Strategies for transformation.
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”
Imagine the future.
Where do you want to head? What next steps do you need to take? As an individual, a team or as an organisation or company, we will visualise your future. This process can be something big and over-arching, or something small and elementary.
I use different techniques – from very ‘business’ to more ‘esoteric’ ones, you chose.
We can do…
large group gatherings.
My sessions are all about dialogue, listening and interactive.
I aim to get everyone to participate. When everyone contributes, we benefit from all wisdom. The future imagined will not only be better, but more likely to get implemented.
Good communications can play a pivotal role.
The communications function is the enabler to strike relationships between an organisation and all its stakeholders. When conducted truly strategically it serves as a ‘lighthouse’ for the organisation. It researches the societal context and poses the critical questions.
A solid communications strategy can only be put together when the imagined future is clear. That is why I believe that the communications strategy and the organisational (business) strategy are intertwined, with different implementation plans, across the realm of all stakeholders.
Change is a constant.
Established programmes require ongoing check-up through the lenses of change. Having acted as a change agent throughout my working life and being comfortable with it, I value working with people on change. Resistance will always play a role, concealed or openly. I value the challenge of working with resistance, to use it constructively and even turn it into a ‘force for good’.
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your language; it becomes actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destination."
Real stories will create new realities.
One cannot underestimate the importance of having the right story, for oneself, for one’s organisation, and thus all stakeholders. The right story is in synch with ones values and deep beliefs. Those are the stories that last.
Let’s create the true authentic stories that you feel proud of and believe in.
We work on stories conceived within the context of the changing world and the role you (chose to) play in this dynamic.
We need stories that connect people across literal and virtual borders, that describe a prosperous future and have a long time perspective.
In the tradition of Joseph Campbell and in accordance with Jonah Sachs’ Story Wars, we define who we are, the role we chose and describe characteristics of the roles. We determine the true heroes among our stakeholders.
SPEAKING & FACILITATION
“I love commuting between languages, just as I love commuting between cultures and cities.”
I enjoy telling stories that are uplifting and that energise people.
I love to be the challenger of things that might lie ahead with the intention to get people to come along. I am not the one who has all the answers, but adore challenging all of us together to explore beyond trodden paths.
I enjoy hosting debates with the intention to have conversations, driving dialogue to try and find the wisdom that lies with the crowd. In my experience people in the audience have so much to contribute. “Listen well and you recognise something of the other in you.” Having worked in different industries, different countries and in both profit and non-profit, I challenge established views.
I thrive on speaking at large and small conferences, in both English and Dutch.
Moderation and facilitation to me is when real conversations happen.
Being taught in the philosophy and method of Deep Democracy, I have furthered the art of facilitation (and moderation) to enable true dialogue. When teams and organisations embark upon real and meaningful conversations - including debate in dialectic style - people connect, find common ground, search for different solutions and become better at what they do.
Highlights of my Work
As Advisory Director for the EACD I work with the association on the next phase of their existence, guiding transition, whilst ensuring continuation of its vibrant network, meeting their mission to drive excellence in the communications profession.
I work with a very large global multination on their communications strategy and implementation tracks regarding their journey to truly becoming a sustainable company.
I facilitate retreats and debates. A highlight earlier in 2019 was ensuring an effective ‘coming together’ between an architect firm and their client regarding the design for a large new building, with the aim to ensure that both the designers and ultimate users would converge. The results were very rewarding.