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Back to normal? – How to master the transition to a new normal with 5 tips.

The pandemic has taken a lot out of all of us. We have slid from one lockdown to another and have had to adapt to new conditions and regulations over and over again. Many of us have been faced with various professional as well as personal concerns and hardships that have triggered feelings of uncertainty, […]

When motivation falters – solutions for managers

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” is an old saying. But it’s usually not that easy for bosses in everyday work to motivate their employees for a task, a new project or a new idea for the future. Knowing which levels play a role in this, it is possible to find out more quickly […]

The “triad” of psychoanalytic business coaching – or how to break a personal knot

Many executives who come to us for coaching are very well-trained and work with great professional expertise. Although they do an excellent job in many areas and manage most of it effortlessly, at one point or another conflicts or problem areas arise that they are not able to deal with themselves. In this case psychoanalytical […]

Artificial intelligence in business coaching: Is the CoachBot the future of coaching?

Artificial intelligence (AI), especially humanoid AI, is the subject of many well-known films, such as the feature film Her. In Her, a man named Twombly falls in love with an operating system named Samantha. Samantha also tells Twombly that she is in love with him. Later, however, it turns out that Samantha is also in […]

Develop leadership skills and avoid burnout

Many years of experience in leadership coaching show that a challenging topic for many young leaders is dealing with their own limits. Many leaders enter coaching with the experience that the surge of demands, coupled with their own high ideals and expectations, has brought them into the range of initial burn-out symptoms. We give a […]

Emotion regulation – a key competence for managers

Emotions influence our thoughts and our behavior. Even if you characterize yourself and your employees as rather factual and rational, you and your behavior – even if not always obviously visible – are guided by emotions. Imagine you are in an emotionally charged situation – let’s say a team meeting – and you are trying […]

Stress & working from home – when your home becomes a stresstest

Since last spring, our world and our everyday working lives have been turned upside down. With the first lockdown, many employees moved their work to the from the office to their homes. Since then, the number of people working from home has grown – now, one in four Germans works from homw. Despite the greater […]

The inner stressor – how personality patterns can intensify the experience of stress

“I’m stressed” is a much-heard response to the question of how things are going at work at the moment. Many people feel stressed and overloaded in their daily work due to work compression and time pressure. Frequently, psychological or even physical stress reactions are also attributed to the fact that “it’s stressful at work”. Frequently, […]

More women in executive positions

Defense and resistance in change processes using the example of the change to equal quotas for women in management positions. In terms of competence, women have long been on equal footing with men in professional terms; this is no longer disputed today. A study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) asked almost 13,000 companies whether […]

Why your life is boring

Corona, besides having serious and sad consequences for us and our society, has also made a lot of things more difficult and deprived us temporarily of many things that make life worth living in our privileged, Western world: Being together with friends and family, dancing, traveling, concerts. Life without these highlights may seem boring to […]

Women and power- pitfalls on the way to the top

Although women today are just as well educated and highly qualified as men, they are still underrepresented in German companies. In a European comparison, the proportion of women in management positions is even lower than the European average at around 31%. There are a variety of social, economic and political as well as individual reasons […]

Women in leadership positions – female identity and power

There are still significantly fewer women than men in management positions. Although there is no lack of motivation or skills, only about 16 percent of the nearly 1.3 million companies in Germany are led by women. But why is that? Is it because of the “men’s clubs” that like to keep to themselves and don’t […]

Job Hopping – How organisations can retain the “generation unable to relate”

In his book of the same name, author Michael Nast describes Generation Y as unable to relate. A provocative statement, which he refers primarily to private relationships. But in the professional context, too, this generation is repeatedly said to be prone to frequent job changes. Organisations react to this by creating incentives in the sense […]

New Year, new me? – a plea for more chaos in life and lovable imperfection instead of self-optimization

Every year by the first of January, millions of people worldwide (roughly estimated) think about good resolutions for the coming year. Some reflect on their goals from the previous year, others simply start Vegenuary (no animal products) or Dry January (no alcohol) optimistically and spontaneously

How creativity arises.

