Felix Müller

Understanding permits change.

This is the core idea of cognitive behavioural coaching that I use to guide people through fundamental change processes: If one knows what is (subconsciously) preventing them from changing, they can let go and move into change. And the worldwide successes in therapy and coaching show that this approach works. I also experienced this when my wife Nicole found her way out of burnout and depression thanks to cognitive behavioural work.   

Today, behavioural change is needed to cope with the increasing number of crises, at a time when „carrying on like before“ often no longer works. To this end, I recently founded „Aktion gegen Dauerstress“ (action against permanent stress), which supports managers in maintaining the performance and creativity of their teams in a crisis.

Felix Müller

Understanding permits change.

This is the core idea of cognitive behavioural coaching that I use to guide people through fundamental change processes: If one knows what is (subconsciously) preventing them from changing, they can let go and move into change. And the worldwide successes in therapy and coaching show that this approach works. I also experienced this when my wife Nicole found her way out of burnout and depression thanks to cognitive behavioural work.   

Today, behavioural change is needed to cope with the increasing number of crises, at a time when „carrying on like before“ often no longer works. To this end, I recently founded „Aktion gegen Dauerstress“ (action against permanent stress), which supports managers in maintaining the performance and creativity of their teams in a crisis.

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I help companies and people to eliminate permanent stress through cognitive behavioural work - but what does this mean?

My topic
„It is not things that worry people, but their opinions about things.“

This statement by the Greek philosopher Epictetus sums up well the principle of cognitive behavioural work: Our thoughts and feelings unconsciously control our behaviour. Applied to stress, it means that it is not a situation itself that stresses us, but our assessment of the situation that leads to the stress response.

In the two thousand years since Epictetus, this approach has become one of the most proven and best-researched psychological methods, and is now standard in burnout therapy in particular. It is therefore understandable that it has been used for some time in the USA and Great Britain as cognitive behavioural coaching also for healthy people, as I got to know during my coaching studies in England. Germany is still lagging behind: less than 5% of the coaches here use cognitive behavioural coaching in their work.

I want to change this, because the use of cognitive behavioural coaching with healthy people reduces their risk of burnout and eliminates the massive losses in performance of up to 30% that one suffers in permanent stress.

This is all the more important in today’s world, where broken supply chains, energy crises, staff shortages and inflation have massively increased the challenges and stress, and therefore the risk of falling into perma-stress, has noticeably increased and will probably continue to do so.

I recently launched the „Aktion gegen Dauerstress“ (Action against permanent stress) to help leaders „sustain the performance and creativity of their teams in crisis“. It uses cognitive behavioural work to eliminate permanent stress through traditional coaching programmes as well as specialised focus programmes on topics such as „finally saying no“, „delegating with confidence“, „working together in a relaxed way“ and „prioritising effectively“. In addition, from spring 2023, there will be an educational programme to train coaches as „cognitive behavioural coaches against long-term stress“. You can find out more at www.gegen-dauerstress.de (in German)

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 permanent 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 former 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
  • ENGIE
  • ERGO
  • FC Augsburg 
  • FESTO
  • 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
Testimonials

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