Self-awareness helps your life and work blossom

It is my passion to help people.
And you too, if you want. So that you can be yourself in your work and personal life.
So that your talents naturally shine.
So that you work (together) more effectively
So that you have a satisfying life.
With heart for yourself and your surroundings.

(Martin J.M. Thoolen MSc.: November 9th 1962: Inspirer of Personal & Collective Leadership, Organizational Psychologist, Sr. Coach/trainer)

More than 30 years of professional experience and expertise

My 30 years of professional experience as an awareness coach, clinical and organisational psychologist has enabled me to help thousands of clients in Personal or Collective Leadership. Both groups and individuals, in coaching sessions, training courses, leadership development and organisation development programs, retreats and seminars.

For leaders, CEO's, CFO's, directors, managers, employees, professionals and entrepeneurs in business and commerce, various banks, provincial and municipal councils, care institutes, consulting agencies and much more. This is what they say:

Why I can really help you

Helping, coaching and training people has been in my blood from an early age.

My exploration of how I can best help people is ongoing. I use new sources from the psychology sector and the perspectives and wisdom of the ancient peoples of the earth. But always translated into insights and concrete tips that you can really get to grips with.

Even though I am your guide, I have blind spots and am never unapproachable.

Read all the evaluations of the last 25 years and you will see that my clients and principals frequently give me a good to excellent score.

What other people say about me

  • Drive to communicate/teach
  • Strength from love
  • Seriously involved
  • Inner tranquillity
  • Uninhibited passion
  • Broad experience
  • Deep and practical
  • Magic moments

Vision

My vision is a world in which we work and live happily together. If you are open to self-reflection and prepared to touch your core an entirely new world can come into being within and around you. A world in which you function effectively, with equilibrium and satisfaction: Awareness at Work. I believe that if every one of us accepts support in this from time to time we create a world in which we are effective and live with pleasure and understanding. And I enjoy contributing to this world.

Spirited Personal Leadership

for effective work, meaningful living and a better world

Author: Martin Thoolen (©2022)

Op 1 november 2022 verschijnt het nieuwe boek; een prachtige luxe hard-copy, ingenaaid met hardcover én vol met ruim 300 bladzijden inspiratie! De verkoopprijs is 34,95 euro per boek. Wil je alvast een exemplaar bestellen?

Do you want to work more effectively? Or live a more meaningful life? Or contribute to a better world? Or all of the above? You can do that. Every day. How? With Spirited Personal Leadership.

This book is intended for anyone who, in their private or work life, wants to:

  • work more effectively;
  • develop their talents further;
  • have a healthy work/life balance;
  • increase the amount of control they have in their own life and work;
  • experience more pleasure, passion, meaning and vitality;
  • feel more inner peace and quiet;
  • to contribute to better relationships - privately as well as in business;
  • make a meaningful contribution to a better world.

Regardless of whether you are a leader, lawmaker, entrepreneur, manager, professional, associate, student, parent, family member, teenager or an adult.

What to expect?
This book will take you straight to the source of all your choices and behaviors. It will give you accessible insights, inspiring examples and exercises that you’ll be able to apply immediately, and see results of quickly. You will gain insight into the three forces that determine each and every one of your choices, behaviors and personal leadership: ego, soul and consciousness (spirit).

The following questions will be answered: What is ego anyway? Should you jettison your ego? What are the benefits of ego, and what are its pitfalls? Or, what is the soul? Is there a reason for our existence? What are the five existential tasks the soul has to tackle? What are the pros and cons of working and living from inspiration? And, what is spirit or consciousness? How can you utilize it more to have smoother relationships in private and at work and to create more peace for yourself and others around you? In the last section of the book you will see how you can make a real contribution towards a better world.

Mission

My mission is to help you become more self-aware. To make you more aware of your behaviour, your choices and the impact they have on your work and life. But also aware of the strengths and experiences you hold within you that determine your current behaviour and choices. So that you arrive at new choices that give you more peace, balance, satisfaction, talent development and effectiveness at a fundamental level. In such a way that you come to shine and contribute to a better world for yourself and the people around you. At work as well in your private life.

