I’m an expert at translating the new course that an organization has decided to set, into what that really means for the culture and structure of its team, its management and for its personnel requirements.
For many businesses, steering a new course does not necessarily imply new people, even though in many cases this proves essential. I use a hands-on, boutique approach and prefer to be involved in these processes right from the start.
We are talking about one of the most important factors there are: people and their work. Human capital for organizations. It’s a high-impact issue, which in my view requires a thorough, bespoke approach. It is this conviction that motivates me every day to do my job with a lot of passion, insight and professional skill; and so distinguish myself from the more ‘business oriented parties’.
I assisted FedEx on a European level with finding new staff to implement their new growth course for EMEA ( 100 staff + mediation). I helped ManpowerGroup’s Dutch and German divisions find new blood to facilitate its evolution from a temp agency into a full-service human resources service provider that stands out in ‘the Human Age’ (80+ staff in nearly 10 years). In the past five years I have been involved in finding staff who give shape to the transformation of CED Holding from a damage assessment company into a technology-driven full-service outsourcing service provider of insurance related services (20+ staff). All of the above examples involved positions varying from staff carrying out the work to members of the board of directors.
I’m in a phase of my life where giving has become increasingly enjoyable. It touches me profoundly, and it’s a great feeling. I am also increasingly concerned about how the next generation is supposed to grow old. That said, worrying sort of defines me, that’s nothing new. I want to use my skills as a ‘translator’ and a unifier to empower organizations that want to contribute to a better world. Every small step counts!
I admire those two people who once told me: “To travel is better than to arrive”, “You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give” and “If you believe you have reached your destination, you’re history”. Other than that, I don’t have any particular role models like for instance Mahatma Ghandi, Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Covey, Steve Jobs, Eckhart Wintzen or whatever their name might be. I respect each and every person who makes a contribution to another person and to a better world. That includes nurses and garbage collectors!
Over the past couple of years, I have been increasingly inspired by the surprisingly strong generation of young people who are now in their 20’s. The people who have grown up during the financial crisis are now entering the market full of ambition. They are looking beyond status and material wealth, looking instead for sustainable innovation rooted in - what I believe to be - the right values. And they are really sharp. Take for example the founder of the company that has created a special vacuum cleaner to clean up the plastic debris floating around in our oceans. Brilliant. I really get a kick out of that.
After two decades of generically focusing on businesses, I don’t really have a preference for any specific sector of good business. My expertise lies in translating strategy into concrete measures, and more specifically in what that new strategy entails in terms of the required human capital (competence grid, culture and structure, including the search for actual staff).
As a Generous Mind I am primarily employable in the fields of HR-consultancy/competence management and especially in recruitment. I am available for specific, short-term jobs in transformation processes; in an advisory capacity quite early in the process, and later on to build the organization, including the allocation of staff to key positions. At GM, I work according to a specially designed phased model, including an estimate of the required time per phase.