Episode 024: Max Weichert – Fostering a Flourishing Environment

Born in 1984 in Flensburg, Northern Germany, the life after finishing highschool led me from working in a sheltered workshop farm for people with disabilities over to 10 months work & travel in New Zealand. After that I studied Environmental Engineering in Bremen (Germany) and Sweden followed by studies in Biomimetics in Villach (Austria).

Changing course after that I worked 3 years in Innovation Management, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding in Graz (Austria), during which time I also began to teach Innovation Management at the university to international master students of Electrical Engineering.

Personal development, inner work and consciousness as well as Martial Arts (Karate, Wing Tjun Kung Fu, Taiji) were always part of my main interest and natural longing. IN 2016 I followed passions a bit further by co-teaching Wing Tjun Kung Fu and movement to kids between 3 and 12 years. And after quitting the work in Innovation Management I follow my passion into the realm of systemic coaching and took part in a 1-year systemic coaching programme, which was like a big opening for me.

Currently I assist in a Montessori school in Styria (Austria) once a week, after a 1-year break in Kung Fu training took up again the kids-training (and my own) and started to build my own business with systemic coaching and helping parents develop a better family culture by helping them building a nourishing environment to grow in for their kids, in which they can develop social and emotional skills to be successful in life aligned with their own strengths, passions and their heart wide open for connections to the wonders of the world around them. My aim is do my best to foster the ability of people to connect with each other and especially to support parents and their children with my best effort to build strong, loving and trustful relationships.

 

It’s very fascinating that we often think that if we stand over our children and direct every course of their lives that they will be perfect little angels and will always do exactly as we say.  I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem to work much with my kids!

I like what Max describes as a flourishing culture, that it is just about creating the type of environment that allows for optimal growth and development.  Max describes how he has observed this kind of environment during his experience with a Montessori school.  It seems that when children actually enjoy more freedom and trust, they are allowed to become what they should and develop to their full capacity.

I also love the reasons for why Max chose The Happiness Project as the book that he recommends because family culture is really all about this process of working on ourselves.  It is never about perfection.  And, when we can create an environment where happiness abounds, it is an optimal culture for safety and development!

Find Max and his courses:

Website & Course:
https://www.maxweichert.com
https://www.maxweichert.com/courses/sel

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MaxPhilippWeichert
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/maxpweichert
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MaxPWeichert
LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-weichert

Other resources mentioned in this episode (contain affiliate links):

The German brain researcher:
Gerald Hüther

The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton

The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

 

About the author, Jodi

I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Michael, and our four young kids. We homeschool, and work remotely, so I guess we may take this on the road some day! I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but I attended five different universities before finally finishing while I was expecting my third baby! I'm a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I do enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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