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Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it
Anthony de Mello
Why

Cultures are built by people. People are driven by stories. Stories about who we are, about the other, about past, present and future.  This continuous weaving of meaning is both beautiful and complex.

The problem starts when we loose sight of the beauty and start simplifying the complexity, when we try to get a grip by identifying with one single story, when we let ourselves be trapped in the mental matrix of right and wrong.

Knowing how to be with different stories is a capacity we sorely need to navigate these times. How do we reclaim our freedom to be more than just one story? Can we learn to embrace complexity and work with it? 

I work with people and (have them) play with the stories they hold, inviting them – and myself –  to go beyond the confines of fear and conditioning, power games and self-interest, and to contribute in their own unique way to the collective intelligence.
For whom

I work with people of very different sectors and on every ‘level’: managers, collaborators and executives, and other relevant stakeholders.

Whenever it is possible and useful, I will help organisations to break unhelpful barriers and silo’s, so that they can go and find the opportunities hidden beyond hierarchies and categories.

What

Leadership Journeys

What does it mean to be a leader today?

Artistic Laboratories

Exploring the story of your team in creative ways

Change Journeys

When the story of an organisation changes…

Working with Conflict

Using conflictual stories as a way to release the creative potential of a team

My approach: what you can expect of me
An honest assesment

My first concern is defining the core question. What is really at stake? And why? Who needs to be involved from the very start? Are we the right persons to do this work?

Focus and Impact

I am result oriented. Not because I work towards pre-fixed goals, but because I work purposefully and stay with the process as long as needed.

Tackling real issues

Learning and tackling real challenges in organisations can be combined in powerful ways. I will always look for opportunities to do so, thereby increasing impact.

In a Participatory Way

All my  interventions are a co-creative, participatory processes. From beginning till end I will look for effective ways to hear all voices and tap into the collective wisdom.

Working with the Undercurrent

I create the conditions for people to bravely ask the question behind the question, to have those long due conversations , to surface the wisdom of the minority.

Using Polarity as a Force

Many people get stuck in polarity, but in reality it is a great source of power, energy and wisdom. Releasing and harvesting that power is part of what I do.

Thinking in Systems

A team or an organisation are not a vacuum. They are systems that are part of a system, contain systems and connect with other systems.

Speaking 4 languages

I facilitate fluently in Flemish/Dutch, French and English, and I stand my ground in German. I can also easily combine two languages.

Creativity and Artistry

As a theatre maker, writer, musician and video maker I have several tools to my disposal to intensify the experience of my interventions and/or to (co-)create an artistic object in words or images, recording the visible and the invisible outcome.

Fun

I use the word “playing” for a reason: it’s a skill we forget all too often. I will always be sincere. I might not always be serious. Laughter is a good sign: it means we have released something, encountered something different, stepped out of our comfort zone. So beware: smiles ahead 🙂

Professionalism

For me this means walking my talk, being respectful, direct, effective and transparent, and continuous evolving and learning in my area of expertise.

A broad network of professionals

When I need the complementary skills of a colleague, when I don’t have the time or when I simply think somebody else is better suited than me to do the work, I have a broad network of professionals that I can recommend.

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