Long rides on his bike and elaborate cooking experiments while savoring a decent bottle of wine are Bart's favorite pass times. Extensive reading about leadership, organizational culture, change, psychological safety is one of the perks of his job. On Bart's nightstand lie Siobhán (Shiv-awn) McHale's 'The Insider Guide to Cultural Change' and 'Hostage at the Table' by George Kohlrieser. And Bart is the author of 'Shiftmakers,' a book about the art of (self-)leadership in the 2020s.
Bart glimpses beauty in music, art, nature, in people cooperating, in people discovering their talents and growing. This beauty is inspirational and incites action.
His hero is Beethoven, who lived - as we do - in radically changing times. He turned that change into revolutionary and deeply humanistic music at the same time.
Bart lives by the motto ' I am part of the solution.' Changing your mindset to being part of the solution instead of part of the problem causes a shift. Another positioning makes energy flow differently.
Young Bart, he'd advise against wasting time. He sometimes lingered too long to take action. It took a few visionary leaders and mentors to help Bart gain tremendous insights, also into his inner motivations. Not surprisingly, Bart strongly believes that everyone should have a mentor during their career. Intrinsically loving people is a requirement of a good leader and/or mentor. Every leader should be structurally engaged in mentoring and coaching. Mentoring and good leadership work a bit like magic. It is the Pygmalion-effect in action: seeing potential and talent in the other leads to high expectations results in improved performance.
Bart can be an inspirational mentor with his empathy, listening skills, challenging questioning, Pygmalion view, unconventional thinking, and continuous self-and leadership development work.
"Enjoy each day and see the positive or at least the adventure in everything that happens to you."
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