Discover Benelux, Issue 73, January 2020

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Discover Benelux  |  Special Guide  |  Top Coaching Experts

Drukte Makers: Helping businesses realise their full potential TEXT: LAUREN WALKER  |  PHOTOS: DRUKTE MAKERS

Many businesses looking to boost their potential often limit themselves by improving only one aspect of the working environment. Dutch business coaching firm Drukte Makers has helped companies on almost every continent achieve success by doing the opposite. Looking at the working environment in its entirety, from the organisational structures of the managing board to the workplace, its method ensures “dual integrality”. This means enabling strong alignment and co-operation between the top of a business’ chain of command all the way to the workplace and vice versa. Drukte Makers boasts an improved efficiency rate of 300 per cent, made palpable through its fact-based and tailor-made approach. Its fourstep plan, based on scientific insights, aims to strengthen execution within the firm and with clients to ensure growth.

Firstly, the goals of the project are set out, at which stage the coaches require commitment to the proposed changes from all participating colleagues. By mapping out the existing potential and skill sets within the firm, the coaches create a business case in collaboration with the managing directors’ board. The changes are implemented through training, mentoring courses and workshops, and on-the-job coaching, with the aim to develop a culture which encourages growth and improvement. This, in turn, will lead to durable corporate and financial improvement.

Mike Heijstee, Drukte Makers’ managing partner, addresses how performance coaching can completely transform a company: “It creates a positive environment, and at certain points during the project you can feel the energy running through a company, and people feel like everything is possible. A lot of our clients look back and say they felt surprised at what they had achieved.”

Mike Heijstee.

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‘You’re not who you think you are’ TEXT: MICHIEL STOL  |  PHOTO: IVONNE VAN DIS

In addition to managing others, a good leader has to be able to manage him – or her – self equally well. That means understanding their way of thinking in their leadership. “Because only then are you able to change the patterns, and make those changes lasting,” says Ivonne van Dis, who coaches professionals and executives to understand themselves better. “People have a large capacity, but established routines often hold them back. By understanding these patterns, and therefore understanding how you think, it becomes much easier to use your full capacity,” she continues. To find out what effect these routines have, Van Dis provides ‘businessreadings’ in which she zooms in on the clients’ connection with the company and how their energy is related to their energy. Van Dis has been working with 58  |  Issue 73  |  January 2020

over 1,500 clients in this manner, from selfemployed people to CEOs. She started her coaching bureau in 2009, when she became a certified coach, and expanded her training to become a certified ‘businessreader’ in 2013. “People often act on instinct,” explains Van Dis. “I make my clients understand their instincts, without having any distractions from their daily routine. One way is taking my clients outdoors. To completely leave the routine behind and focus on the person themselves.” It is then, that clients start making conscious choices. “We are creatures of habit. Changing the habit and entering new experiences brings new energy, which translates into powerful decisions. So, do not be afraid of change. Be curious about the treasure hidden underneath.” Web:

Ivonne van Dis.