People-centered training and career coaching

In this podcast episode, Claas Triebel and Sebastian discuss how career coaching and training can be designed in a human-centered way.

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How can career coaching and training be truly human-centered?

Who doesn't know it? In a career, it's always best to go higher, faster, further. But is that actually human-centered? This is exactly the question that Sebastian and our guest Claas Triebel are addressing today. Claas is an expert in potential-oriented career coaching and personal development, a musician and author. His latest book "Who am I? What can I do? What do I want?" is intended to help coaches optimally support people in their career planning.

This is also where today's podcast episode picks up. Human-centered career coaching is about the person as a whole and as an individual. His or her satisfaction and the recognition of all potentials are in the foreground. Sebastian, as the managing director, is often the sparring partner of our employees when it comes to their professional development opportunities. Claas will go into more detail about his experiences and concepts from his coaching concept "Competence Balance".

The approach is a scientific one to identify potential and really help people progress. Nevertheless, the human being is in the foreground in the competence balance.

This includes, for example, the formation of a so-called life profile. The life profile reflects how the person became the person he or she is today. This includes not only professional factors but also all other interests such as hobbies, relationships. Certain patterns, red threads are recognized, in order to exchange later into the individual stations more deeply. Here you look very closely at what the activities were and what skills you have acquired. Often competencies and skills come to light that were not so present before. Because often the longer we work, the further away we get from the skills from our training or studies and do completely different things.

Recognizing that and making sure you do is part of human-centered coaching. When you recognize what you can do and what you like to do, you can think about what you want to achieve with it next. There is a fixed set of methods for all steps.

Learning and development opportunities are a success factor for companies

"It can be shown that the companies that care about offering people development prospects will be successful and innovative." - Claas Triebel

The startup scene is a super example, an environment that offers a lot of learning and development opportunities. It's much less about steep career ladders and more about an environment where you can grow and develop very strongly, which is why it's highly attractive for many talented people. We at interfacewerk have recognized this as well. Many of our talents have stated that learning and development opportunities are one of the reasons why they chose us as a company.

But where does the responsibility for personal development lie with the company or with oneself? In fact, a lot has to come from the person himself and a lot has to be worked out for himself in a self-reflective way. At the same time, further training is a joint responsibility of the person and the employer. In a cooperative negotiation, we would look at what competencies for the person at the same time can also benefit the success of the company. Career coaching in the competence balance paints a similar picture: In addition to a presence component, a component is added that the person develops independently.

What else you can expect in the episode

How do hobbies and other interests play into the topic of people-centered professional development and career coaching? It's not always the right time to develop professionally, make a change, or simply pay into your career. Often, other fulfilling activities like learning a musical instrument or starting with sports can be the more human-centered approach to achieving success and being more satisfied.

Hobbies can also contribute to learning or developing certain soft skills. In this context, Claas and Sebastian discuss their experiences with music and what they can take away from it for themselves and their professional existence. You'll also hear why it's so important that career paths and the acquisition of certain skills fit your own values and needs.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback! Write us an email at or write Sebastian at LinkedIn!

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