Who is Maaike Taconis?
My background is both international and diverse. After graduating in a Chemistry Master of Drug Innovation I started my professional life as a new business development analyst in a large international chemical company. Later, I made a career change to become a manager at a big four management consultancy firm (healthcare consulting). I have worked in the Netherlands, the U.S.A., Australia, Germany and Great Britain. Currently I live in and work from Hasselt, Belgium.
lost and found
During my time as healthcare consultant I realised the importance of ‘the personal side’ of change in an organisation. An important part of the job was coaching managers and their team through necessary transitions. As it was specifically this aspect of my work that fascinated me, I decided to increase my expertise by undertaking an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes University. As part of the study, I was coached by an experienced coach, who encouraged me to gain self-insight and who challenged my views on my life and career. This self-knowledge helped me to consciously choose for what I really enjoy doing. I learned to understand and overcome limiting beliefs. I realised that I thoroughly enjoy ‘making a difference through connecting with others’. This resulted in where I currently stand: young professional coach.
Knowledge Gives STRENGTH
I strongly believe in the added value of young professional coaching. I base this on my personal experience and on the results of my MA dissertation on the added value of high potential coaching. I have seen how young professionals benefit from coaching, early on in their careers. Increasing your self-knowledge through coaching helps you to develop from a basis of self-confidence and authenticity. This creates a wonderful platform to experience more joy and success, both professionally and privately. When gaining important self-insights at an early stage in your career, you will benefit the rest of your career!
Would you like to know more about my professional background or my education? Please have a look at my LinkedIn Profile.
I am a member of EMCC and Nobco, which are associations for professional coaches in resp. Europe and the Netherlands.