Ines Obersteiner


quote left […]contribute to helping everyone find their rightful place in life and society. quote right

That’s the reply I gave in 2016 during a conversation when I was asked what I wanted to do. We were discussing my imminent voluntary departure from a post I had then held for over 10 years. The initial outlines of OberYou came out of this exchange.

- And what happened before then?

I was born in the Austrian mountains and began working as a trainee in a tax advisor’s office at the age of 16. After this 3-year training period I got my diploma as both a Multi-skilled Secretary and Assistant Tax Advisor.

My keenness to learn languages was to take me first of all to France, then to Italy and finally to the UK. It was France which enchanted me the most. Indeed, I arrived in the country without speaking a single word of the language a little over 20 years ago. Now is it where I have chosen to lead my life in.

I am delighted at the path my career has taken in France, both rich and interesting, taking me from temping jobs to positions working in International Group Executive Management. After two years working on perfecting my French, I joined a Sales and Trading office in the graphic paper sector, where I held positions with international scope. In 2006 I joined a Global Leader in the field of Luxury goods where I had the chance to work with two wonderful Maisons. I remained there until 2016, holding several posts from International Legal Director’s PA in the Perfumes and Cosmetics branch of the Group, to eventually Logistics Management of Training Operations for the French retail market, finally being in charge of Events for the Corporate Social Responsibility Department.

These assignments in the world of luxury taught me to focus on excellence of execution and attention to detail, tremendously helping me in my own professional development.

- And then, that happened but I got up and got on.

The night of 13th November 2015 life as I knew it came to a sudden end. As a huge fan of music, I was attending the now sadly famous concert held at the Bataclan hall. I came out of it physically unharmed but nevertheless deeply affected. This event disrupted the course of my life.

Finding the strength to get up and carry on after this experience enabled me to acquire a new sensitivity and ability to rebound, rebuild, change, return to active life, integrate diversity, acknowledge the right to forget, etc. I certainly also developed the faculty to listen carefully, as I fully understand what it means to be “reborn from one’s ashes”. I was able to witness first-hand the importance of an individual’s call for help or support in order to succeed in building their “life afterwards”.

- And from all that, I created OberYou!

Overwhelmed by the need to engage in a meaningful activity, I joined the “Coaching Practices” course at University of Paris 8 in the Autumn of 2016, graduating with a degree and special distinctions. The sum total of my life experiences, professional as well as personal, complement the coaching models and tools I acquired during the course of my studies.

Coaching not only offers me the possibility of providing support to individuals in their projects and self-questioning, but also in order to intervene within a business on issues involving integration, development and reintegration of employees.

The different set of experiences I acquired within the corporate world have enabled me to observe how these specific issues deserve particular attention from the Management Class in order to rally everyone around projects, challenges and performance. However, some businesses do not have the required resources (time and human) to do so. I would be happy to bring my contribution to their success.

The world is constantly evolving. So is my profession. Of a curious nature, I regularly attend conferences and broaden my soft skills and know-how as I continue to extend my training on coaching approaches, such as the Strategic Systemic Approach, Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling and Clean Space.

Thanks to my European profile and sensitivity to foreign languages, I am able to provide support to clients in French, German and English.



The systemic approach is based on the work of the Palo Alto School. It is a model of comprehension of human behaviour.

Going on the premise that there isn’t one single unique reality, but as many realities and stories as there are people, the systemic approach considers every individual as a unique entity. With this method, the coach focuses essentially on the interactions of a person with others and with their environment as well as the exchange of information at the heart of these relationships. In other words, how do the problems voiced by the coachee occur at present and what happens when the solutions they choose remain unsuccessful.

Analysing the way things work will thereafter help find solutions within the framework of one’s relationship with oneself and with one’s environment.

Strategic systemic coaching has been shown to work on an individual basis and is also incredibly effective when coaching groups.


Developed by David Grove, who is known as the “Metaphors Therapist”, Clean Language is based on a series of questions the coach uses to draw on the coachee’s language elements which he then faithfully takes up.

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley have modelized David Grove’s work and thereby created Symbolic Modelling.

In this methodology, the metaphors used by a person when they talk are the raw material one works with. These symbolic expressions offer an overview of the way in which a person sees the world. With “Clean” language questions, as a person explores their metaphors, they build a model of their own MO and perceptions (Symbolic Modelling).

This approach was initially be used to support individuals in different stages of personal development. Thanks to the curiosity and creativity of the likes of James Lawley, Penny Tompkins, Caitlin Walker and others, this methodology has now become established worldwide within businesses when working with groups to tackle such subjects as innovation, strategy, cultural change as well as many other subjects.


This approach, developed by David Grove (who also developed Clean Language), uses space to give a person the opportunity to reflect on a given subject.

Separating thought into several spaces enables one to observe the networks and patterns between different given points and whether or not they influence each other. Seeing everything exposed in such a way, the thought process evolves and the person often feels the need to make the space that things occupy evolve as well. A new picture emerges which may lead to profound transformations.

Clean Space can be applied to individuals as well as to groups. Tailor-made processes can be created according to the size of the group, the subject or the work objective.