Montessori School Founder Brigitta Hoeferle Was “Cocky in Telling People How to Do Things”

Montessori School Founder Brigitta Hoeferle Was “Cocky in Telling People How to Do Things”


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My guest for Episode #148 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Brigitta Hoeferle, a speaker, master trainer, and certified coach.

She’s the Owner of two educational institutions, founder of one for children and one for adults that she purchased, the Center of NLP

As she says, she’s “German by birth, American by choice, educator by trade, a speaker & trainer by design, CEO by passion. And Brigitta’s an executive board member of The International Coaching Federation.

Check out her free PDF download on the “laws of success.”

In today's episode, Brigitta shares her “favorite mistake” story about “being cocky in telling people how to do things.” Why was she trying to do things “the German way” in the United States? What did she learn from these mistakes? Why does she view mistakes as learning opportunities?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • What is Montessori education and why is that so important to you?
  • Teaching vs. running a school? Was a success in Germany…
  • Difficult to get students in TN?
  • What were some of the specific mistakes?
  • What feedback did you get? Was it constructive feedback?
  • Doer (US) vs. planner (German) mindsets
  • “There is no failure only feedback” – example of a “re-frame”
  • Viewing mistakes as learning opportunities
  • What is NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
  • What is “programming”? What does that word really mean?
  • Is programming the result of our reaction to other people’s actions?
  • Re-framing from victim (as a picked-on overweight teen)
  • Why do we need to “Listen to Relate, not to Respond”?
  • Re-framing — too many employees quitting, “people don’t want to work anymore” — or a different framing of “you’re not paying well enough, etc.”??

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  • Full transcript

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"I'm thinking as I'm establishing the business, I can do it the German way [in Tennessee]."
"I come from a mindset of there's no failure — there's only feedback."
"The hard part is turning the fingers back inwards and going, okay. So where can I learn? Where can I do a better job?"

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.