Taken by Impressions

Spring in Vancouver

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Whistler – Ski Outings from January – May (!)

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Kauai Island, Hawaii

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Vancouver Island, Yellowpoint

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Grape picking in Okanagan Falls

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Vancouver Island, Victoria, Butchards Gardens

The Butchard Gardens: end of 19th century, the wife of a cement factory owner had a VISION...
The Butchard Gardens: end of 19th century, the wife of a cement factory owner had a VISION…

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I called this the fairies' playground
I called this the fairies’ playground

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it gets busy on the "runway" out of Victoria
it gets busy on the “runway” out of Victoria

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Totem poles at Cradle Point in Victoria, where the 1st Nation families would set the cribs & cradles of their children on the water, to ensure a long healthy life
Totem poles at Cradle Point in Victoria, where the 1st Nation families would set the cribs & cradles of their children on the water, to ensure a long healthy life

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if you are afraid of the flower pot falling on your head, around this pub/restaurant, the chances are definitely higher ;)
if you are afraid of the flower pot falling on your head, around this pub/restaurant, the chances are definitely higher ūüėČ

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the perfect flight back from Victoria in a water plane, shortly before landing in Vancouver harbour

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Summer in Vancouver

The majestic Lion's Gate Bridge, view from Ambleside Beach, North Vacouver
The majestic Lion’s Gate Bridge, view from Ambleside Beach, North Vacouver
really cool airport of a different kind
really cool airport of a different kind
View from Stanley Park - Downtown
View from Stanley Park – Downtown
Entrance to 1st Nation Land - North Vancouver
Entrance to 1st Nation Land – North Vancouver
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View from North Vancouver – Downtown

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View from Londsdale Quai, North Vancoucer - Downtown
View from Londsdale Quai, North Vancouver – Downtown

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Gastown
Gastown
look, they also have a "Bellevue" here :) (sorry, insider for Zurich people)
look, they also have a “Bellevue” here ūüôā (sorry, insider for Zurich people)
The 'Canucks' - local hockey team
The ‘Canucks’ – local hockey team
Home of the Vancouver Opera
Home of the Vancouver Opera
Historic Shipyard in North Vancouver
Historic Shipyard in North Vancouver
How kids will be happy at the hairdresser
How kids will be happy at the hairdresser
Serious "Stuff" Shop
Serious “Stuff” Shop
that's what I call gender equality!
that’s what I call gender equality!
A porch with a view indeed
A porch with a view indeed
Kitsilano (Kits - my neighbourhood) Beach View to Downtown
Kitsilano (Kits – my neighbourhood) Beach View to Downtown

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Moved By A Story

About ‘Room to Read’

Once upon a time, when I was back in Zurich, a friend of mine told me over lunch that I should research a charity organisation called ‘Room to Read’¬†(RtR). Little did I know at the time, how important & much it would become part for my life…

Now, I know that most of you have been appropriately ‘brain washed’ by me on what RtR is. However, I don’t want to miss this opportunity to highlight what makes it such an unique organisation, worthy of your attention.

800 million people are illiterate in the world today. Over 530 million are women and children.

Imagine for a moment, they have the chance to learn how to read & write...and I mean with teachers that are trained, a curriculum, measuring parameters, with books in their language that have been developed locally with writers especially for children. Give them access to libraries that are filled with books and run by a trained librarian. You might think that this scenario is surely the standard across the globe, because that’s what we know from discovering the ABC. Well, it just isn’t…although we all know that literacy plays a fundamental impact on quality of life, health and economical standing, i.e. people creating their ‘productive’ life, communities and surroundings.

Now, let’s take it further and assume that both girls & boys can continue schooling after 6th grade. Again you might say, that this is the norm – for us. The truth is that girls are taken out of school to either work or be married off. The positive impact on lives of these girls on top of the economical benefits is a no-brainer really.

Room to Read exists to turn these two scenarios into reality –¬†World Change Starts with Educated Children¬†¬ģ – with a Literacy and a Girls’ Education Program. The idea is to enable children to develop the skills and habit of reading and ensure girls complete secondary school and have skills to negotiate key life decisions.

What’s so different is that RtR collaborate and engage the families, local communities, partner organizations and governments in the transformation. RtR sets measurable goals and collects action-oriented data to ensure the programs are run with quality and impact, while maximizing cost efficiency. Results and reporting are shared with transparency and key indicators ensure rigorous evaluation of more than 7’000 projects. RtR has been reconized by Charity Navigator for its transparency, financial excellence, and responsible work that each donation has maximum impact.