What moves us to creative action? If we look at the question of why an individual becomes creative, that is, what motivates creativity, we find answers in psychoanalytic theories. Thus, the father of psychoanalysis was already concerned with creativity. Sigmund Freud focused on the creative person, the personality of the artist, who seeks to satisfy […]

The immense importance of creativity

The repeated Sputnik shock! Last year, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which quickly spread across the globe as the Covid-19 pandemic, had a massive impact on our lives. The population has had to deal with far-reaching changes in the lockdown. There are contact regulations. For professional groups that are not systemically relevant, the workplace will be moved […]

Grieving the loss of a job – an opportunity for personal development

Most people change their employer more than once in their professional career. Some make this decision actively, often with the new job in their pocket, looking forward to the new challenge. Others, on the other hand, are confronted with termination from one day to the next. Perhaps you have already suspected it, perhaps there is […]

Sunday neurosis or weekend blues – why can’t I enjoy my free time?

“Wochend’ und Sonnenschein”, but you are dominated by frustration and gloomy thoughts? Although the weekend, according to the Comedian Harmonists, should mean pure relaxation, you may know the feeling of feeling anxious, sad or depressed on weekends, especially on Sundays. Find out what is known so far about the causes of the “weekend blues,” a […]

20 tips for your successful online meeting

Video calls are the working method of the hour. Some of us are stuck in Zoom or Skype meetings for hours or they even have our very own bigbluebutton-room. In addition to technical problems, an overloaded network, blurry cameras and distorted sound, there are also numerous other complex and challenging situations. This article is now […]

Procrastination – and what it has to do with Hansel and Gretel

Hand on heart. Who hasn’t experienced postponing an exam, postponing a project until the following week or simply not getting a final report done? In some moments we simply cannot manage to achieve the set work goals without being constantly distracted, unstructured or joyless. Procrastination often occurs in educational contexts – such as at university […]

Mental stress in the corona pandemic – Support in times of uncertainty

In addition to the real health risk, the corona pandemic also leads to a lot of psychological stress. According to the Cosmo study, around 50 % of the surveyed Germans between 18 and 74 years of age currently perceive their personal situation as stressful (as of the end of October 2020). The worries and fears […]

The psychological structure and leadership – success needs more than professional competence

Everyday work demands a lot from managers. In addition to technical and analytical skills, methodical competencies are also in great demand. Good leadership also includes the ability to motivate and influence employees so that their behavior serves the achievement of previously set company goals. This is where some managers reach their limits with their professional […]

“Not again” – Get out of your personal Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in four steps

Most people know that you tend to get into the same difficult situations over and over again. Some experience that they are often rejected, others feel disadvantaged again and again or they feel ignored or oppressed within their limits. How can it be that some situations in our lives are constantly repeated? With a dilemma […]

Shame – faces of an affect in the company

Everyday working life often also means performance pressure. This often goes hand in hand with an experience of insecurity, pressure or even shame in some places. However, feelings of shame are usually experienced as extremely unpleasant and, paradoxically, often as shameful. We want to do something about this today. In this article we will discuss […]

Vacation despite crisis? What it takes for the longed-for vacation feeling

I need a vacation! On vacation, the demands and questions of everyday life should fade into the background. Especially in times of crisis this is not so easy. Some people find it generally difficult to leave their everyday life and especially their work behind them. What does it take for a “real” vacation feeling? The […]

Between a healthy dose of overconfidence and narcissism    

We all know them. Whether in politics or business, whether at work or in the private sphere. Everywhere we meet people with narcissistic personalities. Some famous examples are the politician Silvio Berlusconi, the writer Thomas Mann, the football player Christiano Ronaldo and the designer Coco Chanel. But how does a narcissistic personality develop?

