aline@alinedeclercq.com

A little more about myself and how I work

To start building our coaching relationship.

I’m passionate about the energy words communicate, it probably comes from my extensive business development background for top-performing companies such as PayPal.

I used to spend hours writing a short email with the secret challenge to get a response. That’s right a response.
At the time we were launching a new product in a completely different market. Which meant I had nobody in my network to give me a hand but still an aggressive target to hit.
This is how I developed a sense of power behind each word and the impact they have on different personalities when received face to face or by email. As far as I’m concerned, this is a gold mine which got to sign the most wanted top eCommerce shops in the world to sell our new product yet to be launched.
A powerful skill as a coach as 90% of my job is to listen to the find the ‘stones’ to turn to free your path by listening to you.
The skill of truly listening (level 3 listening in the jargon).

Secondly, I have all the time in the world for the people who try. No matter how many times you fail you get up and try again. Well, I’ll be here to hold your hand and won’t let it go until you’re satisfied by the result.
I closely link this to fairness one of my core values. You might need a hand but you try!

If you add ‘listening’ and ‘fairness’ to my extensive experience in the corporate world, you understand the positive impact I have on my talented and ambitious clients.
In many areas, the corporate world is failing its employees by letting them figure it out on their own.
The smarter ones reach out to a coach and make it happen by dedicating time and resource to their coaching. This is what I did and never looked back.
As an ambitious professional myself, I couldn’t stay oblivious to these failures, I had to figure out, with or without you, the rules of each ‘game’ being played.

In my 15 years in the corporate world, I witnessed the gaps between what you’re taught and what is expected from you at a senior management level. Some of us are lucky enough to be managed by true leaders who will push you up and mentor us until we feel comfortable in our position and the way we manage our team to deliver on the bottom line together.
This is the best-case scenario, and unfortunately, it does not happen often as we are all busy worrying about our own well-being to realise that the people around us also need support.
This is what brought me to coaching: my passion for listening and decluttering people’s thoughts with empathy and non-judgement to avoid transferring my own fears or limitations.

bear in mind that I had my fair share of internal politics to navigate during my career in corporations and I hugely suffered from it until I realised it was wrong (against the law when called bullying) and that nobody should have to go through it.
Luckily I was exposed to it when I was about 25 and built resilience from it.

On the bright side, I now deserve to say that I have 15+ years of expertise in performance coaching and internal politics.
My curiosity and self-awareness got me to find an interest in business politics, instead of simply being oblivious to it. I have always been an ambitious professional determined to understand what it takes to reach the next level which meant I had to figure out what the rules of the game were.
I give everything I have to lead my team by example so when someone deliberately throws a spanner in the works; I am immediately on a mission to turn the situation around, however, I also realised that you have to be smart about it.

“Be aware who you meet on the way up as they’ll be met on the way down.”

One of my favourites quotes to outline the fact that you have to be strategic and cautious when you navigate the corporate world: be smart, not vicious or greedy, as you’ll pay for it at the end.

For me, the political game has always been obvious, however, I realised that my clients are not always aware of this vicious ‘game’. They cannot see that there is a different story going along in parallel. Or when they do: they have no idea how to play or what are the rules.

What made me leave the corporate world after 15+ successful years in the fintech industry as a business development expert for fast-growing companies (more details on Linkedin if you wish)?

Well, by the end, 70-80% of my day in the office was spent dealing with internal politics for myself or others.
Don’t get me wrong; I loved it. However, it’s not what I was employed to do (my job was to sign up big contracts with large clients). Furthermore, I always wanted to set up my own business, but I thought it was too risky, not the right time, too expensive, too complicated and so on.
Thanks to my coach, I realised that it was down to me to make it happen, the right time was now, and I needed to focus on making it happen as soon as possible.
I decided that it was time for me to set up my own practice. My coach helped me identify that I had a unique set of coaching skills to guide clients wishing to reach their peak performance.
On that day it clicked, and the pieces started to fall into places, I leapt and I have never regretted it.
I signed up for the best coaching qualifications in the UK to complete the most recognised diplomas and within nine months I had both of them passed with distinction and was working with my first clients.
I now support clients like you who want to understand and navigate the business world to master their professional plans and projects.

However, you should know that I’m not for everyone.
I keep things real. Together we’ll make solid plans towards goals, targets and challenges. I’ll keep you accountable. I’ll use a relaxed and respectful tone and offer deep listening to ensure I hear what words do not express and ask questions the break your thinking cycles. When relevant and appropriate, I’ll share done-for-you resources for you between sessions.
My coaching is confidential, curious, collaborative, based on feedback to ensure results.

Finally, to make you smile and make this page more personal. Here are a few interesting facts about me:

  • I am British with a French accent and share my life between both countries.
  • I am very committed to my daily run (primarily to enjoy cheese and wine).
  • Most of the time I can’t pronounce ‘procrastination’ or ‘dehydration’… Worth a try even if I’m getting better at it: practice ;)

I’d love to hear your story to get you to reach your peak performance, so get in touch.

PS: If you’re still reading you’ll probably like my style of getting the very best out of my clients.

Fully certified by the IAFPC&M, the preferred Accreditation Board for Coaches, Mentors, Training Organisations, and Clients. Member of the ICF to pursue my commitment to developing as a professional coach continually.

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