One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.
Taken from: “Thus spake Zarathustra”
by Friedrich Nietzsche
Barbara Duchow designs specific concepts for individual coachings and/or group trainings. She is a trainer-coach, actress, director and power-yoga teacher, and holds degrees in design, performing arts and psychology. She has finished her degree in systemic therapy to deepen her insight and results with Clients.
She works as a director, producer and conceptor for industrial shows for over 30 years and has profound on the job leadership experience.
Since 25 years she works with executive managers in individual and group coaching processes and combines her excellence in performing arts with her deep understanding of the challenges in leadership positions.
In her work, Barbara focuses on voice- and bodywork by means of partner and group exercises in order to remove barriers and promote the individual flow of energy.
Physical coordination and concentration exercises for increasing productivity are part of her coaching, as well as creativity training in order to consciously expand the expression vocabulary.
She uses associative thinking and brain exercise to promote ones own wealth of ideas and promotes goal setting and decision making through physical exercises and mind-mapping. Working through and clearly defying visions with aid of the collage technique and creative writing are as important for her as having the desire to discover a creative power and productive spirit in each of her clients.
EXAMPLE FOR POSSIBLE COACH AND TRAINING CONTENT
The coaching sessions aim at specific development needs. Example objectives of the individual coaching:
- to optimize self expression (voice modulation, body language)
- to remove barriers blocking the energy flow
- to enhance creativity
- to promote the ability to set goals and make decisions
- to improve the interaction of right and left brain hemisphere and differentiated reasoning
- to increase stress resilience
- to encourage empathy and conflict solving
Role-play: access from the outside
filming a monologue performed by the coachee to compare it after the training process with the beginning state; the objective is to train performance skills. This aims to training on a physical level to improve movement qualities depending on identified strengths and weaknesses
If a person is rather structured he might have to practice flow-thinking and brainstorming and trust related exercises. While a person who is too soft and not clearly structured might have to practice sharp movements, crisp voice settings, assertiveness etc.
Role-play access from the inside
working with exercises like massage techniques to work on deeper levels to remove barriers blocking the energy flow and train emotional intelligence. By using acting exercises the coachee is to be enabled to find the “subtexts” and to train deeper abilities such as empathy.
For instance voice training, writing/researching about personal issues, physical exercise, creative processes homework, mind maps, collages, textwork on the role assigned to.
Check up of development progress
filming the monologue performed by the coachee after the 3 days work process; watching film material before and after feedback being given on the performances; training and initiating a follow up process.
Advice for further physical training such as conflict avoidance schemes will lead to kick boxing or karate; lack of empathy and listening will lead to tai-chi or yoga approaches or any physical training that includes awareness and listening skills; highlight people awareness.
I have had the rare opportunity to observe, learn and assist Barbara coaching Airbus managers in leadership. She has an extraordinary ability to firmly lead a whole group of engineers with clarity, and at the same time see each individual and their needs. This creates a genuine trust in her as a leader and as a fellow human. With this Barbara manages to create a base from which to teach her inspiring and insightful principals of leadership that are both wonderfully innovative and practically applicable.”
“I had no previous experience at all in group coaching sessions and, after my recent experience with Barbara Duchow, I got completely amazed by the results (on me and the rest of the group). In only half an enjoyable day not only we learnt about improving our communication skills (i.e. the importance of listening to others and transmitting a message) but, also very importantly (at least to me), I got conscious through physical exercises about our body as a powerful instrument in our interaction with others and also woke up “hidden” areas of my personality that had been sleeping so far. Barbara is an excellent and extraordinary coach, full of positive and contagious energy, and I’m really grateful for her thorough and precise assessment on me and valuable advice provided during and after the sessions.”
“The Coaching with Barbara has completely changed my life. She perfectly supported me to review my personality, to challenge my pattern and showed me a way how to improve. Her coaching is based on acting and gives many challenges for “engineers”, but if you are brave enough to be open-minded and to step outside of your comfort zone, you will experience an unbelievable change and success. Without doubt, I can recommend her coaching as it was the best I ever experienced.”
“Was für eine inspirierende Woche für mich, auf vollkommen neuem Terrain. In der Leadership University of Airbus in Toulouse wurden zwei Tage lang Manager unterschiedlicher Departments auf ihre Führungsqualitäten für die nächst höhere Führungsebene, durch unterschiedliche Verfahren, getestet. Das bedeutet für die Teilnehmer monatelange Vorbereitung, zusätzlich zu ihrem „already „crazy“ every day life“, Stress, Druck, sehr hohe Ansprüche und hohe Erwartungen von allen Seiten.
In diesem Verfahren begleitet meine kraftvolle und wunderbare Kollegin Barbara Duchow die Teilnehmer auf der emotional-körperlichen Ebene mit Bodywork und Coaching Sessions durch die zwei Tage. Sie schafft einen geschützten Raum, indem die Teilnehmer die Anspannung und all die Emotionen, wie Wut, Ärger, Scham, Angst, Verunsicherung, Hilflosigkeit, Stress, Panik, die während der einzelnen Tests hoch kommen, verarbeiten und im besten Fall transformiert können. Mit einfachen körperlichen Übungen in Verbindung mit dem Atem, können aufgestaute Emotionen abfließen und der Körper darf sich aus der „Kampf“ Situation heraus wieder entspannen, weich und flexibel werden, um Kräfte für die nächste Runde zu sammeln.
Diese Körper- und Energiearbeit zu beobachten und Teil dieses Prozesses gewesen zu sein, macht mich sehr glücklich. Ich durfte auf einer anderen neuen Ebene sehen, wie wertvoll unsere künstlerischen „softskills“ auch in anderen Welten sein können.
Danke Barbara, dass ich sehen durfte, mit was für einer positiven, unterstützenden, warmen und kraftvollen Energie du arbeitest. Voller Liebe und Hingabe.
I bow my head Barbara Duchow. Wie gut du jetzt schon tust, 2020.”
Barbara C Lanz
Actress and Body Worker
I came across this quote and it made me think of you and your body work:
“Your body and its great intelligence does not say ‘I’ but performs ‘I’.”
It’s Nietzsche, from “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”.
The Leadership Consultant
Barbara Duchow´s colleague
COACHING AND TRAINING REFERENCES
2020 Official member of Yoga Alliance™ as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT™).
Since 2012 until today:
Coach and trainer for Leadership, Assessment Center, Teambuildings and One to One coaching.
Workshops for presence, voice, expression, communication dynamics, active relaxation techniques, various diagnosis and team building (manager, therapist, business coaching).
- Coach / Trainer for Evonik, Frankfurt
- Coach / Trainer for E.ON., Hamburg
- Coach / Trainer for Management Circle, V.I.E.L, Airbus (AC in Cooperation with Kienbaum Management Consultant GmbH), Toulouse – Hamburg – Munich – Ibiza
- Communication dynamics and active relaxation techniques training monthly for managers, International Assessment and Development Center, Airbus Group, Toulouse
- Creativity training and team performance improvement for the department “Signal product development”, Plath GmbH, Toulouse – Hamburg – Munich – Ibiza
Since 2015 Mindfulness in Performance Workshop, Ibiza
Guided meditations in Resonance Space Body-Mind Workshops, Hamburg
Since 1990 until today:
Workshops for acting, choreography and creativity (actors and performers). Individual coaching: voice and body work for managers and Power Yoga Teachings.
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