The art of boredom

Why it can do us good to just stare at the wall sometimes Perhaps the title of this article directly stirs up resistance in you? – “Boredom? Pah! I wish I could afford to be bored, but I’m way too busy for that!” Or: “The only time I get bored is when the plane still […]

About the silent wish not to arrive

Having arrived at your destination after a long effort: what do you experience then? A feeling of satisfaction or standstill and stagnation? It can be both …

When it’s time for a fresh start

Sometimes its time for a fresh start – we tell you when its time to go.

Confident leadership

Leaders should be both: self-confident and clear, but also approachable. Such self-confidence does not come from a modular system of coaching tools; our narcissism is deeply rooted in our personality. We present two important skills that distinguish healthy self-confidence from destructive narcissism.

What we can gain from this crisis

Even if the crisis is not over – we can already learn a lot from the past few weeks.

The role of personality: inner conflicts as burnout boosters?

Personality is not a product of chance. It is not a random bundle of characteristics that differentiates us from one another. Whether introverted or extraverted, whether spirited or balanced: we have all developed a personality which, according to Allport (1959), can be described, in addition to genetic aspects, as a “unique adaptation” to our individual […]

A plea for the leader

Employees should act as self-employed persons in the company. Independent, agile work with short coordination channels. This requires flat hierarchies. Or perhaps this trend can even be spun further: is an anarchic form of organization also conceivable in the future?

Coach or couch? 

How to answer the question whether you should rather do coaching or therapy and what is behind the term “Psychodynamic Coaching”.

Conflict management – a constructive approach to understand and solve conflict situations

Conflicts are exhausting and stressful for most of us. And that is why we like to avoid them. Professional conflicts in particular are sometimes sat out for a long time, until the fronts have hardened considerably and a way out seems almost impossible. But there is one…

Communication Skills: Transference and counter-transference

We are not always able to perceive our counterpart as he or she really is. Subjective distortions have a great influence on how we communicate and interact with our colleagues, employees and superiors. Transference and counter-transference – two central concepts from psychoanalytic business coaching – try to track down these distortions.

10 tips for working from home

In times of Corona many entrepreneurs find themselves with the challenge of having to work from home for the first time. Executives, employees, self-employed people – we all see ourselves forced to organise ourselves from home. Apart from questions of how to handle childcare while working from home, there is often a lack of a […]

Burnout prevention: deceleration through belonging

Work-related stress and exhaustion symptoms increase: from 2014 to 2018, the number of cases of incapacity to work due to burnout rose by more than 10% (Statista, 2019). Many employees would like to see a slowdown in the world of work. But what has led to the increase in burnout?

Understanding stress – Part 2: Resilience and Personality

Understanding and regulating stress is becoming more and more important in our times, because chronic stress has a lasting damaging effect on the immune system and on the general mental and physical condition. Our physical reaction to stress is an instinctive and cognitively little influenceable physical state. However, it is possible to identify personal stressors […]

It´s lonely at the top – Loneliness and solitude at top level

In management circles the phenomenon is well known – the more powerful and empowered one is, the more often decisions have to be made and responsibility for them has to be taken. No matter how many meetings, phone calls or e-mails a topic has been discussed, nobody can take the responsibility for the decision away […]

Understanding Stress- Part 1: The stress reaction

Understanding and regulating stress is becoming increasingly important in our times, because chronic stress has a lasting damaging effect on the immune system and on the general mental and physical condition. Our physical reaction to stress is an instinctive and cognitively little influenceable physical state. However, it is possible to identify personal stressors and reduce […]

The suffering with envy – How to deal with feelings of envy in companies

You may also know the feeling that you envy a colleague when he or she has just been promoted, is allowed to lead a new project, or has received a higher salary. You imagine how proud and great the other person must feel. Almost automatically, you compare yourself with this colleague who has something to […]

The compulsive society in the Corona crisis

The call that precedes us Germans: we are orderly, punctual and hard-working. Or in the words of the psychologist Gottfried Barth: “We Germans tend to be compulsive.” In times of the Corona crisis, these tendencies are perhaps even more evident, whether in the hoarding of toilet paper or noodle packs, or perhaps in some places […]

Too much of a good thing: What role does over-engagement play in the development of burnout?

