As the new head of department of the public works service at a civil administration, I needed extra support to fulfil my role as a leader. During several sessions, Dirk was able to teach me different techniques relating to the development of management skills. Apart from advice, coaching included an opportunity to reflect, contemplate and develop myself. In a very practical and concrete way, Dirk offered me tools to fulfil my role within the organisation. The sessions were pleasant and the training was an added value in practising my new job. I also feel more comfortable in my role as a leader within the organisation thanks to the coaching programme.
Erik Van Belle - -
After a couple of years in my current job I needed the time and space to look at some issues beyond my daily routine. The question revolved around interpersonal relationships and how I could or should respond. First of all, the coaching helped me to determine in which particular area I needed help and what my objectives were. Then, during the course of our sessions, I was able to put new skills I learnt into practice and move on. The opportunity to take part, the good ideas that came out of our time together and the influence they had on my way of working were a real bonus.
KV - Administrative Manager - University Hospital
I see Dirk as a coach who clearly knows what is expected of his profession. He gets straight on with the job, demonstrates empathy with his client and creates a positive mood in which to tackle the issues. He was pleasant to work with and took the time to follow up afterwards.
Ingrid Dierckx - HR Director - Janssen Pharmaceutica
After a 15 year career in the building industry, mainly as a Project Manager, I was given the opportunity to take on a new challenging role as Head of Department. After a short time it was clear to me that the job was completely different from working with external suppliers. I needed a sounding board and stepping stone into the world of man management and to increase my negotiating techniques. As a result of an offer from my training department, I found Dirk to coach me.
After a thorough analysis of the situation, he suggested – amongst other things – a Development Centre and in a short time I was able to learn by tackling the issues and working towards the set objectives with reading material. The pleasant, sometimes humorous way in which he moved me by his questions yet let me choose the right direction, was really special. I often use these questions and remember his advice when making decisions.
ES - Department Property Manager - Regional Government
As a young, fledgling director, I was given the opportunity to have some external coaching. Dirk and I started with a blank sheet of paper. It was an assignment requiring honesty and trust in your coach. There were no issues with either. The ability to look at the challenges together had a very positive influence on me. As a new director, what I found most important was how to handle myself and Dirk’s feedback was invaluable.
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