Coach for Entrepreneurs

When I was working on Qype, at the highest speed and efficiency in my career, I was under immense pressure and had no one to really turn to. The VCs were extremely demanding, we had just our second child and I was functioning above my limits. The chairman we brought in was fantastic, but also could not help me to defend myself at various demands from shareholders, employees, family memebers. In the end, I suffered a real burnout. The internal pressure had build up so much that I couldn’t write anymore. Quite literally, I did not have the ability to fill in forms, or put a legible signature on a paper. So high was the pressure was in my body. I can’t even begin to imagine what my wife went through in that phase.

That was more than a decade ago. Since then I have continued to evolve. As a business persona and as a human being. I learned to have better boards. I learned to look after myself in many ways. I had help from coaches, mentors and therapists, but also quite some learnings regarding whom to avoid. I also mentored several hundred of entrepreneurs in through different organisations.

For nearly a decade, I have been coaching a few other successful entrepreneurs consistently one on one. But in Summer 2022 the feedback I got for my coaching sessions changed. While earlier it was “super helpful”, now several people used the word “life changing”.

Entrepreneurs would come to me for for example a business pivot or to discuss topics of scaling up. But as we engage on a journey to the deeply personal, to the emotional, to core beliefs, we create change. This journey is never easy, but I can honestly say that the results I have observed people make are mind blowing. Entrepreneurs have changed their lives, improved their level of happiness, and changed their organisatons for the better.

So for me this is where I currently see much more impact than merely supporting another early stage startup with some cash. I want to be the person to turn to that I did not have when things were tough at Qype.

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