Ever since the New York psychoanalyst Herbert Freudenberger coined the term burnout to describe typical reactions of overwork of initially highly motivated employees, it has been used to describe particular exhaustion syndromes at work. In his first article, published in 1974, Freudenberger combined experiences from therapeutic practice with personal observations.

Reaching customers during the Corona Shutdown

An online presence is more than digital marketing and much more than just a good ranking in a search engine. Well-used digitalisation and digital communication can save livelihoods and retain customers in the current crisis.

The Illusion of Independence – Understanding climate change

Opinions are divided on the subject of climate change. As the journalist N. Rich showed in his small volume “Loosing the Earth”, we have known about the devastating consequences of global warming since the 1980s. And since the summer of 2019 at the latest, the topic has also received a great deal of attention in […]

Leadership in the Corona crisis: Burnout or boreout danger?

Five million Germans suffer from depression – before the Corona pandemic. The German Depression League (DDL) is now warning of an increase in mental health problems as a result of the crisis. Factors such as social isolation, the increase in unemployment and short-time work, bankruptcies and the associated existential fears are likely to be a […]

Change of perspective – Mentalization as an opportunity for your company

In a company, not only business plans but also people always come together. They bring along different attitudes, opinions, perspectives and standards. If we do not succeed in reflecting these in ourselves and others, misunderstandings and conflicts are often the result.

Digitization – The longing for social resonance in times of Corona

The corona crisis and the associated requirement for social distancing demands a high degree of flexible adaptation from entrepreneurs, their colleagues and from their employees – not only in terms of working conditions, but also in terms of professional interpersonal relationships. Wherever it is possible or necessary due to quarantine, the office will be moved […]

Exit from powerlessness – between desires for authority and denial

Most of us have never experienced such radical cuts in our lives. It is now about coping: we have to cope with our fears, but also with the serious consequences that the measures to contain the Covid-19 virus have on our everyday life and our freedom of movement.

Psychodynamic coaching during crisis for executives

Due to the corona crisis, many managers are currently confronted with multiple challenges and must now deal with these changed conditions on an economic, social and health level. In addition to rapid assessments, this requires decisions to be made at various levels, as well as the communication, implementation and possibly revision of instructions for action.

Burn Out – losing the fine connection to oneself

Stress is an activation of the sympathetic nervous system and, if stress becomes chronic, it is one of the most dangerous diseases in the western world. Self-exploitation plays an important role.

The secret desires of teams – Part II: The unconscious company

Companies are shaped, managed and structured by people. The principles described in our last article on the existence of an unconscious, can be found not only inside oneself or between individuals, but also as collective dynamics in teams. You will find some ideas on this topic in this article.

The secret desires of teams: Part I: On the trail of the unconscious in business communication

One cannot not communicate – Paul Watzlawick’s sentence has become common knowledge. It is more or less clear to all of us that we communicate constantly and often not just what we say. But how exactly does non-verbal and unconscious communication work? How can the unconscious level of communication be deciphered, understood and above all […]

Why it is better to get on the couch than on your yoga mat when you are having stress

Forewarned is forearmed, is an old expression, but in terms of our behaviour concerning our health, arming ourselves against potential risks to our health, does not seem so easy. We know that stress makes us ill, but this knowledge often does not lead to a healthy life-work balance. When clever and successful people choose an […]

Etiquette for bad leaders: the 1o1 on how leadership fails in any case

If you really want to disqualify yourself as a boss: no problem, if you follow our tips consistently, you are guaranteed to lose the respect and motivation of your Team.

