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3 Ways How To Work With Me in 2023

If you're one of the people who have been following me for a while you might have thought "Huh, I'd actually love to work with Claudia" but - what offer could be the right one for me? 

Well, I'll make the decision a bit easier for you while presenting you with the options - after reading you know exactly what is right for you.

Let's start. 

Level 1: LASER LEADERSHIP COACHING

If you ask me - that's a must-have for 2 types of leaders - the leader who never experienced coaching and the one who has and wants to make sure to gradually come from great to excellent. 

 

What do we do there? 

  • You can have as many 15-minute coaching sessions as you like (you can book the next one as soon as you have implemented what we discussed before)
  • You have 5 minutes to describe your issue/question - we'll find the solution/information/answer or exercise in 10 and you'll get precise instructions on what and how to implement it (your "homework")
  • We either discuss "burning" topics...
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21 Ways How to Thrive in the Year-End-rush Instead of Only Surviving

In my last blog I wrote about the year-end-rush and the number one (rather counterintuitive ) tip of how to deal with it differently. What I wrote is still true - while talking to my clients though I realized that it supports even more to have a list of various hands-on ways or measures to pick from. Those that help in your individual situation. Which I guess is different from mine. And the one of the person next door. 

So - here we go - 21 ways. 

Let me know what works/worked best for you - just drop me a quick line at [email protected] - I always love to hear back from anyone reading my blog.

  1. Breathe – the cheapest and most effective form to calm your nervous system.
  2. Watch your self-talk – as your thoughts create your emotions. So be careful what you think.
  3. Know your needle movers – what tasks bring you closer to where you want to be?
  4. Prioritize – and start a WON’T do list.
  5. Recalibrate regularly and make space in the...
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I don't have time! (and an offer how to deal with the year end rush)

Hard to believe...we're only 8 weeks away from the end of the year! Probably a super busy time for you:

  • Projects to complete.
  • Budgets to spend.
  • Plans to be made for next year...let alone organizing Christmas and family visits. 

I know that most people will push learning/changing etc out to the beginning of the next year. And put their head down now and sprint through their extensive to-do lists, making sure everything's done, hardly ever looking up, arriving at Christmas exhausted, overdue for a break.

I used to do that A LOT.

It might look like there is no time for anything else - let alone CHANGE. 

I disagree. 

NOW is EXACTLY the time to hit the brakes, reflect and make some time to consciously decide who to be and what to do.

But HOW - you might say. The real world demands something else from me. That's an idealistic view and not possible. 

Again - that's what I thought for a long time. 

The truth: THERE IS NEVER A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE.

Because most of...

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When it comes to self-care, boundaries are more important than bubble baths

A lot of people are talking about self-care at the moment. 

No wonder - the world has gone crazy in a lot of areas. Many things are getting more extreme - the middle ground seems to get smaller and smaller - and with prices rising and war around the corner many people worry a lot.

The antidote: self-care to not burn out and to make sure that you can be your best self. 

BUT - what IS self-care really?

A lot of advice goes in the direction of

  • Doing something for yourself - like a bubble bath or a hike in the mountains
  • Exercise to work through the stress
  • Sleep
  • Meditation
  • Take more time off

All good ideas.

Today I'd like to suggest something else. 

Something that goes deeper and has the potential to eliminate sources of stress.

Setting boundaries - a perfect way of self-care. 

That, of course, requires you to KNOW what you are available for and what not, how I tend to phrase it - I found that easier to answer than "what my boundaries are" - the result is the...

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Are you ready to take (radical) responsibility?

Last week a rather frustrated and utterly exhausted client was getting  exasperated about their "super difficult" situation: "I have to do all these things NOW as there is only a certain time window and on top of that I have to prepare a presentation - which came around the corner very short notice."

I cautiously asked: "What could you say no to?".

"Nothing," was the answer - "If I don't do it - nobody will. I can't possibly let anyone down."

Phew - no wonder did my client feel overwhelmed and even helpless. In other words - stuck - unable to change the situation nor the feeling.

Sounds familiar? The I-have-so-much-to-do-and-can't-do-anything-about-it-scenario?

With the same feelings coming along?  

Well, it was definitely VERY familiar to me years ago running my own business as a single mum.

Now the million-dollar question is; HOW the heck can you get out of that?

Well, the short answer is: TAKING RADICAL RESPONSIBILITY for your life.

The...

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Monday thought #6: How safe do you feel?

Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #6: How safe do you feel?
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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 #1: "Look at the big picture in the midst of drama"

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