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The way I work

I am glad that you are interested in learning more about the way I work. On this page, I am going to show you some relevant aspects. Of course, I will also be happy to assist you in person with any query you may have.

How does coaching with me work?

It is you who sets the pace of change.

Each coaching session lasts one hour.

At the beginning we will define one concrete goal for the day that you would like to achieve in this session.

By the end of our conversation you will have been provided with new options and decide which steps you will take in what way and when, in order to achieve your goal.

All our conversations, even if they are initiated by your organization, are absolutely confidential.
You will also be able to talk about unpleasant topics without losing face. You have the chance to be yourself without having to fulfil a specific role.


What does Systemic Coaching mean?

In the dialogue with my clients, I act as a neutral partner and adopt an attitude of acceptance, impartiality and appreciation, and I assist my clients in achieving their goals. Whereas they are the expert for the solution, I am the expert for the way to finding that solution.

Another aspect that I consider in my work as a coach is my clients’ social interdependence.
In particular, role-, language-, and behavioural patterns within the family and when dealing with colleagues and superiors leave a lasting impression on their perception and behaviour. On the one hand, this interdependence may open up additional perspectives and resources. On the other hand, possible solutions will be checked before implementation for their impact on these fellow social players.


What is important to me as a trainer?

I design my trainings almost exclusively as workshops.

This way, active participation, experimenting and reflecting become possible. The participants’ resources and competences are activated and made visible. This interactive and experience-based approach facilitates a wide leaning success and opens up concrete transfer possibilities that can be applied in one’s daily work.

For organizations, I create personalized workshop concepts with contents resulting from the participants’ issues and needs.
To this end, I will have very detailed consultations at the beginning of the collaboration. This provides me with deep insight of the industry, organization and departments, based on which I can then develop relevant workshop contents.


What are my fortes?

  • A particular advantage for my clients is that I am able to deliver coaching and training in German as well as in English.
  • In my trainings, I consider the varied and sometimes very different learning and teaching experiences of multicultural groups, and in the coaching with clients with a different cultural background I choose precisely those tools that are particularly suited for working in an intercultural context.
  • What I also see as a great asset to my work is that I can fall back on my own experience as an expatriate; I have spent many years working abroad.

You want to find out more?

Simply contact me via phone or email and let me know how I can assist you. I’ll be happy to hear from you!

I primarily offer my services in the Rhine-Erft district and in the Cologne area.

Kerstin Brandes, Portrait Wortwelten Brandes


What clients say

  • Liebe Kerstin, für mich war das Coaching sehr hilfreich und mir sind gerade im Nachgang einige Dinge noch bewusster geworden. Insofern war es für mich ein voller Erfolg!

  • It was the first course I really thought useful for my career.

  • It was really practical. I think that I can use everything I discovered that day.

  • What I liked about the workshop were lots of opportunities to practice and a very friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

  • Nochmals vielen Dank für das Bewerbercoaching bei Ihnen. Ich konnte sehr viel mitnehmen.



Kerstin Brandes, co-author Impulse für wirksame Führung

As one of 21 experts on "Successful Leadership" I wrote an article for this book published by Gabal.

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