I grew up in a family owned small medium-sized enterprise, building aluminium structure factories throughout Africa and the Middle East, which meant that the entire family ‘rolled up our sleeves’. As a young graduate, I supported my father's entrepreneurial business, this enabled me to gain living and working experience in these regions. Hard working, self steering, self reliance, result oriented and continuous learning were core values in my education. These values have been important pillars that I deploy as a leadership coach today.
I hold a master’s degree in economics, with a specialization in corporate and human resources management, complemented with evening studies in practical psychology. From ’88 to ’00 I worked in international human resources functions, enabling me to gain extensive experience in employee development, executive coaching, resource planning, evaluation and training.
After working for 12 years as a HR professional in an American multinational (ExxonMobil) and having international experience in Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the USA, I was attracted to work with top entrepreneurs. Since 2000 I coach entrepreneurs, C-levels, board of directors, leaders, managers and young talents on their development needs.
My passion for coaching was fed because I myself, as a leader through the many collaborations with other cultures and virtual contexts, experimentally discovered that your thoughts about who you are steer your behaviour today. As a Master Certified Coach, I help in the uncovering of your internal thought process, leading to new insights and other choices. My motto is: “I may learn every day of what comes on my path." I believe that insights precede growth and personal leadership.
In my coachings I put pragmatism, passion for the unknown, goal-orientation, a personal approach and concern for the good of the coachee first. I dare to question my coachees in a challenging and confrontational manner always from a positive intention and only after their permission. Humour and (self-) relativisation have a part in my coaching style.
I am certified in 29 tools such as NLP, Insights, MBTI, Enneagram, Core Talents, Mindfulness, Constellations, Team coaching, Voice Dialogue. KMO portefeuille, recognized career orientation center (VDAB) 28 years of experience in career orientation (12235 counselling hours).