My approach – with passion for people and transformation
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for people and transformation processes (more on that in ‘About me’). When I gained more and more experience in the field of change management I discovered how intertwined these two things are in the organizational context. The most fundamental way to create change and transformation in an organization is when the people change.
In my work I combine my knowledge and experience on change & transformation management with systemic interventions.This combination of content and process helps me to co-create a sense of vision, direction and dynamics with my clients. This is how I consult, coach and support teams, leaders and organizations in their development and change processes. Below, you’ll find more on how I view transformation and systemic approaches in organizations.
Besides my passion for people and transformation, creating clarity, is what drives me in my work and is part of my approach. You can’t change what you’re not aware of or clear about. I create clarity by revealing the system (team, organization) to itself: its strengths, its obstacles and its potential. Furthermore, I thrive in complex and turbulent environments. There I am able to find and enhance the space for and with people in organizations to get into focused action. In the end it brings me great joy when clients are able to change and increase their effectiveness, performance and satisfaction in their work or business.
Whether in nature or in business, transformation evolves around making fundamental changes in how (business) life is led in order to help cope with (a shift in) the environment of the entity that is changing. The need for business transformation may be caused by external changes in the market such as an organization’s products or services being out of date, funding or income streams being changed, new regulations coming into force or market competition becoming more intense. The business transformation approach is used to increase revenue or market share, to improve customer and employee satisfaction and/or to cut costs. Business transformation is achieved by realigning the way staff work, how the organization is structured, how technology is used and the vision. Typically organizations go through several stages in transforming themselves.
The models and points of view that I underlined and used during my career in helping people and organizations change and transform are (amongst others): Kotter, Bridges, Senge and Scharmer (Theory U). Since approximately 10 years I have also taken on a different view on organizations, which is based on systems theory.
Systems Theory and Systemic Approaches
In it’s broadest conception and scientifically described, a “system” is a complex of interacting components together with the relationships among them that allow the identification of a boundary-maintaining entity or process. A simple definition of a relationship system is that it consists of a set of interdependent elements or players with a common focus or identity. Systems theory views the individual as one system living within larger systems such as personal relationships, work relationships and so on. No person is an island: we are all part of complex systems such as our business partnerships, teams, families, organizations and communities. (Relationship) systems are like spider webs: touch one strand and the whole structure moves. They are complex, self-regulating and have a natural drive towards evolution and/or revolution. Living human systems survive, develop, and transform from simple to complex through a developing ability to recognize differences and integrate them.
The systems approach is appealing to me, also because it helps in making sense of the complex interaction we are and have in teams and organizations. It supports me als well as my clients in creating clarity and focus. Systems theory, concepts and tools can be applied in organizations to help groups and individuals manage conflicts, reveal their potential and meet their goals. Systems approaches that I am either certified or trained in and that I use in my work are: Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC), Constellation work (Bert Hellinger), Tavistock Group Relations Conferences and Systems Centered Training.