"I shall either find a way or make one". This quote attributed to the great Carthaginian general Hannibal before he decided to travel across the Alps on elephants is very inspirational to me. I like to take the same approach to challenges in my work and personal life. I love to think of creative solutions, but I don't like to unnecessarily reinvent the wheel.
In my working life I want to improve businesses. To achieve this goal I've worked on getting a good understanding of the dynamics within businesses and between businesses and their consumers. In my current job I use this knowledge and experience to help organizations reach their goals.
My greatest weakness is that I strongly dislike standardized approaches without taking differences in organizations into account. My strength is that I'm highly motivated to keep up with trends and opportunities. This makes me especially good at discovering opportunities for organizations to excel in the modern world.
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In my role as organizational specialist I advice and support organizations in improving their business. At House of Performance we take a holistic approach to organizational change. I look at the governance, processes, behavior, leadership, and the interdependence of these factors within a company. This approach earned us the title "hyperspecialist in change'.
In my time at TNO I did research and gave advised on different subjects. Examples of projects I was part of: - Creating a training to improve influencing skills in military officers; - Improving the use of social media by emergency organizations; - Using gaming in training situations; - Improving profiling competences in security professionals; - Measurement and improvement of 21st century skills in low level employees.
As a trainee I took part in projects to connect organizations at the forefront of workplace innovations to each other and lagging organizations.
The main themes in my employment are change and innovation. I started out as a trainee in an organisation aimed at connecting innovative companies to each other and share lessons learned with each other and other companies.
After my time at NCSI I got a job at TNO. TNO is the largest Dutch research firm. Their goal is to stimulate innovation in Dutch society. My job was to advise organizations and research subjects like behavioral change, social media use, and new ways of working.
I started at Saxion Enschede, studying commerce. I chose to study this subject because I wanted to learn how organisations work. Not only did I learn this, I also gained a love for marketing and organizational behavior. After graduating I wanted to learn more about behavior inside and outside of organisations and how to influence them. An education in Psychology seemed like the most logical next step.
In the first two years of the BSc Psychology I learned a lot about psychology in general and about the different fields within psychology (e.g. neuropsychology, social psychology, biological psychology). In the third year I chose the specialization 'Industrial and Organizational Psychology'. In the master I decided to specialize in 'Behavioral Change'. This MSc was build around the science of influence and behavioral change.
During this Master I gained knowledge and experience in setting up and implementing interventions to change behaviors. In popular science this is called 'nudging'.
After a general education in various fields of psychology (e.g. neuropsychology, social psychology) I specialized in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. My goal was to learn about the role of individuals and groups inside and outside organizations.
This part of my education was aimed at learning how the world of business and organizations work, how to a run business, and how great marketing is done.