Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, University Bielefeld

Keynote I:

How to deal with standard deviations in organisations – a topical organisational sociology perspective

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Professor of Sociology since 2004, has been working at Bielefeld University since 2007, among others in the research fields of Social Theory, Organisational Sociology and Interaction Sociology. As a consultant of the company Metaplan, he knows the practice of change management from his own experience and regularly issues provocative theses on it. In his text book “Coaching und Supervision. Zur Personenorientierten Beratung in Organisationen“ (approx.: Coaching and supervision. On person-oriented consulting in organisations.), considered a standard reference among experts, he demonstrates how much one can learn for the practice of coaching by means of scientific distanced observation.



Dr. Christoph Schmidt-Lellek, Frankfurt/M.

Keynote II:


Coaching has had a jobrelated context ever since it entered the world of business. Considering the current developments in the working worlds, which are increasingly marked by complexity, flexibility, shortened reaction times, risk, blurred bound aries between work and private life, etc., there is the danger of an alienation, reification, instrumentalisation of people. In this VUCA world, an extension of the horizon to life as a whole becomes significantly more important for the coaching and supervisory work. Consequently, life coaching does not only attend to the professional functions of a person, such as the success, effectiveness and efficiency of their work (external impact), but also, among others, to emotional aspects, to how the professional work is experienced and processed (internal impact). This way, the addressed issues are given an existential dimension.

Prof. Dr. Carsten C. Schermuly, SRH Hochschule Berlin

Keynote III:

The effects of coaching – taking a look at research and into the future

Over the last few years, research on the effects of coaching has made significant progress and first meta-analyses were published. This speech presents the current state of research on three different effects: Positive effects, negative side effects and canceled coachings. While positive effects are desired, side effects are detrimental effects which are unintended and cannot be traced back to the coaching. Canceled coachings are ended by the clients before the agreed sessions and objectives of the coaching have been reached. Impact factors, i.e. variables influencing the effects, are presented for all three effects of coaching. The second part of the speech introduces different trends which will have an effect on the future of work. It is analyzed, which effect coachings will have to have in future so that clients and organizations benefit from their offer.



Prof. Dr. Augustyn Bańka, University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warschau

Keynote IV:

Quality of life in career counseling: Conditions, expectations and limitations

Augustyn Bańka (1950). Professor of psychology at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland. His main research interests over years have been focused on the quality of life of the socio-physical environment, the quality of working life and vocational activity from a cross-cultural perspective, psychology of working, and psychology of career counseling. Author of books and textbooks in the field of unemployment (Unemployment: Handbook of psychological help, Poznań, 1992), transnational vocational counselling (Transnational vocational counseling: a modular post-graduate program for vocational counselors in the field of Euroguidance, Warszawa: Ministry of Labor, 2004), psychology of vocational development through life-span (Transition from the world of education to the world of work, Kraków: Jagiellonian University, 2005), psychology of career counseling (Psychological counseling of careers, Poznań 2007), as well as in the field of history of professionalization (The evolution and professionalization of the idea of vocational counselling, Poznań – Katowice, 2017). Organizer and editor-in-chief of scientific journals, such as Czasopismo Psychologiczne - Psychological Journal. Member of many national and international organizations. President of the Committee of Urban and Spatial Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences and vice-president of the Polish National Career Advisory Forum.



Prof. Dr. Eric Lippmann, ZHAW/IAP Zürich

Keynote V:

VUCA-World and resulting implications for supervision and coaching

The fundamental basis is an understanding of coaching in which persons are interlinked with the organization through their role. In the first part of the speech (on organization level), the speaker will elaborate on the history and backgrounds of VUCA, agility and increased flexibility of work. In the second part, analogous developments will be presented with a focus on the individual: Based on an identity model from the area of Gestalt therapy, it is shown how the individual being is affected by developments such as increasing flexibility, fragmentation and hybridization. The «Chameleon Paradox» of adaptation and autonomy, which becomes evident in this context, is demonstrated with the help of examples taken from the Woody Allen classic film «Zelig». In conclusion, the speaker will demonstrate paradoxes which could result in implications for supervision and coaching.