My Story

My name is Karen Makkes van der Deijl and my motto is “live life to the fullest”. That is what I try to do every day and that is what I wish for everyone that I coach. People who dare to follow their heart give me energy, whether it is in their work, personal life, as an individual or as a team. Nothing gives me more pleasure than passionate people.

I love it when people have the courage to make choices based on who they are and what they really want. When people are able to lead their own life (and not the life that others think they should have) then, according to me, they get the best out of life.

If people only gain insights during our coaching then I am not satisfied. It is important that they act on those insights. Change doesn’t mean a thing if it’s just on paper or in your head. Courage and action are necessary to make the changes real and to really live life to the fullest.

Whether you want to work on your leadership qualities, to achieve better cooperation within your team or to accelerate personal growth in your work or private life, I would love to work with you and can certainly help you with personal development and growth.

Professional Experience

After my Law studies I joined the ‘rat race’ in the corporate world, just like many others did. I was ambitious and my goal was to become the first woman on the Board. When I had almost made it I realized that it actually didn’t feel right … I was missing something. Fortunately it didn’t take long to find out what it was that I was missing. It was working intensively together with people. I was far too busy to have a meaningful relationship with the eighteen colleagues in my team and I didn’t like that one bit

Just at that moment a big, internal coaching program needed a team coach and I didn’t hesitate for a minute and said YES immediately! That was the beginning of a serious career change that, to this day, I have never regretted.

To support myself in the work I followed the Co-Active® coach training including Certification and the Leadership program run by The Coaches Training Institute. I finally became so hooked on coaching that a few years ago I became an international trainer for the Co-Active® training program that I do alongside my regular coaching.

In 2010 I started my own coaching company: Robin Coaching. It was one of the best steps I have ever taken in my life. To this day I love being a coach and it continues to give me endless satisfaction.

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Education & Certifications

The Leadership Circle Profile, Frankfurt (2017)

Transformational Presence for Leaders and Coaches, Poland, Alan Seale (2016)

ORSC Core Curriculum, CRR (2015)

Parentology, Geneva, Gozamm (2015)

Self Managing Leadership, Dusseldorf, Oxford Leadership Academy (2013)

Emergent Essence Dynamics, Berlin, Troy Yorke (2012)

ORSC Fundamentals, CRR (2011)

Leadership program, CTI in US (2010)

Certification Vitality (2010)

Enneagram (2010)

Voice Dialogue (2010)Provocative Coaching (2010)

Certification Co-Active Coaching, CTI (2009)Co-Active®

Fundamentals and Core curriculum, Coaches Training Institute (2008)


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