I provide clarity & confidence
After years of being a serial entrepreneur and working as a corporate manager, I felt empty. I was changing the world with one of my startups in berlin but that didn’t feel right. I felt like something was missing. Then, on one of the many sleepless nights, I had a moment of clarity: I want to work deeply with people.
Transformative 1:1 coaching
I know how difficult it is to be your true self everywhere you go. Especially at corporates it might feel you need to leave something at the entrance, something that feels so important to you. And sometimes you lose your sense of direction, miss that piece of confidence to take the daunting next step in your career and stand up for yourself.
Through my coaching you get clarity on what you want to achieve in your professional and personal life. You will leave with confidence and pride in yourself and your work. My coaching style involves:
I naturally and constantly question the status quo. I reduce complexity. I use new technology and get curious how this can improve people’s lives. I turn ideas into scalable business models with fun, creativity and sweat.
Companies I founded (and counting):
Workshops for teams to be more powerful and effective
I used to manage a team of 12 data analysts and scientists at Philips. Today, I bring people together and motivate them to work towards one goal. With a focus on personal motivation, performance and fun I turn a bunch of people into a kickass team. Clarity, empowerment and freedom to do what feels right are my trademarks as a team coach and manager.
Some of my projects:
My personal story
Today I am a loving, curious and engaged discoverer that challenges people to be their full selves. I always have been this person, but I did not dare to show it. I was – and sometimes still feel like – a lost boy searching for myself and the place in the world I am supposed to fit into.
Searching began early in my life. Adapting and fitting in was a matter of literal survival for me. I got perfect at assessing each situation for my biggest fear: People seeing who I really am. A queer boy. I didn’t know who I was, what I wanted or where I should go, so all I was back then was a gay boy. I didn’t see myself as more than just that and it wasn’t something I wanted to show to the world or be proud of. I was hiding most of the time. Crying in private, smiling in public. I followed other people’s paths, I was lying to myself, and I was trying very hard to be something I was not.
“Crying in private, smiling in public”
I thought my world would change when I came out at the age of 19. I still remember that moment as if it was today. I was shaking to the bone, sweating and unable to think or speak. At this moment of coming out, I didn’t find what I was looking for. And yet, I got so much more that I didn’t understand at the time.
The following weeks were tough, but I knew I did the right thing of showing the world a bit more of who I am. I felt lonely. I felt lost. I felt insecure about literally every step. It wasn’t all misery though, I met beautiful friends that supported me through all of this. And still – or especially because of me being gay – I tried to be something else than myself. I worked hard to be the perfect son, the perfect friend, the perfect student, the best employee. I tried to be so much, except to be myself. I did not dare to be myself. I was afraid people would not like me anymore when they would see my true self, my feelings and my insecurities. And at the same time, I was hiding so much more: My love. My endless curiosity. My laugh. My joy and my hunger for life. My quirkiness and creativity. My ability to make a real difference to the world. The connection to other human beings I so longed for.
Today, I am truly happy where I stand and proud of who I am and have become. I stand on my own two strong feet. Me. Imperfect, yet beautiful. I am still discovering myself daily. I let myself out a little more and try to be a bit more crazy and daring every day. Sometimes I still feel lost and insecure. I learned how to recover, get out of the swamp and get dancing again. I enjoy the journey, the road and the view, the bumps, the people that join me and support me and the people I join and support.
By showing the world who I really am I learned that I can fully trust myself to make the best of life and grow along the way. This deep trust in myself and my own abilities is the most powerful weapon I have. Today I use this experience, together with my professional education in coaching, to challenge others to find their own voice to come out as whoever they are deep inside. Together, we look at the dark, the beautiful, the hidden, the lost and discover how you can be YOU with pride. My life purpose is to challenge you to be your pure self.
“My life purpose is to challenge you to be your pure self ”