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Hi, I'm Maike!

I'm a Positive Psychology Lecturer and Practitioner, Behaviour Change Expert, and qualified Coach. I hold a Master's Degree in Psychology specialising in Health and Organisational Psychology; and, my PhD examined effective behaviour change strategies for organisations. Importantly, I know through all my studies, research, work and life experience that happiness can be learnt and success achieved - through the practice of self-leadership.​

My story

For as long as I can think, I've had a fascination with the fact that some people seem to thrive in life, while others go from one hurdle to another. It's what drove me to study Psychology, where I specialised in talent management and health behaviour change. I later undertook a PhD at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where I still contribute to research, student supervision and lecturing as an Honorary Fellow. You can find my list of publications  here .


However, over the years, I became increasingly dissatisfied in my job roles. Something was missing, yet I didn't know what it was. So one day, I sat down, took pen and paper, I wrote down everything that had fascinated me about psychology and behaviour change science. I realised 3 things:

  1. I loved positive psychology! The science of human flourishing, it completely aligned with  my early fascination and was the reason I went to uni! However, being the youngest subdiscipline of psychology, I was never able to study it back in the days, because it wasn't offered at any university outside the USA (it barely is to this day!).

  2. Self-leadership offered the framework I had been looking for my entire life. While positive psychology offers many different concepts about human flourishing, self-leadership offers a guiding framework about what to do if you want to become a stringer self-leader. Yet, how I managed to stumble across the self-leadership literature is even a mystery to myself, which brings me to the third point.

  3. Self-leadership was is dire need of input from positive psychology. Interestingly, both disciplines were conceptualised around the same time - roughly four decades ago, but self-leadership arose form the business literature - and somehow had remained there ever since. So, I made it my mission, to complement one with the other and create a powerful self-leadership framework for human flourishing. Sound good?

In 2017, I created an evidence-based self-leadership course, which I facilitated self-leadership both as a workshop and retreat in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in Australia. I am now making it available internationally as an online program called FRESH START. And, I created this self-leadership blog, social media accounts, newsletter, and digital resources. I am also now working with the leading self-leadership researchers to create SELF-LEADERSHIP 2.0.


Frankly, I am on a mission to support anyone who would love to go on a personal growth journey and create the life of their dreams to accomplish that. That's what makes my heart sing. While I've managed to realise a lot of my own dreams, I still dream of sailing the world with my family one day.


These days, I am also a qualified Coach in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and acceptance commitment training (ACT) for workplaces, a writer at PositivePsychology.com and a Positive Psychology Practitioner (School of Positive Transformation, USA). Over the last 15 years, I worked as a project manager, tutor and regular guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, international speaker, consultant and research fellow (you can connect with me on LinkedIn here).


If there's anything in particular you'd like help with or that interests you, send me a line through the contact form on this site :)

Maike x