Being a part of the whole, must permeate every aspect of our work.
The following aspects are the five pillars of our work. They are not dry theory, even if they may have their roots in philosophy. To us, they are principles to act and live by, and without them our work would be worthless.
Minimalism to us represents the supreme discipline. It contains two aspects of interest.
First of all, to skip all excess. Secondly, to keep our interventions as short and minimal as possible. For the less we interfere, the more initiative and motivation can be born. Weeks and months of consulting are not at all compatible with this approach.
It's much more about igniting the fire in the hearts of your employees, which results in motivation and proactive change. This represents a gentle evolution, rather than an euphoric revolution. This type of change you can truly feel, and certainly measure the results.
Authenticity is to be what we naturally are. Within the corporate context we usually talk about transparency. On a personal level authenticity has much to do with honesty and serenity.
If we ad awareness to authenticity new dimensions will open up. We then move towards integrity. This may explain why integrity is considered to be the foremost personality trait of a leader.
Our work would literally have no effect, without this highly aware type of authenticity, this constant effort towards integrity.
We all have an awareness. What separates us is the degree and depth to which we make use of it.
Not until we become aware of a problem we can start doing something about it. However, to resolve it, a kind of higher type of awareness will serve us. Einstein was quoted on saying: "A problem must be resolved on another level of consciousness, than it arouse in." Therefore we need a sharp awareness and heightened attention. When dealing with people we'd like to manifest these qualities in every moment.
Even if we are thoroughly prepared, this must never mislead us to believe that we understand a client’s problems, or even more so, that we have the answers. We take it with dignity not to know, and truly work out the issue on site, with you, or even better with your folks. When doing so we tend to go quite a bit further than most so called tailor-made solutions do.
The principle of not-knowing does not end there. One of the challenges is to know, but to withhold, so something can be born for the benefit of the team or the process.
Everything happens here and now. It can only happen now. This is the only moment we actually can influence. This has great impact on the way we work, since it urges us to be as present as we possibly can towards what is actually happening in front of us.