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Your humble guide through chaos

I am a certified leadership coach and change consultant with a PhD in physical chemistry and a master’s degree in chemical engineering. Quite atypical, you say? My path may have been atypical, but it has brought me exactly where I need to be :)

It is true my career path took some unexpected turns.


  • From engineer in Leuven to scientist in Israel and Switzerland,

  • From researcher at IMEC to HR manager at Procter & Gamble,

  • From HR manager to independent executive coach,

  • And now I am carving my path as an entrepreneur. 

What it taught me? To find my path, no matter how rough the circumstances are.


And if you look back on my life, that is exactly what I have always done. 


  • As a child growing up in a traumatized family, after my brother unexpectedly died at 2 years of age, just a few weeks before I was born.

  • As the first member of my extended family to get a university degree.

  • As the only Belgian PhD student in the Weizmann Institute of Science during the Second Intifada in Israel. 

  • As the only woman on the board of P&G R&D’s executive team in Brussels.

  • As an independent leadership coach/entrepreneur/co-founder of Metaphors@work.


So this is exactly what I do now:


I support leaders and teams to find their path in chaotic circumstances.


Navigating chaos with grace, is my driver. Every organizational challenge is approached as a way to learn and grow. As a scientist I go immediately to the core: what is really going on here? I invite leaders and change teams to explore the context and teach them new methods to tackle change.

My approach does not only lead to results, it also increases the intrinsic agility of the leaders and the organization.​


My major influences are: Nature, Physics, Yoga, Zen, Stoicism, Tao, Systemic Wisdom, Chaos, Transformational Presence & Leadership, Pranayama, Shamanism ...
I have followed ICF certified coaching training on the individual, team and organizational level. As HR manager at Procter & Gamble I led large-scale organizational change programs and I was the trusted advisor to the R&D executive team in Brussels.



Today I serve leaders and lead teams from public institutions, fire departments, police districts, not-for-profit organizations and big corporates. Their context really does not matter, as long as it is complex and they want to find a way forward.


There is one big prerequisite: the leaders I work with really need to be willing to take a look in the mirror.


Find out what I can offer you as a LEADER or as a TEAM. Take a look around on my website. And do not hesitate to get in touch in case you have any questions or just want to catch up over a (virtual) cup of coffee.


Debbie Baute, Confidant gcv, Biesboslaan 7, 1785 Merchtem

+32 485 543 014

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