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 the rest.
University Professor (South Africa)
Your are brilliant in what you are doing. Your coaching stands
head and shoulder above the rest.
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!
Nurse for Anesthesia and Intensive Care
With a proper dose of skepticism, I turned to you this
summer on the recommendation of a friend. Coaching
against flight phobia? Can this work at all?
Flight phobia has accompanied me for many years and has
limited me significantly. As a professional woman who deals
with life effortlessly and who knows how to effectively deal
with problems, it was not easy for me to reveal this fear, let
alone fight it. When I was about to cancel a family trip to
America, a friend of mine told me about his positive coaching
experience with you.
Already the first telephone contact left a good impression.
During the ensuing coaching sessions, I worked with an
attentive and calm person. No promises were made, and
honest interest in my problem was ubiquitous. This I felt very
strongly and thus it was not difficult for me to open up to the
Whether it was the professional hypno coaching or the
conversations in which I learned a lot about myself -
unbelievable but true: My flight phobia is history and I want
to express my respect and sincere gratitude for this great
I hope that many people can benefit from your impressive
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
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
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 solutions.
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 coach.
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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