Bernd Köpke, Project Partner

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"Be the change you want to see in the world." read more
"Be the change you want to see in the world."

This quote from Mahatma Gandhi has become my motto for working with people who want to lead others and who want to take part actively in change processes. As a coach and trainer with over 15 years’ experience, I am a committed facilitator of change and development processes for individual leaders, teams as well as whole organisational units. My mission is to help others develop their own potential, see challenges as learning processes and work with others to find concrete solutions. In so doing, they’re allowed to have fun as I do and enjoy the successes. That is my contribution - to create a world people want to be a part of.

What does your desk look like normally? read more
What does your desk look like normally?

My desk is definitely not super tidy. As I have a large desk, there are always a few books on the right that I am either reading or want to read. When I am on the road, the post piles up in front of my computer. It’s good that I have other creative working spaces such as my standing desk next to the flipchart and pin board.

What would you like to learn in the blink of an eye? read more
What would you like to learn in the blink of an eye?

How to play the guitar. I’ve got the guitar, but I can’t play yet. I can just imagine sitting with others around a campfire playing and we’re singing: ‘Country roads, take me home …’

What is the perfect start to the day for you? read more
What is the perfect start to the day for you?

The sun is shining, there’s a smell of coffee and I have enough time for a relaxing breakfast of eggs and bacon. Work does not start before nine. I like working, but not too early in the day!

Where is your favourite place to work? read more
Where is your favourite place to work?

My favourite place for holding seminars and workshops would be a conference hotel in the countryside where I could be outside with my participants when the weather is good. Work is allowed to be fun.

Who has inspired you in your career? read more
Who has inspired you in your career?

There are many professional examples, but one stands out, Robert Dilts, who I first encountered as an author and then got to know as a trainer and colleague. Robert inspired me with his attitude, his quiet but committed way of working towards helping create a world people wanted to belong to.

What did you want to be when you were a child? read more
What did you want to be when you were a child?

To begin with, definitely a policeman. Then a millionaire. And later, at least Federal Chancellor. Well, policeman and Federal Chancellor never happened. Federal Chancellor would be far too stressful for me. I can still imagine being a millionaire. But I already lead a rich life.

With whom would you like to spend a day? read more
With whom would you like to spend a day?

Richard Branson. I find the British entrepreneur and philanthropist fascinating. His books inspire me. I would love to have a conversation with him on his island.

What do you love? Who or what are you a fan of? read more
What do you love? Who or what are you a fan of?

I love great football. I find Jürgen Klopp’s work as a football trainer fascinating. His work with my favourite Football team, BVB Dortmund, made me believe in him. He comes from Swabia like me.

Where would you like to live? read more
Where would you like to live?

My favourite place is definitely San Clemente in South California. San Clemente is exactly between Los Angeles and San Diego. To live there with a view of the Pacific where Supers and dolphins share the high waves at sunset would be a dream. Perhaps it will soon come true too.

What is your motto where work is concerned? read more
What is your motto where work is concerned?

I take that to mean my work as trainer, coach and consultant. Each training event develops into coaching for me, someone once said. That’s true! As Galileo Galilei said: “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”