I am glad that Nathalie Heynderickx chose to step up and pursue what she is passionate about. As Founders, it is absolutely necessary to be mindful about our wellbeing, although sadly, some take this for granted. It helps that Nathalie has been exposed to the industry of her clients too; she definitely understands her market well.
Nathalie Heynderickx has worked with large global consulting firms for 15 years, implementing business transformation initiatives and gaining experiences across several industries, roles, geographies and cultures. She has an academic background in Computer Sciences and Project Management. A deep mindfulness practice has been part of her corporate and personal life for over 10 years and she considers it to be an important enabler of her high performance and wellbeing. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience on Corporate Mindfulness with forward thinking to organisations and leaders.
What are the highlights of your journey as a Founder so far?
Having been an employee for over 15 years, highlight #1 has been simply surviving as a business owner and celebrating my own business 1st anniversary. I’m conscious that the first three years are the real test for small businesses so I feel grateful and aware there are still another couple of years to go.
The clients I had the pleasure to serve this year have taught me that I have made the (bold) right move by leaving my solid IT career behind to be dedicated fully to my calling as a performance and well-being coach. It has been a massive learning curve and now more than ever, I respect and admire successful entrepreneurs.
Can you tell us more about your transformational journey? How has this helped you help your clients?
Well, in short, I worked as a consultant for global organisations for 15 years and traveled regularly, interstate and internationally. While it was exciting to become a platinum member and spend time in luxurious accommodations, I quickly realized that I was paying a high price with my emotional, physical, mental and social health. So, I invested time and energy in learning tools and strategies to find balance under pressure.
Eventually, I nailed it and realized people around me didn’t. I realized then I could help my colleagues to be more mindful, assertive and be able to establish healthy boundaries. In no time, I became a well-being champion in the organisation I was working for and eventually I decided to follow my heart and took the leap of faith.
Because I have been exposed to my clients’ reality, I can relate precisely and appreciate where they are coming from, especially with professionals in the tech and IT industries. I speak their language. I understand the typical challenges they face such as competing priorities from multiple stakeholders and information overload. I have experienced tools and strategies that can help them to overcome that.
As a consultant/coach, what motivates you the most?
It’s seeing the personal transformation, and not just the professional shift. Witnessing my clients becoming more courageous, more aligned with their values, and practicing more self compassion is rewarding. I pride myself for helping them not only becoming better leaders but more importantly better human beings.
Are there any ethical concerns that your organisation must deal with? How do you overcome these ethical problems?
As a coach, we are aligned with a code of ethics and confidentiality; it is a basic principle. Also, acknowledging when the issue presented is beyond the scope of coaching, hence, referring a client to associate colleagues as needed.
What personal habits have served you best in your years as a founder?
My morning routine by far. It sets me up for a focused and clear day regardless of the circumstances. That often involves meditation, prayer, yoga plus cooking and eating my breakfast mindfully.
What advice would you have for anyone struggling with their professional/business growth?
Revisit and get clarity on your core values. Do you know what they are? Are you living congruently? I’m obviously biased so I would highly recommend anyone to establish a mindfulness practice to obtain clarity, improve performance, well-being and develop equanimity, a crucial quality as a professional as well as entrepreneur.
About Zen High Achiever
Zen High Achiever is Australia’s #1 Performance & Well-being Coach for IT professionals. They help small to medium IT businesses develop focus, clarity and resilience to experience greater performance and continued well-being. They extinguish the 5 ENEMIES of high performance and well-being to enable business owners, leaders and team members to sustain growth while developing a mindful culture in their businesses.
Zen High Achiever believes that it is everyone’s birthright to enjoy a meaningful, fulfilling and joyful life. They empower IT professionals with the needed tools and strategies to be successful in this digital age. They enable them with a mindset that improve resilience, focus and clarity of thinking so clients can work less, deliver more and get their life back.
In today’s fast paced, ever changing and high pressure work environment, IT professionals are faced with competing priorities. They find it hard to focus on what is truly important. They often experience poor sleep and low energy levels. All of this impacts their performance at work. Putting in extra hours can solve the problem in the short term, however, in the long run, this approach is NOT sustainable and leads to burnout which is a lose-lose situation for employer and employee.
Zen High Achiever believes in win-win. They work with business owners and leaders who believe the same and who are willing to create a positive working environment where their people can thrive and build a high performing sustainable culture that attracts and retains key talent.