Each individual has a specific combination of strengths, which are attributes and characteristics of the personality. Research results from Positive Psychology show that strengthening strengths helps to boost desired developments rather than working on deficits. Strengths are like well-set sails, that let the boat sail fast.
Case studies working with art
Regarding specific job-related questions
Do you want to dedicate yourself fully to a question or a job-related topic? Coaching with art offers a quick and effective clarification of personal topics.
For example: I am taking on a new position and like to prepare for it accordingly: What should I do for a successful start? Your team lives in a constant racket with the neighbouring team: How to get in a joint discussion again?
How we do it?
In the format “coaching with art”, a work is selected by the coachee that appeals to him. After a detailed examination and interpretation of the canvas, the attention is drawn to the specific concern. What does the picture reveals? Which associations and feelings arouse? Which ideas for a solid solution appear?
Our experience shows that the confrontation with a work of art leads to a great intensity and identification with the solution and anchors it powerfully.
An extraordinary offer
Outstanding and long-term performance requires deep inner stability, coherence and confidence.
Therefore, many clients are looking for a clear understanding where they stay in order to develop a good decision basis and energy for their next steps in life.
"Strong, Centered Successful" is an extraordinary offer. Within 24 hours you experience your central strengths, inner resources and identity-driving values. You experience yourself in a new way. Through creative exercises, along works of art, in combination with well-researched methods of positive psychology, you anchor your personal goals.
Based on this experience, it is easy for you to develop concrete plans for the next steps.
Take time to pause and experience how inner coherence and balance becomes a source of strength.
How do I discover my potential? What are the strengths I can build on? How do I shape my future development?
These are key questions of this coaching-process, which is sprawled over a couple of meetings.
This approach builds on the strengths of positive psychology and combines them with the intensive reflection of works of art. Thus, personal questions and challenges can be anchored. In the diverse process, first you identify your constellation of strengths, then you concentrate on the space of your development. This is rounded off by the development of a personal purpose statement.
For this process, we prefer to work in museums, which play an essential role due to their special atmosphere.
The program "Strength-oriented leadership", with its really inspiring and energizing elements, lead by Jörg Reckhenrich and Marlen Nebelung, was, in the best sense, way beyond what I have seen so far. Through the exploration of art, at a gallery and in a museum and further the work in the art studio, my personal goals of development and plans became clear, vivid and concrete. This seminar will last for a long time, a true recommendation!
Casper David Friedrich, „Zwei Männer am Meer“ 1817
Robert was offered a leadership position. He was not sure whether he really wanted to follow the proposed path. Therefore, he felt under pressure to reject the offer.
"I think my boss is totally disappointed if I don't take this offer!"
In front of Caspar David Friedrich's painting "Two Men by the Sea", he realized what was fundamentally important for his life and understood why he had been so reluctant to accept the career offer. Central life values and wishes became obvious and a further topic was more important: "I don`t want to take leadership in this organisation, I can’t stand the pressure and want to have more time for myself. But most of all, I don`t want to commute so much. The absences from home would even increase with the management function"! Based on these insights he took the decision for his next career step .
Rembrandt, „Susanna im Bade“ 1647
Heike was in a difficult professional situation. In the collaboration with her boss, there were repeated conflicts, which she described as disparaging and encroaching.
"Again and again I feel embarrassed - completely naked," she summed up the situation.
The picture "Susanna in the Bath", by Rembrandt, was almost casually discovered while strolling through the museum. Heike literally jumped on the picture. The response to the topic was obvious and clear. The reflection led to an intensive reflection on her repertoire in order to be well prepared for the conflict. Numerous variants were discussed and tested. The surprising turn came through the observation that Susanna looks directly out of the picture and makes the observer to a kind of partner of the scene. "Now I have the solution," was a real Aha moment. "I need a strong anchor in such a situation, an immediate help from outside”.