SHINTA’s Quest

SHINTA’s Quest

Lately I have aloud myself to listen more to my gut when it comes to helping people with their thinking. Shinta Oosterwaal is an extra-ordinairilly intuitive system worker, who shares her talent with executives and management teams who need to be brought to a next level of thinker and working together.

I really engaged with Shinta for the first time on a stormy day at the beach in Zandvoort. We had to find the right balance and flow of the Dutch Circular Leadership Conference and she blew my mind with her intuitive way of bringing a hole in our thinking into reality by literally revealing it to us by having us engage with the conference itself. This all sounds a bit free and high fly… but the breakthrough created the right tone we were looking for.

The Dutch Circular Leadership Conference 2019 is behind us and now we are living in a new society in need of ways to navigate our coming challenges.

Now this is where things got interesting. In a zoom session Shinta explain here upcoming Phd research project where she will be looking for a way to prove how the development of the individual will usher in the remodelling phase of our new economy, post COVID 19, and therefore proving that a focus on personal development has a direct societal effect.

After Our talk, I was at the dentist office with my three kids and I drew out this sketch. It has been keeping me quite busy, because it perfectly aligns with the “flexible Focus” principle I have been embedding in my work after hearing about it from Mark Ordensky (executive producer of LOTR series).
Each individual contribution to the shared development of a story (or a society for that matter) MATTERS!!!

I am so happy to be helping Shinta with this, because in actuality I am developing myself…;). Together we will have some kind of effect on society… can’t wait to see how I can make this visible!

sketch of our thinking about the fragmented homo economicus

link to post on linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/shintaoosterwaal_voor-het-boek-anders-verder-legden-zich-activity-6659821661598072834-eKvW

Shiny Happy Cressers

Shiny Happy Cressers

Op 16 April mocht ik een personeelsbijeenkomst van Koppert Cress bijwonen. Deze happening vond plaats op een mooi zonnige dag in de nieuwste kas van dit mooi bedrijf. Omdat ik al een tijdje bezig ben bij KC was het mooi om mee te maken hoe dit bedrijf gehoor geeft aan haar succes richting haar personeel.
Klik hier voor de 360 : https://kuula.co/share/7lQMB?fs=1&vr=1&iosfs=1&thumbs=1&chromeless=1&logo=1
Groei gaat altijd gepaard met pijn. Omdat we niet gewend zijn aan aanpassen, had KC Marc de Hond uitgenodigd. Ja… de zoon van. Vanwege een grote verandering in zijn leven heeft hij echter vele dromen kunnen verwezenlijken! Mooi verhaal over anders tegen je realiteit aan kijken. Dank voor je het delen van je ervaringen en successen Marc!

Leuk resultaat!
Wat voor mij echter het mooiste was om te zien was dat Rob Baan himself en zijn rechterhand (CFO) Robin schaap hun eigen verhaal over groei hebben gedeeld te midden van een kring van hun personeel. “Jullie zijn onze kern” resoneerde goed. Bitterballen als guilty pleasure op maandag nog beter…;). De bondige toespraken werden ook nog eens gecomplimenteerd met een live connectie met hun nieuwe aanwinst in Belarus. Kortom… een mooi moment waar ik bij mocht zijn.
Maar wat was nou mijn bijdrage of redenen voor aanwezigheid?
Ik ben samen met twee gedreven dames van KC een soort van grip aan het creëren op vitaliteit binnen het bedrijf. Daarvoor hebben we in april mooie dialoog sessies georganiseerd in de keuken van KC. Op basis van deze sessies zijn we aan het kijken wat een vitaal KC handhaaft en verbeterd. Omdat ik deze sessies gehad heb kwam de boodschap op 16 april ook veel harder binnen. Ik Heb het vermoeden dat dat dan ook de reden is dat onderstaande plaat er zo natuurlijk uit kwam rollen.

Zittend in een bus in Japan heb ik eindelijk de tijd om wat te bloggen. Helaas gaat een trip naar Koppert Cress Japan niet meer lukken, maar ik kijk uit naar de volgende stap met de dames wanneer ik weer terug ben. De visuele bijdrage zal ook groeien naar mate we meer gaan delen.
Visually yours from Japan!

