CEO, Extractive Industry (Australia)
Superb coaching! Focused, person and results oriented.
Great ROI! Got my entire family to benefit from Johannes’
coaching skills. Have his number on my personal speed dial
Deputy Director General, European Commission
After having experienced the services of several EC coaches,
I followed the recommendation of a senior German official
to talk to Mr Seybold. Having a person to bounce off
thoughts and ideas in a non-compromising way came as a
real relief to me. I greatly appreciate his professional
experience as a former senior UN official and as a
leadership coach, his dedicated client focus, and his
flexibility as he strives to make himself available when the
need for a talk arises.
Member of the European Parliament (Belgium)
I struggled with a major ethical dilemma that I asked
Johannes to support me with. We looked at my personal
value and belief systems and linked the results to the issue
at hand. This allowed me to take a decision based on what
was genuinely important to me. Although that led to some
bruises, I could firmly stand by my decision. Thank you,
Johannes, for having helped me achieve clarity. I am
immensely grateful for your support.
State Secretary, Federal Ministry (Germany)
Mr Seybold is a highly experienced coach with extensive
first-hand knowledge of the many challenges a senior civil
servant faces in Government. He is an ardent listener who
poses pertinent and sometimes very hard questions that
zoom in on the issue at hand. From all the coaches I had the
pleasure to work with, he stands head-and-shoulders above
University Professor (South Africa)
Your are brilliant in what you are doing. Your coaching is
Thank you for your guidance, which stimulated my self-
reflection, solved blockages in my mind, and provided me
with valuable insights. You have accompanied me in a
wonderful way and were/are a very valuable advisor to me.
Staff member, Research Institute (Germany)
Dear Ms G.,
Still under the impact of the workshop "Resilience in the
Home Office" with Mr. Seybold, a short feedback, if I may
allow myself that.
I found the event simply great, helpful, and also very "dense"
due to the amount of material, but that's just the way it is in
a few hours on one day. You can let it sink in for a long time
afterwards. What a great man in his field, and how he did it
with us participants! My expectations (I had few, but was
interested and very curious, and also grateful for any help at
the moment) were immeasurably exceeded. What Mr.
Seybold gave us at hand, heart and soul in terms of input,
was, to put it quaintly, a real cornucopia of supportive,
gentle measures which, I believe, can help each of us in one
way or another in the future. I feel I now have more
psychological "tools" to get through this time better.
A big thank you from me to our employer for allowing us to
have such a measure with such an expert and experienced
top coach. Please feel free to pass this on to the appropriate
department. I would also like to give my feedback to Mr
Seybold via you.
It occurs to me that we are so many employees from
different nations. Especially people who are currently far
away from their home countries might like such coaching in
English. Suggestion: Could the format/coaching perhaps
also be offered to our expats, somehow packaged to reach
the target group? Mr Seybold is an internationally
experienced coach. This would certainly be a top event and I
would definitely promote it in my institute.
Best regards and my thanks to you too!
Team Leader, Civil Service (Germany)
I contacted Mr Seybold because I was looking for
opportunities to better prepare for a job interview. Mr
Seybold was available at very short notice and in a very
structured and focussed manner guided me to the most
important issues and topics relevant for such an interview.
His wealth of experience, pertaining particularly to the
challenges a leadership position entails, were extremely
helpful and his advice on composure, body language and
voice modulation provided me with much appreciated
certitude. Thank you very much!
PhD Student (Germany)
Dear Mr Seybold, already I am so grateful for your support!
Yesterday, I could thoroughly enjoy the panel discussion, it
was excellent! Afterwards, I could approach people whom I
had not dared to talk to before due to my anxieties. Now I
have obtained so many fascinating insights and I even was
positively surprised by some people whom I had regareded
as sources of my anxieties. It simply is unbelievable! Many,
Medical Doctor (Germany)
Dear Mr Seybold, many thanks from my side as well for
facilitating the recent group supervision of neurologists at
our hospital. I have received very positive feedback from my
colleagues and expressions of strong interest in a follow-up
session. We are all looking forward to our next supervision!
