Petra has been a Sonata coach for almost three years. She has been focusing mainly on helping managers in start-ups grow and refine their skills, identify their goals, barriers to meeting them and enhancing their communication. Through her work in small business management, international programme development and private practice, she has come to place a great deal of emphasis on enhancing one’s self-awareness and believes that it is essential to not only grow and develop but also to be happy and satisfied in one’s job. She is very influenced by existential philosophy and is currently conducting doctoral research on how people engage with questions of meaning in life and the processes by which meaning changes.
Why SBC Sonata?
What I value the most about SBC Sonata is that the work is psychologically informed, and research-led. A great deal of thinking and processing happens behind the scenes – the coaches and CEOs work together to lean into how to best help their clients and organisations reach their potential. The team is fantastic – I learn so much from the combined extensive experience, there is a lot of support and everyone seems to be quite philosophically aligned – we all value the coaching relationship and believe in doing our work with integrity.
Fun Facts & Hobbies
I feel most connected to myself and the world when I am in nature, far away from noise and technology; not only do I feel grounded, but it allows me the space to contemplate all the bigger questions. I used to think I would be a professional horse trainer and still love being around horses (and all animals! I recently adopted a cat and am obsessed with her). I’ve also studied improv comedy and truly enjoy performing. I really recommend that everyone signs up for an improv class – I use so much of what I learned through the improv process in my coaching work. Most recently, I’ve taken up boxing and am trying to get up the courage to sign up for a fight!
3 Steps for Leaders
As we begin to (hopefully) start the process of recovering from the pandemic, I would say that the most important things to keep in mind are: