My Life Story
Born and raised in a peaceful northern German countryside, one day, I found myself on a military plane from Pakistan to Afghanistan. No windows to see a landscape, no stewardess coming with drinks. Just a lot of noise. And the promise of making a difference in a war-torn country. I was so excited, and proud of myself. Not knowing that the journey was only at the beginning of many years of intense learning, frustration, hardship and joy. That was back in 2004, a few years after starting my work with the United Nations.
I stayed in that track for 14 years, working with different organizations in several countries on almost all continents. That included rather difficult and dangerous places, such as Sudan or Haiti, but also contrasting assignments in Headquarters in Geneva and New York. My work during those years was mostly to build “healthy” governmental institutions within those countries in crisis that I was assigned to. Sometimes that meant for me executive and operational management roles, and sometimes advisory functions, working side by side with leaders of governments.
What brought me to that work was a deep desire to “change the world”. To do something meaningful with my life, and to make other people’s lives better. That soul desire is essentially with me to this day. The great thing in my work was, I was frequently surrounded by others with that same aspiration.
However, with the years, often I was also deeply dissatisfied with my impact, when carrying out my assigned duties. And then came the day when I had tried too hard to make a difference in a crisis-hit country – and I literally almost died! That was a wake-up call. A call to look inside myself and at myself, to find out how I was on the wrong track. I understood better only over the years, what “my work” really is – in which very specific way I can contribute best to the well-being of this planet. What I am here to give – my purpose.
I found that I enjoy more than anything working directly with the leaders, teams and institutions, who want to make a positive difference in their environment. And I enjoyed doing that less so as a boss or an adviser than as a coach, mediator and facilitator – for I am convinced that everyone has already all the capabilities, knowledge and wisdom to succeed within themselves. And with my supporting a person’s or an institution’s awareness to grow and inner condition to transform, I was often amazed to see “miracles” happen.
On the route of living my freshly discovered purpose more directly, I also ventured into the corporate business world. Being in charge of international organizational transformation and leadership development there, I had the privilege of working 5 years with a corporation`s top international business leaders. I insisted on developing and conducting programs that brought not only benefits to the company and the people within, but were contributing to environmental and social responsibility and sustainability, too. And that opened doors to outstanding collaboration within the company. However, given that such corporations often have to prioritize shareholders’ interests, I ended up with an inner values conflict.
The time came for my next step. And here I am now, with the Center for Greater Good Leadership, fully surrendering to my purpose. Determined to support and empower with my work the people of my “tribe” – those who, like me, feel called to contribute to the greater good.
Empowering leaders and organizations who wish to create a better world, with methods that support their continuous growth in awareness and impact – arming them to live their own calling, joyfully and effectively, in whichever way they choose to.
I had the great pleasure to collaborate with Julia on a 6-months long conscious & responsible leadership journey “From Prototype to Ecosystem Impact”. Together, we co-hosted and facilitated this deeply transformational journey to inquire about the inner and outer conditions of today’s leadership. Together with a group of 15 people from diverse backgrounds, we wanted to find out what is needed to create a new leadership paradigm. As a group, we benefited from Julia’s vast capacity to empathize and sense into the deeper connections between people and within systems. I couldn’t be happier to have had Julia as my counterpart! Aside from her strong leadership stance and intuitive understanding, Julia demonstrated an extraordinary structured way of working and preparing for each event. As our local host for a 2-day workshop in Berlin, she had scouted the perfect location that allowed us to work and explore Berlin’s green outskirts, while deepening our connection with each other and with nature. Luckily, our joint journey continues, as a consecutive conscious leadership circle has emerged from the initial project. If you are ready for real transformation and you seek for a passionate, highly competent and internationally experienced executive coach and facilitator who covers virtual, onsite AND outdoor settings, Julia is your perfect match!