University Professor (Austria)
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Seybold at an informal
dinner during one of his visits to Vienna. He asked me about
my current life balance which – as was the case - was not
grand. With three simple strokes he drew a chart onto the
napkin depicting my professional life, my social life and me
as an individual and asked me where I stood with regard to
each of these life pillars. He then connected the dots and
marked the area as my current life balance. Seeing my
personal challenge so plainly before me came as a profound
shock to me. He then asked what a more balanced situation
would look like, connected the dots and showed it to me
again. In less than ten minutes he had led me to where I had
to start changing my approaches to my work, my social
environment and vis-à-vis myself. In a private follow-up
session, we looked at the levers that would lead to the
change needed, identified priorities and developed concrete
action points that have since led to a marked improvement
of my life balance. I am truly grateful for his support and can
highly recommend him as a coach.
International Expert, Public Affairs (Romania)
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again!
Amongst all the trainings I attended in Berlin, yours
definitely was the highlight! It was exclusively tailored to my
work, my project and my goals! Had I not participated in
your course, I would have been much less prepared for my
forthcoming assignment. Therefore, I am really looking
forward to our coaching sessions via Skype as a natural
prolongation of our excellent collaboration!
Ombudsman, Mediator, Lawyer with a focus on
Mr Seybold focused our coaching discussion and challenged
me in such valuing manner that I quickly felt confirmed in
my plans. It was essential to me to be convinced that I was
on the right track. That nobody else but me can provide to
me. Coaching helped me to positively assess what I had
achieved thus far and allowed myself to trust my realism
concerning the next steps. Mr Seybold’s focused and
supportive way of posing questions indicated to me that he
is a good listener. Confirmed in essence, I immediately felt
him understand me. Mr. Seybold fully met my high
professional expectations concerning a non-directive and
results-oriented coach. I wholeheartedly thank him and am
pleased to recommend him as a coach.
Industrial Engineer (Germany)
Many, many thanks for this experience!!! I am still
speechless and will need some time to process everything. It
is amazing how quickly situations can be clarified that
seemed to be absolutely insurmountable an hour ago.
What a fantastic commencement of the new month!
Former Director at the United Nations (Italy)
It was not that easy to coach me. The big transition in my
life from senior UN Director to a retiree and to searching
and reinventing oneself as a Leadership Coach was quite a
challenge! You heard that immediately and, in a perfectly
neutral way, mirrored me where my passion and motivation
Finally, I had succeeded in overcoming that notion of mine
to see my life and my work as two different and colliding
experiences and I could see the all-encompassing entity. I
am truly grateful for your professional application of the
methodology and your personal and empathic commitment.
Furthermore, you have guided me to seeing my qualities,
strengths, values and abilities. Your way of posing questions
and your mirroring of what I had said were indefinitely
helpful as well as your write-up, that I continue to use.
I have had long and vast professional experience and I have
undergone many trainings and coachings. Based on that
experience I can tell you that you are an exceptionally gifted
coach. I want to thank you wholeheartedly.
Programme Director, Publishing (Germany)
The coaching situation was something completely new to
me. Mr Seybold quickly dissolved any of my prejudices and
conveyed the impression that my topic was important and
legitimate. Our conversation swiftly focused on the neuralgic
issues without me feeling rushed or uneasy. It was
important for me that Mr Seybold did not enforce his views
concerning my topic. Instead, he very effectively supported
me in finding and articulating my own objectives. His
professionalism in leading the conversation went hand-in-
hand with his broad knowledge of individual professional
changes as well as change management processes at the
leadership level in private enterprises.
To advance my professional development, a senior UN
official suggested that I contact Johannes for coaching
support. Johannes has excellent listening and
communication skills and he immediately was able to assess
and understand my needs. His broad professional
background, his extraordinarily strong interpersonal skills
and his ability to understand the challenges I was facing
allowed for a coaching approach that helped me define my
professional interest, formulate my own answers, and
devise a tailored plan of action.
During the coaching sessions, he was digging out my
positive sides; he never gave me the feeling that I had been
doing something wrong in the past; he never criticized me in
any way! But he always and only gave me positive
feedback... This made me feel comfortable and appreciated.
He taught me how to apply a strategic approach to solving
personal challenges and how and where to position myself
in the professional market. His systemic coaching approach
really changed the way I now consider challenges and
I am very thankful for having been able to learn and practice
how to be more focused in reaching professional targets.
