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Mike Hohnen

Leadership & Entrepreneur Coaching

Marseille - Copenhagen, France & Denmark

I believe that:

- A high performing team is all about engagement. This is especially true in the services industries where engagement is the ultimate key to the customer experience.

- At any level, the team leader is crucial to creating this engagement. (Most managers, including the CEO, are also team leaders—never forget that.)

- Engagement is produced by leadership more than management - good managers are not necessarily also great leaders.

- Leadership is a learned skill that requires action, feedback and reflection iterated until you get it right. - Coaching is the most effective way to work though that process



Specialites
burn out business coaching confidence entrepreneurs executive goals leadership life mindset stress management success team leaders
How can I help

Do you ever finish a day or possibly a tough week by saying to yourself:

“There has got to be an easier way?”

I know I did - often.

The first part of my life as a manager entrepreneur in Copenhagen, I had four restaurants and about 200 people employed. I worked seven days a week, virtually without vacations. I had the keys for everything - a huge bunch, larger than grapefruit - not only was I the owner-manager, I was also the emergency plumber, cash register technician and occasional bouncer when over-enthusiastic patrons got a bit out of hand. I was also the main bottleneck to everything as all decisions went through me.

After ten years of this insanity, I woke up one morning and said out loud to myself - Enough! And I sold the whole shebang, including my apartment and anything that would not fit into my old SAAB 900 and left for Paris (France).

At 35, I had had my ‘midlife crisis.

This was the first step in what I did not realise then was to become a process of self-exploration and deeper learning.

After some months of serious introspection, the simple conclusion was in a nutshell: Yes, there is an easier way, and it is not about fixing ‘them’ - as I had thought for years but entirely about me and how I approached the role of manager/leader.

Fast forward five years.

I now found myself in Cape Town, South Africa, the CEO of a large hospitality company with +500 employees. I had one key - to get into my office, I refused to know anything about the cash registers plumbing or anything else like that. I had a desk but rarely sat at it - instead, I spent my time in the units having conversations, formal or improvised, with the 12-16 people who reported to me.

The overall framework for these conversations was, Why and What we needed to change/improve. Once we had a clear understanding of that, I would ask them How they thought we could achieve that and then get out of their way while they did it.

Some people might have had the impression that I did not do an honest days work; others realised that I worked my but of.

In essence, I was leading by coaching - and it worked fantastically

It was not only the most ‘important’ position; it was also the most fun, least stress full position I had ever held.

I decided this was my calling - coaching - and since then, I have coached hundreds - literally - of managers in how to improve their quality of life, develop their people and achieve results they previously only dreamed of.

I think I might be able to help you as well.

Book a free exploration call, and let’s have our first informal chat about you.

Work Experience and Accreditation

The first 25 years of my professional life was spent as a manager in the hospitality and service industries. My key takeaway was that the team leader is crucial to individual motivation and engagement.  The past 15 years I have spent helping large organisations develop their leadership skills at all levels. Clients include Select Service Partner, Tivoli Gardens, Liseberg Amusement Park. Elis Laundry Services as well as a large number of Hotels.

I hold an MBA in service management and have been certified as executive coach, action learning facilitator and team management systems facilitator. I am recognised as an expert on implementing the Service Profit Chain.

  • Action Learning Facilitator TMSDI - Profile.

  • IMC, MBA (1998 – 2001)

  • Graduate of Barefoot Coaching Global Leadership Profile, Barefoot Coaching UK, Field Of StudyBusiness and Personal Coaching (2014 – 2014) - University accredited, ICF approved (ACTP) and endorsed by the National Council of Psychotherapists.

  • Design Thinking, Barcelona (2014 – 2014)

Testimonials

The personal coaching sessions develop the perspectives of my thoughts. Input from research and the valuable personal experience from Mike gives me the confidence to take actions. The quality conversations we have energise me and help me a lot in my leadership challenges.

Annika Vilen Projectchef, Liseberg Amusement Park

I have used Mike for the past ten years in coaching and training my management teams to reach the highest level of service and obtain the best leadership skills – and it works

Dorte Gleie – Managing Director, Select Service Partner

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Team Management Profile

£285
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Whether your primary focus is on your own future career, being a better manager and leader, or getting results for your organisation, the first step is the same – know where you yourself are starting from.

