Vincent Pieterse

I started my own business in 2000, next to my long career in education. The leitmotiv in my work as a coach, trainer and researcher is my interest in what ‘moves’ individuals. My company, focuses on the human side of organizations. I'm the author of several articles and books on new approaches to organizational development as well as on leadership and organizational culture. Characteristic of me is my ability to combine my academic background and my creative style of working with a practical and result-oriented approach.

What I do

Guiding people and organizations in their development

I guide people and organizations in their development. In recent years, different development cases as: leadership, organizational learning, behavioral and cultural change, cross-cultural cooperation, strategy implementation, and monitoring of human factors during change trajectories, nationally and internationally, have been performed.

Learning and development

An interactive process

I am very passionate about what moves people: how they think, learn, act, develop, and give meaning to their everyday life. My entire career and personal development have been infused with that passion. Many years of experience have taught me that if you want to achieve anything in a personal or professional context, you need to start moving and keep on moving. The desired change is created through this movement. This is the reason why I work with an energetic, people-oriented and small-scale approach, when guiding people and organizations in transition.

Serious Play

The Magic Circle of Management Training

The websites of many management training institutes state that playfulness is an important mindset of many of their courses. According to these websites, playfulness gives leaders and managers a mindset and ways to playfully interact with the organization and its environment to improve their competitive position and to create new opportunities. With this mindset, it is argued, during the management courses an atmosphere of togetherness and connecting is created. Next to this, it is believed that the ‘play ethic’ is very important nowadays for management, explicitly referring to the idea of the homo ludens.

The ‘Shakespearean Fool’

The organization-as-theatre

Fools have told Kings and later Managers the truth. The typical Fool nowadays is a Management Consultant. The Wise Fool provide truth, balance, play, recreation, destruction, creation, change. Shakespeare used the fool’s freedom to offer critical observations that coming from any other character, would have been rebellious to the system. Behind his foolery, the fool could cover up sharp comments on contemporary discourse. Shakespeare’s fools are subtle teachers, reality instructors. Basically, the ‘Shakespearean fool’ serves to offer an overlooked or otherwise unspoken insight in a thought-provoking manner.
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