My purpose is to facilitate the transformation of organizations and leaders in their endeavor to create sustainable value for all. In a world where change has become a constant, strategy, innovation and leadership transformation have become a challenge, but in all of us human beings and thus in organizations exists a potential that can be unleashed by taking unconditional responsibility for conscious learning and meaningful cooperation.
My greatest joy is when I see leaders and organizations truly go to a process of transformation, sometimes slow sometimes fast, resulting in renewed flourishing and delivering great results.
Within Create2connect I focus on management consulting and leadership development, with over 20 years of experience in leading and facilitating change and transformation in organizations. My clients, both corporate and social, range from corporations like Airbus Group, AirFrance/KLM, AfricInvest, Delta Lloyd to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.
I work closely together with Otto Scharmer (Theory U) and other colleagues as a member of the core team of Global Practitioners at the Presencing Institute (MIT, Boston).
Further, my work builds on my considerable experience as a high level manager and leader and on having led or facilitated a large diversity of organizations go through large transformations. I also bring a broad experience as a non-executive president of organizations like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.
I graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA).
Mindful leadership author and speaker
Next to my work as a consultant I also am the co-director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. I am a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books I wrote include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (in Dutch).
I am a certified mindfulness teacher and studied various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen, Shambhala) and other contemplative traditions. And I have expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications into leadership and organizations.
I live close to the center of beautiful Amsterdam with my wife Marie-Claire, blessed by my family with four children and four grandchildren. Love running and travelling.