Thomas Stricker is one of the coaches that we found this month and we did a little interview with him. He impressed us with his passion and wisdom.
He is a seasoned professional with a distinctive coaching philosophy shaped by a diverse career. Starting with a passion for working with people, he transitioned from church and civil service to co founding a successful branding agency. Beyond the professional success, life altering experiences, including a near fatal car accident in 1992 and a spiritual rebirth in 2016, have deeply influenced his coaching approach, emphasizing inner work and transformative growth.
His coaching isn’t just a profession, it’s a calling to facilitate genuine transformation, helping individuals and teams find fulfillment and purpose in both life and work. As a strategy consultant for over 25 years, he advocates not just for change but for metamorphosis, rooted in understanding one’s original identity. This revelation, he believes, triggers a profound desire for alignment, catalyzing a lasting transformation.
He has unique approach customized to each individual. Using tools like the KEYS Test and Visionboard, efficiently guides clients on a journey of self discovery, providing clarity on identity, relevance, and actionable steps. At the team level, this approach fosters a deeper appreciation for individual contributions, enhancing collaboration with increased enjoyment and impact. Here is what he said.
Meet Life Coach Thomas Stricker:
Name: Thomas Stricker
Pillar: The Spirit, The Mind
Who is this coach for: Anyone who wants to understand more about themselves, about their purpose, potential, and how to move forward in life.
How they can help: By using various tools and techniques like the KEYS Test or a Visionboard, just to name a few.
First of all, how are you and your family doing after these Pandemic times?
We are fine, thank you!
The pandemic has affected us, but it has not had a negative impact on our family in terms of health or distractions due to different positions on the vaccination, the origin of the virus, the media coverage or the political (re)actions.
Love and respect are much stronger forces than differing opinions.
How did the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?
I see a lot more insecurity, uncertainty and fear of taking risks.
Nobody knows the near future.
We have lost a lot of hope, confidence and optimism.
And some people are even more careful about what they share, and their trust in other people has suffered.
It is harder to have open conversations and harder to get a contract that is medium or long term.
We are all much more short term oriented.
But it also has a positive side: we are more aware of the present and we have learnt to react more flexibly to new situations.
What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?
Trust your inner compass and intuition.
Don’t let others decide what you think and feel.
And: there is a tomorrow.
And it might not be as bad as you think at the moment.
Do not stop creating your future and taking action.
Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?
I have always been interested in people and working with people.
I worked with children and young people in the church and did my civilian service in a home for boys with behavioural problems (at that time in Germany you could choose between military or civilian service).
At the same time I attended business trainings at the weekends because I was also interested in how to run a business.
In 1998 I started a branding agency with my brother and brother in law.
I have always enjoyed working as a team, serving clients, recruiting new people and building teams, as well as building an organisation of up to 40 people.
Coaching has always been part of my responsibility when working with young people.
Seeing the potential in young people, creating opportunities for growth, training and guiding people in their careers and life choices has been an important part of my life.
While growing our own business, consulting was another area I worked in.
As a strategy consultant, I have been helping clients with branding, identity, culture and leadership for over 25 years.
Today I always try to combine the two different approaches.
And since a few months I am even expanding my knowledge and skills by doing another training on co creative transformational coaching.
What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?
I was almost killed in a car accident in 1992.
I know what it means to have a second chance at life and to honour life.
It changed me a lot.
But being reborn in soul and spirit in 2016 has had an even greater impact on me.
On my relationship with God, myself, my wife, my children and my family, friends and colleagues.
It was a real reset in my life and a supernatural experience.
I am living much more in the here and now, I have set new priorities in my life and I have regained a deep connection with my emotions and my trust in God.
There is much more awareness, love, joy, peace and freedom in my life than ever before.
Of course, this was also a journey of “inner work” with some highs and lows.
But I definitely don’t regret it.
The Coaching Style:
How do you innovate with coaching your clients?
There is a difference between change, transformation and even metamorphosis.
Most people want a change of circumstances but not a change of mindset, behaviour and culture, which requires transformation.
I find that if you start coaching with a revelation of your original identity, your DNA, it opens up not only a deeper understanding but also a desire to live according to who you are.
This is a better starting point for a transformational process because it causes a much deeper resonance and releases more positive energy, motivation and purpose.
What’s unique about your coaching approach?
Find your treasures first.
Not only is it more fun, it also releases your intrinsic motivation.
And it focuses your attention on something you already have.
I just help you to discover and use it.
If it is helpful, I can also advise and support teams and organisations and help to improve collaboration.
What benefits do your clients get after working with you?
They have a very clear understanding of who they are, what is relevant to them, how they have an impact and how to take action for changing their life.
At a team level, they have a much deeper understanding and appreciation of each other’s contribution and can work together with much greater enjoyment and impact.
Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?
Yes, the KEYS Test or the Visionboard are just two of them and a really good starting point for a coaching process.
If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?
Your life has meaning and purpose!
Don’t let lies define your destiny.
Use your potential to do good to others and make a positive impact in this world.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
It is not about meeting people’s expectations.
It is about growing my character and spirit at my own pace.
And then taking the opportunities that present themselves every day to impact other people’s lives.
It can be small things or big things.
It does not matter.
What you think is small may seem big to others.
And keep trusting God.
You are a loved and valued person with great potential!
Your final thoughts?
I always recommend a free initial conversation to get to know each other before signing a contract or starting coaching.
The same goes for consulting.
Where Can You Find Thomas Stricker?
If you liked this interview and you would love to go beyond your limitations and live your true potential, go to www.sonsandfriends.de and see how Thomas can help you.
If you’d like to connect more personally with him, you can do that through LinkedIn or by sending him a direct message on his Email [email protected]. It was an honor having this ineinterview with him.