Fundraiser and Communication Consultant
I thank you for the lively exchange and the intense
conversations via e-mail that we had in spite of the distance
between us (Berlin – Vienna). In your trusting and calm way
you enabled me to find the right direction to orient myself
toward finding my own answers concerning my strengths
and the areas of importance to me. That felt really good and
reestablished my faith in my own abilities. I felt understood
and am grateful for the nudge in the right direction.
I have learned to more accurately define my abilities, wishes
and aims. That provides a significant level of confidence in
my work environment as well as in private life. I now have a
clearer vision of myself as well as of people around me. It is
possible that this calm manner and outlook toward the
world and people were within me all along; however, your
support has helped me to fully grasp and utilize it. Of
course, your intervention was only one piece of the puzzle,
albeit an important if not the most important one that led to
a whole series of follow-up actions and decisions.
In your being coach the essence of your experience is
mirrored. You have such essential skills like empathy and
understanding for your client. You guide through questions
and convey the impression that one’s own answers lead the
way to one’s own solutions. A coach should accompany a
client, he should stimulate reflection and, if need be, provide
support. All this you do in your calm and considerate way.
Such an approach distinguishes yourself as it provides the
basis for your clients’ successes. That’s how a good coach
Diplomat (The Netherlands)
Learning from Johannes' strategic insights, empathic
listening skills and creative spirit has proven to be invaluable
in my day-to-day activities. He helped me reflect upon
difficult situations, helped me to invoke change and to work
out how to balance relations by keeping the interest of 'the
other person' in mind. He focuses not on the theory, but has
helped me to come up with practical solutions; a very
pleasant way of coaching. By doing so, his coaching has laid
a foundation for my professional career, for which I am very
thankful. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a coach.
Senior International Health Expert (Germany)
Wonderful. During my coaching session with you I felt taken
seriously and understood in the way I was coping with my
issue. I personally find your attentive manner sympathetic
which allows for the quasi immediate creation of an
atmosphere of trust. Again, I was impressed by the open
manner in which you respectfully offer suggestions
pertaining to critical points and a possible aim and objective
of the discussion. Before you know it, the essence of what is
important at the time is identified.
With regard to my challenge, the coaching offered me new
perspectives and clarity and provided me with a practical
tool for future situations. It now seems to me as if a part of
my personal orchestra has been equipped with new sheet
music and thus can continue playing.
The entire coaching process from A to Z was a wonderful
flow. That keeps resonating. Thank you for this experience
and the smile in my face.
Team Leader, European Commission (Spain)
That fact that Johannes took the time to support me
particularly at the beginning of my career has helped me a
lot. I believe that he is simply passionate about coaching
young managers. I had just started to work in a large,
international organization that provided very limited internal
support to staff and in this difficult work environment it was
reassuring to know that I could approach Johannes with my
questions and problems at any time to be met with
sympathy and support. Quite often, his coaching constituted
a challenge to me as he inspired me to explore new
mindsets. He encouraged me to face up to sensitive issues
with self-confidence and susceptibility. This led me to get
better in some areas while learning completely new skills.
Johannes understood that my weaknesses were less a result
of limited experience or lack of knowledge but instead they
resulted from my perception of how the world is or how -
according to my own views - it should be. His coaching
supported me in my consciously leaning into these
weaknesses. Thanks to him, I am now better prepared for
events that previously would have caused me to have
sleepless nights; and all in all I feel much more relaxed, self-
confident and optimistic in my work environment.
UN International Civil Servant (Canada)
Johannes’ amiable persona, perceptive listening ability, and
empathetic and insightful approach to coaching render him
an extremely valuable resource to any person or
organization that may avail itself to learn from his broad
international experience and astute interpersonal skills.
Coaching sessions are comfortable, open, focused, and
substantive. Strengths and needs are quickly identified, and
practical solutions rendered, ensuring all the while that the
professional interests and goals of his client(s) remain at the
heart of his sessions. Within a short time, Johannes’
coaching led me from working in a support role on various
fragmented tasks, to leading vast components of strategic
planning and partnership-building initiatives for
international organizations. I highly recommend him as a
Human Rights Activist (Kenya)
Let me tell you, that to us you sounded like a prophet, and
there is something about you, please don’t ask me what,
because I am still trying to figure out what it is. I think you
are a great man. I have never in my whole life met a white
man who is so open like you are, forgive my choice of words,
but that’s the very honest thing I have to tell you. I think you
are one of few people who have got a big heart. God bless
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