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Who I am

I’m Michèle - a lifelong learner, cross-cultural expert, certified and accredited Leadership Coach as well as Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. My diverse background and global experiences inform my unique coaching style. With an MA in East Asian Art History and Asian languages, history, customs, and politics, an MBA, and years as a senior executive living in Asia, working as a consultant and recruiter, managing a translation company in Taiwan, and later leading teams of senior leaders in a Big4 and BigLaw firm in Switzerland, I have a unique perspective on business and leadership. As an experienced Business Development Leader, I have a proven track record leading and coaching diverse, cross-cultural, and cross-functional teams of senior leaders.

 

As an accredited Leadership & Team Coach and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, I help cross-cultural leaders and executives unlock their full potential and lead their teams to success.​

 

As a believer in fluidity and resilience, I embrace change in today's complex world. Pragmatism, agility, and Asian philosophy have shaped the way I think, work, lead and coach.

In today's fast-paced, dynamic, and volatile world, it's more important than ever to approach life with flexibility and resilience in the face of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu 老子 celebrates this idea in his Tao Te Ching 道德經, stating that the truly good person is like water - able to benefit all things without competing, and remaining adaptable and open to change. This aligns with the Taoist belief that even what may be perceived as weakness, or the ability to yield, can actually be a great strength. Hence, in Chapter 8 of his Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu states that the truly good man is like water. 


上善若水。
水善利萬物而不爭,處衆人之所惡,故幾於道。
居善地,心善淵,與善仁,言善信,政善治,事善能,動善時。
夫唯不爭,故無尤。

"The truly good is like water. Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in places people despise. Therefore, it is close to Tao.

When settling, choose good grounds. When thinking, be profound. When dealing with people, treat them well. When speaking, be sincere. When governing, be orderly. When serving, do to the best of your ability. When acting, choose the timing well. For he who does not compete, is without reproach."

Michele Leadership Coach

I strive to embody these principles in my work and coaching: I bring an open-minded, adaptable approach and a commitment to helping my clients navigate change and achieve their goals while staying true to who they are.

 

As a corporate rebel who challenges the status quo and looks for root causes to facilitate change and transformation, I bring a curious and creative mind to my coaching. I am deeply committed to helping my clients increase their self-awareness, confidence, and resilience to achieve their goals. Let's work together to navigate the challenges of change and reach your full potential.

 

I take a holistic, strengths-based and goal-oriented approach to coaching, drawing on my behavioural science training and my extensive management and leadership experience. My boundless energy is focused on helping leaders gain greater self-awareness and confidence using their unique strengths to overcome barriers, make effective decisions, develop resilience and lead high-performing teams.

​​My experience & credentials include:

  • Foundations of Team Coaching Certificate (40 hours) at Team Coaching Global Alliance

  • Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

  • EMCC accredited Coach/Mentor at Senior Practitioner level

  • ICF credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC) having completed 125h of ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) with the International Coach Academy (ICA)

  • Distinguished Fellow Coach, BetterUp

  • Volunteer at the Mentoring Program of the Department for Economic Affairs, Canton Zurich

  • MBA and MA in Sinology and East Asian Art History, Certificates in Change Management as well as Negotiations from top Universities

  • 15+ years leadership and change management experience in various business development functions in large multinational corporate organisations

  • 7 years overseas studies and work in China and Taiwan

  • Fluent in English, German and Mandarin

Certified

I am not just any coach; I am a certified professional with credentials from leading organisations in the industry. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and holder of EMCC Senior Practitioner and ICF ACC credentials, you can be confident that I have the qualifications and knowledge to support you on your journey.

Trained

My training includes an 18-month ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), Gallup's CliftonStrengths coaching courses and a 40 hours Team Coaching Training.

I have over 2000 hours of experience coaching and mentoring clients through leadership and career challenges.

Experienced

With over 15 years of experience in large multinational organisations, I bring a wealth of practical knowledge and understanding to my coaching practice. I have led cross-cultural and cross-functional teams in multiple locations and have faced and overcome many leadership challenges.

Creative

Born and raised in Switzerland, I was immersed into diverse cultures and languages from an early age. My upbringing, language skills, former expat life and cross-cultural marriage have all shaped my creative and out-of-the-box thinking. I'm a rebel at heart.

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