But how do you create such a world? By becoming aware of yourself. But what self are we talking about?

Over the years I have discovered that you can look from different perspectives, as is described my book 'Spirited Personal Leadership'. Whether you are an employee, manager, employer, professional. Civil servant or business, political or spiritual leader. Or partner, father, mother, child, family member, fellow countryman or fellow human being.

Over Martin Thoolen - Awareness at Work

Study and postdoctoral training

In 1990, I graduated in clinical employment and organisational psychology at Utrecht University and earned my Master’s degree. I then followed a multitude of postdoctoral training courses and learned a range of coaching methods, including Sensory awareness/mindfulness and the Voice Dialogue (& The Psychology of Selves) international training course given by the founders Hal & Sidra Stone in the USA.

Work experience

I worked as a trainer/coach at Boertien & Partners from 1990 to 1998, and trained participants from a wide range of sectors during this period. Moreover, I developed the Personal Strength and Individual Coaching training courses while I was there. At that time, I was also registered as a trainer educated in Behavioural Science at the Nederlands Intituut voor Psychologen (Dutch Association of Psychologists).I also worked as a Freelance Trainer for Public Domain in the public sector for 10 years.

From 1999 to 2019 I worked as co-founder of the Circumference agency. This is where I developed and implemented the following:

  • 33 Half Years Courses 'Personal Empowerment' with open registration
  • 8 Week Retreats 'Inner Nature' abroad with open registration
  • 4 years of international training Self-management for DSM and 7 years national
  • Tens of Team Coachings for departments and teams
  • Many Transition trainings 'New Perspective' for (potential) job loss and educating coaches/trainers in this field for the Dutch Government
  • Thousands of individual and executive coaching sessions

This wealth of experience allows me to help with an extremely wide range of professional and personal issues. Whether they concern leadership or cooperation, stress or time management, reintegration or your work/personal life balance. Conflict-management, career choice, relationships and more.

Registration

In 1995, I was registered as a trainer educated in Behavioural Science, and in 2009 as a Psychologist Trainer at the Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen. In 2011, I registered as a Registered EuroPsy Psychologist at the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association (EFPA). In 2013, I was registered as a Registered Psychologist NIP/Arbeid & Organisatie (employment and organisation) at the Dutch Institute of Psychologists. I am affiliated with NIP, EuroPsy (EPFA), Coachfinder and Coachhouse.

Inspiration

What inspires me are the cosmic mirrors of self-reflection that life and work give me every day. If you look carefully, you can learn and grow every day in how you handle other people and situations.
What inspires me is to use other ways of thinking, besides existing psychology, that contribute to natural growth and balance, wisdom and satisfaction. A great many indigenous cultures throughout the world, some of which I have visited, and various movements relating to spirituality are long-standing sources of inspiration for me.
Here you see in a bird's eye view some of the leaders, chiefs, healer, teachers and nature that have inspired me around the world

Coaching & Training: de kracht van binnenuit met duurzaam resultaat
I also gain inspiration from being in nature, which can teach us so much and keep us healthy and in balance just as long as you look carefully. And I look at birds, especially the eagle. I have had a connection with them since childhood, and you can see two eagles in my signature, which I created when I was 14. It later turned out to be my birth sign in the Mayan calendar. Moreover, for me the eagle is a symbol of transformation, vision, leadership and a clear mind. This is what you see in my logo and what I can bring you.
Martin Thoolen op basgitaar
And, naturally, music. Because music connects. I am passionate about music and played in various bands, including 5 years Yesshows what I co-founded and 7 years Genesis Project, the Dutch YES and Genesis tribute bands.

Would you like to be inspired?

I enjoy sharing personal and professional experiences and insights of my clients and myself in the blogs, articles, my book as co-author and more, which you can find here on the inspiration page.