“What are on earth are we doing?”
I'm at my best when a change in strategy is needed that requires a change in work practices, work processes and collaboration. My approach is characterised by positive-perspective consultancy, awakening ambitions and achieving impact. My basic attitude is underpinned by curiosity: the continuous quest to find and route towards what works best in your organisation.
I graduated as an organisational psychologist in Amsterdam in 1986. In 1985 I started working as a junior external consultant and an internal organisational consultant and in 1988 I was appointed external advisor at one of the large international consultancy companies.
The work and field of consultants fascinate me. I apply this fascination in practice as a member of the Dutch Institute for Management Consultants (Ooa) and, previously, as chairman of the Council for Management Consultancies. After a number of years on the board, I served as chairman of the Council from 2009 to 2012 and, up until 2013, worked on the code of conduct and disciplinary laws for professional services at large.
The publications I cherish most are the articles I have written on organisational research, situational consultancy, the dialogue approach in team development and staff-line relationships.
Playing the drums requires a sense of rhythm and the ability to continually discover and apply - sometimes intuitively - variations to basic themes, like life itself.
“Let them discover it themselves without taking over, unless ...,” is a guiding principle in my work, as well as in the way I raise my children.