Jens Corssen: Biography highlights
Jens Corssen is the acclaimed creator of "The Self-Developer©", a philosophy and practice for excellent self-leadership that has had a hugely beneficial impact on many DACH businesses. Celebrating his 50th anniversary as a professional psychologist in 2021, Jens’ charisma on stage is as effervescent as ever. His mission is to continue inspiring individuals and teams to fulfil their potential and live more fruitful lives.
Full biography of Jens Corssen
Jens Corssen’s background
Born in Berlin, Jens moved to Munich in 1962. After graduating with a degree in psychology from the Ludwig Maximilian University, he and a colleague opened what in 1971 was one of the first behavioural therapy practices in Germany. Drawing primarily on the theories and experiments of natural scientists Skinner and Pavlow on the learning of behaviour, their range of therapies was a refreshing alternative to the then dominant classical depth psychology.
Over the course of two decades of treating clients on an individual basis, Jens worked out the common problems faced by people: feelings of “powerlessness” over situations and people beyond their control, unresolved resentment about past setbacks/suffering, a deficit-oriented way of thinking, a victim mentality and a tendency to complain about what is instead of taking proactive action. He therefore decided to take his concept “ The Self-Developer©” to the big stage. He has since gone on to become one of the most respected inspirational speakers and business coaches in the German-speaking market, giving talks at hundreds of leading companies and being the go-to coach of many C-suite executives and public figures.
In addition to the proof of concept provided by successfully coaching, consulting and inspiring thousands of individuals for 50 years, recent academic findings from the world of neuroscience are yielding increasingly striking evidence for the efficacy of behavioural therapy methods. New neural connections, which are fundamental to bring about behavioural change, are only formed in the brain when insights and knowledge are turned into emotionalising experiences.
In contrast to those who battle through life, committed and practising Self-Developers manage to switch to being in favour of life’s ups and downs, thereby uncovering more of their potential and finding meaning in all situations. This enables them to attain a new level of consciousness and achieve many of the personal and professional goals or desires that had previously proved frustratingly elusive. Ultimately, it is the personality that makes the difference. With this in mind, Self-Developers start the process of change by changing themselves first – and they do not stop there.
To keep the Self-Developer concept fit for the future, Jens recently went into partnership with his long-term colleague, Andrew Bannon, who is largely responsible for the English-speaking market and also a speaker at Speakers Associates.
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HMI Executive Board
"Dear Mr Corssen, I would like to thank you very much on behalf of my entire management team. 400 people were and are completely thrilled! The content of your presentation was sensational. Your presentation style was world class. As expected, your explanations had amazing depth. There was never a dull moment in 3 ½ hours."
“Jens Corssen's impulses have been accompanying our management and staff for several years now. In his talks, he very skilfully manages to combine the vigour of a trainer with a high entertainment factor. The credo "I now concentrate on what I do and I do it with all my heart" has left a lasting mark on our corporate culture. The positive effect produced by the true-to-life stories and valuable insights not only benefits our company:
In addition to the numerous enthusiastic responses, we often receive moving feedback from our employees, who also benefit from it in their private lives.”
“Jens Corssen has a great talent for showing his listeners new perspectives. In a clear, understandable language, he makes psychological insights applicable to everyday life. I am always surprised how intense and lasting his input is with my employees - regardless of whether they have met Jens Corssen in the context of a group discussion or in the context of a large event with thousands of participants. In my opinion, he is the only speaker who can give his client a guarantee that at least 98% of the participants will be inspired by what he has to say - and inspired through and through.”
"Jens Corssen's idea of the Self-Developer© promotes successful self-management and thus makes a significant contribution to the learning organisation.”
Jens's speaking topics
As a Self-Developer© to Personal and Professional Success
In the context of the Art of Living of the Self-Developer©, you learn to no longer despair at life's challenges, but rather you view it as an instructive all-day school. With this attitude, it becomes easier to achieve your personal and professional goals. The philosophy and practice of the Self-Developer© enriches not only your own life, but also your relationships with others.
For many, despite their high level of competence and ambition, success fails to sufficiently materialise. In Jens Corssen's view, there is a good explanation for this: it is personal disgruntlement. Many people passively complain about being in a perpetual struggle with life's challenges, with others and with themselves. But if you can succeed in breaking free of this often automatic opposition and instead bring yourself into a more upbeat mood, life's opportunities suddenly open up in front of you.
Feeling Secure in Uncertainty
How do you as a manager manage to get the best possible grip on a world that is becoming more and more complex?
How can the German economy continue to assert itself in the NEW WORLD with its spirit of invention and entrepreneurship?
Only those who now reflect on their strengths and equip themselves with a new mindset can continue to keep pace with international competition.
The new challenges demand new attitudes and innovative ways of thinking and behaving from people and organisations. The world of work today needs agility, a strong willingness to learn, constant evolution and the interplay of reason and intuition. The time for the next bold steps has arrived and the need for them is clearly noticeable in organisations. Each person is now required to develop an idea that is bigger than their ego.
Relationship Management – an Appreciative Approach to Other People Requires a Conscious Confrontation With Oneself and Change
In times of great change, one cannot avoid reviewing one's own attitude to life, to oneself and to successful interaction with others, and adapting accordingly. Jens Corssen talks in an entertaining way from his wealth of experience about the attitude needed to successfully meet the new challenges.
Humans, as profoundly social beings, are permanently connected. However, if this is no longer the case and we feel separated, fears, self-doubt, aggression and relationship issues develop as a result. The aim is to reconcile with the ups and downs of life in order to become more serene.
Only those who love life and have made true peace with themselves will be able to lead themselves successfully. Those who feel connected to change and to themselves will also live in successful relationships.
As a Self-Developer, you know that personality makes the difference! You thereby convey strength and courage and become a beacon of hope in difficult times.