Success Stories

As a young chief physician I am glad that I participated in Dr. Kraemer’s leadership development workshop. Dr. Kraemer has personally given me a lot and helped me understand the many aspects of interacting and speaking with staff. It was not only the tools, but particularly the way Dr. Kraemer adapts and applies those tools in specific contexts. It is her deep understanding and sensitivity for the nuances and distinct characteristics of interpersonal relationships, as well as for the many factors influencing day-to-day operations of a clinic which make those tools alive. This integrative perspective and approach serves me well as a model and continually affords me the successful application of the tools in my professional environment.
The workshop was very much geared toward practical applicability; all participants had extensive opportunity to discuss their own specific challenges of their daily work and to practice the tools themselves. It is here where Dr. Kraemer’s pronounced diagnostic accuracy shows: her assessment of the multitude of different situations and her ability to put herself into the shoes of all parties involved enables her to understand those situations from within, and is deeply impressive. She has a knack to go straight to the essence, identifies the core of the matter, is authentic and therefore very present. She posed the right questions, supported us to create solutions which worked for each of our particular situations, assisted us in designing ways to implement those solutions in our daily work, and she helped us focusing on the finish line.
Working with Dr. Kraemer will be of great use to anybody who is ready to discover additional features and nuances of interpersonal relationships. I, for one, will gladly participate in Dr. Kraemer’s future workshops.

— Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Rolf Weidenhagen, Chief Physician of the Clinic for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, City Clinics of Munich

As the head physician of a clinic in Munich I had the opportunity, and ultimately the fortune, to participate in a full-day leadership development workshop of Dr. Kraemer’s. At the time of the workshops the clinic was in a critical state and the executive board demanded saving costs, particularly regarding personnel. Any event supporting leadership development is, in my opinion, generally desirable; however, at that particular time I considered it inadequate to leave work where everybody was needed to ensure smooth daily operations. I was all the more pleasantly and positively suprised at the end of the workshop; I was deeply impressed by Dr. Kraemer’s professionalism. She succeeded exceptionally well in integrating and engaging me and my – equally skeptical colleagues – in what proved to be a highly successful workshop. She put her main emphasis on extensive applicability of the tools introduced; we spent most of the time working on our own case studies and creating solutions, as well as discussing challenging situations that impede our daily work. The next day I had the chance to immediately test the usefulness of the tools and the workshop – with great success! Despite the demands to reduce personnel costs along with a hiring freeze I – thanks to successfully conducting the negotiations – got the go-ahead to fill two vacancies; and a few weeks thereafter two more. Without Dr. Kraemer’s workshop and support I could not have accomplished this that easily. She showed us ways to deal with our own resistance and with that of our negotiation partners in a manner that is beneficial for all involved. Dr. Kraemer has a keen sense of individual emotional processes and interpersonal encounters. At the same time, she has a deep understanding of the complexity of a clinic’s day-to-day operations on all levels. Her approach is marked by a high level of attention for details, always keeping in mind and embedded into the overall context and the greater goals – a rare and equally important and helpful approach. I can highly recommend participating in Dr. Kraemer’s leadership or employee development workshop; most people will benefit greatly.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Helmberger, Chief Physician of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine, City Clinics of Munich

By the time Beatrice came to our rescue, we had been eight months into the consolidation of three distinct offices into a centralized one. We knew that if we didn’t plan the next stage of the consolidation, our newly created office was not going to be the effective team we needed to become. Our staff members, naturally, still identified themselves with their previous affiliations. They were reticent to move outside the familiar and we needed an unbiased intermediary who was going to encourage us to build a new office culture.

With straightforward and perceptive questions, Beatrice guided my colleague and me in planning the kind of retreat that we needed. Planning the retreat took much dedicated time and Beatrice kept us on track. The result was an effective, productive meeting that proved to be a basis of building trust among our staff. While we still have challenges in our newly formed department, most are related to external factors rather than to the internal dynamics of our team. Beatrice played a key role in getting us here.

Beatrice is adept at diagnosing obstacles to organizational effectiveness. She understands dynamics among individuals. She asks plenty of questions about intended directions, “the-where-do-you-want-to-go-or-do” questions. When you work with Beatrice, you definitely get the feeling that she wants your organization, department, or team to succeed, by resolving one challenge at a time.
— Merida Escandon, Admissions Director, Milano The New School for Management & Urban Policy

Beatrice Kraemer built the Career Services Office at The New School for Social Research from the proverbial scratch. Her entrepreneurship and organization-building skills were invaluable in creating a much needed service for over a thousand of our graduate students. Beatrice, a licensed psychologist and formerly an academic researcher, encompasses the experience of academia and the private sector and is uniquely qualified to sharpen the thinking of students and graduates about the knowledge, the skills and the competencies they need to acquire in order to succeed in today’s ever-changing job market for professionals with master’s and doctoral degrees. She is a team player tirelessly pursuing her main objective of maintaining a first-class professional development and career service for our students. She is a great teacher, a friendly mentor and coach, and a constructive critic. Everyone in the school wants to have Beatrice in their corner!
— Robert Kostrzewa, Associate Dean, The New School for Social Research

