Connecting Work & Soul
Why would you entrust me to work with you?
I have a sound professional background of 30 years as entrepreneur, leader and consultant.
I am a Master Certified Coach (MCC), the highest certification by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
I have been coaching for15 years with about 4000 hours of coach practice.
During my career I have been in continuous education in applied psychology (Psychoanalysis and Gestalt Therapy).
I am a Certified Yoga Teacher with awareness of meditation and body.
I frequently attend worldwide seminars and events to learn from others about new thinking in people development, leadership and coaching.
I have regular supervision of coaching to ensure continuous quality of my work and learning.
I am a certified ICF assessor for coaches applying for ICF credentialing and a mentor of coaches.
And I am a passionate coach devoted to a holistic development of people.
“When I started working with Ernst, I faced an insurmountable wall of obstacles.
With the lightest touch he brought the wall down, and I felt released to work constructively. Now the sun shines in where worries obscured the light before. I highly recommend him to any entrepreneur facing an overwhelming and complex business situation".
Managing Partner Consulting Company
WHO am I? How my life brought me to Coaching!
I started my professional life with a Master in Civil engineering, which brought me to teaching at the University of Kabul for two years. Working with young engineering students, experiencing a completely different society and travelling on horseback through the country opened my eyes for different cultures on this planet.
I returned to the University in Vienna with the clear plan for a doctoral thesis about Afghanistan, went to London and finished with a PhD in Political Science.
The early years in Afghanistan and London
Battelle & Hay - Frankfurt
With my Afghan story, Battelle, an American Research-Institute in Frankfurt, hired me. They sent me for consulting projects all over the world.
Due to my international consulting experience I was invited to join the international consultancy Hay Group and quickly was promoted to a leadership role and a partner in Frankfurt. During my ten years with Hay I learned a lot about leadership for myself and for cooperating with others. Also I acquired a broad knowledge about strategies, organizations and leadership of organizations in Europe and the US.
My own firm - Frankfurt
From my early days on I had been fascinated of creating my own firm. The time was now right. With partners I founded strata, which we brought to a remarkable market position in strategy-, organization- and HR-consulting. It was about succeeding in a highly competitive market as entrepreneur and co-leading a business in an agile and cooperative style. After 20 years we sold our company to PWC and I spent two years to integrating the business.
I was a successful and passionate consultant. I had no idea what to do next.
My decision was to pass on my experience to others in a next phase of my life. I entered a Yoga retreat to meditate and reflect for two months. I left with the plan to support people in their individual development and - a Yoga teacher diploma. I was prepared to start again an independent business – in the area of coaching.
The Harvest: Integrative Coaching
I moved to Switzerland and did a number of coach trainings. For the last 15 years I have accompanied entrepreneurs, leaders, private clients and coaches on their path of personal and professional development. I have become one of the few ICF Master Certified Coaches (MCC) in Switzerland.
Also I have served at the board of ICF Switzerland, been leader of the ICF chapter in Bern and am now an official ICF assessor for the credentialing of coaches.
I am a Swiss citizen with Austrian roots and I coach in German (mother tongue) and English. My office is in Lausanne with an office-space in Bern.