Coaching and Mentoring
When I set out on my journey as a coach over 20 years ago, all I wanted to do was to help others. Whether that is through active listening, suggesting alternatives or steering you in the right direction, helping you to identify the best solution and being an honest sounding board.
Over the years I came to the conclusion that coaching is a widely used term, in line with mentoring or sometimes advising. Whatever you want to call it, I happily design a programme that is suitable for your needs. At the end of it, it is the result that counts and not what you call it!
For me, coaching often comes back to a very simple framework helping you to get unstuck:
- Rewiring: I help you to look at your life from a different perspective, and help you to think about things differently
- Reframing: Let’s explore how we can revisit your experience and learnings and how they have helped you moving forward
- Reskilling: Learn new ways of setting up and living your life to your fullest potential
- Renewing: Relate to life, to yourself and others in a renewed way
Coaching/Mentoring for Founders and Businesses
Through my work as a sales and leadership consultant, I coached, mentored and developed numerous founders, CEOs, senior- and mid level managers from varied sizes of businesses, drawing on my extensive international knowledge of 20 years working with C-Levels.
Whether you are a founder or senior member of the team, you will have similar questions that need answering. What to prioritise? How to structure your day to be most productive? How to manage my team? How to manage myself? How to gain more confidence? How do I overcome imposter syndrome?
Whilst most founders prefer me to mentor them, e.g. work with them an hour a months, asking for advice, most business owners or people that start on a new journey, prefer coaching, an hour a week, going into more depth and scope out a wider remit.
Team Work makes the Dream Work
I work across the teams to help with strategic support and give you confidence to move your business in the right direction. That means helping you to move forward with your ideas by asking the right questions and using relevant validation exercises. I offer that fresh pair of eyes, a unfiltered sounding board, and add my experience to your business. It’s about building confidence, overcoming fear of failure, stopping procrastinating and improving your business’ confidence and decision making.
Sometimes it is best to deploy me across a whole team or organisation. I work with teams across different functions and varied industries. In recent years I have delivered coaching workshops for teams on topics such as ‘stress management’, ‘active listening’, ‘conscious leadership’, ‘self-awareness’, ‘how to say no’, and ‘mindfulness in the workplace’.
I launched a service where we work with your teams from the outside in, connecting the dots from the outside, fostering growth of your business. I deploy my expertise like an advisor, mentoring founders and coaching individuals in your teams. Whether that is more of a strategic approach or helping teams to gain confidence, I am there to help you. Let’s discuss this approach now!
Personal and Life Coaching
On a personal level, I Improve self-awareness, productivity, advise on career and work-life balance, helping you to gain confidence and gaining reassurance in anything you do.
Mid-life support for men. Sparked by my recent podcast ‘Man Up / Man Down’ highlighting topics relevant to individuals over 35, I focus on helping particularly men to navigate life and be the best version of themselves.
Topics vary from personal positioning, career choice to leadership development, focusing on getting unstuck, developing your full potential as a person to help you and your career or business grow.
Benefits of coaching
Overall the benefits of coaching can be summarised as follows:
- Self-awareness and self-observation of leadership behaviour
- A more conscious approach to both leadership and personal life
- An improved leadership style, teamwork and management skills
- An improved influence and performance
- Better interpersonal and communication skills leading to better relationships across your business and personal life
- Increased flexibility in managing change
- A better understanding of handling conflict, stress and change
It all starts with finding out what you want first, developing a plan to your individual success or success of your business. My extensive training and framework portfolio of 20+ years includes:
- Strengths coaching
- Career coaching
- EQ (Emotional Intelligence)
- NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
- DBM (Development of behavioural models)
- Certificate Life Coaching
- Certificate in Hypnotherapy
- CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
- Trainer education for Mindfulness
- Modelling top performers.
Working with me:
For individual coaching, I work on a 3 month commitment, with 1 contact hour per week.
The price per month is £800 plus VAT = £960; paid monthly up front.
Workshops are priced individually, usually a half day workshop is around £1,000 plus VAT, depending on objectives and preparation work required.
Business coaching is individually priced based on the package that best suits your organisation.
I only work with individuals and businesses that are serious about making changes in their life / business. All sessions require the client to be open minded and be accountable for their actions. That’s a commitment I require as otherwise you won’t get out of the sessions what you expect.
Coaching isn’t a quick fix, which is why we focus on 3 months engagements. It requires time, commitment, energy and accepting responsibility for your decisions and actions. As a coach I cannot tell you what to do, therefore the final decision is yours.
For Mentoring I work on a 6 months commitment, and less hours engagement per month; packages start from 2 hours per month or £400/month plus VAT.
For any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on email@example.com
I have worked with Volker for almost 10 years. He has been a trusted advisor in several capacities for me. First, when I started in ad tech and media he mentored me through my master’s thesis into my first years on the job. As a first-time entrepreneur, I could always count on Volker confronting me with uncomfortable truths about myself. Questioning our approach, holding me accountable. Being there in good times and especially the bad ones when I learned about being lonely as a leader. He is what I would call an ‘honest coach’. Someone who you can trust to drive you forward. Volker’s advice has been invaluable to me over the past few years and I will continue to work with him.
Jost L., Founder and CRO
I hired Volker as a strategic advisor. His input regarding product and marketing proved invaluable to the company and helped us massively to attract the right attention in the industry. I would happily hire him again for any role involving product positioning and go to market strategy.
Nick Ellis, CEO and Founder
Volker coached me effectively to find a new career path. His excellent knowledge about human nature and his people skills, asking the right questions, helped me to explore and succeed. I would always recommend him as a personal development and career coach.
Marco G., Senior Manager, Consulting
I worked with Volker to identify my strengths via strength coaching and profiling. He helped me extensively to identify strengths to work on and weaknesses to ignore. The outcome was fantastic and on the back of that I worked more towards my strengths and achieved more of my goals moving forward. I have no hesitation to recommend Volker as a coach and mentor.
Ajay D., Consultant and Founder, Digital Industry, London 2019