The Team Management Profile is the key element in an integrated system that links your personal approach with a broader picture of what creates a high-performance environment.

You complete a 60-item questionnaire about your fundamental preferences in key areas at work.
The strength and range of your preferences combine to show where you are on the Team Management Wheel. This enables you to see your job and your career in a new light.

It also helps you to understand better the working relationships you have with the people around you: who you need to complement your preferred way of working and why some people are easier for you to work with than others.

Above all, you gain more insights into the strength that comes from diversity and the need for mutual understanding.

This enhanced awareness helps you to motivate and energise others.

Once you have completed your questionnaire, you will be invited to book a debriefing session with me. Here we will go through the profile in detail and discuss what it means for you and your leadership role.
You can do the profile as a stand-alone exercise that will give you key insights into your own management style and preferences. At the same time by understanding your own profile you will automatically recognise why people may be similar or very different from you.

Alternatively, you book the Team Profile as the first step on your coaching journey.
It is the best way I know of starting a coaching process because it will give us both a much better idea of who you are and what drives you.

Book session

The Team Management Profile – It’s all about you!

£285
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It’s all about you!
Whether your primary focus is on your own future career, being a better manager and leader, or getting results for your organisation, the first step is the same – know where you yourself are starting from.
The Team Management Profile is the key element in an integrated system that links your personal approach with a broader picture of what creates a high-performance environment.
You complete a 60-item questionnaire about your fundamental preferences in key areas at work.
The strength and range of your preferences combine to show where you are on the Team Management Wheel. This enables you to see your job and your career in a new light.
It also helps you to understand better the working relationships you have with the people around you: who you need to complement your preferred way of working and why some people are easier for you to work with than others.
Above all, you gain more insights into the strength that comes from diversity and the need for mutual understanding.

This enhanced awareness helps you to motivate and energise others.
Once you have completed your questionnaire, you will be invited to book a debriefing session with me. Here we will go through the profile in detail and discuss what it means for you and your leadership role.

You can do the profile as a stand-alone exercise that will give you key insights into your own management style and preferences. At the same time by understanding your own profile you will automatically recognise why people may be similar or very different from you.

Alternatively, you book the Team Profile as the first step on your coaching journey. It is the best way I know of starting a coaching process because it will give us both a much better idea of who you are and what drives you.

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Leadership & Entrepreneur Coaching (package)

£432
3 x 60mins

Leadership coaching that will make your life easier and a lot more fun

I am a great believer in this simple formula:

Potential – interference = performance

Fundamentally, we all have huge potential. We don’t always realise it – but we do.
If you are not reaching your potential, it is because something is getting in the way.

We call that interference.

So If you don’t feel that you are achieving your full potential, it is probably due to some form of interference. Maybe you know the cause, but often it is a question of a blind spot.
In either case, you are stuck until we can get whatever is interfering out of the way.

And that is what I, as a coach, can help you with.

If you book a 3 session packageyou get about 20% rebate on the sessions compared to just booking one session.

The sooner we get started the soon you will see results…

Book session

Leadership & Entrepreneur Coaching

£180
1 x 60mins

Leadership coaching that will make your life easier and a lot more fun

I am a great believer in this simple formula:

Potential – interference = performance

Fundamentally, we all have huge potential. We don’t always realise it – but we do.
If you are not reaching your potential, it is because something is getting in the way. 

We call that interference.

So If you don’t feel that you are achieving your full potential, it is probably due to some form of interference. Maybe you know the cause, but often it is a question of a blind spot.
In either case, you are stuck until we can get whatever is interfering out of the way.

And that is what I, as a coach, can help you with.

Now in most cases, one coaching session will not ‘fix it’ - it does happen,  but it is rarely the case - I want to be clear about that - if you want real lasting change you will probably need 3-6 sessions.

But this package lets you dip your toes in the water - get a feel for how I work - and if it appeals to you you can book more sessions at whatever cadence you prefer. If you book a 3 session package ( see section) you get about 20% rebate on the sessions compared to just booking one session.

The sooner we get started the soon you will see results…

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