Jo Katrin Kristof, Project Partner

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„I centre my work on mutual trust and a full understanding of my client's needs.” read more
„I centre my work on mutual trust and a full understanding of my client's needs.”

Self-reflection, change acceptance and decision-making skills are all key factors on the road towards sustainable success in a complex working environment. At the same time these factors also represent major challenges in everyday professional life. Through my work I offer support to senior managers and qualified specialists not only when they act on their own behalf but also when they assume responsibility for decisions they make affecting staff, customers and the organisation as a whole. My approach focuses on solutions and results, respecting both the individual and the context of your organisation as a whole. The focal point of my work is the provision of consultancy and support services to organisations, qualified specialists, and both senior and junior management.

 

What was your most memorable journey? read more
What was your most memorable journey?

Travelling to India and then to Tibet via Nepal. The incredible things we experienced there were out of this world. No other journey has enabled me to learn so much about myself although I thought I was there to learn about others (people and cultures). The impressions, the cultures and the people made me think about who I was and have no doubt helped form the person I am today.

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

When I was little I wanted to be a farmer. Our family holidays were often spent on the farm of friends which was a great adventure for a little girl. As I grew up, I realized that it isn’t as romantic as city dwellers think it is. Also, I was lucky to have inspirational teachers who showed me different perspectives and helped me recognize my strengths. That led to my later desire to become a teacher and inspire others as I had been inspired.

What film made you really scared? read more
What film made you really scared?

When I was little, my brother recorded a classic that was on so late we wouldn’t normally be allowed to watch it: Nosferatu, a silent movie made in 1922. My brother and I watched it on a sunny Sunday afternoon and everything was all right until the recording stopped five minutes from the end and I still don’t know to this day how it ends – whether Nosferatu lives or whether he’s destroyed when the sun rises. Just mentioning the film’s title awakens my childhood fears and I still haven’t managed to watch the ending.

What characteristic would you like to possess? read more
What characteristic would you like to possess?

It’s really difficult for me to answer this question. I’m more or less happy with who I am and my characteristics – even those that make things difficult for me now and again because they have helped me to develop and to change. I wouldn’t like to lose those characteristics that make me think about myself critically and help me develop as a person.

What three questions would you like to ask and to whom? read more
What three questions would you like to ask and to whom?

One question I would like to ask a Creator or God would be: if you could create the world again from scratch, what would you change? And if I had another question, I would ask: what made you make the world as it is?

The most exasperating moment in a training course? read more
The most exasperating moment in a training course?

The most exasperating thing happened during a facilitation at an assessment centre where a candidate just got up and left without a word. We couldn’t find him anywhere in the building and couldn’t reach him on his mobile. We even checked the toilets in case he had felt unwell and had collapsed. We then tried to contact him in all manner of ways – mobile, telephone, e-mail and even a letter. To this day we still don’t know what became of him and what made him just get up and go. However, I now have an emergency plan in case it ever happens again.

What did you like doing most when you were a child? read more
What did you like doing most when you were a child?

I grew up in a small town and my parents trusted me and my sense of responsibility. I therefore had a lot of freedom, more than my school friends. Even as a young child, I loved just getting on my bike to go off into town, the woods or the fields. More often than not without any destination in mind – I just went off to see where I would end up. I was away for hours on end. And if it rained, I cycled to the next bookshop and spent all of my pocket money on books.

What specialist book captured your imagination? read more
What specialist book captured your imagination?

One book on coaching I often recommend to my customers is Coaching for the Newly Appointed Leader by Astrid Schreyögg. Behind the rather clumsy title is a practical, practice-oriented book which uses systemic organisational theory to find out what organisations, contexts and relationships I might find myself in as a leader and how that influences me and my situation. A highly recommendable book, not just for newly appointed leaders but also for old hands as it enables you to assess and to look at yourself from a different angle.

What can you see from your window? read more
What can you see from your window?

On the one side when I look out of my window, I’ve got an incredible view over a small valley to a forest beyond. The other side looks out over dense woodland. I’m surrounded by nature and love looking out towards the horizon.  

What is your motto in working life? read more
What is your motto in working life?

Everyone can change.