Kerstin graduated from law school in 2003 and from business school in 2010. She holds a MA degree in philosophy in addition. She worked as compliance officer for more than 10 years and lives in Graz, Austria, with her husband and three cats. After a long career in corporate business, she found her purpose in coaching people. Especially, start-up leaders who want to uplift their work-life balance can benefit from her effective High Performance Coaching™ program. Within a few years, Kerstin joined EMCC and was certified as High Performance Coach™ in 2021. She attended a coaching program at the iPEC institute and is currently in the ICF accreditation process. Her special interest is the psychology of communication and the theory of learning. Her vision is to support children and young adults during the learning process, so they can learn with more fun and motivation. Currently, she joined a coaching program that deals with C.G. Jung and the unconscious in coaching. Kerstin likes critical thinking and creating new perspectives. She brings a thought-provoking approach into debates, and she covers a broad range of knowledge from philosophy over psychology to economics. Kerstin attended local speaking engagements at university and in a business context.
On Harmonism - How a Modern Ideology is a Coaching-Killer
My central thesis is that extensive caring leads to adverse effects on the client’s growth. Therefore, I bring up three arguments and my proposal for a balanced relationship between client and coach:
1. Too much sympathy and understanding create a (mutual) dependence climate. The client stays in victim mode if we show too much compassion and sympathy. Sympathy is an option among friends but not appropriate within the relationship between coach and client.
2. The coach who focuses on perfect harmony leads the client rather than letting them choose. Most coaching educations insist on not leading the client. If the coach concentrates too much on creating a harmonious environment, they are likely to be attached to harmony. Then it may be possible to miss the client’s goal.
3. A well-balanced authentic relationship serves the client’s growth more than too much caring, although it may appear a bit rude in the beginning. If the coach aims to establish a well-balanced relationship rather than always an environment of harmony, the client benefits most, and there is more opportunity to grow than in pleasing the client.