Always at home in several worlds (I was born in London, grew up mainly in Germany, worked in the UK, USA and France, am married to a German-Iranian and the mother of a 15-year-old daughter), I come into my own when standard solutions no longer help and everyone is required to think in new and connected ways in order to develop new value creation strategies together.
I don’t get held up for long with symptom analyses and prefer to get to the bottom of the cause behind the cause. In the profound conviction that it is only by achieving this milestone that really ground-breaking and sustainably effective solutions are possible.
I have always curated my learning journeys myself. Whether it’s a digital learning journey which started in the mid-90s (after two years’ professional experience, I moved to the USA with a Young Professional scholarship from the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft; industry magazine Konr@d/1999: “… one of the 50 most important women in the Internet”), or the start of a mindfulness learning journey 15 years ago (3-month sabbatical in India, certification as a yoga teacher etc.) or my current NEW WORK learning journey (e.g. Holacracy piloting and research on the topic of how excellent value creation takes place in the VUCA age): questions which I see on the horizon at a very early stage have continually accompanied me.
Pioneering work in all its facets characterizes my résumé: ranging from fusions, start-ups (companies, departments, networks), and holistic transformation work to interdisciplinary research.
A strong vision and interdisciplinary depth characterize my thought. My actions are characterized by strong, pragmatic implementation strength and the inner drive to achieve excellent value creation for the good of all.
Where others give up, I come into my own.
Calm. Unconventional. And extremely effective.
Karin Maria Schertler
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