Still want to know more? Read the two books that John Wood the founder has written ‘Leaving Microsoft to Change the World’ and ‘Creating Room to Read’ or visit the global website.

We are so thrilled that we have achieved our goal of reaching 10 million children by the end of 2015! Of course, we have a new goal and that is to benefit 15 million children by 2020.

Join our efforts, make a difference and become a donor, volunteer, advocate, friend and part of the worldwide RtR family! YOUR contribution (be it in skills, time, money or awareness spreading) will make a profound, direct difference in a child’s life.¬†And I ask you – what is better than that?

Please reach out to me, if you want to discuss fun-fundraisers, volunteering, company engagement or maybe a trip with me to one of the Room to Read projects?

I was a member of the Zurich chapter and was welcomed with open arms into the Vancouver chapter. In April I had the chance to attend the RtR Global Leadership Conference in San Francisco and honestly, I was blown away…what a feeling…to be part of such a passionate, active, fun, intelligent group & movement. And just like that Room to Read has become an intrinsic part of my life – happy (me) end.

 

‘How you imagine the world determines how you live in it.’
David Suzuki

 

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Founded in 2000 in Nepal – Literacy & Gender Equality in Education – in 2015 will impact 10 million children
Where we work
RtR is in ten low-income countries in Asia & Africa

Zurich Event June 2014 – Music & Art for Education

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Vancouver 2015 – Destination Dining Series

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Shaken By Coaching

I AM a professional coach because I believe everybody deserves to know how to change!

My clients are leading professionals working in high pressure roles in volatile environments.

Together, we form a productive partnership through creative, to-the-point, fun and action-oriented sessions. The coaching process has you, among others, understanding your values and changing unresourceful beliefs. This leads clarity in your vision, achieving your goals and being in-sync in career, life as well as being successful in the face of adaptive challenges.

I’m honestly interested in your success, quests and/or sharks that pop up…imagine there is your ship, you are the captain and know to which island (with treasure of course) you want to sail towards. I will be the navigator at your side holding the map. >> It starts with you.

 

‘I AM – two of the most powerful words; for what you put after them shapes your reality.’

Giving Back & Forward

How are you giving back and forward? I‚Äôve had everything growing up, including a loving family and an exceptional education. I support others either by working for free or by giving donations. I believe in initiatives that enable people to develop and help themselves. Creating a balance between the rational and the creative, which allows us humans to thrive. Therefore,¬† I’ve joined initiatives that help people through coaching, education, or that support artists and bring art to the community.

Find out more about the organizations I’ve chosen:

Room to Read ‚Äď Vancouver Chapter
Global not-for-profit organisation for literacy and girls’ education.

Malaspina Printmakers
Vancouver based not-for-profit artist led organisation to preserve traditional print making methods applying them in a contemporary way.

Kiva
Global not-for-profit for micro credits for small entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested in getting involved on a personal or company level, let’s talk about that!

Vision & Mission

Vision: Human beings at their best that change the system(s) how we live, work, and treat each other and the planet for the better; based on our shared fundamental values of compassion, cooperation, and connection.

Mission: I support you in habitually reaching a state of productivity in times of transition, by working with you either in the capacity as coach, consultant or both. I combine coaching & neuro-linguistic-programming (NLP) techniques, best practice models from business and methods from the performing arts.

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The Benefits

You are becoming aware of your patterns, way of working, motivations and beliefs. Also, you will learn how to work with emotions productively, rather than be run by them. You  become and stay productive on all levels (physical, emotional, intellectual) in any given situation.

Fact is that people in transition are at risk being not their most productive self.  A transition might be a change of career, setting up a business, taking on a new role etc. With it comes uncertainty and fears. Fear in a person can result in the most unproductive behavior for the business and themselves.

I support people in a transition, not because I think they cannot make it themselves. I work with them, because I believe they will make it through faster, more successful and even have some fun. Humans operating at maximum productivity live in a state of personal confidence, contentment and motivation.

Combined with the structural element of a solid administration it is a major key to business success. It ensures operational efficiency, which leaves time to focus on business development.

My coaching and training techniques will help pull your many skills, abilities and experience together to create a plan to achieve both personal and professional goals, consistent with your deepest beliefs and values.

