Mike Kaaks

I have enjoyed a wonderful working life in the FMCG and Building industries.I worked in leadership positions in Finance, Sales, IT, Strategy and Planning, and Capability. The high points have been leading change through people and my four year tenure on the Board of Management of a $1bn FMCG business . Success flowed from applying commercial nous on a broad canvas. This continues to be the case today. My work has ranged from change in process and competency through to changing structure through acquisitions and the effective closure of a number of non-core businesses. What made me different was an innate quality of providing a cohesive force in the leadership group.

I was blessed to encounter a great mentor early in my working life, an experience which has had direct lifelong impact on the way I work and the way I work with others. This relationship reveals the genesis of my absorbtion into a life of coaching. In the years since establishing this practice I have delivered one-on-one coaching to senior executives in a range of roles, and worked with numerous SME businesses to implement and embed strategic and operational planning and process.

My earliest memories are of life on farms in rural West Australia. Those years spent in the country still inform my sensibilities about life - strong foundations, long timelines, and a binding sense of community. When I engage with you it’s my life, my wisdom, my purpose, my values and my beliefs that make the difference. My Being.

I am described by those close to me as a loving joyful person who engenders a warm sense of caring and connectedness; one who sees the world as a place of hope and opportunity, a  person who is a great listener, someone who loves stimulating conversation. 

I love music, especially Blues, and spend a lot of time reading. My values include learning, loyalty, caring, and achieving. I admire Winston Churchill, Aung San Suu Kyi, Steve Waugh, Dawn Fraser, and Martin Luther King amongst others. My growing and widespread family is at the heart of my life. I emigrated from the Netherlands in the 1950's and lived in West Australia until 1990 since when Melbourne has been my home.