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Dr. Susanne Scheer - Coaching & Consulting

Oh well - no more generic advices on good teamwork please!
Instead, develop your own team "sea chart" now - and remain successful in future

04/25/2020 - "We don't know yet what's going to happen next." - A sentence that can be heard in many places at the moment. Numerous routines do not work anymore and new approaches are needed at short notice. Which is most often a reactive than active approach at the moment.

Presumably, more flexible ways of acting generally fit better into our dynamic world than plans, routines and processes "set in stone". The decisive factor here is that you as a team retain the greatest possible control and remain open to different scenarios. In order to deal more quickly and competently with changing circumstances then. Like on a tricky sea route with rapidly changing weather.

Instead of providing you with general tips for good teamwork, I invite you to develop a "sea chart" for your team trip - no matter at which point you as a team are currently standing. This will ensure that you position yourself well, as many agile and innovative teams already do.

The sea chart will support you to stay flexible, strong and clear and to achieve your results together. Three important, interrelated areas should be clarified within within the team:

Results

RESULTS
Where are you heading to - together? Clarify the sponsor's mission and expectations, create a common team vision and define the desired goals and results.

Process

PROCESS
How do you we reach the goal? Define different route options. Discuss together how to plan realistically, distribute tasks and coordinate as a "crew" on the way.

Personal collaboration

PERSONAL COLLABORATION
How do you interact with each other in daily business? Develop a shared understanding of good teamwork, decision making, leadership, failure culture, conflict management, potential growth and workload.

Your team map will serve as the greatest possible orientation - and will always remain dynamic and interactive. Check regularly whether it still fits and continue to develop the map accordingly. For this purpose, introduce regular "Team Check-Ups" with some distance to everyday life: Reflect openly and appreciatively on the status quo of your collaboration in all three areas. And derive concrete next steps and potenial long term trends from this.

Faster, more constructive, and clearer: In my experience, teams that are accompanied for a while by an experienced coach develop their good team culture with a suitable chart more quickly and achieve a high degree of reflection more easily. All this has an immediate effect on their success and results - and carries the team constructively through storms, calm and sunny periods.

Take advantage of my versatile expertise and experience as a coach and team developer in the field of innovation and international collaboration. E.g. if you...:

It would be my pleasure to accompany you for a while. Please get in touch with me , and we will develop what fits best.

Best wishes
Dr. Susanne Scheer

As light as a bird with a pleasant feeling
- Creative ideas for brain, heart and body and against negative thought carousels -

04/01/2020 - Don't think of Corona! What does the brain usually do then? It thinks of Corona! That's an important clue to the brain's actual job in this state of exception: "Let's think about something else for a while!" And thereby strengthen your immune system, increase your well-being, change your feelings positively and relieve your mind.


Allow your brain to take a time-out and provide yourself with a touch of normality in beautiful moments.

Some creative suggestions with a big portion of ease:

“Virus-free” area

“Virus-free” area"
Take longer news breaks to reduce the stimuli that are coming to your brain. This "import restriction" creates space for other thoughts! And it keeps us more open for creative solutions between "black" and "white".

Oasis dreams

Oasis dreams
Allow yourself a little trip every now and then: Make yourself comfortable at a nice place and remember good moments. Immerse yourself with all senses and recall e.g. special smells or sounds. Or look forward to beautiful things to come up in future - pleasant anticipation also works without a date! Notice what you feel and how your body feels. You can enhance these little “oases" with photos, special food, a certain kind of music. And feel free to design your home with it.

Campfire talk without the

Campfire talk without the "C"
In virtual meetings with friends, the crisis often takes up the main part of the conversation. Spend only a small amount of time on this topic and leave room for other conversations. How could that work? Two ideas:
1. "Taboo" list with a twinkle in the eye: Agree to avoid the "C-word" and its effects consciously for the second part of the conversation - like in the word guess-game.
2. Imagine that you are sitting around a campfire together. Share your thoughts on completely different topics, which will come up easily in this atmosphere. For example "What do you dream about?", "What did you get excited about as a child?", "Do you remember...".

Heart & handicraft

Heart & handicraft
Currently, many things are vague and difficult to grasp - which can cause stress and frustration. Look for activities that you can design completely by yourself. And which have a visible outcome. E.g. something about gardening or a hobby such as hand lettering. Whatever it is, the main thing is that it suits you! And this can never be wrong: Walk out into nature - it is very real and you can grasp it.

Heroic statue

Heroic statue
The brain with its racing thoughts has a direct influence on our physical sensation. Turn the tables once and use physical postures to affect your brain! You don't think so? Give it a try: Position yourself in the room and think of a hero. Take up its posture and give yourself some time. What do you feel? Use this effect especially when you are stuck in a negative thought carousel.

