(Executive) Coaching & Mentoring 

Coaching accelerates your growth. Mentoring allows you to learn from my experience. Working together in a trustful partnership, using a thought-provoking and creative process, results in inspiration for new ways, even new being sometimes. The aim and result is always personal and professional growth. Hard results are never the target, however always an outcome. 

We design an alliance to work together successfully. Through a dedicated coaching app on any platform, you will be offered extra exercises and articles for deeper and more extended development. Our face-to-face sessions will also be enriched through exercise outcomes. When possible, I prefer to coach outside through taking a walk together, or be at an inspiring place.

Organizational Learning

Learning has become the heart of everything I do. Being educated as a technical teacher (electro engineering and computer science), I have been a trainer, training developer, training manager and global learning & development director (TNT). Examples of challenges, I am happy to take on, include positioning of the L&D department, learning strategy of an organization, operational learning and keeping the business running, train the trainer, etc. Other experiences include the set-up of a corporate academy, developing and implementing an operations supervisor training program, implemented in >25 countries, as well as a blended approach for making pick-up & delivery drivers the ambassadors of the company in more than 30 countries on 5 continents. They also became great sales lead generators. One of the key drivers of operational learning is the design of feedback processes in the day to day setting, as this facilitates continuous learning and improvement without direct involvement of any learning department or other resources.

Change Design & Execution

Change and transformation are usually complex, create volatility, uncertainty and ambiguity. The change approach taken therefore needs to be adjusted regularly, as unexpected responses and situations will come up, it;’s unavoidable. Besides a rich change management toolbox to manage this, the extensive and deep experience of many small and (XL) large projects and change programs, will help you and your organization to develop a solid change architecture, plan and execution for large system implementations, organizational changes, post-merger & acquisition programs and many more. Projects will always include the guidance and coaching of your local talents, ensuring they become independent of these services sooner than later. Obviously training, coaching, mentoring and other services can be combined whenever needed and relevant.

Leadership Development

Are leaders born or developed? Does it matter? Learning and improving is always possible and effective leadership starts with knowing yourself. Having navigated a few perfect storms myself as a manager and executive, and being a senior leadership developer and facilitator, I am able to combine theory and practice when it comes to developing leadership. I have designed and implemented various leadership programs in larger international companies. I bring experience and knowledge that accelerates leadership development in your organization. Building leadership development journeys, applying blended learning to the max, and also keeping both content and learning approaches as practical as possible, has proven effective and successful. Ask me about some of the journeys I designed before and how this experience can help your organisation to growth leadership capabilities, enabling retaining critical staff and obtaining performance results fast, just because leadership growth is in place, whilst alignment, critical for accelerating results, has been accomplished.

Team Building & Growth

Building and growing teams takes time and effort, and especially “team intelligence”. It sometimes takes an external person to ensure all team members are willing to help build a top performing team. It requires an effective process, personal reflections, individual guidance and feedback, building trust and some good and constructive conflicts. I have been a team manager myself for the last 30 years and a team facilitator/coach for the last 20 years. I bring together my abilities and experiences to help teams grow, help team members develop and to ensure team performance exceeds expectations. Next to the toolboxes I have gathered for training, coaching, leadership development and managing, I also have developed a dedicated toolbox to facilitate the growth of teams. 

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Deep Purpose

Purpose is everything! Sure, but it is also the buzz-word of the last few years. Organisations want to present themselves as purpose-driven. They often formulate the things they already do in one purpose-statement. It needs to be morally and ethically correct of course.

People often tend to do the same. In many situations it is or becomes important to understand your personal purpose and have it readily available when asked for. I also experienced this in the past. I remember having considerations like “what would others think about this” and “would it present me the way I want” and similar thoughts were going through my mind, trying to find the right words that would fit the purpose of having my personal purpose…

I have learned this is not purpose. Only when purpose makes you come truly alive, put you in motion and action, only then you start exploring your true purpose. It is also not the mind that invents or creates your purpose. In fact the mind is often misleading you and brings you further aways from your deep purpose. Deep purpose it something you sense, a feeling growing inside you that clearly identifies what needs to be done. Frederic Laloux (author of reinventing organisations) says is like this: “Purpose is the thing that forces you to make choices.” His view on “true purpose” is in this video.

The key word here for me is “forces”. You have to do it, even when your mind says something else. It forces you to say “yes” and “no” to certain things. Another test would be: “does your purpose serve the world to make it a better place?”. In the video link above you will find more criteria you can use as test questions for deep purpose.

Finding your own deep purpose can only be done through sensing. It requires self-reflection, awareness of your being and role in this world. It also requires some self searching on the influence of your ego; are we driven from external factors, or do we trust our inner leader?

Once you go down the path of self-discovery, you will never turn back. And if you wonder what self-discovery is, here is the definition of the American English Dictionary: “a becoming aware of one’s true potential, character, motives, …”.
It means digging deep and revealing the experiences that shaped you… good and bad. It means becoming more aware of your beliefs and living by them. The outcomes of self- discovery include joy, fulfillment, clarity and sometimes even enlightenment.

The journey however is not always an easy one as it includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re- visiting your choices in life. It is like a clean-up and sometime reshuffling of your emotions and their surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them.

But when you make these decisions, you know 100% sure they are the right ones, whatever happens afterwards, whatever other set-backs you encounter during the journey.

You have set course based on your deep purpose, every journey starts with setting the first set.

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