Meeting place: Ms Wlordarski, why did you choose to be self-employed in addition to all your tasks?
Miriam Wlodarski: My professional development made me want to stand by other people in the social and health system. I want to help them maintain their ability to work and enjoy their work and learn to handle things that from the beginning seem insurmountable. There are few similar offers in the region. But I have discovered that they are needed. This time goes incredibly fast. Supervision and coaching allows you to adapt and question yourself. It’s about dealing with the subject of work with optimism.
What exactly is the difference between tutoring and coaching?
Miriam Wlodarski: Surveillance literally means to see from the outside or from above. This means that there is someone who looks from the outside to see what is happening in an organization, in a team or even with the individual and where there are opportunities for change. It is about maintaining or restoring the ability to work in the system. It is more of a social work perspective to ensure quality.
Many people associate coaching with sports and are the result of the desire to strengthen individuals or groups in their profitability or performance. The goal is to get the best out of someone.
But I would not differentiate the terms so much from each other, because the job for both is job-related counseling.
When and by whom will you be asked to be a supervisor?
Miriam Wlodarski: It is usually the managers’ quarters that determine that there are problems concerning the team in such a way that their ability to work may suffer. It often occurs when there are new carriers or lines and this process must be taken care of. It is about aspects such as establishing identity, discussion culture or conflict management. I think it is very good that organizations are looking at how they can do something so that the store – to put it casually – works and can grow.
In the future, it will increasingly be about how well-qualified people can be retained, whether the work strategies are right or if the company is going in the right direction. This is of course a long process and work for everyone involved. But in the end, the quality assurance aspects are compelling.
What questions do people who want you as a coach by their side ask?
Miriam Wlodarski: For example, there are people who realize that they only have this one life and now want to shape it according to their possibilities and see how happy they are. Individualism, one’s own desires in life play a much bigger role today than in the generation of our parents, but the possibilities that everyone has are also much broader. I also notice that reorientation is very common during the pandemic, that people discover that they want to change. The higher the level of suffering, the earlier they tend to come.
However, I believe very much in prevention. This is mindfulness and self-optimization in the best sense. When people realize that they can also take precautions to stay healthy and enjoy their job. This idea has already taken hold in large metropolitan areas such as Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, but it still needs to be developed here. When you say that coaching is useful, sustainable and effective, a consideration will begin. This is my heart’s desire.
What should people know when seeking guidance or coaching?
Miriam Wlodarski: These are small steps, need time, self-reflection and above all work with oneself. There is this requirement for guidance and above all coaching: “Make me whole!”. It does not work that way. It’s about accompanying people to develop their own recipes. This can take a long time, but it can also bear fruit directly with a simple idea. It is important to understand how I can sustainably manage knowledge and insights.