A coaching session for greater clarity, effectiveness, and fulfillment


In this high-impact coaching session, we will embark on a deep exploration of the PhD journey, aimed at empowering students with the knowledge and tools they need to excel in their research careers. The core objective is to cultivate a holistic, strategic, and high-performance approach to the doctoral process, ensuring each student gains the maximum benefit from this critical period in their academic life.
The session’s centerpiece is a holistic innovative approach known as “The 5 Steps of the PhD Journey.” This comprehensive roadmap demystifies the doctoral process by breaking it down into five manageable stages, including onboarding with clarity and the right mindset, becoming an expert, structuring the research process in a smart way, developing contributions effectively, and mastering the final step of thesis writing and defense. By understanding these steps and their interconnections, students can navigate their PhD journey with greater clarity, confidence, and direction.
A central theme throughout the session is the concept of a “High Performance PhD.” We’ll explore this paradigm, emphasizing the importance of effectiveness, resilience, and personal well-being in academic research. We aim to instill a proactive mindset, where students learn to manage their workload effectively, cope with the typical challenges, and maintain well-being and relationships while still delivering exceptional research output and outcomes.
Finally, we’ll delve into an arsenal of proven strategies, tactics, and practical tools that will amplify the students’ research skills and productivity. From the PhD Journey Map for clear and efficient strategic decision-making to techniques for structuring your activities on what really matters most, this session will equip students with awareness and the right focus for every stage of their PhD journey.
Overall, this coaching session promises to provide a blend of conceptual understanding, practical skills, and motivation, aiming to enhance the students’ overall PhD experience, promoting clarity, effectiveness, and fulfillment in their research endeavors.

About the Speaker / Coach

Martin Gaedke is an internationally renowned professor of self-organizing and distributed systems, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, and Director of the Computing Center of Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. Besides, he is the owner of gaedke® ICT consulting, a member of the IT advisory board of the German Foundation for University Admissions, and president of the International Society for Web Engineering. 
He has worked with leading companies and research organizations worldwide like Daimler, Hewlett-Packard, TU Vienna, and Microsoft Research, to create trustworthy and smart distributed software, advance management and leadership approaches, or develop high-performance skills. 
With both a Diploma and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) and more than 25 years of work experience, he is widely regarded by chief officers, academics, and entrepreneurs. His insights have been published in more than 250 publications, conferences, and journals like CHI, TheWebConf, and IEEE Internet of Things Journal. 
Recently, he launched the gaedke® PhDtoolkit to provide proven strategies, tactics, and tools to enable PhD students to approach their research systematically, succeeding beyond the norm and over the long run with greater clarity, effectiveness, and fulfillment. He lives together with his family and a dog in Karlsruhe, Germany.