IRIS KUHNERT, M.A.

  • Entrepreneurial Leader with extensive experience in international Sales and Marketing, HR Development, Merger & Acquisitions, team development and cross-cultural due diligence
  • International Experience – have lived and worked in Japan in the early 1990ies followed by a period of 10 years spending 70% of my time as consultant in Asia and the US for international HR and sales projects; started projects in the UAE in 2010 and currently work in leadership projects in the Middle East and Asia
  • Self-motivated with a strong commitment to professionalism and resourceful in solving new and challenging problems and a deep belief that there is opportunity to learn and improve one’s skills and capabilities every day
  • Author of the book “Business with the Japanese” (Gabal 2004) and numerous articles on global HR and leadership challenges 
  • Strong communication skills - fluency in both verbal and written in German, English and Japanese
  • Proficient in designing and delivering online courses and blended learning programs
  • Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen; several publications on OD, HR Development and Cross-cultural management competence;
  • Winner of the Best in Class Global Coaching Leadership Award 2015 (World HRD Congress, India) Specialism in Coaching 
  • Executive Coaching on national and international levels with clients in Japan, South-Korea, China, India, SE-Asia, France, Spain, Mexico, Israel, United States of America, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy (supporting leaders to stretch beyond their current limits and to live and work at their highest potential including 360 feed-back, coaching for performance, and authentic global leadership) 
  • International Leadership Transition Coaching
    • Supporting leaders in making smooth transitions into the next level of their international career and helping them to implement sustainable change.
    • Initiate learning and growth for managers and leaders at all levels to understand the background of cultural values and their impact on communication, negotiations, project management, decision-making and presentations and different expectations towards leadership. Supporting Western companies as well as companies from Japan, China and Korea to enhance their cooperation competencies across geographic borders.
  • International Team Coaching & Leadership Development Programs (coaching designed to help team leaders and their international team members master the following challenges:
    • Cultural Due Diligence in Merger & Acquisitions
    • Multi-National and Multi-Cultural Teams and Change
    • Diversity and Inclusion in mono-national and multinational teams
    • Integration of New Team Members and Restructuring
    • Making the shift from individual group members to high performing teams
    • Onboarding – helping newly appointed leaders to sharpen their leadership skills and to craft their leadership point of view within their specific organizational framework 

 

  •  “Fit for Growth” Strategic Alignment: helping leaders and their teams to design a commonly shared understanding of their strategy within the vision and mission statement of the organization

Qualifications

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Graduate of the International Coach Academy as Certified Professional Coach
  • Certified Leadership Transition Coach (certified by Fischer Gaertner International)
  • Master Trainer Situational Leadership (certified by KenBlanchard)
  • Certified Trainer and Master Coach for “Valuing Diversity and Practicing Inclusive Leadership” (AMEX)
    Academic education
  • Master’s Degree, Organizational Development, Education & New Media, University of Rostock
  • Master’s Degree, International Management & Japanese, University of Applied Sciences, Bremen

Assessments and Tools

  • Lominger’s Voices 360® – The Leadership Architect® Suite
  • Leadership Behavior Assessment
  • Booth 360 Task Cycle® Survey
  • Extended DISC
  • TalentQ accredited by Hay Group
  • FIRO-B
  • Intercultural Readiness Check IRC©
  • Cultural Orientation Indicator COI®
  • Diversity Icebreaker (B. Ekelund)
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument

Memberships
APAC – Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches
ICF – International Coach Federation
SIETAR – Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research
Associate with the Harvard Institute of Coaching

Extensive experience in the following industries:

  • Automobile        
  • Chemical    
  • Consumer goods
  • Cosmetic
  • Finance & Insurance
  • IT
  • Pharmaceutical