Discover Germany, Issue 40, July 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Germany’s Business Coaches & Consulting Experts

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Tailoring corporate culture By forming her own consulting firm, Dr. Anke Nienkerke-Springer first embraced her desire for change and independence two decades ago. Since then, through long-standing previous experience, as well as an inherent trust in her own abilities, she has successfully navigated both, an ever-changing marketplace and her own place within it.

imaginative storytelling.“When conversing we needed to closely pay attention to each other and compassionately understand our communication from his point of view. This indispensable willingness to listen and understand shaped all of our lives.”

TEXT: THOMAS SCHROERS I PHOTOS: MICHAEL WIEGMANN

“What is my focus? Where do I direct my attention?” When coached by Dr. Nienkerke-Springer, professionals from multinational corporations and mediumsized businesses can expect to be confronted with questions like these. For her, such reflections are an essential part of today’s fast-paced business world. Asked about her own answers, Dr. NienkerkeSpringer reveals a clear compass. “My values lend me orientation. Independence, appreciation, resilience and joy at work. I 68 | Issue 40 | July 2016

continuously try to find out whether I’m growing towards these values or whether we’re growing apart.” Looking back at her career as a management consultant, Dr. Nienkerke-Springer can already detect roots of her profession in her childhood. Her grandfather played a very important role in her discovery of the power of communication. Despite losing his ability to hear at the age of ten, he would transport her to other worlds by his

The experience sparked a fundamental and ongoing interest in human interaction. During her studies of educational sciences, psychology and speech science, this interest was matched by exploring the works of the pioneers of the system theory. The combination of the intuitive and the analytical merged into a way of thinking, which Dr. Nienkerke-Springer has sustained in both her ten-year management experience in the psychotherapeutic sector and her current work with clients. “In approaching a case, we focus on the solution