Since I was a young girl, I’ve been intrigued by the endless variety of people. At the age of six, I spent hours playing different characters, like the know-it-all, the pleaser, the happy one, mister grumpy…. By the time I was 18, I had already read the entire psychology section of the local library. I started my psychology studies with one goal: ’understanding and helping people’. With every insight I gathered, I asked myself: “How can this help me to help others?” I summarised each book on one single page. I love essentialism and efficiency.
I discovered various psychological disciplines, in Belgium and beyond, such as experimental psychology at the University of Exeter, consumer psychology in London, recruitment in India and assessments in Shanghai. I worked with a lot of leaders and top executives. I experienced first-hand how much impact a manager has on the team. While one manager lifted me up, another completely demotivated me.
At 36, I was promoted to a senior leadership position. I struggled to cope with my workload and felt insecure in my new role. The support of an external coach made all the difference. It ignited a deep desire in me to support managers as a coach, based on my own experience.
In 2010, I decided to follow my dream. I started my own business in Talent Management, and I invested strongly in upgrading my coaching skills. I’m currently following a mentorship to become a Master Certified Coach.
Today, I combine my three areas of expertise – assessment, coaching and leadership training – in one program: ‘Accelerate’. It’s my mission to coach C-level leaders and directors to accelerate their leadership growth. By translating the essence of psychology into hands on approaches to working with people, I help executives become the best manager they can be.