Why do I now offer guidance for change in projects, processes and organisations? Read my story below and see how crucial this guidance was for me.
From pastry baker to IT director
This time 30 years ago I was a baker. This career was brought to an abrupt end by a serious car accident, leading to a disability in my right arm. What did I do? I chose to reinvent myself and reshape my life.
After retraining in IT, I started work as an IT specialist. After being promoted to IT manager and then IT Director, I opted for a career as a freelance consultant and coach.
From IT to change
While trying to find my way freelancing, I reflected on my career. The common theme I noted was that projects only tended to succeed when enough attention was paid to the human side of change. After all, every project brings change for at least one person.
During my own change process, I did not get – or accept – enough guidance, so I was well aware of the impact a lack of guidance can have. This was my eureka moment, and I decided to change where I was heading again – from then on, I would guide organisations going though changes. Now, after more than ten years involving many fascinating training courses and successful projects, the work still brings me joy.
You cannot change what you are, only what you do. – Philip Pullman
Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. – Eckhart Tolle
To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions. – Stephen R. Covey
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today. – Steve Maraboli
If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. – Katharine Hepburn
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. – Abraham H. Maslow
No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself. – Madonna
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. – Bene Brown
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. – Aldous Huxley
Some certificates and memberships
- PRINCE2® and PMP® certificates (project management), ADKAR®, PROSCI® and CMP-APMG® (change management professional), NLP Master Practitioner® (training, coaching and communication), Professional and Development-oriented coach (coaching), CSM® (Certified Scrum Master) and Lumina® Spark, Team and Leader (coaching)
- Member of APMG (Agile Project Management Group), ACMP (Association of Change Management Practitioners), CMI (Change Management Institute) and HUCMI (Human Change Management Institute), volunteer with the Berlin Change Days