Make IT* Visible

Make IT* Visible

 

After so many years… This is where I am at.

I make IT* Visible.

 

 

My thinking and my doing. I do however keep running into the same problem over and over again… I get stuck in the thinking part. Which is a bit weird, because my thinking usually results in a lot of visual notes & sketches. Lots of doing… without defined direction.

The reason for sharing this image with you now is that this image symbolizes the end of a phase. I have found my drive and am looking to balance all that thinking with more Doing. The new Time2Draw course I developed, the virtual narrative spaces I am developing, the book on event design I have co-written, the book on Images of Design Thinking was involved in and many more Visually Yours Projects are steps towards the Story of VISUAL.

All those projects are ways to Look at sharing…More VISUAL.

NUON morning / afternoon

NUON morning / afternoon

In the month of June and a bit of July, I had the privilege to share my thinking about drawing in the workplace with the marketing department of the dutch energy company NUON (now part of the swedish Vattenval). I teamed up With agile master Darmadji, with whom I had been developing a program within T-Mobile.
We were lucky enough to be hosted in both the Holiday Inn and the Marriott at the Amsterdam Arena locations. Both excellent spaces to get a marketing crowd to take a step back.  The conference style spaces were transformed into visual work spaces with the help of both respective facility departments to create the most ideal SPACES for marketeers to make their thinking about present pains and future perspectives VISIBLE.

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morning team


This is the second evolution of the Time2Draw course outside T-mobile; The ministry of Finance being the first. The energy and focus of both the morning and afternoon teams was totally different from that of any Telco Team or Finance Group we had encountered before. Our objective was to equip this department with a basic drive to draw, a simple set visual models to explore and synthesize thinking and reveal some of the secret visual tricks that help share all that visual thinking with others. These marketeers write propositions linking to customer need and marketing trend on a daily basis and delegate all visual content needed to support their ‘innovations’ to the communication department. It was great to hear that, during the weeks in between our physical meet-ups, the lessons were resulting in a visual buzz at NUON. The tricky part is keep making all thinking VISIBLE!
The biggest challenge however wasn’t the program. This visual learning lane works well in any working environment. Strangely it  was to get this intelligent group of individuals to reveal their biggest pains and open their thinking spaces to offer them other insights when looking at the stuff they need to get done.
By the end I think they all did very well. Afternoon AND Morning…;).
We hope to be speading the visual fire after the holidays!
Thanks guys!
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The afternoon team

Step2Story

Step2Story

“The one vision is realized by the many steps.”
I have been living with a vision for the better half of my life and I can say with confidence and humility that the many steps can only be made consciously when you have a story to guide them. I envy the ones who just live one day at the time and are not burdened by the itch of something they want to build or create over TIME.
My VISUAL path has lead me across  many different story lines by both individuals as well as organizations. They all seem to want to move…but are all looking for that light to follow. That story you want to be a part of. That general direction that gives focus to the clear goals you need to be running towards. What I am seeing a lot, and have been uncovering as a running theme within the work I do for others, is the movement of Change. We try to walk the line that moves between a present point A and a pre determined area B, which we generally fashion to look very appealing. We love to SEE  a road or sequence of steps that help realize the milestones of the inbetween.  This sequence of planned steps between two points in time is how we have learned to tell and share stories. We start to tell the story by inviting your audience to a stage (your context) , describe the characters (or actors) and introduce a hero’s challenge. The quest is set.
You can move up and down that storyline and make your past, present and possible future VISIBLE for all to see. Now here lies a challenge.
In the land of storytelling we are exploring different ways to touch, move or inspire people. But alongside we are challenged by a multitude of tiny steps that are all part of a system. A structure that is getting more visible every day. We are living IN our own storylines… our Twitter and facebook feeds become a line that is influenced by so many different things, that it is almost impossible to be a good curator of your own STORY.
In a new economy focusing in on experience and transformation as the main value of trade, we see that the audience (or customer) is being taught that it is okay to want to have a Choice in where to start or even participate in a story. Pretty soon we will not be  interested in lectures anymore… we want to see and experience the whole story at once…
This is where the good storytellers take a leap out in front of the rest. When you are or live IN a story, you will be able to start anywhere… no sequence, no numbers… just a story and infinite angles…
more to come
 
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