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LifeLetter Cafe LifeWriter Lynne Raatz
describes herself as a “Strengths Enthusiast” who loves to help others
live their best life both personally and professionally.
Most importantly, she is a Christ-follower and believes everything begins and ends with Him.
Her faith is central to who she is as a wife, a mother of three, an author, a dynamic ministry leader
and is the driving force behind her desire to see others live their best lives.
The Cafe is thrilled to announce the launch of Lynne’s new Life Coaching Ministry
which focuses on Life Purpose, Career Management and Leadership Development
AND welcome her as the Cafe’s newest Resident Author!
Here is the back story in Lynne’s own words,
For as long as I can remember
being a counselor has shown up as a good fit for me
on various career and personality assessments.
While I am passionate about helping others,
I knew focusing on peoples’ past and problems was not what I was called to do.
I have always been a very forward focused, future oriented person
who likes to help others maximize their potential and reach their goals.
I love to consider how God has uniquely wired each of us
and the specific purpose He has for every one.
With this in mind,
when I first heard about the profession of coaching about 4 years ago,
I immediately knew this was the career for me.
According to the International Coaching Federation
“Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people
produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations.”
In short, coaching is a forward focused, goal oriented process
committed to moving others from where they are to where they want to be.
It helps people live intentionally, to discover and live out their best life.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:10
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
For me, coaching is a way to help people
discover and live out the purpose God has for them.
I specifically coach in the areas of: Life Purpose Discovery,
Career Management, and Leader Development.
While my background is that of an Army Officer
and my education is in theology and leadership, coaching is the perfect way for me
to combine my education and experience to help others.
Dr. Gary Collins once said,
“Effective coaches are leaders. It is good to remember that coaching
is all about using skills that enable people to get from where they are
to where they want to be. That’s leadership.
It’s at the core of coaching.”
God created me with a passion
to help others live their best life personally and professionally.
I am excited to have the opportunity to now lead in a new arena
and to help people do just that through coaching!
So LifeLetter Cafe is excited to share this recent interview with Lynne
to dive deeper into the story behind her brand new Life Coaching Platform.
Enjoy her answers below in the latest 7 Questions Sunday!
7 Questions Sunday
LifeLetter Cafe: Where did the desire to embrace the work and ministry of Professional Coaching first begin?
Lynne Raatz: I would have to say three distinct reasons come to mind for why I chose to embrace professional coaching. First, I have always been a very forward-focused, future-oriented person who likes to help others move from where they are to where they want to be. With this in mind, when I first heard about the profession of coaching about 4 years ago, I immediately knew this was the right career fit for me. Second, many of us grow up thinking we will have life figured out in our early twenties and will be able to move forward smoothly and successfully on our own. However, the reality is life is a journey that requires continual assessment, re-evaluation, and support.
Personally, I struggled to decide what college to attend and agonized about a major. I vacillated regarding an initial career path. I could have saved myself a lot of angst had I worked with a coach. From that experience and since having benefited from coaching, I fully believe in the difference it can make in one’s life; I only wish I had learned about it sooner! Lastly, what I love about coaching is that rather than simply telling someone what to do, it is the process of drawing out what choice a person wants to make and what next step he or she wants to take. I believe people make lasting change when they determine the way forward, rather than being told what to do. For these reasons and so many others, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through coaching!
LifeLetter Cafe: Explain what you mean when you describe yourself as a “Strengths Enthusiast”?
Lynne Raatz: Based on God’s Word, I believe God has created each and every one of us with unique strengths. Strengths are essentially what we are naturally good at. We can also think of them as our talents, or our God-given abilities or skills. You don’t have to look far to see we have each been wired differently because God has a different purpose for each of our lives.
I personally love the StrengthsFinder assessment and how it has helped me and so many others articulate areas of strength. Whether it be through an assessment such as StrengthsFinder, or simply evaluating and articulating strengths in your own words, I love to help others discover their God-given strengths and then maximize their use of them. According to Gallup, an organization that has spent more than four decades studying strengths, “People who have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.” As a believer, I am convinced we should each discover the strengths God has given us, and then put them to use for His glory and the benefit of others. Helping others do just that through coaching is an absolute joy for me.
