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Born in Germany, I was raised and educated in South Africa. I have lived in Australia for 20 years and have become a highly sought after professional, personal and executive performance coach; supporting executives, GM's, business owners and professionals to maximize career performance while maintaining that critical work / life balance.
With 35+ years of corporate experience in complex global matrix organizations, my last corporate role was as Australian / New Zealand CIO of Siemens. Most of my career has been focused on leading groups of professionals in the selection and implementation of leading edge technology, optimized processes and enhanced solutions. Whilst optimizing IT investments and growing business revenues and profits - I have also developed, mentored and coached a host of successful leaders around the globe.
I work comfortably with individuals, executives, teams or businesses at every level. Aside from having successfully directed and managed numerous large scale multimillion dollar corporate ERP implementation and business change programs, I have also coached and mentored many corporate executives and business owners in conjunction with running my own IT project, management and consulting practice.
I have just published my first book through Major Street Publications called: "Life learnings of a Life Coach". You can read about it or buy a Kindle or paperback version at:
For the past three and a half years I have written a blog artcile each week in which I have shared insights from that week of working with my clients for everyone's benefit. You can avail yourself of over 150 such articles at: http://letstalkcoaching.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/index-of-blog-articles-per-month/
I am a member of the International Coaching Federation; a certified professional coach with a Diploma in Coaching Mastery; an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner and public speaker / trainer, certified in the Facet5 personalty profiling tool and an accredited Associate of the Institute for Independent Business.
I have over 1000 active hours of coaching, mentoring, grooming, training and speaking experience which I can leverage to your benefit.
Acknowledged for the ease with which I quickly earn the trust and respect of most people, my passion to coach executives is evident. Be it coaching gaps arising out of succession planning or performance reviews or grooming and training young professionals for management and leadership - to equipping executives for the constant interchange between personal and business balance - I bring new perspectives that are designed to exceed expectations and elevate performance to a higher level. My clients value me as a dedicated thinking partner and sounding board; with the right experience, skills and curiosity to explore alternatives for more desirable outcomes.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Let's Talk Coaching is the brand name and registered business name of JH Karst & Associates Pty Ltd of which I am founder and director.