17 and a Half Questions With Cary Buraty
We ask inspiring people 17 and a half questions. This week we have Cary Buraty. She is an expert in change management and a dedicated “coach for coaches”. She trained around 350 systemic coaches in recent years and is managing partner of the strategy consultancy CHANGEsupport, which supports companies and executives in complex change and digitization processes. Her unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit and passion for systemic thinking led her to start her own Coaching school. The “Campus am See” close to Munich just opened its doors to the public and the first coach training course is about to start in September
1. What I like about my job
What I truly love about my job is that I am privileged to work with people who are highly motivated for change, personal development and who show a large amount of curiosity for the inner secrets of us as human beings in our adjoining systems.
2. What sometimes frustrates me
When companies exactly know what would be the best for their organization and their people and nevertheless decide against it due to false pride, short-term shareholder benefits or whatever apologies they come up with for not being true to their inner knowledge.
3. My secret alternative job
After high school I started studying medicine and this still could be an alternative – especially if I could work in a ‘special medicine taskforce’, which is dedicated to find causes for illness where every other doctor gave up. My secret passion is doing all kinds of ‘detective work’… Maybe that’s one of the reasons I am addicted to finding even the “deepest hidden solution” with my clients – no matter if it’s a single person or a whole unit/company.
4. Best strategy to survive a really bad day at the office
Honestly – I haven’t experienced a single bad office day since 2009 when I started working as a solo-preneuer. But anyways, my ‘bad-day-strategy’ usually lies on the floor next to my desk: My dog Zoe takes me for a walk at the Ammersee lakeside whenever I need a break.
5. When are you in the famous flow
I am in danger to forget breaks… being in the flow while teaching people the magic of systemic thinking and especially sharing examples of my daily business encounters is one of the most rewarding conditions I can imagine.
6. Biggest success so far
Definitely founding the “Campus am See” – biggest vision, biggest struggle, biggest challenge accepted – founding a company with presence-based classes during Corona lockdown was so far the highest level of trust I had to show – to my vision and myself.
7. Biggest defeat
Failing the biochemistry test at university twice and already knowing both times upfront that this would happen. So before being deregistered by university (when failing the third time) I decided to change subject and university and switched to business administration with dual education format. In the long run this meant turning my biggest defeat into one of my best decisions in life.
8. Worst buzzword
Transformation. It literally means „no stone remains unturned“. We should be really careful in confronting employees or team members with a process (and a word) that has a very strong impact on every system. The buzzword ‘transformation’ is used too often and very carelessly sometimes.
9. Best reward after a hard week at work
Spending quiet time with my dog and my 2 cats in my garden on an early morning where there is a lush stillness outside and a deep happiness inside.
10. Home office or in-house
The 100% home-office type… (see 4.)
11. Most important traits a colleague/business partner must have
Ability for changing perspective in combination with taking the driver’s seat when being responsible for something.
12. Your creative hack
The best ideas show up when you are not looking for them – so make sure that you take notes, whenever they pop up (my creative breakthroughs tend to appear stereotypically in the shower…).
13. First website to check in the morning
A mix between Spiegel, SZ, FAZ, ZEIT, Facebook and LinkedIn – I guess in few months the answer is going to be LinkedIn (truly amazed by the speed with which this platform is gaining importance day by day…).
14. Favorite digital tool
A timeless classic: Outlook… I wouldn’t survive without it…
15. In which book or series have you learned the most for your (work) life?
I am a big fan of “Star Trek – The next generation”. I learned a lot about leadership from my role-model Captain Picard.
16. Which series, book or podcast can you generally recommend?
One of my favorites right now is “Managing Transitions: Making the Most of the Change”
by William Bridges. He makes it so easy to understand the important difference between Transition and Change and gives leaders a guideline how to help navigate people through difficult times.
17. Most prominent follower on a social channel?
My female role-model and my biggest supporter – my dear mother.
17 and a half: What always made me ...
...proud: Seeing my coaching course attendees turning into their best selves within few months – still magical.
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