Big Picture

 

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What is coaching: Coaching is a creative partnership to focus, design and implement specific, meaningful, personal, professional or organizational goals through the exploration of ideas and candid dialogue with a confidential and unbiased thinking partner. The goal is to support the client in developing a sustainable resourceful mind set.

coaching benefits: raising self-awareness concerning behaviors patterns and beliefs; being able to change them if wanted. building confidence, authenticity and peace of mind. tools and techniques to prepare, create mind set before a meeting / conversation / negotiation. dealing with pressure and stress in a resourceful way. 

professional coaching, client testimonial, coach bee, value fun. At your service, if you like to, be inspired, dedicated, organized, successful. Put it all together. Management consultant, strategy consultant, Administration consultant. coaching benefits. I support professionals successfully moving through career transitions by creating a sustainable resourceful mindset, confidence and stronger communication.

 

Principles: Client Centered: honoring your inner resources, skills, agenda and outcomes. Solution-Focused: moving towards a desired future outcome. Action Oriented: pursuing change in specific, inspired steps that lead to fundamental shifts in attitude, beliefs, behavior and habit formation. Systematic: understanding your holistic nature, seeing how change can fit into your life.

Process: As your coach, I sponsor you towards the ownership of skill-sets that encourage and support you to increase creativity, productiveness and effectiveness. In private, confidential sessions in person or over the phone, we will: Identify Topics/Areas: I will help you define what you want to accomplish in the areas of your life. Explore Ideas & Elicit Values: I will probe, challenge, listen and question until you have developed a clear and compelling vision and goal to move towards. Refine & Reflect: I will support and motivate you through the process to review aims, set direction towards the achievement of your goals according to your values. Set Actions: I will help you develop a clear action plan to move your goals forward Remove Barriers: we will identify barriers and discover points of leverage, that you understand your emotional reactions and learn how to work with them on a choice basis. Change can produce stress. I am here to assist you to stay relaxed and productive in times of challenge. When you commit to work with a personal coach you learn how to focus on your ability sets and even have fun in the process!

‚ÄúYou are the captain on your ship deciding on the route and destination.¬†I am the navigator next to you holding the map.‚ÄĚ

Why I Do It

I believe that everybody deserves to know how to change and help themselves.

I have had the chance to work with incredibly successful companies and people around the world. It has always fascinated me to analyse what ‚Äėmade‚Äô them. Here are the two pillars it always came down to:

  1. 1) Understanding and capitalizing on the human potential.  Leaders in these organizations create and nurture a culture that resonates with employees.  They successfully identify and hire people that fit a certain role from a skill set, characteristics and way of working point of view. Everyone in the organization is conscious of working according to their beliefs and values while reaching common goals and share the overall vision.
  2. 2) Creating an administrative infrastructure. It includes a code of conduct, standards, procedures and processes. Capturing these in an user-friendly format and keep them updated. It means a focus on communication, training, implementation/transition periods and review them with team members.

If you think about it, it’s logical. It means when the human side is not delivering (out of whatever reason), you actually have a back-up. I’ve seen over the years, start-ups, teams, projects, initiatives not working out, because one or the other pillar were not sufficiently in place.

Professionals and entrepreneurs like yourself need a way to harness fabulous ideas, exceptional education, a variety of skills and talents.  To become great leaders, to build a productive team or to create efficient and adequate standards and procedures.

I want you, your team, your business to succeed; I will help you become a person or an organization in sync with values and beliefs. Being part of your journey fulfills my own personal vision and mission. And of course, it’s what gets me into flow state: It’s fun and I love it. For me, there is nothing more motivating than helping others identify and achieve their state of productivity and success.

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How You Benefit

You are…

+ becoming aware of your patterns, way of working, motivations and beliefs.
+ developing the skills to adapt the above to your benefit.
+ discovering how to work with emotions productively, rather than be run by them.
+ learning how to create and sustain a resourceful state of mind.
+ advancing your creative thinking and triggering it in others.
+ boosting your productivity on all levels in a balanced way.
+ enhancing your communication and relationships with others.
+ reconnecting with 
your own goals and vision.
+ transforming vision into reality; step by step while having fun.

My coaching and training techniques will help pull your many skills, capabilities, potential and experience together to create a plan to achieve both personal and professional goals, consistent with your deepest beliefs and values.

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What I Do

Depending on your needs, I can offer individual or group sessions in English or German.

Coaching

Any topic you want to bring to the table (& I truly mean ANY topic), like
+ Flow State & Leadership
+ Behavioral and Belief Patterns
+ Expectations, Stress & Pressure
+ Intellectual & Emotional Mind
+ Team Development

Consulting & Training
+ Interviewing & Hiring
+ Standards & Procedures
+ Debating, Speaking & Presenting
+ Event Management

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