With time we tend to get firm opinions on what works and what not. They become rigid communication habits - like forgotten default settings. Time to take a step back, to try, to test new understandings. It means a) stretching comfort zones b) getting real new skills c) knowing when to use which skill. It is intense, personal and needs intrinsic motivation to participate.
Thomas is a former CEO and trainer. The last 16 years he has trained 2500+ leaders and managers in small training groups. Typical clients are CxOs and management teams looking for improved agility, opportunity- smartness and team coherence. Thomas has grown up in an entrepreneurial family with hands-on leadership, ethnic diversity and steep learning curves. Linked
Leaders constantly need to make choices about what / how / why to communicate (or not).
A leader's ability to make such choices - sometimes at important crossroads - is limited by personal comfort zones and by individual mastery to execute viable choices.
I am a very challenging person for trainers, especially when the training is about areas where I feel already confident. Although this makes me quite picky regarding softskill-trainers, my past choices turned out to be disappointments 98 % of the time.
Thomas is one of the 2%, a trainer who managed to help me to reset my perspective on areas where I felt I was doing perfect. He is a matching force for confident people who do not believe anything that doesn’t make sense … I much recommend him and his CEIL course.
Thomas has meant a lot for our business then it comes to improve internal and external communication but also for more specific management skills. All our office staff have been on his AKL training and all have been affected in a positive way. Many people in our business have grown both as individuals and as employees and do today reach goals through other people which before was very hard for them. Generally everyone has increased their understanding of communication and are today both a better listener and better in making other people act productively.
My picture of Thomas as a person;
Strong person with a lot of influence
Intense, almost stubborn, hard to run away from, challenging and demanding
Competent and experienced within his professional field.
He always find a way to address any problem
Always a smile, joking and laughing
I like his way of thinking and I enjoy his company.
I attended the course “Essentials Leadership Communication” given by Thomas Bothe in the fall of 2014. To be perfectly honest my expectations was not high before. I thought this will be another of those courses where you hear common sense being repeated over and over again.
I couldn’t have been further away from the truth. This training is as much hands on practical training as it could get. Thomas motto seems to be that you will not learn anything if you don’t get out of your comfort zone so this was the running theme of these days. Looking back it was fun and useful, but during the days it was really fatiguing to constantly push yourself.
The combination of a small group of highly experienced persons, a brilliant facilitator and a fascinating subject made this training by far the best I ever participated in. I would recommend it for anyone in an executive position. You will learn a lot about yourself which is an absolute must in order to develop into a great leader.
Thomas is a masterful trainer in the true sense of the word. He has the unique ability to take each participant beyond what they thought was possible. With kindness but unrelenting focus on the person and the task at hand, he succeeded in making each of us stretch beyond the confines of our comfort zones. Each of us tried and failed and then – thanks to a well-honed intervention – managed to do things that we did not think possible a few minutes earlier.
As a coach, I was particularly impressed with Thomas’ ability to have a good sense of who each person is and what challenges he or she might be facing while completely focusing his attention and targeting the intervention at what is needed and doable at the moment.
While many courses provide good knowledge and insights, this course made me feel and experience that specific changes are possible, well knowing that moving beyond the boundaries of habitual behavior takes time and continued practice.
I attended Thomas two days open training course on Leadership Communication in Riga. It was the training where skills are really transformed to new level, professionally meaningful experience gained and horizons for future achievements widened. Theoretical concepts embedded in practice, humoristic and powerful metaphors, detailed feedback on communicative characteristics to further develop – these are just a few distinctive features of Thomas as trainer. All training filled with wisdom from his own experience as CEO. One of the rare opportunities to obtain powerful, action oriented communication tools, yet ethical and respectful.
Thomas is a true professional. In his trainings he is able to identify and combine a) urgent needs for productivity with b) management team performance improvement and c) effective individual leadership development.
By “nailing” the relevant point in each individual feedback and by applying understandable practical training tools, every trainee is able to make tangible progress in a very short time.
He possesses a rare, unrelenting willingness to learn and master his craft of communication skill development in people.
In case you have loyal strategic key persons working for you, but they are stuck in their development or you are not satisfied with their input/performance – Thomas is the right person to meet! He will also help you to identify and develop your own leadership skills in order to get the best out of your team.
I would highly recommend Thomas Bothe as professional trainer for you and your management team and for your business long term development support.
I rate Thomas very highly. He clearly knows what he is doing and his material, tools and techniques are not only potent, effective and clear but also original — and it would seem that most have been created from first principles – truly excellent. I liked his workshop and the aplomb with which he delivered it – in particular his ability to practice what he preaches.
Despite my many years of training in this area and extensive training and development in all major areas covered in his session (Teams, Communication, Feedback, Leadership, Message composition and Delivery) I still learned a great deal and much of this was through working at the depth that he did and of course the experiential nature of his work. I am certain that I have already integrated much of it into my existing frame of understanding.
As a final thought: WOW! I loved it, and it was a delight to be able to work through all the topics we covered in such an original, insightful, professional, compelling and beneficial way. Thomas does indeed Rock.
Once you are through the C.E.I.L. program, 1-day optional follow-up modules are offered. All these modules deepen C.E.I.L. skills achieved. C.E.I.L. completion is mandatory for 1-day modules. All modules are optional.