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MY PERSONAL JOURNEY

In 2012, I was diagnosed with a boreout - a complete mismatch between who I was as a person and the job I was doing.


From the outside, it looked like I was on a roll. I was performing well at work, and I was frequently praised for my intelligence, assertiveness and independence.


Three months into the job, I was advizing the CEO of the 4000-employee company on his communications strategy, and two months later I was invited to the company’s leadership program as the only junior employee. 


I thought I was invincible. Until I scored a 1 out of 5 for authenticity on a performance review.


And then it hit me. 


I was trying so hard to do what I thought was expected of me, that I had completely lost myself.


Whereas I normally am a bundle of energy, I now felt exhausted. I was always optimistic, and now everything seemed to be heavy and difficult. I felt so much resistance to work that I called in sick, and stayed home for months.


It was one of the darkest times of my life, but throughout that whole period, I also felt a glimmer of hope. I felt I was learning something important, even though it was incredibly hard.


I learned that true confidence comes from the inside, and that trying to live up to external expectations had hurt me much more than it helped me.


 

Fast forward to now

I am now more confident than ever, both in my work as a leadership coach and as a mom of two girls, and my work is a huge source of inspiration and energy. Having a healthy work-life balance comes quite naturally to me these days.


I no longer try to be picture perfect, but instead embrace my quirks and even make them part of my strategy. 


And whereas I always thought of women’s networks as boring tea parties for women to complain about how the patriarchy makes them miserable, I am now the proud co-founder of the WOMEN’S HUB Zurich, where women come to become the boldest, truest version of themselves - whatever that looks like for them.

 

MY VISION ON WOMEN LEADERSHIP

I hate to see so many women fall into the insecure overachiever trap. They look confident on the outside, but on the inside they are constantly overcompensating and overthinking in order to achieve the absurdly high standards they set for themselves, and they lose themselves -and their colleagues- in the process.


I want to live in a world where women feel naturally confident at work, and rediscover their natural talent to connect and collaborate with others, rather than being lived by their to do list.


I also believe that even though many of us feel a longing for confident women to lead us, there is a common disbelief that embracing feminine leadership qualities can’t make individuals or companies successful.


And I will happily prove us wrong.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME

I am quite comfortable with being uncomfortable. I often dive into something new without fully knowing what I am doing. And I want the same for my clients. I hate it that we humans so often hold ourselves back because we are afraid that we’ll fail, or because we’re trying to live up to some societal standard. 


I believe I would have missed out on life a lot more if I hadn’t pushed myself out of my comfort zone. 

...If I hadn’t told my now-husband that I was done pretending that we were ‘just friends’. 

...If I hadn’t followed that same husband to San Francisco because I was afraid that would be the end of my thriving career in the Netherlands.


I see it as my mission to give my clients the most loving kick-in-the-butt they need to get out of their comfort zones and start living their version of a successful life. 

 
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A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME

On the scale from introvert to extravert, I am right in the middle. I can be very loud, love public speaking and am often the first to start dancing at a concert. But I’m equally happy curled up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea. 


I am an ENFJ, Enneagram type 2, Human Design 5.2, and greenish yellow in DISC. And yes, I have an unhealthy obsession with personality tests.


I don’t like coffee and alcohol. That’s not some hipster lifestyle statement. I just really don’t.


I didn’t think I’d become a mom, or get married, or live abroad. I did all three, and I’m loving it.


I pride myself on being trained as an engineer, and cherish my higher-than-average intelligence, my direct communication style, and my go-getter mentality. At the same time, I am trained as a yoga teacher, and I know the importance of slowing down, and letting our heart and our gut speak.   Paradoxical? Nah.. I’d rather call it perfect yin-yang balance ;)

 
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