LifeLetter Cafe: Who have been the key contributors in your personal life that helped you find “your voice”?
Lynne Raatz: I would say hands down the two people who have really helped me find my voice would be my husband, Jack and my Mom, Sandy. Jack has been more than supportive of my journey from that of an Army Officer, to now a coach and consultant. He continually reminds me to follow God in faith and to take life one day at at time, trusting God to direct each and every step I take. My Mom has definitely laid the prayer support needed for me to pursue this calling and continually encourages me to go after what God has placed before me. It has been such a blessing over the years to know she is there to support me in any and every way possible. From proofreading articles, to watching my boys so I could further my education and now business. I could not imagine being on this journey without their support.
We need to have a clear sense of what we have been created to do ..
– Lynne Raatz –
LifeLetter Cafe: Your coaching platform has three core offerings: Leadership Development, Life Purpose and Career Management – what are your highest objectives in each area?
Lynne Raatz: In regard to leader development, my passion for leadership was first sparked while serving as an active-duty Army Officer. I have come to believe if you want to be a great leader, you have to start by understanding yourself. Through coaching, I help leaders gain greater self-awareness, increased clarity about their values and vision, identify priorities, and process obstacles. My goal in coaching leaders is to help them maximize their potential and ultimately their influence and impact as a leader.
Life purpose discovery ties into leader development and career management. We need to have a clear sense of what we have been created to do and what our end goal in life is if we want to be successful both personally and professionally. Through life purpose coaching, I enjoy helping clients answer questions such as “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?” When we have a clearer answer to these questions, we can move forward in life with greater focus and drive.
Career management is an area I love to coach others in because quite simply, life is too short to work in a career that does not fit. I believe work is a gift from God and we best glorify Him when we align our work with our our strengths and purpose. Helping people find the right career fit and then pursue employment in that specific area is beyond rewarding.
LifeLetter Cafe: Let’s have some fun! So it turns out I am an ENFJ – when it comes to leadership, what do I need to leverage and what do I need to guard against?
Lynne Raatz: Oh, what a great question! Wow, we could talk at length about this one! However, in an effort to be succinct, ENFJ’s (which I am too) have many qualities they can leverage in terms of leadership. ENFJs are actually known for being great leaders because they are idealistic visionaries, action-oriented, and yet people focused. As an ENFJ you can specifically leverage your talent of inspiring others to accomplish great goals. On the flip side, perhaps one of the greatest tendencies many ENFJs need to guard against is their aversion to conflict. As ENFJs we like people, and we like harmony in our relationships. We often prefer to avoid conflict to keep peace. As a leader; however, there are certainly situations in which candid conversations needs to take place, even if doing so could result in conflict.
LifeLetter Cafe: What can a coaching client expect from Lynne Raatz in terms of attitude and faith?
Lynne Raatz: In terms of attitude, my clients can definitely expect positivity; that is after all one of my top 5 strengths! I truly believe not only in my clients, but even more so, in what God can do in and through them. One of my favorite Bible verses is Matthew 19:26 which says, “With God all things are possible.” I like to remind clients of this truth, and to encourage and support them as they take steps to follow God’s best for their life. And I guess that ties into my faith. My faith is central to who I am. While I coach Christians and non-Christians alike, I think it is important for people to understand my faith is the driving force behind my passion to see others maximize their potential and live their purpose.
LifeLetter Cafe: The Cafe is thrilled to welcome yon to our team as a Resident Author and Devotional Editor – tell us about your passion for writing?
Lynne Raatz: Well, thank you! I am thrilled to be joining the team as a Resident Author and Editor. In regard to my passion for writing, while I have always enjoyed writing, it was not until my late twenties that God began to place on my heart the desire to write for the specific purpose of encouraging others. God has definitely used the writing of others to encourage and inspire me, so my aim is to be faithful to write what I believe God is calling me to; however He chooses to use those words, well, I’ll leave that up to Him.
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