Beate Raabe works as a mentor and coach, applying the standards of the International Coaching Federation (ICF),
based on sound experience as an executive in EU Affairs and top ICF-accredited coaching training.
She lives in Brussels (BE) and coaches individuals, groups and teams
in English, German and French, locally and online
on matters related to business, career development, relations and life.
Her full CV is available on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/beateraabe
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Simply put, coaching is a listening and reflective question technique applied by the coach to assist the coachees in designing and making the change they want to see in their work, careers, relations, lives ...
Coaching can be a powerful tool in making the best of what constitutes the coachee: Personality, mental and physical disposition, talents, skills, experience, strengths and even what the coachee may perceive as weaknesses.
Coaching is different from consulting and advising. The coach helps the coachees develop, structure and focus their thoughts and become fully aware of drivers and obstacles. On that basis, the coachees unlock and develop their own ideas, solutions, strategies as well as the determination and energy to put them into action.
Coaching is future-oriented. In that, it differs from therapy that can solve conflicts of the past.
A coach does not tell you what to do because you know what feels best for you. However, the coach helps you become aware of what exactly will take you just that important step further.
Mentor-coaching means that the coach gives you a hint or shares what has worked for others - if you so wish and the coach thinks it appropriate. You will be coached on a possible option to check whether it could also work for you.
Qualified coaches have received training that is usually certified or recognised by a national or international coach association. Some coaches specialise according to personal inclination, or they seek specific training, e.g. trauma coaching. However, it takes much more to be a good coach:
- A firm belief that everybody can grow beyond current limits
- Pleasure in helping others thrive
- A strong presence in which coachees are met at their level
- Maintaining absolute confidentiality and respecting a strict code of conduct
Never losing the coachee's objective out of sight
An ability to park one's own ego and feelings
- Creativity and resourcefulness in applying tools and coaching techniques
Coaches will address what you want to discuss. They will hear you and reflect your thoughts or feelings in such a way that you are enabled to see beyond them.
They will be empathetic or they will challenge you, whatever serves your purpose. They will take you through your thought process from what you really want to achieve to what you need to do to get there, step by step.
The coach accompanies you on that path. No need to walk alone.
Coachees are typically people - individuals or teams - of all backgrounds who want to:
- Solve an issue
- Develop a strategy
- See their way forward
- Achieve a goal
- Create a better balance
- Make a decision that feels right
- Get going but are dragging their feet
- Evolve beyond current thinking and action patterns