The first part of my life, I was puzzled by people and loved natural sciences. I revelled in exploring the wonders of nature, graduated from university while teaching chemistry to engineers and got a PhD from Dresden University of Technology having studied cosmetic products.
I went on to work in product innovation in the consumer goods industry and it looked and felt like this is it. It’s what makes me come alive and what energises me. Though soon enough my appetite for making an impact grew – especially when it came to the topic how we work together in a company. And the recognition technical experts get for helping their companies succeed.
It took a lot for me to follow this urge: Strong case of bore-out for 18 months, unable to remove blockers, find the energy to move anything and many tears of frustration and despair. The dread of feeling like this for the remaining 40 years of worklife eventually propelled me into action.
I changed jobs and got training in coaching, positive psychology and change management. Equipped with this knowledge and my newfound interest in the inner workings of people I now use every opportunity I have to make teams work.