Anna Caroline Türk
New Leadership Coach · Corporate Culture Creator
I am here to change leadership. I help organizations and individuals to create a judgment free zone where they can unleash their full potential to get actual results.
Through my consulting and participatory meeting designs I support my clients to cultivate new ways of communication and collaboration – nurturing mutual trust, creativity and shared responsibility.
Since more than 10 years I facilitate change processes with large groups ranging from 20-800 people in Europe, Ethiopia, and the USA. Beyond that I am specialized to bring this way of working to online meetings.
Among my clients are
Etsy, WiSE – Women in Self Employment, Soundcloud, and Wikimedia.
I am a community person
We always had guests at our house.The best way to learn respectful dialogue from a young age.
I facilitated my first Open Space in the Vagarash mountains in Rumania
We were a group of young people from two countries. The topic was “Let’s create the holidays of our dreams!” It marks the beginning of my lifelong learning journey.
I never had a TV
Imagine how many hours I have had extra … time by myself, in nature, with friends. But I know litte when it comes to Pop-Culture.
Secret Police of East Germany (Stasi) call my mother and I "sloppy"
Far from from the truth. My mother was a total hipster – but not aligned with the regime. My learning: don’t take everybody’s feedback as fact.
Cooking is my meditation
During my studies I worked as a chef in London. Cooking is still my No. 1 hobby – it’s quite similar to facilitation – it’s both about beauty, combining ingredients and a smooth digestion.
Nature is my teacher
Before and after university I spent several month on ecological farms in France. These pauses became my personal TruthCircles. Being by myself in nature helps me to take important decisions & follow through.
The fall of the Berlin wall
I was seven when the Berlin wall came down. What a privilege! Freedom and equality starts in the mind of people. That’s why I care about creating judegment free zones.
Open Space with Imams and Rabbis
A conference where in the day people argued and danced to music together at night – the memory of rabbis and imams in traditional cloth dancing together inspires me till this day and strengths my belive in Peace.
I come from a great patchwork family
I have 3 half-sisters, 2 bonus brothers, a bonus father and bonus mother, three grandmothers, and grandfathers. And the best is all of them respect each other. The best training to embrace diversity from a very young age.
One of my most precious Open Space was with the Sami people in Russia
We had travelled 3 days to get to Murmansk, which is more North than the Polar Circle. The sun was shining till 2 o’clock at night. Open Space has the principle: it starts when the time is right. A principle our participants understood much better than me and my team.
Taking my Genuine Contact™ Training
I was determined to go to the US and take the Train the Trainer, but I lacked another 1000 €. So I kick started a fundraising – the term did not exist yet – and searched for 100 people who gifted me 10 €. In the end it took only 52 to get the missing 1000 €. I feel grateful till this day!
Getting sued for publishing uncensored anonymous feedback of students about teacher
Because of this episode I have learned to choose wisely when to ask for anonymous feedback. Today prefer open conversation rather then anonymous surveys.
One night as a child I could not sleep until all my dolls and pets where lying around me in a big Circle
I always wonder if this was my first initiation to hold TruthCircles.
In my 11th grade all class representatives were invited to an Open Space to strategize our work
I only realized years later – what seed got sowed on that beautiful weekend. Be prepared to be surprised!
Sociological Room of Women in Europe in the 12th century
I wrote my Masters and focused on the fact that space is not only a geographic category but also a social – created through social norms, believes and behavior. By taking action you widen your space… so to speak.
I have a daily Buddhist practice
A practice that reminds me that change starts with myself again and again, because my thoughts and emotions impact my talk and behavior. Therefore it’s imperative to choose my thoughts consciously.
An official bio
Since 2006 I have had the privilege to be trained and work with highly experienced teachers, leading consultants and facilitators including Harrison Owen (Founder of Open Space Technology), Birgitt and Ward Williams (Founders of the Genuine Contact™ Program) Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisbord (Founders of Future Search).
I have worked with international teams in 11 countries including Germany, Spain, Ethiopia and the US. Through my work experiences I know the power of participatory change processes. I am highly skilled in large group facilitation and have conducted change processes with groups ranging from 20 to as large as 800 people, including WiSE – ’Women in Self Employment’, Wikimedia, Etsy and Soundcloud.
I founded TruthCircles because I believe in the power of authentic communication. In today’s ‘meeting-loaded’ company culture there is a lot of time and energy lost due to overloaded meetings and inefficient time management. Often the purpose of a meeting is not fully realized and meeting agendas lead to a loss of concentration and focus, which increases stress and miscommunication for everybody.
While those in charge try the best to make meetings short and efficient, they often end up spending more time than planed. Due to this ‘meeting culture’ creative and enthusiastic minds soon lack passion and focus, while misunderstandings increase. As a result morale goes down, important questions remain unanswered, and decisions are not taken.
With TruthCircles I introduce simple, yet effective meeting methodologies that are purpose-driven. TruthCircles are custom designed for short meetings and long change processes, for small and large groups. TruthCircles helps all participants to connect with themselves and flow with each other – while achieving innovative results in a meaningful way.
Lots of it can be counter-intuitive at first: TruthCircles include time for personal reflection, exchange and collaboration, while a clear, while a open structure guarantees to focus on what needs to be addressed. Working with me you learn how to be present in your situation and navigate in constant change. You will learn to use simple social tools that make your future meetings truly collaborative and effective, as well. I offer you the best services to create a company culture where everybody is engaged, balanced and productive.
For more ten years I have experienced working with these powerful meeting methodologies and social tools and I love my work. You will be introduced to new leadership principles, social tools and learn deepen and developing new skills of communication and meeting facilitation.
My clients are often surprised, by the meaningful dialogue, new and lasting collaborations and outstanding results.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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