(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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Get bored and change your life in 30 minutes

Do you have the time of getting bored? Can you imagine being bored?

I really can’t, so much more things to do, ideas to work out or a backlog to deal with.

I read this research (Guihyan Park, Beng-Chong Limand Hui Si Oh, Academy of Management Discoveries 2019), which made me think being bored might not be a bad thing after all. Their conclusion: being bored can make people more creative on subsequent task.

There is another catch in the research. It does not apply to everybody, it only applies to people with a certain mindset. Quote: “A subsequent experiment involving a product-development atsk found that the effect isn’t universal; only participants predisposed to divergent thinking (as measure by qualities such as openness to experience and orientation toward learning goals) benefited from their induced boredom by generating more-creative ideas.”

It reminded me of some books I read some years ago when I was researching new learning methods based on new neuroscience insights. The first one being in a fixed or growth mindset (Book: Mindset: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential, Carol S. Dweck) where a conscious choice to be in a growth mindset makes the big difference.
The other one is a study done by Professor Barbara Oakley. She is credited with popularizing the concept of focused and diffuse forms of thinking. In A Mind for Numbers, Oakley explains how distinct these modes are and how we switch between the two throughout the day. We are constantly in pursuit of true periods of focus – deep work, flow states, and highly productive sessions where we see tangible results. Much of the learning process occurs during the focused mode of thinking. The diffuse mode is equally important to understand and pursue.

Conclusion

Put yourself in a boring place every now and then, force yourself to not have impulses around you. Take nothing with you, not even pen and paper. Agree a time slot with yourself, no too short, to just let go of the rush and to let it flow. To let your mind flow. To allow yourself to explore where your mind takes you. Observe your thoughts instead of focussing them on all priorities you’re managing. Just let go of the need to control your thoughts. Embrace the diffuse mindset.

Embrace silence. Embrace feeling bored.
Embrace the power of your mind if you handover control of it. Embrace stupid ideas, impossible thoughts and the real crazy things that pop-up. Smile and let it go.

Coaching

I use this in my coaching sessions. To allow coachees to generate new ideas and see themselves in a new perspective, a perspective based on their purpose.
In some of the leadership sessions I facilitate, I also sometimes challenge and invite the participants for 30 minutes to go to a place where they are not disturbed and get as unfocused as they can be and to write down 2 ideas afterwards that they see as new insights for themselves. Most bring much more than the 2 asked for. And the bonus here is: they get also to reflect on themselves, get closer to their purpose. They connect to their values. They sometimes even make bold and big decisions to change their life fundamentally.

Only 30 minutes. Imagine if you take 30 minutes every week….

Want to experience this yourself? I am happy to give you a new experience, make you feel what this can mean for you. I invite you to allow yourself to find a new perspective, which will be a new source of energy, based on your purpose.

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