Motivation in the company: Ten insights to motivate your team

Among executives, it is said that the half-life period of a pay raise is three days. On the first day you are happy, on the second day you are used to it and on the third day you think about whether it could not have been more. Many psychological studies have shown that extrinsic motivation […]

The neurosis of the boss – or how the personality of the leader shapes the company

Modern entrepreneurs know that the success of a company also depends strongly on the personality of the leader. In this article, we would like to introduce you to a few personality and leadership styles, their strengths and blind spots. Who knows, maybe you will recognize yourself in our descriptions?

Procrastination – an opportunity for personal development

Some rarely meet her, some know her as a constant companion: the experience of procrastination can be anything from irritating to tormenting. According to a recent study, only two percent of Germans never experience phases of postponement and avoidance. But what exactly is hidden behind the widespread phenomenon of procrastination? And how can it be […]

Leadership-Coaching: Do you have every(one)thing under control?

Also known as proactivity or initiative: the ability to work autonomously is desirable, if not required, in most jobs. Nevertheless, many managers are indecisive – when do I let my employees decide, plan and think, and when do I interfere? Having control over processes is often necessary and usually tempting…but it can also lead to […]

The Object of Desire – How does psychoanalytically focused business coaching work?

It is well known that the customer’s language is learnt in a joint conversation. The focus is on the aspect of acquiring a kind of knowledge that is not oriented to one’s own needs and wishes. How can the connection between language and knowledge be put to practical use in trade, but also in consulting?

Coaches at work: Dispute between siblings threatens company’s existence

A tragic accident surprisingly ripped the manager of a medium-sized electrical engineering company out of life at the age of 58. The patriarch had always wanted to do everything himself and would probably have led his compony into old age. Now he left behind a wife, three children and a company with about 400 employees.

Coaching or Psychotherapy?

Many clients have asked us about the differences between coaching and psychotherapy. The most important differences are summarized here in a table.

Coaches at work: From depressed mood to strategic realignment

The 40-year-old pharmaceutical sales manager had run out of ideas. His company was running reasonably stable. He was able to make a good living from the earnings, but was still burdened by the repayment of a loan he had taken out a few years ago to set up the company. Professionally, he lacked the entrepreneurial […]

Change coaching: Dont be afraid of feelings in the company!

Good intentions only become reality with difficulty and change processes of all kind in companies often turn out to be difficult. Why is that? The author and coach at the Mind Institute would like to approach this question from a psychodynamic point of view.

Change coaching: 5 Implications for handling grief during change processes

Due to rapid changes in the market, companies and their members are constantly being urged to adapt to new requirements. Although such changes are often unavoidable in order to secure the competitiveness of the company, they are often met with great resistance from employees. In an otherwise smooth operational process, change is usually perceived as […]

Coaching with the (un)conscious

In today’s rational world, work in the workplace is characterised by structured thinking. We have learned to analyse, set goals and work towards them according to priorities. Nevertheless, markets and business partners often behave differently than expected. We then perceive such behaviour as arbitrary and incomprehensible. The tasks set seem to overtax us. The behaviour […]

Generation zero error

The demand for a successful error culture can be heard in most companies and yet dealing with errors and ignorance still seems to be a challenge for most of us. Why? What prevents professionally trained and intelligent colleagues from openly speaking up in meetings when they do not understand what colleagues have to say?

Coaches at work: Works council: The tiger eats its young

It was obvious to the logistics contractor that he was at the end of his rope. His private parcel delivery company with over 600 employees had lived well a few years ago. The services had unique selling points. In the context of increasing competition, he had now had to accept pressure on prices, so that […]

Coaches at work: We like to work in this company

Practical example: When the managing director of a facility management company visited a psychological consultant at the Mind Institute for coaching, his company’s sick leave had risen to over 15%. The statistics of the company health insurance fund also provided evidence that mental illnesses in particular had increased by 25% in one year alone and […]

Psychoanalytical coaching – for sustainable change in the company

Agility, flexibility and willingness to change characterize a good manager in postmodern companies. But how do sustainable changes succeed?