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Belief / Mission / Vision (1)

My aim as a consultant is to contribute to the development of organizations and people in a broad sense. This means that I focus on the organization in relation to information management (IM), people and processes. My work is based on my principles: Passion & Action, Learning, an Integral Approach and Ownership, Involvement and Commitment.

There are a number of things that I really believe in. They are the principles that underlie my work as a consultant, and they are as follows (part 1):

Passion & Action
Passion starts from what you believe in, what drives you, what you want to add to the world. Passion moves people from the inside out. From passion stems action - action that makes things happen, that you can learn from, that can be improved, action that gets you to your aim, step by step. Action based solely on personal passion can move in many directions, so its direction should be shaped by the goals of a project or by the mission of the organization.

Passion is about expressing yourself from the inside out;
action is about manifesting that in the world.

Manifesting their passion through action is what unleashes individuals. It sets them free from the burning feeling inside. Only action based on what you really think and feel can give you a feeling of freedom. It may feel very dangerous to do so, it takes you out of your comfort zone, but it is the only way to set yourself free and to experience who you really are.

Learning within projects
I believe in Learning by Doing, which is why my projects are based on the principles of Action Learning. During projects, activities are carried out by customers themselves, with my support and advice.
Learning is the basic principle. Reflecting on action and appreciation are part of the learning process. Having enough knowledge about what needs to change is a precondition for taking ownership. Action Learning is a method that can be used to drive change within the organization. The more we learn, the faster and the better we can come up with great solutions.
>> Michael Marquardt about Action Learning

Ownership, Involvement and Commitment Projects are only successful if the customer takes ownership of the change. Ownership means involvement on the customer’s part and commitment from the management of the organization. This means again that change comes from within the organization and is not imposed from outside. Ownership, involvement and commitment can only be seen in combination with the responsibility of the consultant facilitating change. Consultants have a responsibility to act as part of the organization, not just as outside experts; they should be Co-Owners of the change, based on involvement, responsibility and commitment on their part. The customer’s ownership, combined with the consultants’ co-ownership, stimulates the organization and consultants to work together side-by-side, joining their passions into action.
>> Leading Cause of Project Failure: Insufficient Involvement
>> Stephen Covey: Goals and Priorities

PART 2 of Belief / Mission /Vision >>

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson