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Monday thought #6: How safe do you feel?

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #6: How safe do you feel?

Feeling safe is crucial for productivity & creativity (and joy) & the 2 reasons why it can be absent.

How safe do you feel these days? A topic that tends to come up again and again with people I talk to and is being addressed in quite a few companies right now (#psychologicalsafety).

For me, safety is mainly the absence of fear. 

 And let's face it: there are lots of things, situations and people to be afraid of or to worry about. For some people more - for some less. 

Here's my Monday thought where I talk about WHY emotional safety is so crucial, the surprising truth where it starts and comes from (and where not), and the two things that are in the way of creating it sustainably.

 Let me know what you think and if that is something you have experienced (just hit [email protected] and send me your thoughts).

#mondaythoughts #personalleadership #empowerment

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Monday thought #5: Do you love or hate adversities (and why this is even relevant)


What? I can't be serious, right?

Who the hell likes adversities?

Well, listen in to learn why and how they can be extremely useful and what kind of human superpower you can develop and practice while experiencing adversities. Extremely powerful how I find. And one that helped me in even seemingly catastrophic situations. 

Enjoy and let me know what other topics you'd like to hear about - just drop me an e-mail to [email protected]

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Monday thought #4: The thing that blocks so many of us from good (or better) experiences

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #4: The thing that blocks so many of us from good (or better) experiences

Hey, it's Monday again and time for some thoughts for the week. 

This morning I had a chat with my grown-up daughter and we came across the topic of how we often hold ourselves back and are blocked by....stuff we create ourselves. 

Creating an internal resistance, which prevents us from achieving our goals. Or from simply having good experiences or feeling good (isn't that what we all want? The feeling good part?). 

BS - that is what blocks us (and it's not what you think!!)

So, here is

- why our BS (not what you think, I swear!) is the culprit
- a little story that shows what can happen and how reality can change (to the better!) when we shift it


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Monday thought #3: Are you efficient or effective?

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #3: Are you efficient or effective?

Most people I talk to tell me that they have TONS to do. Not just at work, but generally in looks like to-do-lists are endless for most of us and people play catch-up all the time. 

Becoming faster and better in getting through it - and often still don't achieve what they want to, as the days are too short. 

So why is that? In this short podcast I'll explain the major difference between efficient and effective and why we often mix this up. 

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Monday thought #2: Perspective is the key

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #2: Perspective is the key

Your perspective creates your reality and your experience. Which means you can change it - your perspective AND your focus.

I believe it's a superpower which - when we use it wisely - can change our life. It clearly did that for me. 

Listen in for the whole story. 

Got a comment or different opinion? Drop me an e-mail at [email protected] 

- Claudia (founder The Better Workplace)

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Monday thought #1: "Look at the big picture in the midst of drama"

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #1: "Look at the big picture in the midst of drama"

I like starting my weeks with an intention. Or an idea. One that helps me grow or learn, help me feeling better or serves me and my business to progress. 

And the mornings are always the best and most creative time for me. And with morning, I really mean the time after I wake up or do my morning yoga. 

So, I've decided to share those thoughts once a week - or maybe more often, let's see - maybe it supports you too! 

So here we go - the VERY FIRST Monday thought: 

This morning I read a quote on FB which triggered my thoughts:

"The only people who see the big picture....are the ones who get out of the frame".

Huh, that is quite right. Being a "big-picture-person" myself I totally get that. And with that thought came the next.

When in the middle of a conflict, drama, difficult situation it helps to take a step back and look at the big picture.

I promise your perspective will shift immediately! And so does the feeling and the subsequent action about the...

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Why It's O.K. to Let Go - And The Big Question To Ask Ourselves In The Process

Last week I practised letting go. BIG TIME. And it took me a LONG time to get to it. But before I tell you about that let me take a step back and start the story a tad earlier.

Being loyal - or letting go?

If I learned one thing during my childhood, it was loyalty. And as a woman to be the one who lives it, triggers it, makes sure it happens.

* Regardless of how bad the situation. 

* Regardless of how much people crossed boundaries.

* Regardless of how tough a situation might be.

* Regardless of how useless things were.

 Don't get me wrong: Loyalty is a great trait. 

It helps in relationships - not dropping the person at the first sign of difficulty or non-alignment. 

It helps in the career to fighting through issues and uncomfortable situations. And can result in more confidence in self and a more conscious career path.

It's environmentally friendly as it means holding on to things longer and not fall into the mindless consumption trap.  

But like...

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Relationship Idea #6: Your Relationship with Others Will Only Be As Good As the One With Yourself

relationships Jun 29, 2021

When we talk about relationships, most people take a look at their outside world.

The relationships with our loved ones.
The relationships with colleagues.
The relationship with name it.

And so they put their effort into developing, building or restoring these relationships.

What many overlook though, is the first step:

Developing a relationship with themselves.

What I mean by that is not just taking care of ourselves - the infamous self-care.

I'm rather talking about taking time to

- look inside
- get to know oneself on a deep(er) level
- own and take care of our own fears & insecurities
- notice and manage our emotions and mental chatter
- becoming aware of our patterns and beliefs
- connecting with who we really are underneath all the social conditioning summary: Doing the inner work, becoming authentic and building a relationship with self.

So that we can have compassion, love, understanding and patience with ourselves that we show others....instead of beating...

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Relationship Idea #5: Deep listening completely shifts the relationship dynamic (Video)


Everybody wants to be heard.

But not so many people are willing or able to really listen attentively and deeply.

Despite the fact that many of us believe we DO listen. I thought that for a long time until I realized that my perception was very wrong (it helps to ask others for their perception or watch their reaction...that gives us a better view than just our own judgment.)

Listening does NOT just mean being polite and letting the other person finish.

Listening is a part of successful and high-quality communication.

Successful and high-quality communication is one of the major keys to successful and good relationships.

So, listen in if you believe you can still learn something about listening....and even if that video is a couple of years old...THIS information has not changed...not even through a pandemic ;-)

#listeningskills #womenexecutives #personalleadership #relationships#communication

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Relationship Idea #4: Everyone has struggles we don't know about

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In the past, when people shouted at me, shut down, or were getting very defensive, I got really furious. Or frustrated. And took it personally. Almost always.

And believed that there was absolutely no reason for their behaviour.
What I simply couldn't see back then was THAT EVERY PERSON HAS THEIR OWN STRUGGLES. 
Maybe the colleague (or your partner at home) has experienced things that traumatized them, or it might be a childhood trauma that still sticks with them. Maybe they had or have a difficult situation that now triggers habitual responses.
Which makes them less attentive. Less focused and maybe even absent-minded. Or even rude, dismissive or aggressive in a conversation or interaction. 
"Not my problem", you could say.

And yes, in a way, you're right. 

While it's not your responsibility how someone reacts, it could impact your relationship drastically.

Whatever it is - a be a big deal for the other person, or maybe it's just an emotional...

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