in the city.

Still, the occasional long weekend (and we have many of those in the spring) is a chance to take a mini-break. It’s also a chance to see the family and friends you have fallen out of touch with. Especially as a self-employed blogger, writer, or service professional you might easily fall into the trap of not knowing how to handle “free” time anymore as you always have “work” to do, emails to read, social media to follow up on, potential clients to get back in touch with.

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I suggest you try to break this routine on purpose and see what you take away from this experience. Allow yourself a few days offline. Fly away to a location on your “1000 places to see before I die list” and experience a new world. Routine and productivity are necessary but once in a while you need to shut down, re-boot and clean up the motherboard in your brain.

You can also support this process by planning relaxation for your body, soul and mind for example a Spa retreat in Austria, a hiking holiday in Graubuenden, a castle tour of Germany or a bicycle trip around lake Constance.

I am advising against putting yourself at excessive performance pressure during your holidays. I believe this might be counter-productive especially if you you are usually “driven” in your work life.

Also, I advise you give yourself a few days of adjustment into the “free” time and out of the “free” time. You could develop a ritual such as unpacking your suitcase in three steps, sorting out pictures and presents, updating your diary. This might be easy and natural for you but also remember that your body might have to adjust especially after long travels. When you are employed you might want to leave work earlier and keep the evenings work-free.

How was this experience for you?

Inspired by @emilybennington and Debra Hickok Mindful Eating and Drinking

First of all I want to thank Emily Bennington as I recently participated in her “Ready to Lead” course. The last session of the course was about “Mindful Eating”. I was looking forward to this session as Emily told our women’s network in September that she used to have an eating disorder, which is hard to believe when you see Emily now.

As part of our programmes I promote to work with your body experience. Mindful eating could be a way of improving your body experience. I mentioned in earlier blog post that a lot of expats put on weight when they move from one country to another. It happened to me EVERY single time. You might be lucky if you do not have this issue.

Here are seven ideas of how you can treat your body better through mindful eating and drinking

1)   Treat your body like your best friend. Serve food (and drink) you would serve your best friend.

2)   When you feel the need to eat sit down, pause and try to find out what you actually need. Is it physical hunger or emotional hunger?

3)   Use fresh ingredients and cook a meal.

4)   Eat in a disturbance-free environment. Focus on the food. Ritualize dinners.

5)   Re-think your shopping. What type of food (and drink) would you like to have in your home?

6)   Get rid of your scale to learn to listen more to what your body is telling you.

7)   Reduce refined sugar, ready-made sauces and processed food.


Please feel free to discuss this topic with me. On a side note: I have tried out a few really cool veggie soups recently and am happy to share the recipes.





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Many of my clients are stressed and anxious. Moving to a new country is one of the top ten stress factors in life.

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I recommend you learn progressive muscle relaxation (PMR)

Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a guided exercise where you tense and release muscles in your body either sitting or lying down. It is proven to have a healing effect on the body and helps you into deep relaxation. The effects range from better and deeper sleep to better concentration and in some cases better relationships on all levels. It is important that you make Progressive Muscle Relaxation a routine. I recommend to practice after lunch and before you go to bed.

Why I recommend it

Most of you have to learn 101 new little details every day which is one of the hardest challenges when you move abroad. You often also have to take care of several family members. Your own needs often fall behind. I perceive most of you as tense, nervous and many of you report that you do not get enough sleep.

Often in a new location you also change nutritional habits and your weight often goes up. Being heavier increases your stress level.

Where to find short teasers

You can try out PMR with these videos before you buy a CD >> CD in English.

Let me know what your experience is with this technique.