Experience LAPOUTRE

LAPOUTRE is a coaching and consultancy company with a significant track record assisting its clients with coaching (both for teams and individuals), training, management consultancy, change management and interim- & process management. We have completed projects for government agencies, in the public domain and in the corporate sector. LAPOUTRE distinguishes itself with our result-oriented approach on both process and content level.

LAPOUTRE was founded in 1991 by Michel La Poutre. Michel is the driving force behind the company, but regularly works with a number of experienced partners where necessary to bring projects to a successful conclusion.

Inspire and stimulate

At LAPOUTRE our mission is to inspire and stimulate people, so that they learn about their talents and qualities and can make optimal use of them. For us, it is important to create a safe learning environment where all participants can thrive.

We push people to take responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings and actions, to perform better and to have more fun. Furthermore, we encourage people to make the best contribution to their organization or team based on their own strength and with pleasure. Finally, we link well-organized processes to relevant content with the aim to achieve lasting and measurable results.

About Michel La Poutre, the driving force behind LAPOUTRE


Michel La Poutre has a BA in economics and holds a MSc in business administration. He has a long and successful track record as an interim manager, board advisor, process manager and trainer/coach in the public and private domain.

Michel likes to inspire and stimulate people, with the aim for them to learn to fulfill their potential and make better use of their possibilities. He pushes people to take responsibility, to become more aware of their own thoughts, feelings and actions, to perform better and to have more fun. He encourages people to make the best contribution to their organization or team based on their own strengths.

Michel does this in various roles: as an interim manager, advisor or coach at an organizational level or individually. But always on the basis of clear agreements, with an eye for the organization and the individual. And always driven, in cadence, with integrity, personal, concrete.

From the start of his career, Michel has done many short and long assignments at various governmental organizations and municipalities. Furthermore, he has a track record running and advising many national and international transformational projects in Dutch and international business environments. He worked in sectors like financial services, oil and gas, water, trade, transport and ICT. He is an expert in leading organizations, teams and professionals towards a measurable and lasting higher level of performance.

Education & professional qualifications

  • BSc in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and MSc in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management
  • Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach
  • Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (NL:NOBCO)
  • Certified in Management Drives, Birkman, DISC, MBTI and the Enneagram
  • Master practitioner and certified coach and trainer in NLP (from Society of NLP)
  • Scrum Master & Product Owner course (Prowareness & Safe Training)
  • Author of management book ‘onbeperkt veranderen’ (2010) about unlimited change in organisations
  • Krauthammer Certified Trainer and coach
  • A-level trainer at Boertien Vergouwen Overduin
book 'onbeperkt veranderen'

Our mission

LAPOUTRE’s mission is to empower individuals, teams and organizations to reach their full potential. We do this through personalized coaching, engaging training programs and strategic organizational advice based on many different methodologies. We want to inspire and empower our clients so they can develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to achieve their goals and make a meaningful impact in their personal and professional lives.

Our vision

LAPOUTRE’s vision is to be a leading provider of coaching, training and advisory services. We want to help you to be more responsive and effective towards your clients and making your organization a great place to work. We are known for our innovative, personal approach, exceptional quality and unparalleled customer satisfaction. Therefore we continuously invest in the professional development of our team and our partners to ensure our quality.

The contemporary world is increasingly subject to major changes, such as globalization, digitization and shifts in economic power. This constant stream of changes often creates fear, fear of the unknown to be precise. At the same time, the opportunities to make a difference in the world are more present than ever.

We are not anxious about changes, but curious and we believe that change is a continuous process. In our view there are often ample possibilities to be more effective and efficient and we empower you to see and use them. However, using this potential of possibilities is only possible if people know how to get the best out of themselves. That is why we are working together on a process of transformation, so that people learn to realize the changes that are necessary to move forward, to be competitive, innovative and to grow.

Our values

LAPOUTRE believes that change starts at the top, but doesn’t end there. Changing the established order and breaking through existing patterns can be difficult, but we like to show that a change process can be a lot easier than expected when you use the knowledge and experience of your staff and stakeholders well. We challenge professionals, teams and organizations to think further, to transform themselves, to be aware of the effects of their behavior and to effectively change from within and adapt to their environment in a balanced way. Together we create a transformation that enables individuals, teams and the entire organization to realize their potential. Our work is based on the following values:

  • Your success comes first → We listen to your story, work together towards success and we use what is necessary. We work with the It, He/She, We and Me model.
  • We co-create your goals and transformation together → Together with you, we develop tailor-made transformation programs, making use of existing talents and qualities. We set goals together which we will aim to achieve in the most effective and efficient way possible. Because everyone works differently, we make a tailor-made step-by-step plan for each customer. This ensures that our services suit you, your team or your organization.
  • We realize your transformation from pleasure and trust → We believe that negativity and mistrust are disastrous in an organization. By focusing on trust and fun, boundaries are shifted and a healthy and sustainable collaboration is created.
  • You work on a learning organization and thus on measurable, lasting results → We strive for measurable, lasting results and ensure that people continue to learn. In this way, a higher awareness and at the same time more resilience and agility is created. This has a positive influence on the customers, employees and reputation of an organization.

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