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, supporting you to identify the best solution and being an honest sounding board.
My main focus group for coaching is men in their middle ages, usually set in their career, yet it might just be that you feel stuck in a rut or routine you can’t break out of; your career isn’t moving forward the way you expected it to; you feel imposter syndrome despite having done your job for many years; your relationship is in question as you start reflecting on life and what your true purpose is. The relationship with your children is changing.
Does that sound familiar to you?
Is that you?
Since launching a podcast about men’s middle age this topic became even closer to my heart. As most of my clients come from a middle aged background, and are driven by success. A topic I examined in my previous podcast for over 4 years and wrote a best selling book on the back of it.
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Recently, I was able to guide a client through a life shift, understanding that life’s choices they made were dependent on their relationship with their father. Using a combination of family therapy and NLP, we went back to a particular situation and changed the perception of that event. As a result, the client was able to make decisions today that were free of their father’s influence. But it didn’t stop there. The client became a better parent themselves, improved the relationship with their partner, and changed their emotional relationship at work, turning into a better, more emotional intelligent leader. This case study shows how much your own perception and satisfaction in life reflects on other and your leadership too.
For me, coaching often comes back to a very simple framework helping you to get unstuck, shifting perceptions:
- Rewiring: I support you to look at your life from a different perspective, and guide you to think about things differently
- Reframing: Let’s explore how we can revisit your experience and learnings and how they have supported 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 and sales teams 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?
Also, for my podcast ‘Stories of Success’ I have interviewed close to 100 leaders over the years, which resulted in a bestselling book called ‘Principles for Success’.
Whilst most founders prefer me to mentor them, e.g. work with them an hour a month, asking for advice, most business owners or people that start on a new journey, prefer coaching, two or more hours a month, going into more depth and scope out a wider remit.
Team Work makes the Dream Work
I work across the teams to support their strategic approach and bolster your confidence to move your business in the right direction. That means supporting you to move forward with your ideas by asking the right questions and using relevant validation exercises. I offer that fresh pair of eyes, an 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’. With the latter, I also support organisations with a wellness programme via my partner Moment Company.
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 team. Whether that is more of a strategic approach or supporting teams to gain confidence, I am there to guide you. Let’s discuss this approach now!
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
- Leadership and Executive 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 to achieve best results.
Depending on the amount of contact hours per month, packages start at £250 plus VAT per month for 1 contact hour per month, paid monthly upfront.
Discounts are available and we can work out a programme suitable for your needs.
Workshops are priced individually, usually a half day workshop is around £2,000 plus VAT, depending on objectives and preparation work required.
Business coaching is individually priced based on the package that best suits your organisation and amount of individuals involved.
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 1 hour per month or £250/month plus VAT.
For any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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