Training

Half of my work consists of training and the other half of coaching. I usually train on behalf of training agencies that I am associated with as a freelancer. In addition, companies also ask me directly to design and/or give short, powerful training courses for groups. In such instances the content falls under my expertise and the intervention of a training agency has no added value.

 

Themes I often work with are:

 

You can read examples of training courses that I give around these themes below:

Coaching Skills for Leaders and Professionals

There is nothing more enjoyable than training people in my own profession. As a trainer, I also carry twenty-five years of coaching experience.

With the emergence of holacratic organisational models - in which traditional top-down management gives way to authority divided among all employees within the organisation - the demand for the development of coaching skills has increased as well. I also train individuals and groups who are given a coaching role within their organisation. And in groups with whom I do Intervision or peer coaching, I always start by training a number of basic coaching skills.

 

Possible topics:

  • what is coaching and what is it not?

  • structuring a coaching conversation

  • learn to be "lazy" and "stupid"

  • powerful questions on deeper layers

  • listening with an empty mind

  • "The soft stuff is always harder than the hard stuff!"

 

Duration: 2 days

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The soft stuff is always harder than the hard stuff!! That is an important discovery for many highly educated leaders and professionals I work(ed) with. The focus during their study and working life is usually on the content of things. Until they get to the point where this appears not to be enough. They struggle with their own emotions and of those around them. They find it hard to overcome resistance or they are afraid to express their feelings, because they don’t know how to do so.

 

Through this training I teach participants how to increase their emotional intelligence in a practical, down to earth manner. This is done using a few hands-on tools, inspirational exercises and films, and plenty of practice among themselves and often as well with a training actor.

 

Possible topics:

  • the power of 'Nonviolent Communication'

  • recognising your emotions

  • putting feelings into words

  • building your own emo-vocabulary

  • connecting your feelings to (loss of) energy

  • using your feelings to get what you want

  • managing resistance, and the emotions of others

 

Duration: 2 days

Grow your Emotioneel Intelligence

 

Maximise the Potential of your Team

More and more companies are looking to organise a team day that covers content in an enjoyable way. A day that, in addition to 'fun', also leaves employees with something that will benefit them in the future. I then propose a gathering with the aim: boosting your self-reflection and insight into the functioning of the team. I do this by using the Birkman Method which provides you with concrete, objective information and acts as a common language that can be used to discuss behaviour and internal relationships in a more efficient and effective way. This method highlights your strengths, points out pitfalls and lays out what it takes to get the most out of yourself and each other.

 

Such a gathering also offers insights that can help determine your individual development goals and team goals more accurately and it equips you with the prompts and tools to coach and be coached individually as well as peer-to-peer.

 

Possible topics:

  • How does the Birkman method work?

  • What is the origin of our behaviour?

  • What are our individual strengths and weaknesses?

  • What does each of us need in the (work) environment to be effective?

  • Where do we get energy from?

  • What can we do to reduce (or prevent) ineffective behaviour?

  • What are the strengths and pitfalls within our team?

  • What does this information mean for our cooperation and our personal development?

  • What are we going to agree to do?

 

Duration: 1 day (split into morning, afternoon, and possibly evening sessions)

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Calibrate the Compass of your Team

Is your team missing a clear sense of direction? Is the dot on your horizon somewhat vague or even invisible? Does your team have difficulty convincing internal or external clients of your value? Is working like cycling uphill, and is motivation dropping?

 

Then perhaps it’s time for a ’What’s the purpose of our team’? workshop. You’ll be left with a clearer mission and a sense of direction, your characteristics and your qualities, which, in turn, will improve your ability to convince your internal and external clients. On top of that, the compass of each team member is being recalibrated, which leads to new energy both at an individual and at a team level.

Possible topics:

  • 'Everything starts with WHY!!' (Golden Circle of Simon Sinek)

  • to map both individual and mutual objectives, characteristics, values and qualities

  • the Golden Circle (WHY, HOW & WHAT) of your team

  • translate insights and conclusions into resolutions and agreements

 

Duration: 2 days

 

It’s choice, not chance, that determines your destiny.

(Jean Nidetch)