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Sweet Scoops in June: infuse your projects with unexpected flavors🍨The Power of Sweet and Sauer 🥥🍋🧁

By Karla Schlaepfer
Collaboration, Webinar, Executive Coaching

Discover exciting new perspectives beyond the standard chocolate😜

Dear DesignChange Community,

As the summer heat sets in, it’s time to indulge in the sweet and unexpected flavors that ignite our creativity. Forget the clichéd beach getaways and crowded tourist place—this summer season, I invite you to discover your own unique North star ✨ here, in the world of ice cream 😍🍨

Imagine the tantalizing combination of zesty raspberry paprika or the refreshing twist of cucumber in a creamy frozen delight. These unusual ice cream inspirations serve as a reminder that self-discovery often lies in the unexplored, pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible. So why settle for a vacation away when we can embark on a journey of self-awareness right at our desks? ⛩️😉

I am happy to share the success of my executive coaching program. It’s been a privilege to work closely with some incredible leaders, partnering with them on their journey of personal and professional development. Four out of the twenty coachees have extended their coaching contracts with me 🤗 This speaks volumes about the value they have found in our coaching relationship and the positive outcomes they have achieved.

In line with my commitment to personal growth and well-being, I’m excited to host an International Coaching Federation (ICF) webinar series on psychological safety. Creating a safe, inclusive environment is essential for real collaboration. These webinars will provide insights and practical strategies to cultivate psychological safety within your teams. More information to follow! 👏🏻

Continuing with my fascination with AI 😵 Get ready to be amazed and indulge in a kind of calorie-rich chocolate fudge deluxe ice cream with the New York Times AI piece 👉🏻 Link below.

Stay tuned for more updates, events, and opportunities encouraging you to draw inspiration from unexpected sources, like ice cream way beyond vanilla 🍦


Karla Schlaepfer and the awesome 🚀 DesignChange team

Valuable Insights and Inspiring Anecdotes

How does executive career coaching work? A practical HBR post looks at steps, and approaches on how to help your employees stretch and grow 🤩


Fostering a culture of collaboration, was the goal of an international executive leadership team (ELT). This post captures the essence of the tangible and fun impact it had on the team dynamics. 👌


If you’re stuck on a decision, a technique known as “self-distancing” can be a game-changer.
Bestseller author Dan Pink reports how in this entertaining short video


What keeps these 8 experts with extensive experience in AI up at night? 😴 Far out visual AI-induced visualizations of their answers. Opinion piece from the New York Times.

Book Tip

Many of you know that I’m a verified HPI Design Thinking enthusiast and coach. Here is a recent Design Dash workshop. I’m delighted to let you know that a book that is dear to my heart 😍which expands the concept of Design Thinking has conquered the #1 spot for Job Hunting books on Amazon!
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life ” written by two Stanford professors Bill Burnet and Dave Evans, came out shortly after my German Design Thinking book, “Design Thinking? Frag mich was!”

What is it about?

Looking for a job can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. “Design Your Life” can help people discover what they truly need and desire from their future profession. Better yet, with useful exercises, they show how to take the steps to get there. The same Design Thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.
Gift this book to anyone you know looking for guidance and inspiration! 😍🌟🍃

Coaching Inspiration

Coaching is not about providing all the answers or fixing someone’s problems; it is about creating self-awareness. It is about partnering to create a safe, empowering environment for people to explore different perspectives and discover their own insights and solutions. Empathically challenging individuals to find answers on their own is a part of coaching. It helps build confidence, independence, and problem-solving skills. Rather than relying on external validation, individuals learn to trust their own judgment, strengths, and capabilities.

Interested? Reach out to me, Karla, for a free “chemistry” call! I look forward to speaking with you about what’s on your mind🤗