Some readers of my publications sometimes ask me if they can contact the featured participants in the practice cases. They recognize similarities and would like to connect with the person in a social network.
This is obvious and I like to connect suitable customers among themselves, assuming the consent of both people. In the case of Carsten J. Graf, however, this is not possible. Carsten is a person composed of characteristics of four real existing customers.
Move or stay?
Carsten contacted me when he received a promise from his employer for a classic outplacement. The 45 year old graduate engineer and family man was at the time of his agreement nearly twenty years in the Company and had recently headed a department.
He had long been aware of the deliberations of the management to move the department abroad. The thought of moving to the South of France prepared his family and his head. For his wife, a move would have meant the end of her professional career.
Life under the magnifying glass
So he decided to take a close look at everything in his life. His original professional choice had been a one-sided and largely externally controlled decision.
The work component, that is, the income, performance and effectiveness forces, have already been nurtured in school time and studies. In the meantime, he also understood his roles that he had to make a career and a career choice that suited his male character. "It has always been important to me that I can earn money with my job. I wanted a family, and I knew my wife was there for the education of the children. "
At that time, Carsten was very proud of the results achieved, and it was clear in the exercise of the location determination. In the years of construction, it is essentially the important market criteria for men which Carsten excellently mastered. However, he had particularly emphasized a component of his vocation and cultivated a rather unbalanced self-image.
When his children first went their own ways, his wife developed his own and new career prospects. So far, his wife had been the person who had strengthened his back on his professional advancement. In addition, she protected him from the cares of the children and managed the household. As far as the other part of his life is concerned, one could say that Carsten would therefore achieve very low scores in personality tests in the other components.
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