Beatrice worked for four years as a trainer and consultant for Mypegasus. Mypegasus is a transfer organization that takes workers from personnel reductions and bankruptcies of companies in structural short-time work. Future oriented and fair settlements are measures essential to outplacement procedures if conflicts in the outplacing company are to be prevented. The transfer of staff to an organization as ours is part of such a solution. The goal of the transfer is to reintegrate the individuals into the primary labor market through intensive training. This training includes mourning after loss of employment, vocational re-orientation, creating individual skill and competency profiles, and a comprehensive job application training. Beatrice was working for us in the following projects: SKF Stuttgart, SEL-Verteidigungstechnik, Deutsche Bahn, Alcatel SEL AG, Hirschmann, WÜMEG, Foxboro Eckhardt, Norgren Herion, Terrot, Pfannenschwarz, Marconi. The success of the trainings of the often very heterogeneous groups (skilled and unskilled workers and professionals, support staff and executives and managers, different cultural backgrounds, etc.), requires special competencies, in particular, initiating and support processes and dynamics in group and individual coaching, conflict management, team building and intercultural communication. Beatrice is extremely knowledgeable in all these areas and demonstrates an outstanding dexterity and a high degree of flexibility, experience and pedagogic-psychological skills.

We experienced Beatrice as a very dedicated and goal-oriented, sensitive and authentic trainer and consultant, whom we recommend unconditionally. Every national and internationally operating company, navigating through organizational change processes or planning staff or leadership development, will benefit immensely from her expertise and services.
— Helmut Stockmar, former CEO at MYPEGASUS Stuttgart

As a PhD graduate in Economics, given the job market, I faced uncertain prospects when I only had two interviews with prospective schools. After the initial interviews, that number fell to one. With so much weight on the fly-out, I went to Beatrice for help. She not only provided me with direct advice (from practical questions like “how formally should I dress on the day I fly out?” to preparing me for tough questions about future research plans), but also direct feedback on two long presentations.

The first presentation I received help on was my job-talk, which Beatrice helped me restructure significantly to make it clearer and more approachable. Her advice not only demonstrated technical know-how, but great insight into the academic interview process. The second presentation was a mock lecture that the interviewing department asked me to give. Beatrice gave me great feedback and made me focus on issues of clarity in the exposition. While all of the preparation (practice questions, material on interview etiquette, etc.) helped, I am certain that it was my clear and enthusiastic presentations that landed me the job at the University of Denver; and it was Beatrice whom I have to thank for making those presentations not just good, but effective in showing me as the best candidate. It is a fair statement that Beatrice’s advice – and most importantly, her critical feedback on my job talk and mock lecture – directly resulted in me being gainfully employed by the University of Denver.

As a direct beneficiary, I can testify to Beatrice’s incredible commitment and extreme competence. In short, Beatrice Kraemer excels at what she does.
— Markus Schneider, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Denver

I have been offered a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor of political philosophy at the University of Illinois in the Department of Political Studies. It is my strong belief that I attained this position largely due to the services I received from Beatrice Kraemer.

Beatrice spent many hours with me providing mock interview training and advising me on how to address myriad issues that come up in telephone and on-campus interviews. Beatrice worked to prepare me on everything from what to wear to how to negotiate a contract after the offer. Her attention to the particulars in individual sessions really reveals the extent to which Beatrice is an asset.

Beatrice has an almost inexplicable ability to understand and focus on the disciplinary specifics of any academic field or sub-field. She actually asked me questions about my work that I would have expected from a political theorist familiar with my field of research. Though she is academically trained in psychology, she is very sensitive to the different cultures and approaches of other disciplines in the social sciences. I am honestly not even sure how she does this. If I had to guess, I would say that she has a sharp enough intellect and an acute enough attention to detail, that she can actually comport herself towards a philosopher, a sociologist, an anthropologist, etc., as if she were the interviewing chair of a search committee in those fields.

Quite simply, Beatrice makes her clients’ personal missions her own. Her work with me was invaluable, and I was continually surprised by what she was able and willing to do to help me.
— RGO, Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Illinois

When I went on the academic job market, I wrote my cover letter, asked Beatrice to help me with it, and applied for a tenure track position at Carleton University, Ottawa. Great. But this job is in Legal Studies/Criminal Justice, not in Political Science. I didn’t think I was the type of candidate they were looking for when they advertised it. One of the big steps was to think about what to say in the interviews. So I went to Beatrice, once again. For the next two hours, she asked me most of the questions, coached me in answering them, and gave me advice on everything else from how to talk to administrators who are not interested in you to what to avoid at the dinner with the search committee.

During the flight and at the hotel the next day, I went over the questions and my revised job talk. I was still an unlikely candidate for this job, but I absolutely wanted the job. The job talk went very well. The interview was tough, as I should have expected. Not the most suitable candidate for teaching Canadian criminal justice I had to talk my way through the committee’s tough questions ranging from “why Canada” to “how would you teach an intro class in criminal justice”. There were no questions that Beatrice had not coached me on.

After the interview, I thought I had done the best I could, and I had a chance of getting the job. Waiting for a final answer was excruciating. And finally, I got the notice that the faculty had recommended to hire me, and the Dean had agreed. Yes! So there is some luck involved in finding the right jobs to apply for. For everything else in the job search, Beatrice made it possible to get unlikely jobs.
— Christiane Wilke, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Carleton University