Try out what suits you. Also make sure you get some structure in your everyday life, plenty of physical exercise and good food.
And feel free to write me your experiences, ideas and further suggestions!

All the best
Dr. Susanne Scheer

Use the time to get to know yourself better.
About a core competence that will stay – with and without Corona.

03/25/2020 - To be honest, I am moderately good at handling crises. And for a long time, faced with new situations, I thought: "That's not possible!" - And I preferred to stick to the familiar procedures.

Then I joined the innovation area and accompanied international project teams as a team coach. Suddenly the motto was: "Try things out! Learn from them and develop them further." I became more open and suddenly saw more options than obstacles. A lot of things worked out and some things didn't. And I learned a lot about myself.

There' s one thing I understood: Knowing yourself well is THE core competence in our dynamic world! It is the basis for coping as well as possible with uncertainty, constant change and great complexity. This is already common practice for innovation projects and start-ups!

Also during the current Corona crisis I am learning a lot of new things about myself: what frightens me, what paralyzes me. But also: where I can draw strength and what helps me to remain as confident as possible. The decisive factor here is that I take my needs into account and perceive myself as a whole person with all my thoughts, feelings and physical perceptions. So that I can shape my path in good contact with myself and others.

If you just have a little more time than usual now, use it! Make an appointment with yourself. Allow the topics that were given little space in everyday life and perhaps now want to come to light. Find your personal way of dealing with challenges and with your topics. Set the course to become even more effective and relaxed in (professional) everyday life – in your own style.

It would be my pleasure to accompany you for a while bringing all my experience, enthusiasm, intuition and expertise as coach and team developer. By phone, in virtual sessions or (as soon as possible again) face to face. Feel free to get in touch with me!

All the best!
Dr. Susanne Scheer



How to survive the Corona home office with children?
Suggestions for a reasonably good handling of this exceptional situation

03/22/2020 - The current protective measures are turning our everyday life and all routines upside down. Every day can bring something new, and nobody knows how the whole corona crisis will turn out. But one thing is clear: In order to survive the home office with children reasonably well, you need both openness to new ways and a clear framework that offers orientation and relief to everyone.


Sit down together first as parents and then as a family and talk through your new everyday life. Also keep in touch with your superiors and set realistic limits if something is not feasible at the moment.

Take a look at the following suggestions, pick out what suits you and modify it as needed for your family:

Weekly schedule: Structure the days

Create a weekly schedule & structure the next days.
Plan fixed times e.g. for school tasks, work and meals, but also for breaks, free time and contingents for media time. Introduce an after lunch break, during which children from 3 years on could spend some time on their one in their room e.g. by listening to an audio play. Stay tuned, even if it doesn't work out right away. And use the plan as a pleasant orientation, not as a meticulous obligation.

Family time

Plan some family time daily.
Spend some time together every day and give each other your undivided attention. Talk to the children about the current situation without creating panic or belittling it. Think about what activities are currently possible or what small projects children can do at home. This is usually more exciting and "lasts longer" than the evident immobilization through films or computer games. And maybe you will find some time together as a couple, a luxury in these days!

Mutual agreement

Clarify responsibilities among adults.
We lose most of our energy if we always feel responsible and never switch off. Coordinate with each other, whether you are both at home or one of you is still at work. Clarify how you can handle the situation together:
- What appointments are on the agenda today? How can you alternate with concentrated work phases?
- Who is the contact person for the children and when during the day ? And who can take a real break by when?
- Who takes care of food, shopping etc. today ? Which tasks could the children take over?

Time outs

Build in some time out to take a deep breath.
Even if it's only for three minutes. Have a quiet cup of coffee and look out the window. Observe the spring, it is very real. These times of low stimulus are absolutely necessary to prevent camp fever and exhaustion! Switch off mentally, strengthen yourself and be a role model for your children. Also take a break from the news, as we are very quickly overwhelmed with external impulses.

Take care of your fear and frustration

Take care of your frustration and fear - instead of taking it out on the family.
Nobody can do anything for this state of emergency, least of all our children. Give your frustration and your worries an appropriate space. Use conversations with others and serious sources to inform and exchange information. Also keep an eye on the good things. Write or paint, go out for a ride while you can... Observe yourself kindly and get to know yourself even better. What we are particularly concerned with says a lot about ourselves.

Just give it a try and experiment together. Don't be disappointed if things don't go as planned. Rather, see what works well and what else might be needed. Do not compare yourself with other families, because we are all different! And never forget: It may be nice and easy in between ;-) !

Feel free to write me your ideas and experiences, – we can all profit from them and make the situation a little easier together!

Best wishes and lots of courage, health and confidence to all of us!
Dr. Susanne Scheer