Felix Müller

Eliminating chronic stress

40% – This is the loss of performance due to chronic stress, which in the case of executives may be transferred to their entire team: Companies pay 10 employees but only receive the performance of six – The loss: the personnel costs of four employees.
That is why I call it „expensive“ chronic stress. As a behavioural coach, I want to do something about these enormous costs.

Felix Müller

Eliminating chronic stress.

40% – This is the loss of performance due to chronic stress, which in the case of executives may be transferred to their entire team: Companies pay 10 employees but only receive the performance of six – The loss: the personnel costs of four employees.
That is why I call it „expensive“ chronic stress. As a behavioural coach, I want to do something about these enormous costs.

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Who looks after the executives in your organization under "expensive" chronic stress?

His boss Joe first noticed that he could not reach Matthew for days and received no replies to his messages. Then Matthew’s team did not keep appointments, delivered poor work and sick leave increased. Finally, he received concerned enquiries from customers who were no longer satisfied with the cooperation and threatened to leave. He realised that Matthew’s behaviour could be expensive for his company! 

Due to his chronic stress, Matthew’s team showed poor performance with huge costs .

Joe spoke to the HR Business Partner in charge who, based on a checklist, suspected that Matthew might be suffering from chronic stress. They sought a conversation with me as a coach who specialises in combating chronic stress, and we agreed on a coaching programme for Matthew.

Acted out conflicts, bad mood in the team, low concentration, more mistakes, missed deadlines, poor work and increased sick leave are all signs of “expensive“ chronic stress that massively exceeds normal stress.

In the coaching programme, which took place via Zoom during off-peak hours to avoid additional stress, Matthew identified the causes of his chronic stress, reviewed his behaviour, defused stressful situations and changed his reactions. Soon his team was back on track and contributing to the company’s success.

The decision for external coaching proved to be ideal, as other measures reach their limits in the case of chronic stress: Occupational health management offers such as mindfulness, meditation or yoga no longer reach the chronically stressed because they have no time for them. Coaching by superiors or internal coaches is difficult because the chronically stressed often tense up because they fear negative effects on their career. Doing nothing would lead to burnout, with which Matthew would be permanently absent for many months, making the costs much greater.

The „expensive“ chronic stress could thus be combated!

From a purely neurological point of view, chronically stressed people cannot perceive their situation due to the permanently elevated adrenaline and cortisol levels nor develop solutions. They need help from outside.

Unfortunately, the executives concerned cannot help themselves to eliminate their chronic stress because their permanently elevated adrenalin and cortisol levels prevent them from recognising their situation, from feeling themselves and from developing their own ways out of their chronic stress. They are stuck in chronic stress.

They therefore need help from outside. In the work environment, this is the task of supervisors and HR managers who recognise the symptoms of permanent stress and seek a conversation with a chronic stress expert like me to offer concrete help.

Do you want to be the person in your area of responsibility who makes sure that the costs for your company through chronically stressed executives are permanently reduced?

Then please use this checklist to see if your executives are showing symptoms of permanent stress. If so, simply book your no-obligation Zoom appointment at https://calendly.com/felix-mueller/kennenlernen? or call me on +49-173 2525823 so that we can talk about your impression of the situation and the costs involved, the changes you want to make and the possible obstacles to implementation.

I will then be happy to outline the process of a coaching programme and we can decide together whether – like Joe did with Matthew – we want to work together to solve your cost problem triggered by chronic stress.

Take the first step today to permanently
reduce the enormous human and economic costs of chronic stress.
What neuroscience has to say about chronic stress
Chronic stress is a signal from the body that one should change a situation or reaction. This is best done with support.
My Background

What qualifies me for this task

I know the great human costs of chronic stress for those affected, their relatives and friends, since my wife Nicole slipped into burnout a few years ago due to chronic stress.

Today, I see the business costs of chronic term stress every day when executives tell me in my coaching that they feel tired, irritable and rushed, make more mistakes and poorer decisions and therefore perform less well on the job. 

As an executive coach, I want to do something about these enormous human and corporate costs of chronic stress! 

My deep understanding of how the economy and companies work and my broad knowledge of how personal behavioural change processes can succeed in the long term help me to do this:

Business studies at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and...

25 years' international leadership experience ...

…of which 13 on top level with Swiss, US, French, British and German   organizations.

Frequent author and speaker on behavioural change...

…for leading  media and events.

Three-year MSc programme in Behavioural Change...

…at Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the UK, focussing on psychology, biology and neuroscience.

Certified coaching quality as an Associate Certified Coach...

(ACC) and Board Member of the German Chapter des of the world’s biggest coaching association, the International Coaaching Federation.

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My approach to behavioural change

How cognitive behavioural coaching works

Cognitive behavioural coaching is based on the concepts and methods of cognitive behavioural psychology, which states that thoughts and feelings can stop us from doing what we want: We don’t say no, even though our to-do list is already overlong.

The reasons for this can be manifold: Identity and personality („Saying no puts a strain on the relationship“), beliefs and values („One doesn’t say no“), skills („I don’t know how to say no nicely“), fears („They won’t like me if I say no“) to the environment („I can’t say no in front of the whole team“) are examples of how the subconscious controls us.

Our personality, values, beliefs, abilities, fears and environment can all be causes of why we fall into chronic stress. Understanding these causes is the first step to changing them.

In cognitive behavioural coaching, we analyse the stress-triggering events, find out the causes for the undesired reaction and develop strategies to defuse the situations and change the reaction. Changing behaviour patterns that have been trained for years takes several months. In return, the permanent danger of stress is permanently eliminated.

Client organizations

Which organizations I have already supported

  • Agfa-Gevaert
  • Airbus
  • Amazon
  • Atos IT Solutions and Services
  • Bain & Company
  • BayernLB
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma
  • Brain Products
  • Brose
  • Bundeswehr
  • DEA
  • Deutsche Post DHL
  • Ebay
  • ERGO
  • FC Augsburg 
  • FLSmidth
  • Fluxxlive
  • GE Distributed Power
  • Hexal
  • Infineon
  • John Bean Technologies
  • KfW
  • Lufthansa
  • Novartis
  • öffentliche Verwaltung
  • Sandoz International
  • SAP
  • Siemens
  • SpencerStuart
  • Suez
  • The Bank of New York Mellon (Luxembourg)
  • T-Systems International
  • Vodafone
  • Wacker Chemie

What my clients say.

"What makes Felix an outstanding coach is his aura of determination, commitment and calmness that he conveys to his clients. He is extremely polite, kind and friendly, but firm when needed."

Nibedita Sardar-Drenda

"Felix was flexible to accommodate my availability and consistently brought energy and a communicative, engaging style."

Zoe Beattie

"Felix is a great listener and has helped me think about myself. He always gives me state of the art examples, and sometimes he puts the mirror in front of me and is the devil behind the curtain. Thank you Felix!"

Christian Neusser

In which of your executives do you recognise the typical symptoms of chronic stress such as lack of accessibility, hundreds of unread emails, poor team atmosphere, high sick leave, poor performance, many mistakes and poor customer feedback?

I would be happy to determine this in a non-binding conversation.